Posted by psgels on 30 June 2007 with categories: Seirei no Moribito


Whoa!

I can’t believe I was right about this episode, as for the first time since episode 3 we see another fighting-scene and holy god… that was awesome. I can’t believe how scary Barsa can be when she’s angry! Fans of the series will definitely rejoice with this episode!

The story that holds this episode together is another complicated one, but I’ll try my best to understand it. Remember the guy from the previous episode, who got surprised when he saw Barsa fighting? Well, he indeed knows her, though he appears to have quite a bad relationship with her. From what I understood, at one point Barsa had the chance to kill him when he suffered from something (starvation?), but she didn’t. I can imagine that this would rather crack his honour, so now he wants revenge. I just know I missed something in this. Mostly because it was at that point where Barsa began to value life, and she began to see that every man was equal. It seems that at that time, the guy already was a big jerk, and she just couldn’t kill such a miserable person. Or something similar.

Before he directly attacks her, he first decides to play with her a bit, and threatens to kill a couple of travellers unless she protects them, thus involving two innocents in his revenge. His henchman then continues to whirl projectiles at both her and the travellers, and it seems that he makes sure that Barsa doesn’t get any sleep for the night, meaning that she lost a bit of concentration. He also poisons the wells that she passes, in order to make her unable to drink. Still, that doesn’t seem to do anything to her, apart from making her even angrier at him, and she ends up cutting him in such a way to make him lose his memory. I can’t believe she really lost her temper against that guy.

The travellers also play a role bigger than just “victims”. They’re a boy, along with his teacher who seem to be heading for some kind of destination. The boy doesn’t seem to like Barsa, and after all, when a strange woman starts following you and suddenly you get assaulted by strange causes, you’d blame that woman. The plan of the assaulter was probably to let his henchman kill the duo, while he kept Barsa busy, though the boy seemed to be strong enough to knock out this henchman. They then become involved even more when the teacher wants to go to Barsa, and they see her strike the guy down.

There were two peculiar things about this fight, by the way:
– At times, Barsa took the shape of a tiger.
– The strike that Barsa dealt clearly caused blood to flow from the guy’s face, and next thing the blood and even the cut are nowhere to be seen.
This suggests that Barsa can do supernatural techniques, just like Torogai. The questions remain: how, why and what? How was she able to do it? Why did she start to learn them? And what exactly can she do with them? Also, what was up with the wall with the strange markings on it?

The question also remains: how far will the travellers become involved with the story? And how will this episode push the plot forward? The guy as now forgotten about Chaggumu, so he can’t tell anyone about it. Will his henchman do something? In any case, I’m really excited about Seirei no Moribito right now, as the plot has finally started to move forward, and something tells me we’re in for an awesome second half!

6 Responses

  1. mulligan says:

    Nice review. been looking for that :D

    After watching it, I don’t think the tiger means that she literally transforms into one. The tiger is most likely a metaphor, to show how pissed off she is. The fight sequences were damn good.

  2. The tiger is a symbol, only that. The Sensei told Barsa a story about a samurai who wanted to be so strong that he vowed to be a tiger. When there was no stronger enemy for him, he realised that he became a real tiger. He couldn’t speak anymore and he isolated himself from his family and friends in the woods. That Barsa had become a tiger in that moment, was just a sign that she lost it and became really pissed. The Sensei was afraid that she would isolate herself because of her strength. That’s simply it.

    And the annoying guy, he was merely a bodyguard of the other side when Barsa had a job once again. She fought with him, but didn’t kill him and that was unbearable for him. To put it simply. No starvation. The guy wanted to do the same with her as she did to him, to not let her get some sleep etc.

  3. Patrick says:

    Probably all the things about loss of memory of Karbo and him not being dead is related to Barsa’s new weapon.

  4. psgels psgels says:

    You could be right on that one, based on episode fourteen.

  5. Oroboros says:

    Yes, the new blade did cut open Karbo, leading Barsa to the belief that she killed him. The lack of bloodstains afterwards and Karbo’s loss of memory indicate its power as the ultimate weapon.

  6. Starss says:

    Just reached this point in the anime, (years later) completely stunned by the beauty of the storytelling and the action here. I just have to say it’s such a disappointment it seems you watched this only understanding half the dialogue! The blacksmith’s episode was an excellent story and the way it connected here really had an impact. I’m really feeling some hope for Balsa now but also some despair after realising how vicious she can be.
    I was really wanting some adventure by now but that was definitely satisfying.

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  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jul 4. 2015 05:38 AM)
    I think this could be the best of the season and I’m glad it’s being covered on here and thanks for putting me onto it with that season preview/first impressions post.
    Where the scans left off was a frustrating cliffhanger =<
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jul 4. 2015 05:38 AM)
    I’d worry about the anime, there might be a chance of censoring later on (although so far that isn’t an issue) and the anime is only 12 episodes long so that’s a problem right there. After a good opening chapter I did feel it took me a little bit before I fully got into it.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jul 4. 2015 05:37 AM)
    It has a feel of dogs-bullets and carnage, which was an alright manga, this seems like a step up/better thing of it.
    However I’m not that big on the tonal shifts, the comic reliefs not great, slight bit of filler, don’t overly care for the side cast as much, their a bit forgettable some of them.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jul 4. 2015 05:37 AM)
    The action scenes are enjoyable enough, gritty and gory, its competent, time/boredom killer stuff so long as you turn your brain off. That I like the art style also helps. I liked how in one scene the prostitute at least did try to stand up for herself. I can see that a jormungand/black lagoon fan might go for this however I’d warn people to not have their expectations THAT high.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jul 4. 2015 05:37 AM)
    I watched the first episode of gangsta, but I decided to go on and marathon all 6 volumes in one sitting. For the most part this has a page turner quality to it, the three central/main characters backgrounds are adequately handled and theres a development they keep teasing I hope they get more into. I’m glad to has a series with adult characters like this. Theres a kind of bromance in there somewhere.
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Jul 4. 2015 03:26 AM)
    @Mike, Afraid I am all that’s left of the group psgels took on board. Ninja just stopped writing, K-off didn’t have the time and the rest, well just left without a word. So surprising as it was, I was the only guy left to do the job. And I originally only jumped on board to cover Fate.
  • Mike
    (Saturday, Jul 4. 2015 02:24 AM)
    AidanAK47, not bitching about you. I thought more people had stepped up to support the site when the transition came. Have been checking back looking and… needs more supporters. I understand one person can only do so much.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jul 4. 2015 02:13 AM)
    @Aidan: Remember, you don’t like Seiji Kishi and he’s working on Ranpo. However you’re already covering an action show like gangsta so for varieties sake you could cover ranpo instead of gate.
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Jul 4. 2015 02:07 AM)
    Half thinking of changing my choice to cover gate to Ranpo…Sigh is it Rampo or Ranpo? Cause I seen the authors name spelt both ways.
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Jul 3. 2015 10:22 PM)
    @Mike, I am human mate. Covering two or three series a season is my limit. Though that does remind me that I did plan on putting up a Yahari review.

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