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Call of the Night Episode 3 Review – Best In Show

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Call of the Night Episode 3 Review – Quick Summary

In Call of the Night episode 3, “A Lot Came Out,” Kou did not quite know what to make of meeting Akira Asai on his way home from Nazuna’s place. Akira greeted him like an old friend, but that was not possible, was it? She even had the old transceiver that he had thought stolen. How had she gotten ahold of it? Why was she being so nice to him? And what would Nazuna do if she found out?

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.

Favorite Quote from Call of the Night Episode 3

Call of the Night Episode 3: Kou could not wait to tell Nazuna that he had a friend

He seemed so earnest about it! Capture from the HIDIVE stream.

After receiving shocking news – namely, that Akira considered him a friend – Kou did what any oblivious young man would do. He called Nazuna to share the happy news.

Seriously, Kou reminds me so much of me at that age that it’s scary.

Kou called Nazuna on his transceiver. She sounded a little blurry. After all, the eastern sky glowed and the sun would rise in less than an hour. It was close to Nazuna’s bedtime! She even told him as much.

Undeterred, he said (07:12), “Nazuna-chan, I’ve got news. Apparently, I have a friend.”

He sounded like he didn’t know what to make of the news. And you know what? I don’t think he did know! But watching him try to find out is one of the things that’s making this show so interesting.

Best in Show Moment for Call of the Night Episode 3

Call of the Night Episode 3: Kou felt surprised about what had ticked off Nazuna

Kou couldn’t believe what had ticked off Nazuna. Capture from the HIDIVE stream.

Setup: Art Reflecting Real Conversations

I think this show does a great job at capturing how people really act. Granted, one of the characters is a vampire, and we don’t get to meet many of those in real life. As far as I know. Which, now that I think about it, relies on a lot of assumptions. Hmmm.

Putting that aside, the show presents the feel of authentic communications. It’s especially good with things like arguments. Take my favorite moment, for example. Kou, Akira, and Nazuna were talking in the bar. One moment, everything was fine. The next moment, Nazuna got up to leave. Kou knew she was angry, but he had no idea why.

If I had a dime…

He tried to follow her, but he couldn’t find her anywhere. She’s a vampire, after all. She’s highly mobile. As he searched, he wondered if the two of them were actually arguing. That distracted him enough that he tripped and fell flat on his face. The impact was hard enough to cut his lip.

He sat up and leaned against the railing of the pedestrian bridge. His face hurt and he couldn’t find Nazuna anywhere. In desperation, he sent a carrier signal from his transceiver. He almost immediately got a response.

Call of the Night Episode 3: Kou had almost given up finding Nazuna before morning

Kou didn’t seem like he really expected an answer. Capture from the HIDIVE stream.

Hoping it was Nazuna, he did what the more intelligent males do – he apologized immediately. But Nazuna’s not like the humans that Kou has tried to interact with. She’s far more cunning. She asked why he was apologizing. So Kou did what only the bravest among us do: he was honest. He told her he was apologizing because she was angry.

But again, Nazuna’s special. She pushed back. So he dug deep and said he was sorry for seeing a friend behind her back.

Delivery: Nazuna’s Minor Misunderstanding

I like Nazuna. I like her sense of humor. Plus, I like learning about her perspective. And in this moment, she surprised both Kou and me by telling him that she was honestly happy he had a friend. 

Remember I mentioned that Kou was brave? Well, he’s even more brave than I thought, because at this point, he laid his cards on the table. He confessed he was terrible at this arguing stuff, and he asked her to please explain why she was mad.

I’ve tried to play that card before. It usually bursts into flame. But Kou was lucky. More lucky than I am, certainly! But he wasn’t done. He told her that he wanted to make up with her. And suddenly there she was, sitting on the railing across from him as if she’d been there all along.

She seemed impressed, and maybe a little surprised, that he thought so much of their relationship. She told him why she had gotten ticked off: When Akira asked him why he didn’t go back to school, he hesitated.

“Huh?” he said (20:08). “That’s what got to you?”

Call of the Night Episode 3: Nazuna didn't want to admit what had ticked her off

You could tell that Nazuna really didn’t want to answer him. Capture from the HIDIVE stream.

She blushed! She admitted that was it, but it embarrassed her! He went on to tell her that there was no way he could tell his human friend that he wanted to become a vampire. But that moment of pure communication, a moment he earned by chasing after her and being relentlessly honest with her, spoke to me. I have to wonder how many arguments could be avoided with that kind of honesty. I also wondered how many arguments might get worse for the same reason. But the show’s light, authentic touch made this my favorite moment in the episode.

What did you think of Akira telling Nazuna (13:35), “Will the monster please stay quiet for a bit?” What were your favorite moments in the episode? Feel free to let me know in the comments!

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