Mind Break. – Mugen no Juunin Episode 15 Review

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

Check out last week’s episode fourteen review here.

Aaand, Dewanosuke is out for the count. Along with his death went Burando’s sanity.

I wonder what was different about Dewanosuke as a test subject. Clearly he may have had the same blood type as Manji, but aside from that maybe it was the time inbetween surgeries? Dewanosuke was given adequate time to recover, and adjust through procedures. He also had a strong will, a reason to cling to life: his wife.

I wonder what’s going to happen to her, now. Especially since the departed said she wasn’t too smart and he needed to hurry back to her. Although having mixed feelings on these procedures initially, Dewanosuke seemed like a decent enough guy. Manji seemed to bond with him before the first success – I don’t think he was a bad person. He was just put in a poor position, and was trying to make the best of it.

On another note however, does Habaki have absolute rule over this prefecture? Is there really no oversight other than the shogunate? Because I’m pretty sure rumors would spread that young men and even women now are being plucked off the streets at an alarming rate. People would avoid traveling to that area, and spies should have to report these transgressions. Unless, the shogunate is in on it.

But, something tells me he’s not…

It has been over sixty days since Manji has been captured. In that time, Rin has done nothing. Hyakurin and Giichi have fallen off the board, Doa’s morale has been crippled and Isaku is most likely dead. I mean, did you see how many men were on that bridge surrounding him?

Not to mention the throwaway line regarding religious persecution.  Storywise however, it would be much more interesting for Isaku to end up in the cells with Manji. The two have a conversation (maybe about not wanting to leave a girl behind), they try to escape and Isaku is killed in the process. Not saying I want him to die, but if he is still living I could see that as a plausible stoyline.

Or better yet, the transfusion is successful on Isaku and it causes him torment because of his religious beliefs.

I guess the last thing to mention in this episode would be Burando’s mental snap. He wanted to be a doctor since young, and after becoming disillusioned as an apprentice and loved one’s deaths went abroad to study medicine. He came back to Japan with the resolve to treat the sick and cared deeply about his patients.

After losing someone with considerable medical progress, (not to mention the fact that Burando knew Dewanosuke had a wife) it conflicted too greatly with his core consciousness. He couldn’t handle the reality of what he had done, and what has become of him.

Does he keep working, despite sacrificing his inner sacred beliefs? Or does he die, and allow all of the sacrifices so far to be a waste?

He obviously couldn’t handle it, but found a bargain somewhere between the two extremes. And this is our current Burando, drawing the ghosts of those he’s killed on his walls to view as the last thing he sees at night and the first in the morning. In his own blood nonetheless, as I don’t know soy sauce to be of dark red varieties.

(unless they had MSG back then haha)

Those are the monsters he created with his own blood, and somewhere deep inside I’m sure the kind doctor still exists. But whoever this new man is, is cruel. He can’t even bear to look at the faces of those he is torturing, instead putting cutesy cat masks made out of burlap rice sacks over their heads.

Either way, things are starting to take a grim turn but strangely enough – this might be the height of our tale.

I’m going to keep watching until the very end.

A sunset swims amongst the reeds. Blade of the Immortal episode 15
A sunset swims amongst the reeds. Mugen no Juunin episode 15

What do you think The Greatest Anotsu Kagehisa will be planning in the winter? Do you find Doa’s helmet under an ornate cap smart? How on earth is Manji going to survive all of this?

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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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