Utawarerumono – 20
One night, a pair of guards at Hakuoro’s castle hears a noise and turn around to find a female intruder who has apparently stumbled over some logs. As the girl runs further into the castle, more guards join the chase. She eventually arrives in Hakuoro’s room, and he helps her out with the guards after he heard her say the name Kuuya. He figures out that she’s a messenger and she realizes that he must be Hakuoro. It’s clear from the way she talks that she’s not used to doing this, but this girl, whose name is Sakuya, gets her point across that Kuuya wants to see Hakuoro. By chance, Eruru sees Hakuoro leaving the castle with Sakuya, so she follows them. Kuuya ends up blaming Hakuoro for being slow, but she also asks Sakuya what happened to her hair. It seems that Sakuya didn’t notice that her hair got chopped short when she was running away earlier from Hakuoro’s guards. In any case, Kuuya wants to talk to Hakuoro about giving him a mistress. This surprises Eruru so much that she yells and falls backwards, alerting the others to her presence.
After Eruru gets introduced, Kuuya returns to talking about a mistress, specifically Sakuya (much to Sakuya’s own surprise). Kuuya claims that Sakuya is skillful in bed, but what she actually means is that Sakuya is skillful at making a bed. Hakuoro tells her that those two things are different and he also points out that if Sakuya wasn’t around, Kuuya would be bothered. Kuuya realizes that he’s right and decides to rethink all of this, much to Sakuya and Eruru’s relief. In any case, Kuuya is really glad that Hakuoro came today because they won’t be able to meet again for a while since her country is close to war with another. Eruru is clearly worried, but Kuuya vows not to lose and thanks Eruru for her feelings. It is sometime later that Hakuoro learns from Benaui that the country moving against Kuuya’s Kunnekamun is Erumui. It is a small country made up of a collection of small tribes. However, the one they have to worry about is Erumui’s ally Noseshechica. Benaui also mentions that Kunnekamun has an unknown strength.
Oboro then alerts Hakuoro to a situation that’s developed with Aruru, who has apparently suffered a bite to the neck. It seems that Kamyu is the culprit and is now missing. Aruru, however, isn’t angry and wants to help find her friend. Oboro tells Yuzuha to return to her room while everyone else searches, but Yuzuha insists on waiting with Mukkuru until Kamyu is found. By nightfall however, they haven’t had any success. Seeing the full moon, Hakuoro gets an idea of where Kamyu could be. Just as he suspected, he finds her alone by the lake. As soon as she sees Hakuoro, she goes crying to him because she feels that she’s different from everyone – she’s the only one with black wings. She reveals that these wings are proof that she inherited her great ancestor’s blood, but also that people keep their distance because of them; Kamyu didn’t have any friends before she came here. She doesn’t want these black wings and instead wishes for white ones like her sister. She also doesn’t want Aruru to hate her since Aruru is her very first friend. Hakuoro comforts her and tells her not to worry.
They then hear Aruru behind them, saying that she’s found Kamyu. Hakuoro tells Kamyu that everyone was worried about her because they’re all friends. Aruru happily holds hands with Kamyu on the way home where the two find Yuzuha still waiting for them. Unable to hold back the tears, Kamyu starts bawling uncontrollably. Meanwhile, the fighting between Erumui/Noseshechica and Kunnekamun has begun. The conventional forces of the former find themselves facing against a handful of giant metal suits of armor. These armors plow right through the men, completely annihilating them and raining blood down everywhere. Covered in this blood, the Noseshechica leader charges Kuuya’s armor and promptly gets chopped in half. Kuuya slowly realizes that someone died by her hands, but then hardens her attitude and marches forward. Word quickly reaches Hakuoro that Noseshechica surrendered after only three days. When Hakuoro retires to his room that night, he finds a serious-looking Sakuya waiting to take him to Kuuya.
Hakuoro arrives at the usual meeting spot, and sees the giant armor that Kuuya uses, which she calls the Avu Kamuu. Kuuya expresses how happy she is to be able to meet with Hakuoro again. She then starts to describe what happened, portraying the enemy as weak and herself as strong. By the time she starts talking about gaining control of villages one by one, Hakuoro has heard enough. Kuuya realizes that Hakuoro already understands and admits that this was her first battle, her first time feeling what it’s like to kill someone – thinking about the pain and the responsibility. It is sometime later that an Erumui man comes to Hakuoro asking for help. It seems that the leader of the Noseshechica was the one who pulled Erumui into this, and the Erumui had no desire to attack Kunnekamun. Urutorii doesn’t know how much help she can be to him, but she promises to be the emissary to Kunnekamun.
However, when Urutorii goes there, Hauenkua, the guy in charge, doesn’t really care to negotiate with her and laughs when she mentions the god Witsarunemitea. They in Kunnekamun consider Witsarunemitea to be the Nugisomukami, and Hauenkua isn’t about to listen to the words of someone who worships this god. Urutorii wants him to pass this on to Kuuya, but Hauenkua says that this matter was entrusted to him, so his words are the emperor’s words. With an evil laugh, Hauenkua leaves and goes to another room where the body of the Noseshechica leader is lying. In this room is also the winged man Dii who used to be at Niue’s side. Hauenkua seems to want Dii to make the body move even if it cannot. Back in Tousukuru, Eruru knows that war is going to start again and wonders if Hakuoro can’t talk to Kuuya to stop it. Hakuoro, however, thinks that Kuuya already understands perfectly. Benaui then reports that Kunnekamun has invaded Erumui. Hakuoro remarks that finally it has started.
So I guess the rabbit people have giant mecha that completely plow through everything. It’s oddly appropriate. The way that battle went reminded me of the destruction that Karura can cause, except on an even larger scale with more blood. And speaking of which, I bet Hakuoro’s harem would be one of the few groups capable of stopping the Avu Kamuu, should it ever come to that (and I think it will). If it does, Hauenkua seems to be the evil one in Kuuya’s group capable of starting something. I’m just glad his evil laugh isn’t as annoying as Niue’s. Hauenkua does seem to be up to something with Dii and wanting Kanhorudari (now dead leader of the Noseshechica) resurrected.
Sakuya steals the show early on this episode with her comedic run through Hakuoro’s castle, her bungled introduction, and this face. And some more fun was had at Sakuya’s expense thanks to Kuuya wanting to give her away to Hakuoro. It’s a shame the rabbit people aren’t all like her.
Next week, looks like Onkamiyamukai (Urutorii and Kamyu’s country) is going to get involved in all this.