Jennifer is a writer, translator and bishounen connoisseur. When not working, she can usually be found scouring Osaka for beautiful comics of the lewd variety. You can find her on the MT forum under the handle nifa
Hello, it’s Jennifer the Saniwa here, and I’m gonna look back at some of the bits and bobs that I found really prominent in the latest episode of Summer 2017 anime Katsugeki Touken Ranbu. Now, I’ll warn you that I’m a fan of Japanese history and of the game Touken Ranbu online, so I will mostly just ramble out random facts with the hopes that it can make you enjoy the anime even more!
Japanese Title: 主の命[あるじのめい]
Don’t forget, we also serve our master
The Time Retrograde Army seems to have sprung into action with the aim of angering foreign nations and therefore stopping Japan from opening its borders to the outside world. Putting a stop to the opening of Japan would mean Japanese anime as we know it would not exist, and therefore no Katsugeki Touken Ranbu! No~ Somebody please do something!
After trying to save as many as they can in the chaos of the steam-ship explosion, Mutsunokami Yoshiyuki and Horikawa Kunihiro end up infiltrating a base of master-less samurai who aim to expel foreigners from Japan. Will Unit 2 successfully prevent history from being altered, and will Mutsunokami finally recognize Izuminokami as his team captain?
Smooth fighting: Towards the end of the episode, we see our boys fighting the Time Retrograde Army. Within that fight, there is one particular scene that is just one continuous shot. It goes from Tonbokiri to Yagen to Horikawa and finally to Izuminokami and Mutsunokami. Wow, what a beautiful shot. Not only is the choreography and animation beautiful, but it really shows us what our guys can do when they work together. Having the scene finish with Kane-san and Mutsu working perfectly in time together is especially poignant. I love how Tonbokiri goes slightly out of focus before his final swing.
Fried tofu: What does the fox say? In Japanese, a fox says ‘kon’, making ‘Konnosuke’ a very fitting name for our cute fox guide. In Japan, mythical fox spirits are said to be quite partial to fried tofu. This is why udon topped with a slice of fried tofu is called kitsune udon, with kitsune being the Japanese word for fox. This is also why inari zushi (sushi rice packed into a pocket of fried tofu) is named as such. Now we know why Konnosuke was hungry for tofu. In fact, this is making me hungry now.
Floof: Speaking of Konnosuke, the way his ears popped up and he shook himself after coming under the fence was too cute! This little touch was a great respite from the constant seriousness of this episode.
The Sunset: After the chaos of the steam ship, the team got together as the sun set over the horizon. Despite the ever-so-slightly off-putting CG, the scenery in this shot was absolutely stunning. It was slightly bittersweet to learn that only 13 people survived the attack on the ship, but we learn a lot about Mutsunokami and his emotions. As I said in the last review, he is a shounen manga hero through and through.
Yagen the medicine grinder: During the chaos at the port, Yagen Toshiro helps a severely injured victim. He gets right to work with nimble fingers, not even hesitating at sewing up the wound. The yagen in his name is a kind of stone mill used to grind up herbs for Chinese medicine. The reason the sword is named as such is because it is said that his master was trying to commit seppuku with the blade, but it would not cut into his stomach. The master then angrily threw the sword, and it perfectly managed to pierce a yagen. This means that Yagen is a deadly-sharp sword that won’t harm his master. Due to a yagen mainly being used for medicinal purposes, our short-sporting Touken Danshi is very skilled at medicine, and his citadel outfit (you can see it if you watch Touken Ranbu Hanamaru) even features a white doctor’s coat.
Yagen’s legs did not disappoint this episode! Especially in the sunset scene, where the orange glow was reflected on his milky white legs. His thighs were quite prominently featured when he was sewing up the wound of the Dutchman. Thank you, ufotable.
I can’t explain how hyped I was to see another amazing fight sequence this episode. Although it only lasted a few seconds, I admit I went back and watched it a couple of times. If you haven’t watched the episode yet, then keep your eyes peeled for it, and if you have, then go back and watch it again! Although we got to see a lot of Mutsunokami and Horikawa this episode, I’m hoping we can see a bit of more of Tonbokiri and Yagen next week! (And I’m waiting for you Tsurumaru Kuninaga!) Also, don’t forget to check the rest of our episodic anime reviews for Summer 2017 and let me know in the comments or on the forum (my handle is nifa!) if you have anything to add!
Official Site: http://katsugeki-touken.com/