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Summary:
The war rages on as Shikeripechimu attacks a Tousukuru village. Oboro and a force arrive and drive off the invaders, but the damage has been done. Back at the main castle, Hakuoro tells everyone that his strategy for now is just defense. Touka enters the room, ready for whatever punishment Hakuoro has for her. To her surprise, he has Eruru return her sword, and Eruru explains that they don’t feel bitter. But still feeling the need for atonement, Touka tries to kill herself by cutting her throat. Hakuoro quickly throws his tessen and knocks the sword out of her hands. He explains that there are more things for her to do, including the burial of Orikakan. Everyone then rushes out because of word of more Shikeripechimu forces. The Tousukuru forces have the advantage of catching the enemy in a ravine, allowing them to pick the enemy off with arrows. After Oboro kills the enemy commander, the rest of the troops run away. Karura and Kurou meanwhile are fighting Shikeripechimu in another village. Karura’s strength alone is able to destroy legions of the enemy, sending body parts flying everywhere.
During a strategy meeting, Benaui suggests that the enemy is trying to exhaust them emotionally and physically. Hakuoro thinks that Shikeripechimu’s other objective is to provoke them. Oboro finds this interesting and suggests that they invade, but Benaui says that Shikeripechimu has ten times their forces. Hakuoro decides to wait. That night, he confesses his desire to protect everyone to Eruru, but also how he isn’t sure where he’s headed. Though Eruru can’t answer that, she tells him that she believes in him whenever, whatever happens – always. In the next days, Niwe launches an all-out attack. Hakuoro decides that the only viable plan at this point is to counter-invade Shikeripechimu and go after Niwe while all of Niwe’s forces are engaged in Tousukuru. In the ensuing battles, Guraa gets hit by an arrow, but Oboro is able to defend the twins. Hakuoro is able to hold his own against a small group of soldiers, but then comes face to face with an enemy commander and his squadron. Fortunately for him, Touka flies in and saves him and Eruru by killing all of those enemy men. Eruru then hears a boy crying from inside a burning building and runs to help. Though she and Hakuoro try their best to free the boy’s mother who is stuck under a pillar, they are unable to do so before the building collapses. Hakuoro drags out Eruru and the boy in the nick of time, but the boy’s mother does not survive. With that battle over, Hakuoro decides to give most of the troops to Benaui, backing him up with Kurou and Oboro. Hakuoro himself will go with Karura and Touka to attack the enemy castle. Eruru joins Hakuoro after they bury the dead from the village.

Preview:

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Lots of killing this episode: women and children being speared, body parts flying everywhere – much of it due to Karura’s strength. I was laughing watching the bodies fall down all around her, and then I was cheering by the time Touka came and saved Hakuoro and Eruru during the battle. The animation style looked different again, but I liked it. Aside from the slightly different character designs, the overall action animation moved very fluidly fast, such as whenever someone swung a sword it was in the flash of an eye, even more so than normal.
I like Hakuoro’s strategy of going after Niwe, but I’m not sure Hakuoro can handle him. From what we’ve seen previously, Niwe is at the very least equal to Hakuoro in strength. And while Hakuoro is technically bringing along two of his strongest fighters in Touka and Karura, I get the feeling that he’s going to go one on one with Niwe. I personally hope they kill off Niwe next episode because his cackling laugh is so freaking annoying…

July 3, 2006 at 10:46 pm
28 comments »
  • July 3, 2006 at 11:02 pmpaiser

    coolios

  • July 3, 2006 at 11:04 pmwhee-ness

    whoaa go karura lol she’s ownage… go touka too=]
    I agree.,. animation diff…

  • July 3, 2006 at 11:21 pmjj

    characters… are looked quite evil when they are angery in this ep….seriously

  • July 3, 2006 at 11:43 pmAznSoulBoy

    Yay Touka. XDDD, =D as i though this anime is getting better and better XD

  • July 3, 2006 at 11:46 pmdward

    Seems like Eruru is getting closer and closer to Hakuoro with each episode…..which is a good thing :D

  • July 4, 2006 at 12:16 amsinistral

    2nd last row, middle picture. Aruru looks like a flying missile or something like that.

  • July 4, 2006 at 12:19 amEld

    Wow can’t Karura wear her shirt properly -_-
    Mass Graves sux ass ________
    | R.I.P |
    | Eld |

  • July 4, 2006 at 1:37 amuguluck

    cant wait till subbs come out XD

  • July 4, 2006 at 1:46 amRouge

    I posted this late in ep. 13′s comments but I’m not sure if any decent amount of people saw it, so I’ll try once more…does anyone happen to have/know where I can get an English ver. of the Srpg this anime is from? I’ve looked everywhere but only found a jap. version that I can’t run anyhow. (japanese error messages For the lose!) comment here or mail Rouge.Mike@gmail with that and I shall fall to my knees and worship thee. and btw, this anime is beautiful.

  • July 4, 2006 at 2:05 amzzz

    There is no English version at the moment.

  • July 4, 2006 at 2:12 amjj

    yeah, the king goes out to fight, with 2 of his strongest fighters (in his harem that is ^^) and leave the men behind…hahaha

  • July 4, 2006 at 2:31 amryohei

    haha replinish mana on the way

  • July 4, 2006 at 5:13 amdojikyo

    Is the switch in animation permanent or a one time thing? Judging from the screenshots, I prefer the old designs.

  • July 4, 2006 at 6:01 amAil

    I heard it was one time change, and actually new guys did only 1st part(scene bofore title and after title to intermission) of the episode. the 2nd part(after intermission) was done by OLM team Iwasa itself. After this episode, team Iwasa should stay involved all the way.
    New guys are actually top guns of former “Shuffle!” production team. While you look at the screanshots they might look somewhat odd, in the motion, it looks quite brilliant, and extremely dynamic.

    Anywayz, lol at Karura inspired by Jackie Chan the Drunken Fighter, and Touka flying(yep actually flying) in and saving the day for Hakuoro was soooooo kool to watch.

  • July 4, 2006 at 7:44 amOmni


    New guys are actually top guns of former “Shuffle!” production team. While you look at the screanshots they might look somewhat odd, in the motion, it looks quite brilliant, and extremely dynamic.

    Ah-ha! That’s why it looked so familiar!

  • July 4, 2006 at 8:13 amise

    Touka!! yay.

  • July 4, 2006 at 9:37 amT_I

    It’s called Velka style animation (ref: Nanoha A’s)

    ^_^;;

  • July 4, 2006 at 10:57 amsivaraj

    oh my GOD !!!!!!!! what’s with the animation quality ? and the drawing ???? why so much difference ..the drawing !!!! what happen??

  • July 4, 2006 at 11:53 amnaga_jahat

    argh~! More blood~!!!

    but, im really suprise that Touka also enter to Hakuoro’s harem world …

  • July 4, 2006 at 7:53 pmBob

    The design just look so weird, I like the old design so much better, hope this is just a one time thing where the animator got sick take the day off and ask assistant to do the design for a week or something. They just look weird and ugly.

  • July 5, 2006 at 9:04 amKageho

    I don’t mind Shuffle’s art style, but from the screen caps, it just doesn’t feel right with Uta. Maybe it’ll look better once I see the episode.

  • July 5, 2006 at 5:14 pmEld

    it’s the harm team!

  • July 5, 2006 at 5:16 pmEld

    it’s the “harem” team -_- i post wrong sorry
    and sorry for the double post

  • July 10, 2006 at 3:56 amSunhawk

    That laugh… annoys the HELL out of me. Seriously — that laugh alone is a worth a death sentence.

  • July 10, 2006 at 6:48 pmDmonHiro

    I can’t wait for the ass to die (maybe next episode), that laugh REALLY is anoying me. Is it just me or does Hakuoro’s harem get a new member every 2-3 episodes?

  • July 12, 2006 at 9:51 amTJ

    Whoa… Just saw this one. Remind me never to get Karura drunk. She took out the enemy general in the beginning by cutting through his woptar (or whatever those two legged lizards are called).

    Anyway the animation style worked for me. IF Hakuoro is supposed to not be sleeping planning for the battles, he looks like he hasn’t been eating and is sleep deprived. The animation felt more real given the context of the episode.

  • July 12, 2006 at 11:31 pmgnec

    I hope they stick with this animation style…every time I see this style it’s always one-off episodes for various series. There’s such fluidity in the motions, and details in the little mannerisms that make you more excited to watch it (like when Oboro saves the archer twins, or how the camera sways when Karura does to attack). Very slick!

  • July 15, 2006 at 1:41 amSUPER GREAT LOSER

    THANK YOU! “GNEC” at least some body has some insight on good animation…all who want the old style back are HATERS,, THE SHEER STYLE,, ,HELL EVEN THE ANGLES OF VISON very nice!! I MEAN COME ON!! WHO THE HELL DOESENT LIKE SMOOTH ARTFULL ANIMATION