We’re back with another action-packed episode of Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens. This week, bitter rivals team up to take down a common enemy and of course, hijinks ensue! There’s never a dull moment with the Hakata crew, and Episode 6 keeps the momentum going! Don’t miss out on all the fun! So, let’s get this party started!
Japanese Original Episode Title: ピンチヒッター
With Banba busy preparing for the festival, Lin takes up the mantle of Niwaka Samurai, but what should have been an easy job goes sideways when the Submarine Ninja shows up to take down the hitmen’s hitman. Unfortunately, their showdown is cut short when Lin is kidnapped by members of the Kakyu crime syndicate. Now, it’s up to Banba to save the day!
Flash Forward: The episode starts with the climactic battle between the Niwaka Samurai and the Submarine Ninja, before flashing a few hours back in time to the events that led up to the battle.
No man gets left behind: Over the course of the series, Banba has grown rather close to Lin, somewhere between treating the younger man like a little brother, but with a whole hell of a lot of not so subtle BL subtext… but, I digress… No matter what he’s doing or where he is, if Lin is in trouble, he races off to go save him… every time.
Timeline: The episode takes place over the course of one long night. To show the passage of time between events, there are these nifty timestamps that appear in the left-hand corner of the screen to help the audience keep track of the timeline of events.
Themes & Trivia
I volunteer as tribute: Lin stands in for Banba as the Nikawa Samurai against the Submarine Ninja.
Damsel in Distress: Once again, Lin is captured by a group of unsavory individuals and Banba has to swoop in like a Captain-Save-A-Bro and save him.
A job like any other: Last episode, we got an intimate look at the ups and downs of job hunting for the hitmen of Hakata. This episode we see one of those methods actually paying off with Jose finally getting a hit on the job request he put on ShadyJobs.com.
Women…er Men in Suitcases: In a rather ironic twist, Lin ends up stuffed in a suitcase just like his sister was a few episodes ago… and we all know how that turned out for her…
If you die, I can’t kill you: Shunsuke, aka Submarine Ninja, is hellbent on being the person to kill the Niwaka Samurai to the point that he rescues him from some would-be assassins just so they can finish their fight. When asked why he saves him he simply replies, ‘If you die, I can’t kill you.’
Unlikely Pair: Shunsuke and Banba form a tenuous partnership in order to escape the Kakyu base, and for what it’s worth, they actually make a pretty good team.
That girl is poison: Assassination via poisoned fingernails… yes… a literal ‘poison touch.’
Rivals on and off the court: The episode ends with another baseball match, and who do you suppose is the pitcher for the rival team? That’s right, none other that Shunsuke, the Submarine Ninja.
This episode kept the momentum going, with much of what we’ve come to expect from the series. I wasn’t completely sold on Shunsuke last episode, but now that we’ve spent a bit more time with him, he’s starting to grow on me, though I don’t really see him as an actual threat, more of a frenemy to Banba and co.
On a side note, when are we gonna stop making my boy Lin the damsel in distress? I know he is reckless, but this is the third episode where he gets ‘captured’ and has to be rescued by Banba, and in this case, the rest of the crew (which I will now start calling the Tonkatsu Ramens). Let my man be great.
This episode was much more light-hearted than I thought it would be, but there were still plenty of the action-y moments I love. There was also a new, female hitman… er… hitwoman(?)… hitperson, introduced this episode and it seems she and Banba have a bit of history. Is that a love triangle I smell? I guess we’ll find out next week!
You will find me, time after time
We’re two episodes into this new arc and I already feel like this is the storyline that the series is going to go with for the remainder of its run. Episode 6 was a lot of fun, with great moments from all of the characters, namely the Shunsuke and Lin. Banba more or less took a backseat until the last ten or so minutes and let’s just say… he has a nice ass…
What did you think of this week’s episode of Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens? What do you think of the new arc? Let us know in the comment section! And don’t forget to check the rest of the Winter 2018 anime reviews on MANGA.TOKYO!