We have returned! We have returned with another episode review from our Anime REvisited pick known as Hyakka Ryoran: Samurai Girls. Things get a lil’ serious in this one so let’s not waste any time and get right to it!
The pieces of the plot start to unfold in this episode, as Sen’s brother Yoshihiko returns from France. Meanwhile back at the dojo Kanaetsugu is trying to put her own little team together consisting of Hanzo and Matabei; which fails miserably because she’s…kinda annoying. Muneakira is outside sweeping the dojo’s steps when he’s met by Gisen, who springs him away to what looks to be a part of the dojo, but away from the main area. She tells him that the general should forcibly make the pact in order for the relationship between the master samurai and the general to grow, but Muneakira responds in saying that he wouldn’t do that to Hanzo and Matabei if they don’t feel the same way about him.
That didn’t sit too well with Gisen; as we now see her true colors come to light by using her demonic eye to take away the ‘free will’ of Muneakira, just as Sen and the others confront her. Sen of course transforms into a master samurai with Gisen doing the very same, as the two of them fight each other – though Gisen appears to have the upper hand. The battle didn’t last too long, as Sen’s brother appeared (a week early due to his cunning intellect in deceiving his only sister) with an artificial master samurai known Nia. Yoshihiko flat out told Gisen that he doesn’t like her and needs to be punished; which basically translates into ‘go kick that hussy’s ass for me!’
Nia does just that, as Gisen didn’t really stand much of a chance which caused her to get the hell outta dodge. Afterwards the dojo was raided by Yoshihiko’s forces while he explained to her sister what really happened with the spirited Away incidents. Turns out the missing students were actually inside special pods that were being used to create artificial master samurai just like Nia, because the number of master samurai was on the decline.
Yoshihiko then goes on to say that the reason Great Japan has a shadow casts upon it was due to the malevolent spirit of Amakusa; who just so happens to be Gisen’s true general, and the true antagonist behind the main antagonist. With Muneakira and Jubei captured by Yoshihiko and Gisen revealed as the true villain of the series, things are about to get real interesting quite quickly.
After four episodes of fun n’ games it’s time for the serious portion of the series to begin. There are only three episodes remaining until the finale, so this will do it for this episode’s review.
Until next post, stay safe and stay nerdy! 😉