A Return to the Beginning – Mugen no Juunin Episode 14 Review

This is a review of Blade of the Immortal or Mugen no Juunin episode fourteen.

Check out last week’s episode thirteen review here.

Okay, what on earth is Habaki Kagimura planning? Why go through all the trouble of disbanding the Mugai-ryu (after explicitly telling Hyakurin and Giichi he would never let them go) just to capture Manji and lock him in a dungeon?

What is the plan here?

Habaki is employed by the Shogunate, but I doubt the Shogunate has knowledge of these ongoings. Does Habaki want to create a new criminal organization of fully immortal men who can be at his every beck and call?

I don’t understand what the end game is here. Did Habaki orchestrate all of the events thus far (or have a small hand in them) just to eventually capture Manji?

And just who is the man in the after credits scene? Is it the Asa the beheader mentioned just moments earlier?

So many questions this episode.

I wish there were more story, but I’m glad that for once it felt like the twenty minutes went quickly. I have nothing against slower paced stories, but sometimes the episodes tend to drag. Especially when Rin is the focal point. Speaking of which –

Why on earth is Rin allowing Doa to tear up her ancestral home?

In all seriousness, why on earth does Doa feel comfortable enough to destroy someone else’s home and then threaten to kill them when they are allowing you to be a guest in that place? What kind of backwards logic is that?

Also, the irony that Rin returns home for what appears to be the first time since the series began and the Itto-ryu show up at her door is not lost. At this point, the young girl just may have bad luck. Of all the places to stay and lay low, why did Doa and her friend choose that one?

I didn’t catch his name, but the man with the slightly impaired speech has to know what happened at that Dojo. He had to have heard rumors before joining, or even afterward if he was already a member.

Why stay at Rin’s ancestral home?

And why does Rin just allow strangers to stay without paying at least a boarding fee?

I understand she is worried about Manji, but honestly we all know Hyakurin will do most of the leg work in setting the motions to free him. All Rin had to do was keep a low profile and just survive until Manji was released.

Maybe she has a kind heart?

That’s how I’ll see her actions for now on. I can’t keep calling her stupid in my head – especially since we are past the point of naivety with this particular character.

Either way, interesting storylines are intersecting. I’d love to see how Rin takes the information that she is boarding members of the same band that murdered her family in the same location just years earlier. I know there wouldn’t be a fight, (as Rin couldn’t even defend herself from Doa’s initial attack…at home…where she knows the layout of the location…) but I wonder where her philosophy will take her.

Hyakurin and Rin have a chat. Mugen no Juunin episode 14.
Hyakurin and Rin have a chat. Blade of the Immortal episode 14

Do you think the blood worm transfusion will work on Dewanosuke’s arm? What will Hyakurin and Giichi do to free Manji? Is Rin a complete idiot?

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Author: In Asian Spaces

I write in my personal time and I haven't published much at all. I don't know if that qualifies me as a writer or not, but I'd like to change that. I have a deep passion for travel, cinema and (mainly) East Asian things, but I plan on writing various things to keep it spicy. Let's prosper together ~ よろしくおねがいします。

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