In an unexpected turn of events, during this episode, we actually go some plot rather that a series of flying heads.
Japanese Original Episode Title: この死の行く末
The Japanese are still fighting some of the Mongol army (not the part they fought before in Sasu, that was mostly consisted of Koreans) and they have them coming at them at a narrow path in the mountain. The princess and the weird gloomy archer guy are trying to take out the Mongol general, but his men are well trained to protect him, so they fail. In the meantime, the Chinese soldiers of the Mongol army use some sort of gun against Yajirou and easily kill him. Jinzaburou kills that squad, then collects Yajirou’s head and offers it to princess Teruhi to burry in a takeaway bag.
Later, the Mongol army takes the bait offered by the Japanese, and its different factions start a brawl over some ‘treasure’ that was found ‘guarded’ by Onitakemarou in the forest. This delay allows the Japanese to escape in the forest and seek refuge there overnight. Princess Teruhi makes a move on Jinzaburou while he’s sleeping (not creepy at all), then brushes it off as being sassy and washes her face in the river to calm her hormones down. A weird man shows up wearing a large dead plant on his head that kind of looks like an octopus. Jizaburou shows up, the man encourages him to follow him, then runs away. Jinzaburou does follow him, and in his pajamas that is. He reaches the top of a mountain, and right as I was about to think that the people dragging him there just a weird tribe who worship the sun, some tiny old person shows up with frog eyes, and call himself an emperor. What.
The Mongol General: Quite the persona: he is large and chubby, with a round face, seems to have a bit of naivete going on, but at the same time, he cares about his men and their lives. He decides to abduct princess Teruhi cause she’s hot (always got some spare time for that sort of thing during the war, amirite) and weeps heavily for the loss of his men. It might sound odd, but out of all the mucho warriors with little thing to say and princess Teruhi who basically has no personality, he seems like the most interesting character so far.
Nosejobs: More on the Mongol General, I have noticed that his nose is very similar to that of Jinzaburou. Somehow, on him, it looks less ugly.
Abducting the princess: Naturally, obviously, the princess gets to once more become a prize in this show. Now she’ll be abducted by the Mongol leader, just wait for it.
Ciao Yajirou: Just as you started being more of a man and less of a douchebag, you had to die. I guess someone had to get killed by a gunshot in order for that technology to be introduced by the invaders, sorry it had to be you. Sure as hell couldn’t have been Jinzaburou, cause he’s kind of important to the plot.
Head-to-go: I am not entirely sure as to why Jinzaburou chopped Yajirou’s head off to be buried after his death. I’m guessing because it can be easily carried compared to a whole body? Not that it makes much difference. The man is dead. Teruhi didn’t seem very impressed to be carrying this thing around either.
Themes & Trivia
Shintenrai: Literally meaning ‘heaven shaking thunder’ (北斗震天雷), this is some sort of ancient hybrid of a cannon/gun. It’s basically a tube using gunpowder.
Onitakemaru: By far the most annoying and redundant character in the show, his personality is reduced to screaming and throwing rocks around. His name is, however, interesting to look at: 鬼剛丸, with 鬼 (oni) meaning ‘demon’, 剛 (tsuyoshi) meaning ‘rigid’ and 丸 (maru) meaning circle, he’s basically a sturdy fat fiend. Pretty accurate.
I guess that episode was slightly better than what we’ve been seeing so far, there was a bit of drama going on (even though it was rather poorly structured). I wish we’d get to see some action between the princess and Jinzaburou just so I can stay awake.
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Angolmois: Genkou Kassenki (Record of Mongol Invasion)
Summer 2018 | Anime Info | Simulcast