Or holy men, whatever.
Sorry for the delay. This was supposed to be posted up by last Sunday but I was too tired from school. Think I’ll have to start shortening my posts (aka cutting back on a lot of the screencapping). If not, I’ll have to go on hiatus which is something I don’t want. :(
So yea, gonna try and keep it short.
Eh…I don’t know what to think of this episode. I find it interesting and boring at the same time. It sounds so complicated when it’s relatively simple to understand if you just put things in order and get rid of the wordyness.
Basically, Rinne had his fun messing around with Shichika and Togame
and they’re both weirdos for projecting him as a loli, lololol~ and they walked away having learned something: face your fears (or something). Here’s your bladeless sword as a supplementary gift. Have a nice day. :P
Getting down to the more complex stuff, three things: Shichika, Togame, and some small but important revelations on Kiki and his swords.
So, uh, Shichika…your mind works in very strange ways. @.@;
I don’t doubt that he has some kind of feelings, however you want to classify it as, for Togame that serves as motivation from him but I can’t argue with Rinne’s standpoint either. Mainly because Shichika still functions more perfectly as a sword than he does as a human. The idea of him comprehending love the way we do is probably going to be as forever foreign to him as Togame nationalizing “Cheerio!”.
What conclusion can I draw from this? (…Yes, I am drawing a conclusion already even though we have two more episodes to cover)
That Togame is just a very big existence in his life. Perhaps his only one. Like he said, without her, he wouldn’t have had a purpose, and we wouldn’t have Katanagatari. It’s not about the “love” or the swords. It’s just him having some reason to get off that old island of his and fight. That’s why, in the end, killing people to obtain the swords and losing to a handful of his opponents along the way (all of which are noticeably women, and even Rinne, who he can’t beat, takes the form of a girl…oho~ what does that mean? lol) don’t matter one bit next to fighting for Togame. That’s what Shichika’s resolve is.
At least that’s how I see it.
As for Togame, hers was the more generic emotional obstacle with a bonus of remembering her father’s last (oh so bittersweet) words to her.
Yet Togame is more difficult for me to figure out than Shichika so give me a second to straighten my thoughts out here. According to Rinne, she was able to find Hakari because she let go of being on the offense. That’s what led her to the true concept behind Hakari, a sword that cuts oneself, tests oneself. Also, until Togame was able to look Rinne in the face again, she’s been avoiding that one important thing she has forgotten.
Why? Because she was blinded by her ambition and thirst for revenge.
Rinne confirms it. That’s how she lacked the resolve just as how Shichika couldn’t forget his losses against Konayuki, Nanami, and Zanki and guilt over those he killed, Meisai being the most notable one since there was no need to take her life for Tsurugi in the first place.
I hope I’m making sense here. In any case, what is Togame’s resolve then after realizing all this? It’s not for revenge now, is it? It’s for living. And doing so by hunting for Kiki’s swords. Is that what Nisioisin’s trying to say?
If you have a better idea of how to explain this, please share it. I’m still confused no matter which way I try to sort it out.
Anyways, finally, some insight into Kiki’s character. Honestly, nothing too significant has been mentioned about his personality except maybe the hints in ep 8. …But it’s not like you can get a lot from knowing it’s his hobby-profession for creating unusual swords and modeling one off of his old crush. :P
So according to Rinne, he had a habit of denying things a lot. BING BING BING! Early theory about Hitei possibly being descended from Kiki sorta confirmed no matter how much she’ll deny it. Honestly, how else does she know so much about the swords?
Secondly, another theory confirmed: Kyotouryuu being one of Kiki’s Deviant Blades (kittymaverick, you were right~ xD). Though you would have or should have realized this earlier on. “-tou” of “Kyotou” being the biggest clue since it means “sword” and all of Kiki’s other weapons followed the same naming theme.
On top of being the 13th sword, Kyotouryuu is also the “Completed” Deviant Blade as opposed to the 12 Perfected Deviant Blades.
…and? Does that mean all those 12 swords we’ve been after for almost a year were just practice for this final one like the first 100,000-something swords? That’s such a wacked up idea…but at the same time it works so I can’t really say much else.
Still…how do you forge a sword into seven generations of genetics, eh? Wait, if there’s any inclination that the Yasuri bloodline is somehow related to Kiki’s…if that were true, then Shichika and Hitei would be like…15th cousins or something! @A@;;;
Right, I think I’ll stop there before I hurt myself. Oi~… @~@;;
Well, there you have it. Looks like Hida Takahito had his fair share of participation in the sword hunt as well. That or he chose a too fateful place for planting his castle and refused to get glasses after Hakari’s effects on him which led to the rebellion, his own clan’s execution and then his daughter to proceed with the actual sword hunt.
Ack, everybody in this story is so troublesome! I’m done! HAH! XP
Ok, so even if Rinne doesn’t have to do anything to freak people out by appearing as a projection of their memories, it’s still pretty cool how he…well, can. XD;
I loved the part where we get to see Shichika duke it out with Zanki, too. Not sure if that’s real flashback or an illusion in Shichika’s head but the movements were just too awesome. The animation got a bit sketchy here and there but since the art style is based off of take’s, it’s not totally out of line.
Andand I wanted to cry when I saw Nanami and Meisai again. I miss them so… ;________;
Self-explanatory. Very heart-warming…oh alright, it earns an “AWWWWWWWWWWW”. Happy now? lol
Hitei is the best villain of the year for me. Her personality is so consistent with her sinister nature and while other antagonists often get close to the edge of breaking down when the heroes have more of an advantage, she’s not even concerned about it cuz in the end, “It’ll all be as planned”. Kukuku~
Plus, even with that small revelation of her origins, she continues to remain an interesting character. Sometimes characters tend to go bland on me when I’ve learned all of what I need to know about them but not this woman. She outright denies everything and…it’s just awesome. 8D
Did I mention she’s FIERCE!ly hot as well? lol xDD;;
Of course, mastermind evil isn’t complete without a trusty subordinate. Which is why I like shipping the Hitei/Emonzaemon twosome. He’s just as dangerous and cruel as his princess and heck, even seems to take pleasure when she sends him on another goose chase to find out anything that can be used against Togame.
Ahh~ I’m horrible. Why am I rooting for the bad guys? xD;
Shichika’s duel with Rinne reminded me a little of Konayuki’s match. To be honest, it isn’t that much different. Rinne just approaches it differently by constantly running away and is 300-something years older than her. :P
Did I mention Rinne rocks because he practically lives in a pop-out picture book? xD
…*sniff* He even emphasized the “daisuki“. ;__;
Alright, I admit it, this was very sweet. And the hug after it as well. <3
Mon-kun, I have never been so happy to see your shoes.
Now run along home (or go and kill Houou) so you can tell your princess that… “TOGAME IS THE DAUGHTER OF THE REBELLION TRAITORRRRR!!!!!!!!!!” so things can get REALLY more interesting, EH?!?! >8D
Shichika: “Hey, Togame! I think I found a dead bird!”
*gets brick’d* |DDDDD;;;;
Well, something must have happened to Houou for poor Penguin to end up in this state. And yikes, that’s a pretty deep wound as well.
kittymaverick, I’m with you on Penguin taking up the head seat for the next Maniwani generation but the situation looks so grim, I don’t know if I want to hope or not. ^^;
ED:”Ina, to Hime wa Subete wo Karazu” (否、と姫は全てを語らず) by Haruka Tomatsu
Long title is long.
I didn’t take a lot of time to analyze the lyrics for this one but it’s basically meant to describe Hitei’s character. And I’m fine with that cuz I friggin’ love her! 8D
Also, Haruka Tomatsu singing~ *contently sighs* My day is made. Please have this up for download when the DVD comes out, awesome someone out there. <3
It’s totally pointless to show previews anymore…IT’S JUST TOO SPOILERISH! XDDDD;;;;
But man, I can’t wait! Even if the action sucks, I get so many fights in one episode. Mon-kun vs. Houou, Houou vs. Shichika, and even some Penguin vs. Mon-kun?!
Andand, we’ll get to see Kiki interact with the first Kyotouryuu head, Yasuri Kazune, as well. GAH, how much more awesome can it get?!
Prepare your tissues and expect some WTF?!-ing. CLIMAX HERE WE COME!!! RAAAAAAWWWWWRRRRRR!!!!!!!!
…k, so next episode will air on 11/12. Another Friday. I’ll try my best to get a review up as soon as possible but no promises. Till then!