Posted by psgels on 17 February 2007 with categories: Bakumatsu Kikansetsu Irohanihoheto

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Short Synopsis: The aftermath of the huge events of the previous episode. Surprisingly, no Akizuki or Kanna. Instead, the episode is focused at Kakunojou.
Good: The Troupe returns! Great atmosphere; the reunion-scenes were excellent.
Bad: As expected, Akizuki is alive.
Overall Enjoyment Value: 8/10

While Bakumatsu’s story is everything but predictable, the same can’t be said for it’s pacing. Most episodes have been very faithfully following the general pattern of introduction/aftermath – climax – introduction/aftermath – climax – introduction/aftermath – climax – et cetera. It therefore is unexpected that we’re dealing with another aftermath here. Kakunojou collapsed after the end of the previous episode, and she wakes up at the medical area in the ship. While she has been sleeping, Enomoto and his crew managed to reach the northern island of Japan. The winter arrived, which makes sure of a nice change in scenery. (If I’m not mistaken, everyone ended up in a city called Hakodate).

Inside Hakodate, Kakunojou gets moved to the local hospital, where she obviously is quite shocked. she was quite touching to see. This episode also featured a small sub-plot, though I couldn’t quite follow that. Still, the definite best part of the episode was seeing the troupe return. Shiranui has been coming on his own, searching for Taiyuu (what was she doing there, by the way?). The others came by request of Soutetsu. He really likes to manipulate people doesn’t he? Same with Kakunojou? She was about to throw her sword away, which is something he couldn’t have happening so he decided to do something about it. His plan still remains a mystery. He’s obviously using everyone around him, even Enomoto. What could he be after?

I’m not sure about Hijikata’s role in this episode. We see him go from one place to the other, investigating, but exactly what is unknown. We also saw the introduction of another character, who seems to work right next to him: Tetsunosuke. His exact role isn’t clear, but he seems like a young genius who likes to act impulsive. What can a new character such as his add to the anime at this point?

6 Responses

  1. w says:

    Have you tried reading some summaries for this ep? Perhaps it will make it easier for you to understand. There’s one here and part two of that is here.

  2. psgels psgels says:

    I keep getting surprised about the number of blogs that don’t appear on feeds like Animeblogger Antenna and Animenano. ^^; Thanks for the link.

  3. w says:

    You would be advised to try checking out Google’s Blogsearch (http://blogsearch.google.com), then. :) It indexes a wide range of things including even torrent posts. o_O

  4. asdf says:

    isn’t he the kid from ep 16?

  5. psgels psgels says:

    I’ve been thinking about that too after writing this post, yeah. It’s quite possible.

  6. centzon totochtin says:

    I thought he was there for the sake of historical-ness.. and anime favouritism (he’s the main character in Peacemaker Kurogane), and so he can go around being tragic when the inevitable happens to Hijikata..

    I do love this series though, wish someone would license it..

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  • k-off
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 08:26 PM)
    Not trying to dictate what you should or shouldn’t do, just telling you my opinion.
  • k-off
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 08:25 PM)
    If you depict them in the late 19th Century to early 20th Century, it’d feel much more authentic IMO, and you’d get to add more technologies like the telegraph and automobile.
  • k-off
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 08:23 PM)
    @Bam @Friend @Vincent I like the idea, but I have one gripe: the industrial revolution didn’t happen in South America (and Mexico, for that matter) during the same time as the United States and Europe. They got into the game pretty late. Therefore, a depiction of the Inca in the 19th Century would be quite boring, as the technology wouldn’t have had the time to drastically alter the way they lived in any way.
  • Vincent
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 08:14 PM)
    But I admit that a paragliding city travel system is far-fetched. The Inca could just be fine with walking up mountainous slopes to commute from one part of the city to the other.
  • Vincent
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 08:12 PM)
    Looking at this photo, one can easily imagine the engineering challenge of connecting a city spread over 2+ mountains: http://www.travelbygps.com/guides/machupicchu/machupicchu_fugawi.jpg
  • Vincent
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 08:11 PM)
    Or is it? Because since the city is so mountainous (and the city is in the Industrial Revolution, so it’d triple, like Friend said) the city would spread over to at two other mountains in the proximity. This would result in the Inca developing one of three things: A rope bridge, long trails on the ground, or paragliders to connect the mountainous city.
  • Vincent
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 08:08 PM)
    The use of iron for hydraulics is an excellent idea though, I completely agree with you guys. I also agree that rather than trains, they would have made use of horses. I’m almost tempted to suggest a steampunk idea and suggest air gliders, but that’s a stretch.
  • Vincent
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 08:06 PM)
    *had no
    I have fat thumbs lol
  • Vincent
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 08:06 PM)
    The Inca, at their peak, had brilliant engineers that planned terraces, fountains, buildings, and roads that were easily superior to the Romans. Thehad bo real use for energy. So Bam and Friend, I think they would have primarily used wind mills to make bread and textiles rather than electricity. I say windmills rather than watermills, because Machu Picchu only had one major river near it.
  • ninjarealist
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 07:12 PM)
    @AidanAK47 That’s too bad but not surprising to me in the least. I have seen so many promising manga get axed.

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