The Curse of Immortality – Ousama Ranking Ep 17 Review 

As the Underworld brother’s full parentage is revealed, our story’s characters converge at the crossroads. This is a review for Ousama Ranking Episode 17.

Check out our previous episode review here. 

This is my second time watching this episode now, and before I forget I just wanted to point out that Satun reminds me a lot of Saturn, and Zeus from mythology.

Or well, maybe it was Cronus the giant who feared being overthrown by his sons – but those stories overlap a lot anyway, so regardless…it reminds me of that tale. 

Saturn Devouring His Son (1819-1823) by painter Francisco Goya
Saturn Devouring His Son (1819-1823) by painter Francisco Goya

I’m like three weeks late properly reviewing this so it’s most likely been said a million times by now, but Desha overthrowing his cruel father for immortality experiments is mythology come to live in the form of anime. I know there are tons of anime that do this, but the takes in Ranking of Kings are so unique and refreshing for the genre. 

(Side note: if you enjoy this show, you will most likely also enjoy the 2019 anime adaptation of Dororo

Dororo (2019, Ep 13)
Dororo (2019, Ep 13)

It was written by the ‘godfather of manga’ himself Osamu Tezuka, and also features a father who steals his son’s strength, and a corrupt official who does immortality experiments that quickly turn from well-kept secrets to outright rebellion in retribution for slaughtered husbands, fathers, and sons by the hands of disgruntled townsfolk.) 

If Desha is an allegory for Zeus, (or an anagram for Hades) it explains his lightning bolt-throwing ability. Despa’s intellect and ability to see the ‘cracks’ in things (like when he touched Bojji’s hand) is then explained because well, the brothers are literal demi-gods.  

Despa shows Bojji what he sees in Ousama Ranking Episode 14
Despa shows Bojji what he sees in Ousama Ranking Episode 14

Of course, in typical fairytale fashion, the son who looks the least like the father and who has a zest for life receives the curse of immortality. More poetry from this severely underrated series that is finally getting its due recognition from the anime fandom abroad. 

Moving on from that point, it seems like Bojji has a very intimidating presence now.  

Bojji's new intimidating aura stops Apeas in his dastardly tracks. Ousama Ranking Ep 17
Bojji’s new intimidating aura stops Apeas in his dastardly tracks. Ousama Ranking Ep 17

So intimidating, Apeas was deterred from attacking him for the sake of Miranjo and her cryptic plan.  

I’m not quite sure if I buy Miranjo simply wanting to remain by Bosse’s side – I mean, why on earth would Miranjo want to destroy the kingdom she helped Bosse, the man she (presumably) loves build? Especially since Bosse so desperately tried to protect the kingdom, and leave it for his son, Bojji? 

Was Miranjo’s past assassination attempt on Bojji a part of this plot to pull Bosse away from the hard work he sold his son’s strength for? If it is…that’s mighty stupid, if I may say so myself. 

Also, not sure how I feel about Miranjo and Kage casually speaking, or a shadow clan member being a portal to the underworld. I think it was Desha who said that both Kage and Bojji were cursed, and that Kage is a shadow clan member in an altered form.  

I wonder if we'll ever get any more context on this, or the Shadow Clan's secret powers in general. Ranking of Kings Ep 17
I wonder if we’ll ever get any more context on this, or the Shadow Clan’s secret powers in general. Ranking of Kings Ep 17

Could becoming a portal be the shadow clan’s ultimate form – and the reason they were so feared as vassals by their liege lords? 

Either way, I’m going to wrap it up here – the anticipation for newer episodes has me way too excited to prattle on like I usually do. But, tell me your thoughts. 

Does the plot change now that Desha, Despa, and Ouken were revealed to be demi-gods? 

Why does Bojji still have the aura of a giant if he is cursed? 

And… 

Is Miranjo having a (cliche) change of heart? 

Why would Miranjo take possession of the rat to lead Queen Hiling & Co. to a dying Apeas? Ranking of Kings Ep 17
Why would Miranjo take possession of the rat to lead Queen Hiling & Co. to a dying Apeas? Ranking of Kings Ep 17

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