We took a break from the giant sharks this week to see what Hyakkimaru’s been up to. Demons were killed, family was remembered, and a new leg was… Oh well. Let’s not go into that yet.
While Dororo is waiting for the giant demon shark to attack his little merry band of brigands, Hyakkimaru is on a quest to find Jikai, the man who raised him and gave him his proshetic limbs. He is still going around battlefields, giving the dead the limbs they need. Interestingly enough, when a lion-esk demon attacks the battlefield, it takes no interest in Jukai, and instead kills an old man who just a few seconds earlier accused Jukai of wasting his talents on corpses when he could have been helping the living. What he and many others in real life fail to see is that depression is a nasty soab. It can make you do illogical things that can only be explained by taking a deep dive into one’s psyche. And this episode was that dive.
Their reunion brought tears to them both. For Hyakkimaru, Jukai was the one who saved him from certain death. For Jukai, Hyakkimaru was his reason to live. When he left, he returned to his old ways. It made perfect sense that their meeting would make all kinds of feeling surface. We see Hyakkimaru smile and Jukai question his action. We also see Hyakkimaru ask for a leg that he eventually never got (I am still buffed by that. Why didn’t he just make another leg?). Jukai’s reasoning was that he couldn’t give Hyakkimaru a leg because he would use it to kill demons and humans alike and keep him on the same hellish path he has already chosen to walk. Yet, even after Hyakkimaru killed the demonic infestation, told Jukai about Dororo, and gave him a reason to live by very affectionately acknowledging him as family by calling him ‘mother’, Jukai still let him go without a prosthetic leg? What’s his deal?
We also learned that the reason Hyakkimaru’s alive is the headless goddess his mother kept for so many years in the altar in her room. I’m sure there is a good reason for a goddess to mingle into their affairs, because when the demons claimed their prize, she gave her head to spare little Hyakkimaru’s brain. Someone up there really wanted the little brat alive. Daigo is a little concerned about that whole divide intervention and sends his other son to kill his firstborn. Tahomaru is not the little kid we met in previous episodes and he now has vowed to not let his feelings get in the way of the province’s prosperity. A noble goal, but Hyakkimaru is your brother, demondamnit!
Dead inside: Subtle but powerful, the episode hinted Jukai’s depression by having the demon ignore him because he wasn’t emitting any life energy.
Tree of: Demons. There is no shortage of weird supernatural beings in Japan. It is a miracle anyone is still alive.
Time for Hyakkimaru to save the only person who can keep him human. Dororo… I hope you have your shark-killing plans ready because your bog brother is coming.
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Spring 2019 | Anime Info | Simulcast