Just as the title implies, the battle for the castle of Kanatanoki takes place during this episode.
Japanese Original Episode Title: 山城の攻防
JInzaburo and Nagamine are putting together the plan for the castle’s defense. During their conversation, Shiraishi butts in and asks how many soldiers will be guarding the rear gates, where the Mongols are not expected to strike. Despite suspecting him and instead of keeping him where he can keep his eye on him, Nagamine flat out gives him the answer and Jinzaburo enthusiastically agrees on having him guard that spot along with the few soldiers that will be going there. Up until that moment, I thought that they were just playing him, but no, they completely ignored the fact that he was gone ‘hunting’ for a whole day.
During the battle, the Mongols initially charge at the front gate, then as reinforcements arrive, they slow down to give time to the troops that are working with Shiraishi to sabotage the defense at the back. The Mongols manage to get in, but the Toibarai are prepared – they burn their capital and their enemies to death. Jinzaburo takes that opportunity to go on yet another raid and this time threatens the Mongol leader, who finally decides to retreat. The episode ends with Shiraishi waiting to fight with Jinzaburo at the back gate, hoping to offer his head to the Mongols.
Praising Kuchii: Am I the only one who finds the rest of the characters verbally praising Jinzaburo to be a bit of incompetent writing? It feels as if Jinzaburo is a child writing its own script, making himself feel good at any given chance. It also feels like without those praises his character is unable to shine (he is super bland thb)
Plot double-twist: After having watched f-loads of anime, I did find Jinzaburo and Nagamine realizing Shiraishi’s treason in time to almost be a given. I was surprised to be wrong, but the Toibarai were still somehow prepared for an invasion for the back, so I guess one way or another the structure of the story stayed the same. Meh.
Nagamine rabu: Were I 15, I would have definitely named Nagamine watakushi no husbando. What her and a purple outfit – I mean sign me up. Now, I usually go for hairy guys that are growing a beer belly. That’s how your standards change, kids.
Cutest stone throwing ever: Who would have ever thought that throwing stones to kill people could possibly be so elegant and adorable – the swimming girls jumping to control the catapults were actually really cute.
Shiraishi: Bloody hell this character is bad. I don’t know if it’s the fact that they are trying to make him seem more human by showing his regret as he betrays everyone but to me he just seems pretty damn miserable, even for a traitor figure.
Was I the only one? I am not entirely sure what happened with the fire, why did the Mongols not invade from the back? Were they scared to see their comrades dying? I don’t get it.
HEH: Also, has anyone else noticed how Onitakemaru has to say HEH every time he speaks? That is so annoying.
Cuteness potential: I still think the Mongol leader has definitely got an unspecified something-something to him that makes him attractive and elegant. Maybe he’s just weird.
The Mongols are leaving; can I go too? Please?
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Angolmois: Genkou Kassenki (Record of Mongol Invasion)
Summer 2018 | Anime Info | Simulcast