Things are starting to get more and more interesting! Nihei’s rants about women and his obsession over boners will surely be missed.
Japanese Original Episode Title: 錯綜
Nihei and Tanigaki capture Asirpa as they keep fighting with Sugimoto and Shiraishi. Nihei ties them up and Tanigaki runs away with Asirpa, but the other two manage to escape. Tanigaki is shot by a poisonous arrow from a deer trap and Asirpa manages to save him. Nihei is still obsessed over the white wolf and tries to lure him in using Asirpa as a bait. Retar runs to help Asirpa, and with his mate, they attack and fatally wound Nihei. They all return to the village and Tanigaki informs them that Lt. Tsurumi believes that there is far more gold than is rumored, and wants to use it to seek justice for the 7th Division. After their commander committed suicide they were treated like outcasts and Tsurumi wants to use the gold to set up a factory in order to provide employment and income for the island. Later on, Hijikata along with Ushiyama head to Otaru to continue looking for tattooed prisoners. Shiraishi stumbles upon Ushiyama at a brothel and then an insane chase begins.
The dog is the best: Seriously, how adorable was the dog throughout the whole episode? It even got wounded for the sake of his master and tried to fight wolves.
Asirpa is too nice: That girl tried to save Tanigaki despite the fact that he ‘abducted’ her. She warned him about the trap, treated his wound and didn’t even escape when he released so he can save him. That girl is precious. Also, she seems to like miso now.
Retar’s wife and family: The scene ofRetar’s wife coming to the rescue was fantastic. And when Asirpa finds out that he actually has a whole family, I have to say it was rather surprising and emotional at the same time. He is not a lone wolf after all.
The big horny man: Uhm that guy is a beast. When you see him you can’t help but feel threatened for sure. I don’t even want to think what the poor girls in the brothel have to go through in order for him to be ‘tamed’. Also, when he was chasing down Shiraishi, he even tackled a horse! A bloody horse! I guess he ain’t called Ushiyama the Undefeated for no reason… That scene seriously threw me off.
Themes & Trivia
Matagi: The Matagi are traditional winter hunters of the Tōhoku region of northern Japan, most famously today in the Shirakami-Sanchi forest between Akita and Aomori. The word ‘matagi’ itself may be Ainu, from ‘matangi’ or ‘matangitono’, ‘man of winter, hunter’.
They hunt deer and bear, and their culture has much in common with the bear worship of the Ainu.The Matagi are attested from the medieval period but continue to hunt today. They have come into conflict with environmentalists now that the forest has been partially cleared. They no longer hunt the serow, which is protected, but continue to hunt bear.
Paskuma: The name Paskuma in Ainu means ‘to tell old stories, to teach your grandchildren.’
Abashiri Prison: In April 1890, the Meiji government sent over 1,000 political prisoners to the isolated Abashiri village and forced them to build roads linking it to the south. Abashiri Prison later became known for being a self-sufficient farming prison and cited as a model for others throughout Japan. Most of the prison burned down in a 1909 fire, but it was reconstructed in 1912. It took on its current name in 1922. The prison is also known for its wooden nipopo (ニポポ) dolls carved by its inmates.
The production of this episode was decent. Needless to say that Shiriashi is pretty fucked as he is being chased by the guy that looks like the Terminator. Ushiyama is the absolute unit, hence his name Ushi (meaning ‘cow’) and Yama (meaning ‘mountain’). It was great to see Tsurumi’s motivation and insane plans for the war along with a good conclusion for Nihei. I swear cool antagonists and villains just keep popping out in every episode.
Also, apparently Tsurumi’s gestures while speaking were parodies of Hitler’s in ‘Triumph of the Will.’ You can check more about it in the tweet here.
May you be born again and hear pleasant sounds.
The action and the comedy were great as usual and this episode was really well done. Looking forward to seeing in the next week’s episode and how exactly the 7th Division is going to act and handle things.