Episode 8 begins with a flashback of Izzy and Blood together on a park bench. BB asks Izzy if she hates tattoos, to which she says yes, and that she wishes they did not exist. Keep this in mind as we move forward through this episode; it will be important later.
We then jump back to the ongoing battle between the Kingdom and the U.S. Army Retrieval Unit. Lisa is helping as much as she can on the ground while the Colonel has gone back up in the air inside of a helicopter. The troops begin to retreat on account of Iltutmish’s unleashed source form decimating them left and right. Tom takes Touko against her will into the woods to escape. Not far into their escape, Touko breaks away from Tom and goes back for Seigi.
While Tom and Touko were running off, Lisa teamed up with Leo (who happens to also be her soul mate) to defeat Iltutmish. The two fight her extremely hard and almost have her trapped when Leo is suddenly captured by surprise as Iltutmish rips him apart in front of Lisa.
Blood is still facing Cal when he sends Izzy to go get Seigi from Princess Aryabahata. We discover that the Princess is cancelling out Seigi’s Void Maker with her own version of his tattoo and that Seigi is no longer considered a key or even required. Seigi works out that the Princess is not only going to rewrite the world with her newly acquired powers, but she is going to wipe every human but herself off the face of the Earth in order to “cleanse” it. She claims that since humans seem to be incapable of keeping peace, it is necessary to annihilate them to start fresh.
BB is fighting Cal with everything he has in order to save Izzy, who has now been captured. But he is failing over and over against the fatal samurai. Finally, BB’s power gives out on him and his source begins to devour his body. It is at this moment he calls to Seigi to have our hero consume what is left of Blood’s powers. Seigi is finally able to summon enough power to break himself free as his own source devours Blood against Seigi’s will. While Seigi and Izzy are both left in shock of BB’s death in front of Princess Aryabhata, Touko makes her way onto the battlefield to Seigi. As soon as her appearance is known, Iltutmish eats her before she even gets close to Seigi. Thus, Seigi has simultaneously lost two of the most important people in his life at the same time. Leaving the plot open for an epic revenge story.
Later, after the battle has ended and everyone has returned home, the Wiseman finds Seigi in an ally way and informs him that he is taking over Seigi’s mentoring on Blood’s behalf. It was Blood’s final wish to eliminate all tattoos and Seigi is the one he entrusted this mission to. This portion of the episode relays back to the very beginning where Blood and Izzy discuss the elimination of tattoos in the park. It seems Blood has made tattoo eradication his mission for the sake of Izzy and others like her. Seigi is taken to Dr. Wisman’s lab where he is shown to Blood’s old incubation pod. Seigi is to learn all of Blood’s past and his future in the upcoming episodes through this pod.
- Death- A lot of characters died at the hands of the Kingdom in this episode. Blood died for Izzy and Seigi as he’s consumed by his Source. Leo was ripped apart by Iltutmish as he defended Lisa. Finally, Seigi’s romantic interest and childhood friend, Touko, was eaten by Iltutmish.
- Justice- Right as BB is about to die, he tells Seigi that he will be the hand of justice. We find out later that Blood intended for Seigi to take his place as the bringer of Justice all along.
- Vengence- Now that Seigi has lost both his mentor and childhood best friend, Princess Aryabhata suspects she will be seeing him again soon in accordance to the cliché of vengeance
The episode this week was a bit more brutal than I had originally expected. Last week I commented that it was frustrating seeing Seigi so powerless after his training. It turns out that this was a plot set up for a vengeance story. Or at least that is what’s to be expected. Touko’s death was attention-grabbing in this episode, especially when she had so much camera time compared to other characters that have died in this anime. The significance of her death really seems to have shaken Seigi, so I look forward to seeing if he actually follows a path of vengeance or if he pursues a path of Justice. It seems for now, that the series has a very fine line between the two. As it is within the real world, as well as within the world of Taboo Tattoo, there is a blurred edge between right and wrong. I cannot wait to see what comes in next weeks episode of Taboo Tattoo.