I didn’t want to say ‘finally’ after this show finished, but here I am saying it: FINALLY. That was a slow and painful one.
Japanese Original Episode Title: 凶兆
Jinzaburou is – of course – alive and swimming with some obese white shark who is interested in bringing up Kuchi’s tragic family history; meaning the fact that he was one shit father who low-key tortured his daughter because she wanted to plant a persimmon tree in the estate’s garden. The way he behaves not just to her but also to his wife in this episode makes me sick. What a great hero – a bloodthirsty dog with no empathy. Anyway, I’ll nag about his depth of character later – he swims out of the water and wanders around to kill more people while they’re still here. He has a rather boring fight with the Mongol fancy warrior with the red hair, then walks off because he’s too cool to kill this douchebag and because nobody in the whole Mongol army is willing to shoot a bow at him – oh god. In the meantime, the monkey-kid that jumps around and climbs trees dies trying to pull off some magnificent escape for his girlfriend- poor things. Princess Teruhi is almost choked to death by her bff who is trying to spare her but eventually changes her mind because Teruhi says she wants to see Kuchi one last time (ewww). Kano hides her under some leaves that gets herself raped and probably enslaved just to grant her stupid mistress’s last wish. D-I-S-G-U-S-T-I-N-G.
Eventually, Teruhi finds Kuchi and the last survivors of the island, and thank the lord, this show is over.
Outstanding plot-twist: Kuchi fell in the water and is not dead. Rumours say that this is probably the most common cliffhanger in the history of fiction, and always with the same result: the ‘drowned’ hero re-emerges to save the day. How did they come up with this stuff? Would be even better if he had swam out in his armour.
The kid died: I honestly thought these two would survive, mostly because they were kids. To be fair, his death was a bit lame – he even stopped to say his little line before he was speared to death. However, his assassination skills were maybe the second time in the whole show when some decent animation took place. They probably had to spend the rest of the budget on something.
Kaitani’s death: Also super-lame – what happened here? So someone shot him with a bow and then… what? He just started screaming without taking cover, then got shot by more bows. What did he expect? The enemy to wait for him to finish?
Worst character ever: And the prize goes to Kuchi. No depth, no development, no motivation, just some bullshit story about his daughter and his neighbour (lol) and how he kinda got by in life by being a sociopath and an asshole. Reminds me of that guy from Aoki Honoo – trying too hard to be cool.
Themes & Trivia
Always the defendant: Have you ever watched a show in popular media where the attacker is the protagonist and we get to see their personal lives and pain? No. Because it always gives the viewer more feels to see someone struggling to protect what they hold dear. War works in the same way, you see.
If I’m lucky enough, I’ll probably never see Jinzaburou’s ugly mug ever again. BYE~
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Angolmois: Genkou Kassenki (Record of Mongol Invasion)
Summer 2018 | Anime Info | Simulcast