SPOILER ALERT: Everyone dies. No, really.
Japanese Original Episode Title: 凶兆
After the bad omen from the last episode, and the fact that the emerging fleet was not reinforcements but the entirety of the Mongol army, I guess it’s pretty easy to deduct what would happen in this episode. After a rather bland monologue on his warrior ethics, Jinzaburou and his comrades throw themselves into a desperate battle to defend whatever they have left. The Magistrate sends Jinzaburou to defend the South Gate where the princess and the islanders are fighting. As he leaves, the Toibarai women destroy the watchtower to create rubble and defend their broken gate, and buy themselves some time. As they run away, and the Magistrate with Tatsu are having a moment that implies they have feelings for each other (Tatsu obviously appears softer and blushes, ew), they die one after another, after the Mongols set up a crate of bombs next to the gate.
Jinzaburou & Co find out that the castle has fallen so they retreat to the mountains. As they do so, more secondary characters die; the monk, the archer, people around Teruhi. Onitakemaru comes back for one last fight; and finds himself against the fancy Mongol leader once again.
By the end of the episode, Teruhi is hopelessly running to see Jinzaburou one last time, and barely catches a glimpse of him before he falls off a cliff and into the water as a mongolian bomb explodes.
Jinzabourou’s monologue: Nothing made sense. Why does he fight? Do we not know? He’s just a guy who has nothing left. He’s a killer, and a wealthy man who now has nothing to lose. Everything he said during that speech has absolutely nothing to do with it. ‘A warrior dies to learn who he is’… that doesn’t sound like fun at all, brah.
Teruhi’s blood bath: Even though I was 200% certain that Teruhi would somehow end up in a situation where she’d need to be saved by Jinzaburou, it was pretty good having her slay that guy with her short knife and be covered in his blood. Quite graphic, but then again, what isn’t graphic about war?
Tatsu: If you’d ask me who Tatsu was before this episode, I would genuinely have no idea. I suppose she just butted in as the Toibarai hot-piece-of-ass of a leader’s love interest and quickly died after that. I really don’t know who the hell confesses their love in a battlefield and how they think this is a good idea. They could have built that up before the battle, heck, these two could have even been a couple and given something to talk about. It feels like the production team threw this together just for the dying-hand-in-hand shot.
Onitakemaru: Just when I thought we finally got rid of him and his annoying ‘HAH’ catchphrase – a literary genius, he must be – Onitakemaru decides to make a comeback, mainly to justify Jinzaburou’s survival on a really difficult fight. By the way, my money is on the Mongol leader, just saying. Having being fed the same storyline for the better part of my life, I’m old enough to know a secondary character never beats the boss – they get their heads mounted. Except for Samwise Gamgee, that is. He broke free of that tradition.
Hitari: A rather uninteresting tsundere-type-of-character, this guy had, by far, the most awesome death. Killed by the weapon of his choice, and right in the middle of the circle in his headscarf. Pretty cool.
I don’t trust this
Jinzaburou is not dead. He’s just pulling a drowning stunt, how unoriginal too. I’m pretty sure he’ll be killed but that kid whose dad he assassinated in the next episode, and Teruhi will be wearing a chastity belt for the rest of her life.
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Angolmois: Genkou Kassenki (Record of Mongol Invasion)
Summer 2018 | Anime Info | Simulcast