Posted by psgels on 30 June 2007 with categories: Saiunkoku Monogatari


You know, I’ve been wondering… This show airs at Saturday, 9:00am, right? I wonder if it’s really the appropriate time to show a series with such disturbing footage, especially in this episode, when human bodies get cut up right on screen. In any case, the major focus of this episode falls on the doctors: curing the patients. If you liked the different doctors, this is the episode you want to look out to, as it’s finally time for them to put the things they learned to practice.

And like expected, most of them are incredibly scared. But who wouldn’t? I mean, they know the techniques to properly cut in the body, but the fact remains that with one wrong move, they could kill somebody. This mentality doesn’t leave their minds soon, and it probably wasn’t the best idea to bring all of them to the first demonstration of a real operation. After all, every doctor is scared, and when you’re among others that are scared too, the fear just increases.

When some of the doctors, however, left the castle, in order catch a breath of fresh air, things went well. Only then they realized that they could be the ones to save lives when people began to beg them to save their loved ones. After that, all things went well. Shuurei, meanwhile, hasn’t been standing still either, and she spends the episode, making sure that there are enough supplies to take care of the patients. I’m surprised that the people at such a time-period knew how important disinfecting is. The early European doctors could really have learned a lot of things from them.

Near the end of the episode, the biggest threat of the disease is gone. The logical next step would be: find the mysterious Senya. It seems that Shuuran and Riou (the young one) want to come with them on this journey. Shuuran is quite the adventurous kid, and I also think that she’s seeing Shuurei as some sort of idol, and I can imagine that she wants to be like the person that saved her mother, and to be with her as much as possible. Her character is going to be really interesting in the future episode, and what the heck is up with Riou? What are his plans.

Well, at least we know that young Riou and old Riou aren’t the same person, as the guy shows himself again. That was quite an amazing scene, by the way, as for some reason he decided to visit Ryuuki, and Ryuuki knew that the guy was coming. Also, his sword emitted a red light when the two of them met. What was up with that?

Kourin remains gone from the episode, though we learn a bit more about the position Eigetsu is in. It seems that his kidnapper is after Yougetsu, and he’s basically waiting for Eigetsu’s time to run out. Meanwhile, he enjoyed himself torturing Eigetsu’s body. Probably because these wounds will remain on Yougetsu once Eigetsu dies. Also, surprisingly enough the guy is also after Shuurei. I can understand that someone would be after Yougetsu, but why Shuurei? This probably has something to do with the reason the cult blamed Shuurei for the disease.

You could say that this episode marked the end of another arc, since the major problem that has been the focus of the past few episodes is as good as resolved. The next arc should focus on the cult, and I am SO looking forward to it, as it’s promising to be more character-centric than the arcs up till now. Bring on the awesomeness!

One Response

  1. JC says:

    Hmmm, I think Ryuuki’s sword was glowing because he was close in contact with high-standing members of the Ryou clan, the same thing happened in the last season to Seiran instead while he was with Sa Shunki (also female from the Ryou clan considering her grandmother). The twin swords were made by the Ryou clan thus both possess mystical powers, and to my understanding a masculine and a feminine, and the female one that Ryuuki is carrying was given to him in his childhood by Seiran (out of love for his then frail younger brother, so that it would not repel from him), as the feminine was meant to be carried by a man, whilst the masculine by a woman, Personally i think this is why the swords were made in twins, not for brothers but for lovers. :-)

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  • Bam
    (Friday, Dec 19. 2014 02:30 AM)
    There was also a small section where it focused on how when people are faced with real life consequences that make feel powerless they then look into power fantasies to reconcile that in their mind. This was portrayed with the mecha and FPS scene.
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Dec 19. 2014 02:29 AM)
    Anno is a good animator. I will give him that but I hate it when people claim that there’s some higher meaning to his work. I honestly believe that end of Evangelion was created with the intention to say a giant fuck you to Eva fans.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Dec 19. 2014 02:27 AM)
    @Aidan: that’s what I mean, I’m not digging in for answers in the dark that WAS the main theme of the piece.
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Dec 19. 2014 02:26 AM)
    @Bam, I got that. It was fairly obvious. Figured it out within the first minute. It was so obvious that I was like “Nah, can’t be that simple” and tried to find something else in it.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Dec 19. 2014 02:26 AM)
    Now unto watching PP2 finale and get on your guys’ level, with very low hopes riding in.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Dec 19. 2014 02:14 AM)
    I know Anno enough from his works and interviews to know which parts are just for show, and this had some bits that were just that, but the overall package was certainly thoughtfully produced.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Dec 19. 2014 02:13 AM)
    Plus ME!ME!ME! certainly had a premise to it, and it’s not “oh fan-service is bad” but instead the theme of how the overfocusing on virtual gratification and pleasure can detach an individual from their environment and trap them in an abstract fantasy of their own which then leads to them loosing the things that really mattered in the first place.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Dec 19. 2014 02:05 AM)
    @Aidan: it’s not the subject matter that makes him great but rather his directing and animating skills and experience. His cinematography is iconic. and although overdone. he’s still the guy that brought it. He owns those high-angle shots and perspective distortions, cuz even though it’s been done before chances are that 90% of Japanese animators using it now learned it from him rather than some unknown Danish film.
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Dec 19. 2014 01:43 AM)
    So in the end…Psycho pass 2 was a filler arc? I honestly think you really could remove it and nothing would change. Sure there was that thing with Mika…but if she ends up a better character in the movie then you can pretty much treat this season as though it never existed.
    But Christ that last episode was terrible.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Dec 18. 2014 10:51 PM)
    But seriously I only watched this sequel because I was told to. From now on if I don’t like something at a glance of its plot summary/promo material I won’t watch it.

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