Losing Ourselves to Demons

Reviewing Episode 23 of the Dororo 2019 anime!

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So, we have arrived at the penultimate episode, folks.

I don’t know what to say. Especially since the last demon to exterminate seems to be m’boy Tahomaru, whose image is now inheriting the oni end card. It makes me really sad, that this is what it has come to.

A young boy with hopes of saving his land, and upholding its prosperity. In the end, he turned into a demon trying to fight his own blood and sided with forces set to exterminate all of Daigo’s lands.

He lost his best friends Hyogo and Mutsu, who have been with him since childhood. The two siblings quite literally followed him into the depths of hell, all three emerging possessed by demonic energies.

In the end, they only wished to do the right thing. To protect the land’s heir, and their beloved friend. Sure, there was a social structure in order and the two would never be on the same level as Tahomaru, but I don’t think the lordling loved them any less. His eyes lit up the day Daigo brought them home from their prison. The trio had been inseparable ever since, even after being reminded of their place when failing to defend him from Hyakkimaru by the spy.

The love of his friends is what grounded Tahomaru, and without them he is lost. Just as how Dororo serves as Hyakkimaru’s last remaining bond to the world of the living. I mean sure, he has Jukai, but Jukai also kind of turned his back on him. The priest Biwamaru is a wild card, only appearing when the story dictates. Yes, without his influence Dororo and Hyakkimaru would have been lost once before, but in the end game he cannot do anything.

No one can, not even Hyakkimaru and Tahomaru’s mother, Oku. I did like that she realized betting the prosperity of their lands on a bunch of fickle demons was wrong. Making a pact with a group of oni in something called the Hall of Hell was foolish to begin with, but she did her duty as the Lord’s wife.

Now she would like to complete her duty as a mother to two sons, whatever that may be. Whatever that may entail.

I don’t agree with Biwamaru’s logic on the nature of human beings. As Oku stated, are there really just those two extremes? You fight until you lose yourself, or you sit on your hands, do nothing, and hide? Because that would be the way of the Buddha? The way of the Goddess of Mercy, Kannon?

The Goddess of Mercy watched over Hyakkimaru until she could no longer. I think that is a divine sign to take things into your own hands. Especially since Oku attempting to sacrifice herself is what broke the goddess’s protection.

I am starting to see the formation of Dororo fleshing out her life goals, and what she would like to do with her father’s anti-samurai money. Maybe she will indeed start with the derelict village of weary travelers, tired of running away from the war and building only to have it swiftly taken away again. A vicious cycle of poverty, enacted by the ruling samurai class and nobles of the land.

Either way it goes, I don’t know if Hyakkimaru will be along for the ride. It’s not looking good for either brothers, although Tahomaru’s death flag has been raised and his time is over. The end cards never lie.

Then again, Tahomaru grabbed Hyogo and Mutsu’s loaned arms before their deaths. Mutsu said he will “create a land of peace” but it implies it will involve Hyakkimaru’s arms…and Hyakkimaru’s transplanted eyes remained closed during this exchange.

The death of Mutsu and Hyogo, Dororo episode 23
The death of Mutsu and Hyogo, Dororo episode 23

So in theory, Hyakkimaru’s influence will be felt, but he won’t live to see the changes in his lifetime?

I really do believe that it was a mistake to sacrifice Hyakkimaru for a false safety in saving Daigo. Especially since Daigo had malicious intent to begin with. He never cared about the lands or people, only his own vanity. He wanted his name to be known, and to remain. And I’m sure he will receive that infamy, whether is praise or a cautionary tale against curses – remains unknown.

Tahomaru to Hyakkimaru, On to the next adventure...
Tahomaru to Hyakkimaru, On to the next adventure…

Do you believe Lord Daigo is experiencing remorse for the actions against his son? Does Tahomaru deserve to die? What do you think will be the first thing Hyakkimaru sees when he gets his eyes?

What is Jukai planning? Dororo, episode 23
What is Jukai planning? Dororo, episode 23

And seriously…what on earth is Jukai planning?

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A Monumental Final Battle is on the Horizon!

Reviewing Episode 22 of the Dororo 2019 anime!

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Okay, now I am convinced that the demons are simply trolling Lord Daigo and his lands at this point. I’m not sure if my theory was true regarding the twelfth demon eating Hyakkimaru’s eyes from the recent chimera kill, but they were available to be given to Tahomaru this episode. In addition to Hyakkimaru’s remaining limbs going to the siblings Mutsu and Hyogo.

I had no clue those two were actually siblings. Rather, I assumed they were two orphans from the same village who happened to wind up together and formed a pact to survive. Given Hyogo’s sudden character development and protectiveness over his sibling, I guess that was a subtle detail I missed all of this time.

So Tahomaru’s third eye is open, Hyakkimaru is riding a demonic midoro into battle channeling demon energy, and the siblings are on the end card usually reserved for youkai. This cannot be good, can it?

Then we have Oku’s surprising change of heart followed by her short road trip with Dororo that washes them up to a village of despots. Dororo may find inspiration on what to do with the money, and the priest I was sure we were never going to see again is conveniently hanging out asking her of future plans.

Dororo is also feeding the now (arguably) evil pale mare’s foal, which I’m sure will somehow come in to play.

On top of all of this, Hyakkimaru’s Mamma Jukai is making his way into Daigo’s land, whittling at a prosthetic to pass the time.

There is so much being set up for the next episode, and I know the climax to this series will either be: vague, messy, heartbreaking, or a combination of the three.

I am almost positive that by giving Hyakkimaru’s appendages to Tahomaru and his friends, the demons are trying to create discord for the reneged deal. The close up of the statue even seemed like it was smirking towards the ending scene. Mutsu had the vague revelation that the deal could only be satisfied by Daigo and his firstborn, but wouldn’t anyone of the bloodline suffice?

So in theory, if Hyakkimaru kills Tahomaru and takes back his limbs, the demons gain three new souls. When he continues on his vengeful path and kills his father and or mother, that equates to five. If Tahomaru somehow manages to kill his big bro, that is only one measly soul. Hyakkimaru is causing enough chaos as is for the demons to soak up its essence. Why on earth would they still want his lone death when they could acquire so many more?

There is ongoing speculation that Tahomaru may be possessed, and I am starting to believe it. The demons cured their ailments but also took something equally important away – their minds. I know the events surrounding the lordling have been grim, but since when did he make a habit of sitting alone solemnly staring at a wall in the dark?

Where did the bags come from under his eyes, when they were previously not there before their encounter in the Hall of Hell?

Regarding demons, I have read that since they are ethereal beings, they seek the feeling and pleasure associated with human flesh. Meaning, they enjoy the sensations of life and even its suffering because it is something tangible they can attain, rather than watching from afar. In their haste to live, they can rapidly degrade their host to the point that the body exhausts on its own. Or the sheer physical feats not ordinarily possible for the human, but the demon performing these supernatural feats within the human skin – causing the host to perish and completely degrade upon the entity’s exit.

I know I usually throw in a link or two containing related material for you readers to learn more about the topic, but it’s late at night at the time of this writing. Coupled with the fact that I hate writing about these sorts of things, I won’t try to verify this knowledge with outside sources. I am a firm believer that whatever you speak or think about is often drawn toward you, and I am not seeking those particularly bad vibes on this cool spring night.

Sigh…I think I’ll leave this here, as I just remembered Asura failed to eat Hyakkimaru’s head due to Kannon’s influence. If my favboi Tahomaru really is possessed, he ate that brother’s mind while simultaneously devouring his spirit.

It is depressing all around. See you all next week.

Dororo, waiting to save Hyakkimaru next episode...
Dororo, waiting to save Hyakkimaru next episode…

Do you think Tahomaru is possessed? Does Kannon have any influence left in Daigo’s Lands? How do you think the Dororo series will end?

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次の巻: Losing Ourselves to Demons

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Dangerous Situations Before the Storm

Reviewing Episode 21 of the Dororo 2019 anime!

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So full disclosure: after I first watched the episode, I wasn’t sure what to say.

Shit is really hitting the fan, so to speak.

We finally receive the backstory on how Lord Daigo acquired Mutsu and Hyogo, only for both of them to be crippled this episode. Not to mention, judging by Hyakkimaru’s vision – Mutsu is dying.

Mutsu's diminishing life force, Dororo Episode 21.
Mutsu’s diminishing life force, Dororo Episode 21.

Whether or not the plague will spread to the now-captive Dororo remains to be seen.

It is ironic that Mutsu gives this speech about becoming Tahomaru’s right hand, while Hyogo has become the left…just for Hyakkimaru to chop off her right hand and Hyogo’s left. Hyakkimaru also seemed to go for Tahomaru’s right eye again during the fight, and I’m not sure why. I know he has more moves than to continually slash at someone’s already blinded eye.

Maybe it’s a metaphor for the young lordling losing sight of his original goals, or only being able to see one perspective. Given the events, I’m sure an impending doom is near. I am almost positive that if Lord Daigo’s spy/flunky hadn’t rode in on a pale mare, it would have been over for his heir.

Also, why was the only option blowing up the prized horse with cute, large anime eyes? I mean seriously, they couldn’t think of any other options but eviscerating a mare that could have been ridden into battle?

I mean, now Hyakkimaru has beholden the pale mare, who has come back to life in the form of a vengeful rapidash after…unknown magical items and armour assembling to create it? Usually the magic or youkai influence is explained or heavily implied in each episode, but I was kind of at a loss here with this one. There were a plethora of dead bodies in the ditch, Hyakkimaru was aware of the spiritual presence possessing the armour, and it even seemed to be inching toward him before deferring at the last minute.

Was the horse a better candidate for its influence? Was it because Hyakkimaru was still alive? Did the armour decidedly help the young man by giving him a steed to ride into his incoming battles? Why do I keep interchanging steed and mare when they have different meanings? Also, why couldn’t they get a horse when they really needed one episodes back? They could have avoided so many weirdos while on horseback.

Dororo in Episode 21 end credits.
Dororo in Episode 21 end credits.

All jokes aside, this should be an interesting final battle. The ending credits are getting clearer, and a vision of an older Dororo can be seen.

So, Hyakkimaru definitely does get his vision back. But at what cost, and will the first thing he sees be happy? Especially after regaining senses have become associated with pain, loss, and deep trauma that makes Hyakkimaru wish he hadn’t even acquired them.

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Hyakkimaru to Dororo, On to the next adventure...
Hyakkimaru to Dororo, On to the next adventure…

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次の巻: A Monumental Final Battle is on the Horizon

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The Leaves Fall with Blood

Reviewing Episode 20 of the Dororo 2019 anime!

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Welp, any hope that we’d get a happy ending died along with that griffin-like creature. I just knew last week’s episode was a little too happy. Hyakkimaru was just a little too hopeful. The character growth was just a little too fast.

Sigh.

So this episode, the dynamic duo meet a wannabe samurai named misery who loves company. Misery, who changed his birth name from Saburota after the death of his mother, lures weary travelers to a brutal death while in a pensive sabbath; questioning our mortality as human beings.

In order to feel relief from the guilt of leaving his mother to die, he enjoys watching other struggle to survive. This allows his fragile ego to remain intact, as those weaker and stronger than him fail to endure the wrath, or hunger, of the Nue youkai. Of course, Misery is surprised when Hyakkimaru defeats the beast and reaffirms to the audience that the young man is indeed still between mortal soul and lingering spirit.

It is a shame, as Hyakkimaru was doing so well. Dororo even gave this cute speech about plans for their future and subsequently rose her death flag for the series end. Her big bro decides to look toward the future as well, character development slipping away while his back is turned.

Dororo is put in a perilous situation as per usual, but this time Hyakki wasn’t able to save her. In frustration, he bangs his head repeatedly against a boulder to presumably kill himself. Just then, old man Biwamaru swoops in and saves the day. He sacrifices his sword to the boulder that would have killed Dororo, symbolizing that this may be the last time he can help the pair out.

The final sequence of the episode dwells on the old man’s face, lamenting aloud the heavy burden Hyakkimaru would have to resolve.

Over on Lord Daigo’s lands, Tahomaru helps his subjects and visits the Hall of Hell. He witnesses the twelfth demon Oku prophesied would cause trouble “eating” Hyakkimaru’s regained body part.

Hyakkimaru's vision briefly restored? Dororo s1, episode 20.
Hyakkimaru’s vision briefly restored? Dororo s1, episode 20.

There was this strange shot of distorted vision while Misery was being consumed by his hatred, and I wonder if that was Hyakkimaru’s eyes returning to him. Misery conjoining with the dying demon negated its effects, until it was later defeated for good.

So next week we should see Dororo and Hyakkimaru returning to find Lord Daigo. The pair didn’t seem far off, unless the juxtaposed cliff falling and crack of thunder were to denote the metaphysical storm approaching.

I knew Dororo would be a tragedy when I started watching in January, but it still makes me sad that none of these characters will have happy endings. I enjoy bittersweet endings because of the realism, but I can’t help being frustrated at envisioned alternate paths.

Jukai told Hyakkimaru that he could live differently, as did Biwamaru. In the end, he chose destruction in order to reclaim his body. At first, he just wanted it because it was his, but now he realized a desire to live. Hyakkimaru wants to protect his loved ones.

Despite the universe conspiring to end his delicate life.

I think of Mio, Osushi, and the countless others who desperately wanted to live happily, but ultimately the universe had other plans for them. Whatever happens next, I hope Daigo suffers divine consequences for his actions. Dororo also will never historically outlive the war, but I hope she does something positive with her father’s money.

The two met in the summer, and now their story will end in the fall – just before winter. What a tragedy.

I’ll end my thoughts on this incredibly solemn episode here.

Hyakkimaru to Dororo, On to the next adventure...
Hyakkimaru to Dororo, On to the next adventure…

Judging by the opening credits, the two brothers fight. Who do you think will be victorious, Tahomaru or Hyakkimaru? Does Hyakkimaru deserve to get his body back? Will the priest meet them again?

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次の巻: Dangerous Situations Before the Storm

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We Look Happy Together, Dororo

Reviewing Episode 19 of the Dororo 2019 anime!

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I enjoyed this episode, despite it almost qualifying as filler. It felt like the calm before a storm, with Dororo suffering a bit as usual to balance out the light-hearted atmosphere.

Or at least, I believe that is what they were trying to convey. The entire arc was goofy, and had a persistently sinister undertone. Picking up on the events of last week, the dynamic duo is in search of a blacksmith named Munetsuna. After Hyakkimaru’s mom refused to fix his prosthetic limbs, the two presumably journeyed to the nearest town that had a reputable option.

I know Dororo makes a comment that they could use a horse, but why didn’t she take money to buy one? There was enough money for a lifetime and a half in that cave (that hopefully nobody robs). She could have grabbed more for their living situations. Then again, she is a little girl and Hyakkimaru is kind of useless when it comes to socialized human survival, so I’m probably being too hard on her.

Hyakkimaru decides to nuzzle everything in existence to show his affection and ends up doing this to Munetsuna’s daughter. She (for some reason) falls head over heels in love with the ronin ragamuffin at her door and an amanojaku…almost gets the pair married? For…kicks? I mean, the creature had been trapped in the statue for a while but if that was the case, just how long was the village under its spell?

I don’t think Hyakkimaru’s vision is impeded without his swords, but I can’t think of any other reason he didn’t sense the creature. Maybe it was just a mischievous youkai, but it is odd to say the least that their backwards way of life had become normalized. Watching the villagers’ insult one another reminded me of how friends and I would indulge in “opposite days” as kids.

The only one unaffected seemed to be the grouchy old blacksmith, who inherited masks to protect him from the youkai’s tricks. It is kind of funny that everyone thinks he is brash, when really he is being genuine and the others are simply spouting nonsense.

For the most part, it was a silly episode and then Hyakkimaru accidentally almost strangles a little girl to death while under a spell. Dororo cries and looked extremely hurt, and Hyakkimaru hugs her to try and console her. Then there is this sequence where Hyakkimaru, a blind ragamuffin ronin, goes on to say everything looks happy and places a flower crown on a horse. Okay, I’m exaggerating about the horse part but I wouldn’t have been surprised if a laugh track queued up in the background.

I’m sure next episode is going to be brutal and since it’s out…I am going to leave this review here.

Hyakkimaru to Dororo, On to the next adventure...
Hyakkimaru to Dororo, On to the next adventure…

Did you enjoy the pacing of this episode? Why would a girl marry a traveler she just met who offered no dowry? Do you think something terrible will happen to Dororo, given the “I’m the only one who can be by his side” foreshadowing?

(Is it ironic the show mentions Banmon the one time I don’t?)

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次の巻: The Leaves Fall with Blood.

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An Intriguing Battle of Riches and Ideologies

Reviewing Episode 18 of the Dororo 2019 anime!

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Before I begin, can I ask if anyone else is worried that someone will take that money before Dororo decides to return?

I mean, because of Shark Boy’s tirade and refusal to just die, half of that small island appeared to be blown to bits. If travelers can get past the demon shark corpses and jagged cliffside with Buddhist artifacts spewn about, they may find it to be a resolve away from the war. One person could go up and hike to the top of a mountainous peak, only to notice a hole leading to the interior of a cave. They quickly lower themselves down and catch a glint of gold as the sun shines high overhead.

The person enters the cave and realizes they have been blessed by the gods, discovering a treasure trove! Dororo comes back years later, Hyakkimaru doing whatever he decides to do, and her finally having a stable home in a less war-torn area. Because unless she lives past a hundred and fifty, she is not out -surviving the war.

From her memories the map illuminates the path and when she arrives she realizes it is all gone. On her way back home she overhears a casually conversation between a villager and wayfarer speaking of the good fortune once found in that area.

Defeated, she hangs her head and apologizes to her parents for failing to ignite their dreams.

Unless of course, the battleground proves to be too intimidating and travelers accidentally step on a live explosive, blow a limb off and decide the island is cursed and shun it forever. In which case, Dororo should be fine for a few years.

Speaking of battleground, how the heck did Tahomaru and Hyakkimaru get to the island so quickly? I know the location wasn’t too far away from Lord Daigo’s lands, but geez that happened fast. I enjoyed the battle between the two brothers, and thought Hyakkimaru would take his brother’s now good eye.

Itachi got what he deserved, as did his gang. I don’t know why the episode opened with a naked Dororo once more, wasn’t really digging that but okay. I kept wondering if Itachi had suddenly become protective of Dororo this episode because he respected her father and their uncle-niece relationship, or because she was his little moneymaker and if he lost the maps he still had Dororo to force the treasure route out of.

This may be mean to say, but I relished when the other brigands kept referring to the treasure as “theirs” only to be shot down by Daigo’s archers. The treasure would have caused so much infighting and would not have ended well. Almost as badly as Hyakkimaru outstretching his hand for Dororo to take while leaving, and deciding he couldn’t wait literally five seconds for her to grab some gold to aid their travels. If that is foreshadowing, Dororo will end this series much better than I anticipated.

Hyogo's blue-ish weapon, Dororo episode 18
Hyogo’s blue-ish weapon, Dororo episode 18
Wall of Banmon, Flashback featured in Dororo episode 18
Wall of Banmon, Flashback featured in Dororo episode 18

 
It was a great episode, and I am excited for the next! I do wonder though what was up with Hyogo’s weapon with the bluish-glow.

Maybe a protection spell was cast on it, as was the wall of Banmon (I reference this every single episode review because it was my favorite arc ☺ haha ).

Tahomaru, Off to face a disappointed Lord Daigo...
Tahomaru, Off to face a disappointed Lord Daigo…

Do you think Tahomaru and Hyakkimaru can come to an agreement that keeps both brothers alive? Will someone steal Dororo’s treasure before she journeys back to the island? Was Itachi’s death warranted?

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次の巻: We Look Happy Together, Dororo

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When Good Intentions Are Not Enough

Reviewing Episode 17 of the Dororo 2019 anime!

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Last week, I ripped on the show in frustration over the path I thought it was taking. I’m so glad I was wrong.

Expectations subverted!

With that out of the way, let’s get into the meat and bones of this episode.

Is it taboo to casually remark that I am happy we got away from Hyakkimaru to find out what was going on over at Camp Daigo? Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the eternal suffering of a teenage boy and all, but Tahomaru is much more interesting at this point in time. After the Banmon arc, we only caught glimpses of the fiefdom and its lord.

Oku awakes as Hyakki regaled a flashback to Jukai, making me wonder if he and his mother are somehow connected on a spiritual level. Unless it was just precise editing, it seemed like Hyakkimaru speaking of his mother triggered her awakening. I’m not sure if the woman has been in a coma or just a deep sleep for an unspecified amount of time, but Oku woke up with knowledge previously unhad.

Feeling naïve, Oku realized the role Kannon played in her and her son’s survival. Laying all of this information out for her husband, he denies her revelation and upon exiting the room – gives the order to kill his firstborn.

Tahomaru is out on a mission and receives the news later on. Lord Daigo may be taking preventive measures in case his wife acts out again, or maybe he cannot trust her judgement; attempting to stop her involvement now that the pact has been broken.

I do wonder that since the secret is out, why is Tahomaru still killing ghouls?

Would the young lord not think to be more careful given the circumstances and information he is privy to? It has already been established that he deeply cares for his lands and people – hence the episode with the crab ayakashi. But any of these demons could hold a piece of his older brother’s body – so why even risk it?

Tahomaru is in such an interesting position. Does he do nothing and allow demons to wreak havoc on his community, or defeat them and risk wreaking havoc on his community?

He is damned either way, hardened by the affection he once held for his older brother.

Then there is Jukai bringing up the argument (again) that maybe Hyakkimaru should not be alive, as a whole region is dependent on his death. Hyakki seemed to enjoy the love and affection his father showed, until he repeated the same “I cannot save you” phrase as his birth mother.

Jukai would not fix the boy’s prosthetic, despite in the opening sequence affixing limbs to the dead. The sculptor was aware that the surrounding folk were stealing them as soon as he turned his back, but he allowed it to happen.

Does this imply that Hyakkimaru is no longer dead, although becoming less human each time he regains a stolen body part?

Once the ayakashi shows up and his life is threatened, it is affirmed that Jukai still has a purpose. The oni then attacks another older man, who asks “why me” before dying. After the events with Hyakkimaru, a dying ghoul bites his leg and draws blood, signifying that his purpose had been fulfilled. The stench of death has been lifted, and Jukai can finally die in peace with a haunted, but unburdened soul.

I can’t help but think what would have happened if he did fix his son’s prosthetic leg, rather than alluding to the fact that he will have it back soon given the demon-slaying pace he’s at. Hopefully, when he does meet Dororo again, Hyakkimaru thanks her for always watching his back. She is the only reason he knows how “oka~chan” should truly act.

This episode finally felt like the show is back on track in a narrative sense. The only thing I don’t understand is the green soul coloring Hyakkimaru sees out of his own eyes.

The world through Hyakkimaru’s eyes, Dororo episode 17

Kannon had a green aura while saving Oku in the Banmon arc.

Kannon saves Oku, Dororo episode 12
Kannon saves Oku, Dororo episode 12

Is this implying that Hyakkimaru sees himself as a divine being? While others such as Biwamaru see a white soul with the red flames of corruption? Unless…Hyakkimaru is now under Kannon’s divine protection.

A lot of interesting things to think about until the next episode. I’m glad this was enjoyable, and my expectations were subverted.

Tahomaru, On to the next adventure...
Tahomaru, On to the next adventure…

Why do you think Hyakkimaru’s soul is green? Do you think Oku’s change of heart is sincere? What will happen to Jukai now?

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次の巻: An Intriguing Battle of Riches and Ideologies

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