Journey to Experience Death – Ousama Ranking Ep 3 & 4 Review 

As Prince Bojji journeys to find himself, King Daida seems to lose his sanity back at home. This is a review and discussion for Ousama Ranking Episode 3 & 4.

Check out our previous episode review here

Wow, another banger of an episode! 

I have so many questions, and few answers but let’s discuss all of this anyway. 

Episode Three 

So first off – was King Bosse actually a demon? 

They say that Nephilim, or rather giants, were the offspring of fallen angels and mortal women. After birthing these monstrosities, the angels were punished and the women were turned into sirens to forever lead men astray. 

What Just Came Out of King Bosse’s Dead Body?

The fact that the demon just kind of came out of Bosse’s body, evaporated it into smoke, pointed at Bojji, and then laughed is quite unsettling.

Unless, it’s a hereditary demon that is being passed down through Bosse’s line to gain power. 

Meaning, Bosse made a deal with some sort of entity, saved the town way back when, was rewarded with a kingdom, and in exchange promised his bloodline for future power? 

I don’t know.  

Either way, it seems Queen Hiling didn’t know about her husband’s…natural state. 

Queen Hiling seemed the most freaked out of them all at the demon's appearance. She's even cowering behind her knight. ...I wonder what was in that letter she was sending her parents? Ranking of Kings Episode 3
Queen Hiling seemed the most freaked out of them all at the demon’s appearance. She’s even cowering behind her knight. …I wonder what was in that letter she was sending her parents? Ranking of Kings Episode 3

Speaking of which – I wonder why her attitude toward Bojji changed so much? 

From the flashback we saw, it seemed like Hiling was genuine with her affections toward Bojji. She tried to befriend him, and get him to open his heart after the death of his mother.  

When she was pregnant with Daida, Hiling started changing. 

There was also a scene of Queen Hiling taking a sword-like object away from Bojji, with Daida standing in the background looking dumb. I have to wonder if she forbade him from practicing swordplay out of fear for his safety, or to better the chances of her son becoming king. 

Just little Prince Bojji casually chatting with his giant serpent friend Mitsumata in an underground crystal cavern. Ousama Ranking Ep 3
Just little Prince Bojji casually chatting with his giant serpent friend Mitsumata in an underground crystal cavern. Ousama Ranking Ep 3

Bojji seemed hurt by her harshness in spoken word lately. But at the same time, if you witnessed your deceased husband turn into a demon…why would you want your precious son to become King? 

Does she not want Bojji to get hurt, but at the same time isn’t too worried about sacrificing her own blood son? 

Because I mean…has Queen Hiling been paying attention to her son Daida? 

He wants to murder 1/3 of the privy council, he broke the tradition of having a spearman as guard, he spends all his time talking to that damned magic mirror and doesn’t even have knowledge that his warrior and teacher Bebin has fallen. 

So… the magic mirror is whispering the chatter of the small council decision to Daida, but did not let him know that his retainer had fallen? Interesting. 

I’m hoping we don’t get Bebin back later on in the series as an animated, possessed conduit for whoever (or whatever) is in the magic mirror. 

I’m also wondering now if Hokuro read the situation with the snakes wrong.  

I don’t know how Bebin formed a contract with Mitsumata, but it seems like he is indeed loyal to Bojji. Maybe the other snakes were playing with him? And based on Bebin’s reaction when Kage said he was helping Bojji, it didn’t seem like Bebin hated the young prince either. 

Queen Hiling tucks Prince Bojji in at night, with the seprent Mitsumata at his side. Ousama Ranking Ep 3
Queen Hiling tucks Prince Bojji in at night, with the serpent Mitsumata at his side. Ousama Ranking Ep 3

Lots of chess moves are being played here. Let’s move on to the next episode! 

Episode Four 

Wow. There’s so much treachery going on, I’m not sure who to focus on first. 

Also, let me just get this out of the way: 

Domas! Why? 

Daida! Why? 

*ahem* Okay, let’s get into this. 

Why the fuck would Daida open pandora’s box?  

Queen Hiling had a strange dream last episode, this episode Daida has a strange dream. Notice that only after these dreams, they became more susceptible to doing what they previously would not. 

Queen Hiling did not want Bojji to go on a journey, and allowed it after a dream. 

Daida did not want to consume his father’s remains, and is now doing so after a dream. 

So…is the spirit like the fates in Greek mythology? Or well not the fates (I’m thinking of Blood of Zeus) but more like a Morpheus type of figure? (or, figures – since it seems like its most definitely more than one).  

The spirit can influence the unconscious human psyche, and plant suggestions in the dream world that alter the person in their physical waking reality. 

It’s an interesting thought… 

Anyway, before we get into Domas, what on earth was that forest king about? 

What was up with this guy? Was he the King of the Hunter's moon, or something? Ousama Ranking Ep 4
What was up with this guy? Was he the King of the Hunter’s moon, or something? Ousama Ranking Ep 4

He seemed cool, showed Bojji about the hunter’s cycle of death and rebirth (maybe the black cloud was harvesting spirits under the full harvest moon? And the dance was to appease it from attacking by “showing gratitude”) and mentioned Bojji was from the secular world.  

I first thought he was some kind of spirit, but since magic is a thing, he could also just be a creepy guy who lives in the woods. Or, he could be another entity sent by that magic mirror in an attempt to kill Bojji.  

The magic mirror seems to be telling Daida that the world will fall to ruin if Bojji is King. Then, in his dream Queen Hiling warns Daida against opening Pandora’s Box, and the cracked magic mirror eggs him on to do it.  

In the dream world, Daida realizes that Bojji is the one to save them all against calamity. 

So… wouldn’t it be safe to deduce that Daida will bring about wrought and calamity to the kingdom, and Bojji will save it as its rightful heir? 

Why Did Domas Ultimately Betray Bojji?

It seems that Domas received an assassination request from Daida in secret, due to the magic mirror whispering sweet nothings into the young King’s ear.

Despite many odd mishaps on their journey to the Gateway to Hell, Domas remained conflicted between loyalty to his kingdom, and the duty to protect Bojji – as King Bosse appointed Domas to the role of sword teacher.

Mother fox and babies all dead. Just after Queen Hiling declares that she feels like she will never see either one of her sons again in the last episode. Wonder what type of message this is trying to send? Ranking of Kings Ep 4.
Mother fox and babies all dead. Just after Queen Hiling declares that she feels like she will never see either one of her sons again in the last episode. Wonder what type of message this is trying to send? Ranking of Kings Ep 4

I have to wonder if there is an even bigger scheme at play.

And either Domas is in on the scheme, being blackmailed into compliance, pretending, or somebody is messing with him by sending kunai laced with poison that Bebin used as a subtle threat. 

I don’t believe that Domas, who has been shown staying awake and alert all night – just allowed Bojji to wander off and get lost in order to encounter the Forest King.

That just does not make sense to me, given his orders may have been to directly assassinate Bojji. 

Like…the shadows in the magic mirror are playing kingmaker for some reason, I just can’t figure out why. 

Anyway, let me wrap it up here. 

Tell me your thoughts. 

Judging by the tombstone of the first queen, do you reckon she was a giant, as well?  

(Unless, she just has a huge tombstone because she was “more important” than anyone else in the graveyard.) 

Did the town by the Gates of Hell and the graveyard scene appear kind of modern to you? 

Hmm. The town adjacent to the Eternal Gates of Hell seems to have some trendy architecture going on. Condos look pretty cozy, and definitely warm year-round...Ranking of Kings Ep 4
Hmm. The town adjacent to the Eternal Gates of Hell seems to have some trendy architecture going on. Condos look pretty cozy, and definitely warm year-round…Ranking of Kings Ep 4

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