Flashbacks, cooking, fake tattooed corpses and guess what – Ogata is the ultimate party pooper and nobody likes him. Not surprised that my favorite character is a sociopath.
Japanese Original Episode Title: 昔の話をしよう
Tsurumi’s men ambush Edogai’s house to destroy all evidence around the research on creating the fake tattooed skins. Ogata and Hijikata, being some of the most skilled warriors in the whole show, naturally start taking Tsurumi’s soldiers down. Hijikata is fighting with the surviving twin while Ogata is being kicked in the face by some random guy. Sugimoto turns up and saves both, somehow. The gang escapes and splits in two; Hijikata and his ally have a nice chat that leads to a flashback from back in the days when Hijikata was in prison – cool stuff – and Sugimoto, Ogata, Ushiyama and Asirpa are left together hunting for woodcocks for dinner. While Chinpo-sensei and Sugimoto humor Asirpa and follow her instructions in performing Ainu traditions when preparing and tasting the food, Ogata simply ignores her. Something tells me he’s not too good with kids, and now everyone hates him.
By the end of the episode, Shiraishi is having nightmares about Sugimoto finding out that he betrayed him this whole time; he tries to escape during the night, only to come across Tsurumi’s troops once more.
Kickass sniping skills: I am such a sucker for Ogata. He’s a real evil genius. His plan to lure Tsurumi’s men into the house through the door and slowly take them out was epic. Also, much as I love Asirpa, I was kind of pumped when he went against her advice and caught the woodcocks by shooting just to prove his skill. Don’t hate the player…
HIjikata: Despite his old age, still a kickass character and a rebel whose blood runs wild. Apart from being an inspiring figure, a stoic prisoner, and an amazing warrior, he was also a pretty hot piece of ass during his prime, as we can see in the flashback. Come of it – either my reviews on this show are becoming a bit monotonous OR this is a reverse harem anime. I suppose the second alternative is quite legit.
Not a kids person: I really felt for Ogata as he ignored Asirpa. Much as, when a child, this type of adult must seem really repelling, as an adult, having to deny humoring a kid is even more painful, just because they communicate on their own level only. Also, I love how much Ushiyama takes care of Asirpa, despite being a monstrous block of muscles that only thinks about his dick.
Themes & Trivia
Turepatacir: Here’s an Ainu word that really does sound Russian to me: the woodcocks are a group of seven or eight very similar living species of wading birds.Only two woodcocks are widespread, the others being localized island endemics. Most are found in the Northern Hemisphere but a few range into the Greater Sundas, Wallacea and New Guinea. They look too cute to eat.
Ubayuri: A Northeast Asian species of plants in the lily family. It is native to Japan and to certain Russian islands in the Sea of Okhotsk. It grows large, beautiful lily-like flowers.
Tsukigata: A town located in Sorachi Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan. The town’s name originates from the first warden of Kabato Prison, located in Tsukigata, Kiyoshi Tsukigata. Their prison must have been a big deal as they even have a museum on it.
Hakodate War: The Battle of Hakodate was fought in Japan from December 4, 1868 to June 27, 1869, between the remnants of the Tokugawa shogunate army, consolidated into the armed forces of the rebel Ezo Republic, and the armies of the newly formed Imperial government.
Keiou era: A Japanese era name after Genji and before Meiji. The period spanned the years from May 1865 to October 1868. Keiou means “Jubilant Answer” and the era was created to mark the Kinmon Incident – a rebellion against the Tokugawa shogunate that took place on August 20, 1864, at the Imperial Palace in Kyoto.
Carry on everyone
Looking forward to the next episode; the show keeps delivering decent content so far. Also, nice OP and EP!
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Spring 2018 – Fall 2018 | Anime Info | Simulcast