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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    (Saturday, Apr 30. 2016 09:29 PM)
    @Kaiser Someone who actually still likes Nicholas Cage outside of his internet memes? To me he’s one of those actors who at this point, I can’t visualize playing a role outside of himself. Similar to how I can’t see any of Steve Carrell’s movies without seeing Michael Scott.
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    @Bam Yup, asking for money online is flawed in almost every way from the donor’s point of view, a lot of my former art history degree friends have taken to Patreon in a last ditch effort to float their poor career choice.
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    Adaptation is one of those films with Nicholas Cage where you really wish he’d do more of, I wasn’t expecting that to go so off the rails near the end.
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