A bad omen is a bad omen. Or is it?
Japanese Original Episode Title: 凶兆
The episode begins with Kuchii defeating Shiraishi in battle and consequently beheading him. He hands over his head to princess Teruhi who acts like ‘I’M MAKING AN EXAMPLE OF THIS’ but is actually like ‘WTF AM I TO DO WITH THIS SH*T KUCHII’ and quickly buries it away. But, of course, Kuchii knows, ‘cause he’s watching, he knows everything, that guy. What a guy, Kuchii. Later during the episode, the puny little merchant weasel dude shows the rest of the exiles a boat and asks them to leave with him for Kyuzu. Everyone refuses, except for Onitakemaru (who also acts normally for the first time, what gives?), and I, I am thankful that I won’t be seeing his ugly mug anymore. On his way out, he doesn’t fail to talk some shit about Kuchii, not that he does not deserve it, that bloodthirsty bastard.
In the meantime, the elder (who I thought was dead already) dies while reading what seems to be a really bad omen – he burns some sort of stone that cracks open and explodes. Magistrate Nagamine, trying to keep his soldiers’ morale high, interprets it as the loss of the previous battle and assures his troops that they will emerge victorious from the next one too. However, the Mongols don’t seem too keen on letting that happen. They emerge in great numbers and kill every single scout in their way, then light their torches and create a beautiful yet terrifying view for the Japanese and the Toibarai to see – a sea of lights in the forest. Kuchii – being the voice of reason yet still a bloodthirsty dog – urges Nagamine to abandon the castle and hide while waiting for reinforcements from the mainland (if those ever show up, that is). Nagamine agrees to try and save his people rather than their old shitty castle that cannot even be manned.
The episode ends with Onitakemaru spotting a huge fleet approaching.
Shiraishi: An unlikely choice, Shiraishi is being portrayed as a ‘good’ rather than a ‘bad’ character, even though he technically is a traitor. That is one of the most interesting choices in the writing of this show – rather than creating a villain, they keep Shiraishi’s humanity and personality true to his values, even though he is a traitor, and present him as a victim of circumstances.
His final battle: How lame was that. It was over in a second, it really was. Realistic as that might be, it does very little justice to his character. Then, of course, we had to have Kuchii go nanners over some local lady avenging her friend and yelling ‘THAT’S NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS’ while, hey, none of the exiles actually died from Shiraishi’s hand – it was actually the Toibarai that suffered because of him, and that poor swimmer he shamelessly slaughtered. In fact, any Toibarai had the right to interfere, especially those close to the victims. Also, his beheading was so poorly illustrated, I burst into a loud laughter. I wonder if it was supposed to be a joke. And last but not least, you get that brat of a princess, who starts chatting sh*t on how Shiraishi did not ‘fulfil his debt to the Sou clan’ – wait what – the man was framed for a crime he did not commit then shipped to a foreign land to fight for some lords he has never known. What debt are talking about??
FYI Princess: Most people will wake up if you kiss them in their sleep. Especially if these people are well-trained killing machines taking a break from war. I don’t know if this is an anime trope – women molesting men in their sleep – but this is actually the second time Teruhi does this in the show. The first one was kind of interesting, now it just seems like she’s a bit of a sexless creep, or that the writing staff’s kind of running out of ideas here. Either way, I’d rather see these two fuck, it would make so much more sense. But no, Kuchii needs to play the hard-to-get je-m’en-fous macho guy who has had so much vagina in his time that he’s not interested in having any more, while Teruhi is hopeless for his attention. I mean come on. He is an ugly man, probably much older than her. He has a daughter and is an able fighter who survived many battles – he has to be around what, 30 years old? Teruhi, on the other hand, is a noble, unmarried, and beautiful. Historically, this can only mean she is really young – probably in her teens. Were the show honest on their intentions, Kuchi would be all over her since Episode 1.
Themes and Trivia
Naginata: One of several varieties of traditionally made Japanese blades. A naginata consists of a wooden or metal pole with a curved single-edged blade on the end. Fun fact: it was the weapon of choice for onna-bugeisha, a type of female warrior belonging to the Japanese nobility. However, the ‘warrior worth a thousand’, Tomoe Gozen, gave little sh*t about that tradition and wielded a bow and arrow or an oversized long sword.
The reinforcements are probably here, I hope Teruhi manages to get some before this stupid war is over.
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Angolmois: Genkou Kassenki (Record of Mongol Invasion)
Summer 2018 | Anime Info | Simulcast