Posted by psgels on 3 December 2008 with categories: Mouryou no Hako



Short Synopsis: The killer’s identity is confirmed, Yoriko’s mother is in despair and a rather big spoiler happens that you don’t want to find out before you’ve seen episode eight.
Highlights: Talk about a change of pacing!
Overall Enjoyment Value: 8/10 (Excellent)
Oh, how I love this series. It’s not like other series, where the emotional power of the characters is huge (Casshern Sins for example). In contrast, this is a very quiet series, even during the fast-paced parts like for example this episode. But the writing is so incredibly solid that I’m regarding this series as one of the best series of the season. The creators don’t aim attempt awkward drama that feels forced, but instead have really succeeded in creating a very subtle atmosphere. I don’t know about others, but I personally love it when anime uses subtlety. The more the better.

The big event of this episode was of course Yoriko’s death, although we never actually get to see her die, it’s more that her presence lurks over the episode like a very gloomy ghost. As it turns out, the real killer is a friend of Sekiguchi: Kubo Shunko. It was pretty interesting how Eno simply walked up to Kubo, asking him about Kanako, about an hour before he went on to take Yoriko with him. We also saw Kubo from a very different angle in this episode, when Eno showed him a picture of Kanako, suggesting that there’s much more to this mystery than just Kubo being a serial killer.

What I also like in this episode was that they showed the exact same footage as in the end of the previous episode, but this time from the perspective of Eno and Sekiguchi, where it’s Yoriko who’s acting strange. It was also awesome to see that the two of them (especially Eno) went on to raid her house right after she left, finding her mother about to commit suicide. It seems that she’s much more than just the delusional mother we saw in episode two and three: she really feels guilty of calling her a Mouryou (apparently she did this by mistake, I believe that it can all be blamed on an eye-problem of hers(?)

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  1. Kikoto says:

    Well we see Yoriko’s arm cut off plus a piece of her hair stained in blood,so it’s rather obvious she’s dead,sadly.
    The only thing which amazes me is mysterious man,Kubo Shunko,motivation in doing this,I wonder if Yoriko gave her life willingly hearing a promise of eternal life,but rather I think that she was strangled and after that dismembered,if he cut her when she was alive then I rather don’t want to think about it.
    I really wonder why they put Yoriko as such important character from start if she was killed like any other schoolgirl,maybe she was put there for that purpose so anyone who watched from start could feel something for this character,after all she is not anonymous as other victims,cause for story plot she was rather not needed.
    I wonder what Kanako will do knowing about Yoriko death like that,and what it would mean in terms of her next life.
    Also I really wonder now what happened to Kanako,don’t tell me she is some kind of immortal experiment and Kubo Shunko taking limbs/body parts from other girls is trying to make her immortal or something,he pushed her on the train to be able to test her maybe.
    But really shame Yoriko died,I wanted happy ending for Kanako/Yoriko.
    I really wonder if we really will see some supernatural things in next episodes of this anime,rather everything supernatural which happened so far was some delusions/illusions.
    But maybe animators will give us some candy and at the end we wil see Yoriko/Kanako happy together in some distant future in their new reincarnated bodies,but that would have to mean that Kanako also should be dead at end of this serie.But sadly I doubt it,cause ED sequence show us that one butterfly will fall into box and die,and that’s Yoriko,and Kanako will live alone.
    I also hope that bastard Kubo will get some painfull dead and not only hot in the head situation.

  2. kyo says:

    I¨need download this video please¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡

  3. Machi says:

    Somebody subbed this episode, just go to tokyotosho or whatever your torrent site is, too bad its the only episode they plan to do (the cruelty of it all).

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  • ninjarealist
    (Monday, Oct 20. 2014 07:52 PM)
    @Bam lol, what was that comment about aimed jokes in reference to?
  • Bam
    (Monday, Oct 20. 2014 07:48 PM)
    @Emma: exactly!
  • Bam
    (Monday, Oct 20. 2014 07:47 PM)
    It’s a common mistake to aim jokes higher then 45°, as the formed trajectory does not intersect with many a heads.
  • ninjarealist
    (Monday, Oct 20. 2014 07:46 PM)
    @Emma You’ve seen TiT and both Sasami spin-offs but not Tenchi Universe? That’s rare.
  • Emma
    (Monday, Oct 20. 2014 07:40 PM)
    @Bam: …By the power of…authorial authority =O
    @Realist: Have not much experience with Tenchi beyond tenchi in tokyo and the two sasami spinoffs.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Oct 20. 2014 07:34 PM)
    @Aidan: you just don’t seem to get it m8, fanfics are often lame by design.
    And hey … it’s not like the internal logic of Fate makes all that much sense to begin with; it’s an anything goes kinda universe, and anything that doesn’t fit Nasu just makes if fit with whatever phlebotinum necessary.
  • ninjarealist
    (Monday, Oct 20. 2014 07:29 PM)
    @Emma According to this guy, Kiyone might well be the first tsundere: http://www.uselesstenchi.org/Forum/index.php?topic=203.0 (yes, I realize how ridiculous this forum and specifically this post are)
  • Emma
    (Monday, Oct 20. 2014 07:25 PM)
    Hmmm other tsundere characters that existed before Rin Tohsaka are Madoka Ayukawa and Akane Tendo.
  • Emma
    (Monday, Oct 20. 2014 07:17 PM)
    I would be of the opinion of limiting reviews to a general coverage with 200-300 words.
    I’m not knocking anyone’s review style, thats just how I would generally do it.
    The bit about long reviews, often people don’t like reading alot or for very long when looking at a screen, so the 200-300 words approach seems most advisable.
  • ninjarealist
    (Monday, Oct 20. 2014 07:08 PM)
    @Raggers Thanks for the feedback. Did you have any specific examples of material that you thought was extraneous and should have been cut out of my episode blog? Or did you think the analysis was fine but there was just too much of it for one episode blog?

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