It’s just the second episode, but I don’t care much for the show already. It’s not a bad series, but it’s definitely not a good one either. Or, it’s not a good show yet. In which case, why on earth would you give a good show such a weak start?
Japanese Original Episode Title: 佐須の戦神
So what happened in this episode? Nothing more than what was expected. The Tsushima local government led by So Sukekuni underestimated the Mongols’ intentions during their pre-war meeting. Kuchii was invited to the meeting by the princess and tried to talk sense into them but as they were not keen on listening to the fact that their island is about to be invaded and they are completely unprepared, he got kicked out in the most dramatic of ways. While chatting with the locals, he was noticed by the fictional military general Shouni Kagesuke, who asked him to hold the island while he would go back to the mainland and return with reinforcements in 7 days. After the princess’ major effort to keep him on the island using her charm, Kuchii decided to stay. However, the Mongolian did arrive on that very same day and easily slaughtered the group of 80 men, including So Sikekuni, that went to stop them.
Themes & Trivia
Nostradamus: A French physician and reputed seer, who is best known for his book Les Propheties, allegedly predicting future events. Now I’m not an expert in him or his work so if you are, first of all, why, and second, pardon my limited knowledge of the subject. I made the effort to look up the part of his prophecies that included the term ‘Angolmois’, and all I found is the following:
In the year one thousand nine hundred ninety nine, seventh month,
From the sky will come a great Leader of frightening power
To resurrect the great King of the Angol-people:
Before and after, War reigns for a good cause.
Without trying to sound too esoteric, this weird medieval crap freaks me out. However, looking into the whole analysis of ‘Angolmois’ and an anagram of the word ‘Mongolian’, I found that there might be a much more sensible explanation to that choice of words: the word ‘angola’, which comes from the Portuguese colonial name ‘Reino de Angola’ (Kingdom of Angola). The toponym was derived by the Portuguese from the title ‘ngola’ held by the kings of Ndongo. Read more in this creepy looking website.
Kemari ball: A ball game that was popular in Japan during the Heian Period. The object of Kemari is to keep one ball in the air, with all players cooperating to do so. Players may use any body part with the exception of arms and hands – their head, feet, knees, back, and depending on the rules, elbows to keep the ball aloft.
Taira no Tomomori: The son of Taira no Kiyomori, and one of the Taira Clan’s chief commanders in the Genpei War at the end of the Heian period of Japanese history. He was the victor at the Battle of Uji in 1180, and also at the Battle of Yahagigawa in 1181.
Still very meh
I guess that if I just wanted to get the facts about the Mongolian invasion of Japan I could just watch a documentary instead. Where’s the plot and entertainment?
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Angolmois: Genkou Kassenki (Record of Mongol Invasion)
Summer 2018 | Anime Info | Simulcast