Posted by psgels on 10 August 2007 with categories: Mononoke


Whoa, this quite possibly was the best episode of this series yet, but it’s also by far the hardest to understand. I haven’t been so confused in an episode since the episode in Seirei no Moribito where Barsa gets her spear fixed. If this series pulls such a stunt again, I may consider switching to the subs.

Thankfully wabi sabi is following this series as well, and he managed to explain the events of this episode. Basically, the Priest’s sister entered that cabin in place of the monk, in order to fend off an ayakashi that was plaguing that sea. She did this out of love for him, while he didn’t feel anything for him. When he found out her motives, though, it continued to haunt him. Hence, the priest is the Makoto. This also probably explains why he sexually abused the monk.

The atmosphere in this episode was awesome, though. Even though I couldn’t follow this episode, I loved it.

3 Responses

  1. saris says:

    wow…your blog really makes me want to watch it now. I already downloaded the raw but thought I should wait for the sub for better understanding. I will give in for the tempting now.

  2. MrWasabihead says:

    Well, I must say that that was indeed a headfull, in the end.
    **** DANGER: Spoilers Immediately Ahead ****
    I suppose that I got the majority of the inuendo and various implications within this particular Ep. but it was the very end/reprise that was rather confusing. Wherein the “Samurai”, while holding his right eye, the same eye that the “Mononoke” apparently [occupied/emminated from] within the Elder Monk, and says “Thank you for everything”..”I will never forget you”.
    But at the same time, in the background you can see the “Medicine Seller” on the stairs and the very same “Samurai” on the deck BEHEIND HIM with his back turned!!
    From this I am forced to make several guess’, at this point in the [continuing ?] story.
    Was;
    1.the “Samurai” shown and heard at the end, the same [charachter] shown up until now, in the throws of the “Umizato’s” lingering effects.
    Or;
    2. Some sort of remnant/[fractional]true form of the previously “exercised” Mononoke?
    Or:
    3.(..wild idea born of confusion) ..actually the Elder Monks sister Oyou!? (Who went on a 50 year long murder spree [discaised as a Samurai] completely pissed off from the fact that her unrequited incestious love for her bro led her to a community backed suicidal predicament that cost her her secret life savings (..and probably her virginity) to get out of.
    And was now set free [i.e. ..Thanks/I will never forget you.."]and thanking the “Umizato” for helping free her of her Mononoke powered hate spree?
    Or;
    4. None of the above: but instead A priviledged viewpoint [..hence the Med-Seller in the BGnd watching him/her/it!]..and relevant to the next
    chapter(s), thereby making it impossible for us to (realy) understand what the HELL is going on in that scene!!
    ..Just a few thoughts.
    I’d LOVE to hear it if someone else has an idea of what the heck that last scene was about.
    I’d be VERY interested to hear what everyone else has to sy about this little “corner”.

    Mr.Wasabihead
    A2,MI

  3. totorosan says:

    Im glad there is a review on this anime.
    Im really impressed with this arc, yet still not really understand what is actually happened.i remember that oyou(the monk’s sister),said she wishes to either to marry the monk or remain unmarried for the rest of her life. But why did the monk run from oyou right after she confessed? And why the monk afraid of oyou suddenly?

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  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Sep 1. 2015 04:17 AM)
    I played and finished blood omen and I don’t really hold the same opinion. The hit detection was clunky, there wasn’t any real puzzles besides go press the switch and the whole thing felt very liner. But that would have been fine if it wasn’t for the greatest problem of all. The loading. Good God that killed it. It loaded when you pressed start, loaded when you moved to a new area, loaded while changing forms. It just killed the pacing.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Sep 1. 2015 03:47 AM)
    the original LoK:Blood Omen was a pretty expansive RPG tho. Nosgoth felt like a lived-in world with quite a sprawling story and landscape. You can equip weapon, armor, item and magic from an interesting set, and it was one of the few vampire games were you could use all of their famed forms: bats, wolf, specter and even a human disguise to talk to town-folk who will remain dead and come back as ghosts after slain.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Sep 1. 2015 03:44 AM)
    @Aidan: well the company went bankrupt, so whatever they were doing didn’t work out for them too well. Eternal Darkness had decent gameplay imo- the sanity meter was a pretty cool concept. They tend do expect too much and overload their battle mechanics which aren’t as robust as they think.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Sep 1. 2015 03:24 AM)
    Bloody hell. I was going to quit at Soul Reaver 2. And you tell me the game doesn’t even end there?
    Silicon Khight seem to me like a company who tend to go for story over gameplay. Same went for eternal darkness. Shit gameplay, good story. It’s a pity that sequel kickstarter didn’t get funded.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Sep 1. 2015 02:35 AM)
    Time doesn’t do PS1 era 3D games any favors either. The never-before-seen scope and sprawling worlds end up feeling claustrophobic now, and low polygon models with no texture don’t get any better with age. The style, story and voice-acting still remain commendable tho.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Sep 1. 2015 02:29 AM)
    @Aidan: That’s generally what happens when you break relations with the original creators (Silicon Knights of Eternal Darkness and MGS:Twin Snakes fame) and then overshoot your capacity so much that you end up breaking an already reduced game straight in half; the story of which doesn’t get resolved until LoK:Defiance.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Sep 1. 2015 02:24 AM)
    I don’t think I’m invested in any anime/manga franchise’s story as much as Berserk; which probably sucks cuz we have a pretty high chance of never seeing it concluded. I speculate that if we don’t get to an important juncture before the next ‘break’ then the series will end up unfinished.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Sep 1. 2015 02:19 AM)
    @Kaiser: yeah it’s nice to see that Miura still got it, that was some of the kinetic battles that he’s known for. It’s all good to have him meeting his deadline schedules too; he might be back on the horse for real this time.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Sep 1. 2015 02:17 AM)
    As someone who used to play this games demo on a PS1 and loves the design of the character and story…I think it’s fair for me to say that Legacy of Kain Soul Reaver kinda sucks.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Sep 1. 2015 02:07 AM)
    I expected more of the chrono crusade author but the plot has now descended into a mess.

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