Utawarerumono – 22
-Hauenkua leads a group to attack Hakuoro’s castle. While Hakuoro’s troops try to hold them off, the civilian population flees. Conventional weapons still have no effect on the armors, so Kurou employs ballistae. These slow down Hauenkua until he catches one of the projectiles and starts destroying everything.
-Against everyone’s wishes, Hakuoro goes and confronts Hauenkua alone. Hakuoro taunts Hauenkua into chasing him, luring them away from the castle and into a ravine. Unfortunately, Hauenkua uses his armor to toss a stone that causes a rockslide that throws Hakuoro off his mount.
-Hakuoro is able to avoid many of Hauenkua’s swings thanks to his tessen. During this time, he starts having memories of a figure encased in rock, its body cracking up. Right as the eye of that figure in his memory lights up, Hakuoro gets hit by Hauenkua’s armor.
-Aruru and Mukkuru protect Hakuoro, despite his pleas to have them run away. Though the tiger is more agile, Hauenkua is still able to hit Mukkuru, knock Aruru off, and slash her. Aruru lands on the ground with a thud and Hakuoro sees a pool of blood form beneath her head.
-Eruru enters the area just in time to see Hauenkua crush Hakuoro and Aruru with his armor’s leg. Hauenkua starts laughing evilly, but he then sees that his leg is now encased in black fog. A large arm appears and throws the armor to the side. That arm belongs to a large beast unlike anything they’ve seen before. As this beast is killing both of Hauenkua’s guards in a bloody fashion, Eruru realizes that Aruru is dead.
-Flashback to a scientist in a lab with a giant fossil. Another scientist enters the lab and explains that this is the origin of evolution – the missing link. However, this scientist also shoots the first one with a gun, splattering his blood over the fossil. The fossil appears to absorb the blood, causing its eyes to light up.
-In the present, the monster tackles Hauenkua and rips the armor’s arm off. It ejects Hauenkua and then destroys the armor. Nearby, a black fog has surrounded Eruru and Aruru, and somehow Aruru has been magically healed.
-Eruru remembers that a while back, she had been searching for Aruru when there had been an earthquake. She had found Aruru lying motionless on the ground and had called for help. The same black fog and monster had approached her and asked her if she wanted Aruru to be saved. Eruru had indeed wanted this and had even agreed to give all of herself in exchange for her sister.
-The current Aruru wakes up and refers to the monsters as “Father.” Eruru slowly realizes that the monster is actually Hakuoro.
-Hakuoro wakes up in bed, but he’s still got his monster hands. He then wakes up a second time and everything is back to normal, including his hands. Eruru brings him some tea and explains that Kunnekamun retreated, so everyone is back. Hakuoro is still worried about Aruru, but Eruru shows him that Aruru is happily playing outside. Eruru leaves Hakuoro wondering if that was him previously.
The shit really hits the fan this episode. In addition to Hakuoro’s true form coming out and causing a bloody mess, we get to see a glimpse of his past as a scientist or archeologist of some sort. It seems like his blood and soul was absorbed into the fossil, but there’s still no answer yet to how that led to the current situation. In fact, the fossil and Hakuoro’s beast form don’t look that much like each other, though there is a clear resemblance between Hakuoro’s mask and the fossil’s face.
I guess this means that Aruru has come back from the dead twice now because of Hakuoro’s powers. Hopefully there won’t be a third time. There is also the issue of the contract that Eruru entered into with Hakuoro’s beast form. She seems to be acting more distant at the end, and I wonder if that’s because she remembered the contract or because she found out who Hakuoro really was.
Next week, more on Dii and more about Yuzuha.