Posted by psgels on 23 September 2007 with categories: Mononoke


Ah, finally Mononoke is back. I’m glad that I returned to the subs, as it’s much easier to concentrate on the mystery here. I’ve stopped to believe that Mononoke can produce a story that’s better than Bake Neko, because let’s face it: the thing that made Ayakashi ~Japanese Classic Horror~ so great was its shock-value. Bake Neko also was much more aimed at horror, while Mononoke goes more into the intelligent direction with unique and original character-studies. While that’s awesome in its own way, it’s not going to be as tense as Bake Neko.

The main theme of this episode: scents. There are three major characters in this one so far, which is more like the second arc. The female heir of a famous school in the arts of scents has to marry, and there are four guys after her hand. The lucky person will be determined by a game, where everyone needs to smell different scents and try to discern which are the same. The game is called Genjikou.

Basically, the fourth guy didn’t show up, the medicine seller takes his place, and later he ends up killed, along with the heir herself. It then seems that the heir possessed something that the three guys wanted even more than the woman herself: the Toudaiji. The clues we have is a strange dog which walks around, a strange girl, a strange stone carrying a kimono and the fourth guy brutally killing himself in the beginning of the episode.

The scent-game is quite interesting. It’s just like in the second arc, with the fish: a great and original way to develop the characters. Two of the guys are scent experts, and yet they turn out quite differently. Then there’s a samurai who doesn’t know anything about scents, and the best he can make out is the scent of horse dung. He ends up with the conclusion that all scents are the same.

Then there’s the game itself: every possible combination of scents, which refer to a story called the tale of Genji. One chapter tells about a woman with four lovers, though surprisingly the heir decided that all five scents used were the same. Why did she do such a thing? And why did she decide to use the Genjiko to begin with? Also, why did the fourth guy of all people die? Was he special? Did he actually love the heir?

What also should be taken into consideration is the art style: every single colour is washed out, except for when someone smells something and the medicine seller. But not only that: it only happens with scents that move them, and quite possibly make them forget about the Toudaiji. This can be helpful for the next episode: the bright colours simply symbolize something like genuineness or something similar. What should also be noted is that the old servant is also washed-out, just as the heir. The dog however, appears bright.

One Response

  1. lainofthewired says:

    “Basically, the fourth guy didn’t show up, the medicine seller takes his place, and later he ends up killed, along with the heir herself.”

    Danglin’ participle :) Sounds like teh medicine seller dies :p

    “though surprisingly the heir decided that all five scents used were the same.”

    All the scents were different :)

    But enough of that, it was a good start to the arc, I loved learning about this Genji kou game, I’ve never heard of it before, and I actually find it very intriguing. I was even like, “SO WHO WON?! WHAT WAS THE RIGHT ANSWER?! I DON’T WANT TO WAIT UNTIL THE END OF THE ARC TO FIND OUT!!1!”

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  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 11:46 AM)
    people read through all the mainstream things then they start wanting something different, which usually leads to more mature and complex works. I’d say the interest for these things is higher than ever, especially with growing standards for media nowadays.
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 11:45 AM)
    on the previous topic, I still think something like “anti-intellectual” age is an overreaction to the current state. the ease of digital consumption means people can blast through manga series in a couple hours for some.
  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 11:44 AM)
    @Jalapeno Bagel I personally haven’t watched it yet, not because I’m uninterested but because I’m watching a lot of other shows this season. But other people have expressed interest in picking it up.
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 11:37 AM)
    @ninja cool, thanks for the reply.
  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 11:30 AM)
    @Jalapeno Bagel It might get picked up soon.
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 11:20 AM)
    btw, this has probably been answered already, but is no one picking up Nanatsu no Taizai?
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 11:18 AM)
    actually wait…I think she has been sneaking it in the new SAO…
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 11:17 AM)
    don’t hate it, actually love it. Taku Iwasaki’s been learning how to do it right. Just never heard Kaijura do it.
  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 11:09 AM)
    People sure do hate bass wobbles.
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 11:07 AM)
    ah, so its not yuki kaijura doing the OST for unlimited blade works. i knew something was off the moment I heard that wobble bass.

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