Posted by psgels on 10 February 2007 with categories: Bakumatsu Kikansetsu Irohanihoheto

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Short Synopsis: The English launch their attack once more, Akizuki also makes his move. At least, that’s their plan. ;)
Good: Amazing plot twists, awesome climax. :D
Bad: As usual, Shouten-sama provides some nice background information, but again, I didn’t quite catch that.
Overall Enjoyment Value: 8,5/10

Boy, that was awesome. There definitely were some twists in this that shouldn’t be missed at all, both for the English and for Akizuki. I really wonder what this anime has in store for us for its final episodes. In the first part of the episode, the Lord’s Head shows what kind of power it has towards others when the English try to take him out. Rook tries to kill him, but Enomoto just reflects his attacks, and starts playing with his mind. This makes you suspect that only people like Akizuki can really get rid of the Lord’s Head. The English retreat for now, as things aren’t looking good.

We then see a small aftermath, in which Akizuki agrees to let Kakunojou accompany him, and Rook starts to notice the effects of his encounter with Enomoto, as he keeps getting more and more doubts. The rest of the episode focuses on the English’s second attack, though both parties decided to handle things a bit bigger than with the first one. With the English, Kanna also participates in the attack, and they arrive in their own warship. Enomoto, meanwhile, called all his men to deck, while Soutetsu returned to the ship with Hijikata. Akizuki, meanwhile, also heads towards Enomoto, accompanied by Kakunojou.

And this is where the goodness begins. First of all, Rook dies! This can do some great things for the rest of his team, especially his sister. He has been so confused by Enomoto that he just rushed in, even though he knew that Enomoto could do the same to him again. This indeed happened, and he got stabbed by Enomoto’s henchmen. With this, the Englishmen have definitely turned interesting, as right now, their mission has started to get personal. I can imagine that at least some of them will want to take revenge of what happened to Rook.

The English and Kanna then decide to retreat. Akizuki, meanwhile, has had enough time to sneak up on Enomoto, starting the second part of the climax of the episode. Akizuki’s about to strike, though before he gets the chance, Kakunojou once again gets possessed by her sword. This time, Enomoto makes her cut Akizuki in the leg! Both of them were really great to see after that. ^^

The reasons for Kakunojou’s behaviour also were explained this episode, though as mentioned above, they were a bit vague to me. It has something to do with some kind of fog, though that’s all I could understand of it.

8 Responses

  1. TokiDoki says:

    I’ve been meaning to give this series a try and from the screen shots it looks quite good. As for the plot twists I’ll be looking forward to it as its one of the best aspects to look for when watching any kind of entertainment ranging from anime to television serials

  2. Vivacioussky says:

    WOW!! That sounds amazing!! The 12 subbed ep just came out and I saw it. I wish more people were doing the subs for this series…unfortunately, it seems to be wishful thinking on my part :(
    Dang, hurry up with it already…I dont understand why this series isnt popular. Its so much better than some of the other anime!

  3. psgels psgels says:

    Bakumatsu indeed is a hugely underrated series. I remember that nobody talked about it when it first aired. Right now, things have gotten a bit better, but this series still remains incredibly ignored.

    Still, with the release of episode 13, people will probably start talking a bit more. That’s going to be the first major climax of the series. ^_^

  4. w says:

    I think she actually stabbed him in the back, you know… >.> (as in literally, not figuratively) If you watch closely the hole is stabbed in his cape (= his back).

    If you want to read about what Shouten-sama was saying check out this post.

  5. Vivacioussky says:

    Stabbed in the back?! Oh no!! Was Akitsuki badly injured? I hope not…he seems to be a better fighter than Kakunojou; I kinda expected he would just managed to dodge or something.
    Also, can someone please clear this? Is the name Akitsuki or AkiDsuki? I see both versions, although I hear the D more than T when Im watching the subs. Or is it like the letter R which is actually pronounced as L? Like Rin is actually Lin? Thanks :)

  6. psgels psgels says:

    According to the official site, his name is “AkiDZuki”. I just like to call him Akizuki.

    Being stabbed in the back also makes a bit more sense, yeah. I originally thought it was in the leg, as the animation seemed to suggest it. (At least, from what I remember while watching it). Also, Vivacioussky, when you see the episode, you’ll probably understand why he didn’t dodge. Most came from the element of surprise. Whether Akizuki is badly hurt, we don’t know yet. He fell off the ship as soon as he was hit. I’m suspecting that he’ll end up badly injured, though it isn’t time for him to die yet, being the main character and all. :P

  7. w says:

    Regarding the problem of pronounciation, actually it’s because of two different romanizing systems. You see, his name is not really Akizuki in Japanese characters – as in it’s not あきずき. It’s made up of “Aki” (秋 – あき) and “Tsuki” (月 – つき), and when the Tsuki is put after Aki, due to this thing called a dakuten rule it becomes “voiced” to become “づき”.

    However, “づき” is a problem because while it is pronounced exactly like “zuki” by most Japanese, it is still written differntly from the normal “zuki” that is “ずき”. So to differentiate between the two, the Nihon-shiki (and closely related Kunrei-shiki) as well as Japanese IME typing systems call づ either “du” or “dzu”. Hence, Akiduki (you see this on Japanese sites) or Akidzuki. Of course it is not pronoucned “du”, “du” is because of the phonetic arrangement. But “dzu” is a compromise between differentiating it from “ず” and retaining some of its pronounciation.

    Since it’s pronoucned the same as “zu”, however, in Hepburn romanization it is simply left as “zu”, hence “Akizuki”.

    I prefer using “Akizuki” because while it’s confusing to people who learn Japanese and think it’s spelt as あきずき and not あきづき, it looks and sounds nicer than Akidzuki which could be mistakenly pronounced as “a-kid-zuki”.

  8. Vivacioussky says:

    Thanks guys =D even though I kinda dont get and at the same time kinda get what you mean by the name pronounciations.
    I hope to see the episodes soon, but the team subbing this has slowed down. Dont want them to stop, such a cool series!

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  • ninjarealist
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 11:49 PM)
    @Emma I think Deen makes some really good looking anime. People tend to give them crap for some of their mid-2000 stuff and justifiably, but their recent stuff and early stuff is really quite visually arresting.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 11:43 PM)
    Now granted,deens adaptation of sankarea had some pretty neat visuals behind it.
  • ninjarealist
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 11:14 PM)
    Granted that none of those manga had the type of mass appeal that Sankarea has, but they’re some pof the best manga I’ve read within their specific genre (sentimental ecchi comedies/romances). I love his art style too. It just works so well for sappy romantic stuff. Inu Neko Jump will always be one of my favorite manga.
  • ninjarealist
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 11:12 PM)
    On the subject of Sankarea, I’m about as big of a Hattori Mitsuru fanboy as anyone could be and I have to say that Sankarea is my least favorite manga of his. His strengths and weaknesses just don’t lend themselves very well to that type of horror/drama plot. Umisho, Inu Neko Jump, and Otogi no Machi no Rena even were all better manga.
  • k-off
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 08:47 PM)
    To be fair to the series though, I thought that the owl was pretty cool.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 06:18 PM)
    But I’ve heard complaints about the fanservice of rea not making sense considering her past/background and I’m inclined to agree.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 06:16 PM)
    Ha, and once again another shounen ruined by not being a seinen manga.
    @Aidan: Sometimes..sometimes I feel its the fans that should be writing these things instead…well the good ones =P
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 06:05 PM)
    @K-Off, Potentail for Rea to go berserk and starting a zombie apocalypse? Or at least enough to have her slowly lose her mind and chiro having to resort to more and more desperate measures to protect her and stop her from hurting others. There was plently of potentail in the premise, just that the author didn’t have the balls to take it that far.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 05:51 PM)
    Wasn’t awful now by any means but I’d rather stop with it before any good memories of it get ruined =<
    I think I'm just fed up with these shounen comedies/dramas and pandora hearts is also the last time I take a chance on a shounen fantasy show.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 05:48 PM)
    Although as a whole sankarea never really geled together for me, series of genre clashing and a master of none, there were little pockets of interest and the art was good and moments did feel like something more. Some of the fanservice, comedy also felt misplaced.

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