I’m not happy with the twist that came in this episode. Not happy at all. The rest of the episode was nice enough for an aftermath, but I found myself not caring because of that particular development. I really felt cheated, and this is the second time that Saiunkoku Monogatari pulls this off. I’m really getting worried about this, because Saiunkoku is developing a nasty habit that also plagues shows like Naturo and Bleach: the utter refusal to kill off its characters.
Both the deaths for Sakujun and Eigetsu were beautiful. Both deaths were so awesome because they were backed up by a huge amount of building up. The fact that both of them live again due to an anticlimactic Deus ex Machina that popped up after they were supposed to have died really ruins the magic of these moments. I was able to ignore it once for Sakujun, but it’s going to get difficult when this anime tries to get away with the same stunt again.
Anyway, about the rest of the episode, now that Seiran is busy again, we find Ryuuki wondering what his purposes might be. The next arc is also introduced, but I can’t say anything about that yet, because I couldn’t understand what was said. Oh, and we get to know the identity of another one of the eight sages: Yo-sensei. So that makes the known sages now:
– Sho Taishi.
– Yougetsu, who now is sleeping soundly inside of Eigetsu.
– The one who was resting inside Shuurei’s mother (Bara-Hime), and now seems to sleep inside Shuurei. (thanks to a few commenters for that info)
– And I wouldn’t be surprised if one was sleeping in either Shunki or Eiki, to explain the powers they have.