Season 2 Episode 9

The Zoo

Aired Sunday 1:30 AM Aug 19, 2007 on Adult Swim
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The Zoo
Saya arrives at "The Zoo", the ruins of Joel's mansion. There she recalls when she first met with Hagi, what happened to make Saya turn Hagi into a Chevalier, and the mansion burning down. What happened there long ago?

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  • Seeing the ruins of the Zoo for the frist time in 120 years, some of Saya's memories return. She remembers her life as a child and young woman, she remembers Hagi and their relationship. And she remembers Diva and how her world was destroyed.moreless

    I loved this episode. Still notice that the dialogue is just a little different between the japanese and english versions. I like the young version of Haji; he was much more surley as a human. And he was much more expressive. And the dialogue between Saya and the human Haji was great. More of the puzzle pieces fall into place. I must say that I am disturbed by the original Joel, though. I have to wonder to what extent Diva's sociopathy is the result of her treatment by Joel. If Saya is the protagonist because she was treated well, then one could argue that Diva is the antagonist because she was tormented. God, I love subtext.moreless
  • Upon arriving at the zoo, Saya remembers a bit about her past.

    This is another lengthy flashback involving Saya and Haji. Years ago, while Saya was still living at the zoo with Joel, a child Haji was brought one day to be Saya's "new best friend." Child Haji is quite precocious. I loved hearing him talk exactly the same as he does now, with the way he chastised Saya about a lot of things, once they actually started to become friends, that is. We also finally get to see how a Chevalier is created. The answer is: When Saya acts like a selfish idiot. After making him get flowers for her that grew on a cliff, Haji slipped and fell off, damaging his head, probably fatally. Saya gets the bright idea to give him some of her blood, since she previously heard Joel explaining to Haji about her need for blood to live. Haji promptly goes through convulsions and appears to actually die. Running away again, Saya runs back to Joel's only to find him dead, thanks to her sister Diva. (Haji appeared five seconds after this. I guess he recovered pretty quickly. I just love those continuity problems.)moreless
David Rasner

David Rasner

Joel the 1st

Guest Star

Jeannie Elias

Jeannie Elias

Hagi [12 Years Old]

Guest Star

David Rasner

David Rasner


Recurring Role

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