Nabari no Ou – 23
Episode at Glance:
Having brought Miharu and Yoite in, Yukimi casts off his actions as an attempt to make them repent and apologize for their actions, which Hattori accepts, but doesn’t seem to believe. During this time, Kouichi, Raimei, and Gau make their way to the Kairoushuu temple hideout as per Gau’s directions. Saraba and Sourou on the other hand tend to Yae, who insists on hurrying to help Miharu and points out that there’s something peculiar about Raikou. Thinking to herself, she recalls seeing his past and his sorrow, which she believe has lead to his resolution.
At the temple, Hattori tells Yukimi that Yoite is a being that should have never existed. He then goes on to explain how they saved Yoite when he was a kid, and found out that he wanted his existence erased because there was no one cared about him. At Ichiki’s suggestion, Hattori convinced Yoite that learning the Kira and serving under him will allow his wish to be fulfilled one day. Yukimi however feels that the Kairoushuu leader used Yoite’s desire against him, prompting Hattori to retort that he was used by Yoite. Outraged, Yukimi says that Yoite was just a child then, but Hattori says that it has no bearing on desires, claiming that Yoite’s desires rival his own. He adds that the awakening of the Shinrabanshou caused Yoite to sway from him, and that the hijutsu can be used to erase Yoite without a trace, but tells Yoite that his efforts were all in vain.
Meanwhile, Shiranui is informed that Yae’s been found, so he sends Hyou and Shigure out to fetch her. Before long, Saraba, Sourou, and Yae find themselves under attack, but are able to fend Hyou and Shigure off for the most part. Overlooking the temple, Kouichi, Raimei, and Gau make there way towards it, unaware that Gau set off a wire signal trap in the process. Off at a train station, Kumohira stumbles his way out of the gate, where Shijima riducules him a bit before telling him that Yoite doesn’t have much time left. While Kumohira is unsure of who she is, Kotarou appears before him and confirms with Shijima that she’s located the place. Kumohira tries to speak with the Fuuma leader, but Kotarou simply says he prays for his “great efforts” and righteous beliefs before vanishing.
Back at the temple, Raikou takes out a bunch of guards and finds Ichiki in one of buildings. Noticing Raikou’s presence, Ichiki makes a witty remark about him not having commited seppuku, before saying that he doesn’t understand Hattori’s feelings. She also blames people like him for causing Hattori hardships, but Raikou says that everyone’s suffering. Amused, Ichiki says that making comparisons is pointless and adds that Hattori is looking at the world at in a much broader sense, so Raikou retorts that he can’t imagine being allowed to ignore people’s hearts even if that were the case. Feeling that it’s no different than the lies they live in now, Ichiki gets fed up with the talk, just when Shiranui appears behind Raikou. Drawing his Shirogamon, Raikou clashes with the Tategami leader, who claims he fights for Hattori’s future. Reminded of his parents, Raikou is able to defeat Shiranui, but suffers a severe wound from the exchange.
In the outskirts of the temple, Kouichi, Raimei, and Gau run into Kagerou and subsequently, Kairoushuu reinforcements. During this time, Hattori comments on all the mayhem Yoite caused, but claims to have always valued his desire, so he offers Yoite the choice to die as a traitor or rejoin the Kairoushuu. Miharu however protests that Yoite’s desire isn’t for the Kairoushuu’s sake, so Hattori questions if he’s ever considered that Yoite may have deceived him. Raikou then appears, claiming that Hattori is trying to say that Yoite joined the Kairoushuu to die for him (which he clearly didn’t). While Yukimi is surprised to see him here and heavily wounded, Raikou bows down and politely asks Hattori to give up on his plans, making the the Kairoushuu leader feel that he’s being cajoled. Ordered to kill Raikou, Yukimi questions if Raikou’s serious about this and why him as well, so Raikou expresses how he felt that the Kairoushuu was meant to save people who had no where to go. Yukimi says that things in the Nabari world aren’t so sugarcoated, so Raikou asks what they’re fighting for if they throw away their whitewashing.
Claiming that he’s naive, Yukimi fights Raikou, but ends up wounded for his efforts. With Yukimi asking if he intends to go after Hattori next, Raikou says that it’s his duty as a samurai to rise up against a foolish leader. Hearing this, Ichiki holds Miharu hostage while Hattori unties Yoite, telling him to kill Raikou as his last duty, but Yoite decides to turn on Ichiki instead. Before Yoite can use his Kira though, Shiranui appears behind Raikou trying to take him by surprise, but ends up being killed for good this time. Forced to take things into his own hands, Hattori breaks Raikou’s sword and drives his hand into Raikou’s wound from earlier. Reminded of his sister and Gau, Raikou quietly calls out their names before dying. Outside, Raimei senses that her Kurogamon is crying and heads to the temple with Gau while Kouichi keeps Kagerou busy. She arrives to find Raikou dead and screams out for him. Ichiki then blames Yoite for all of this, but Miharu is so shocked/angered that the Shinrabanshou starts to awaken.
Using a whirlwind technique, Kouichi is able to finish off Kagerou, after which he along with everyone else, notice a dark storm cloud blanketing over the city. Off on a rooftop, Shijima tells Kumohira that the Shinrabanshou has started to act.
Plenty of casualties to go around with Hyou, Kagerou, and a bunch of unnamed Kairoushuu ninjas biting the dust. Most importantly though is that Raikou was killed by Hattori, who moved around like Gouki before breaking Raikou’s Shirogamon with his bare hand and finishing him off. As I mentioned last week, there were quite a few death flags for Raikou, but I didn’t gather that he would die so soon. His death appears to have awakened the Shinrabanshou, but judging from Miharu’s reaction, it’s hard to say whether or not he’ll go berserk first. The preview shows that he’s relatively together; however, these type of rash emotions seem to be just what the Shinrabanshou wants out of Miharu, so it’ll be interesting to see how this unfolds.
On a similar note, I’m curious as to whether the Shinrabanshou’s awakening is linked to Kouichi and Shijima’s powers. Shortly after the Shinrabanshou awakened, Kouichi’s eyes turned cat-like (as seen before) which coincided with the whirlwind technique that he used to defeat Kagerou. If this is all merely a coincidence, it makes me wonder why Kouichi never used these powers earlier. Anyway, I was happy to see Shijima again, but surprised to see her with Kotarou this time. I guess this means that the Fuuma leader is aware of both her and Kouichi’s true identities then. As for whether or not she’ll get involved again I’m not sure, but for now she just seems to be leading Kumohira in the right direction.
As for Yoite, they delved into his past a lot more this time, with Hattori explaining how he used Yoite’s desire to be erased to get him to learn the Kira and work under him. Interestingly enough, it was actually Ichiki’s idea, so it looks like she’s just as villainous as Hattori is. I think they’ve focused on Yoite’s past a fair bit already, and aside from some loose ends (i.e. why he fell/jumped off a roof), it’s been established well enough thus far. However, it was revealed to Yukimi for the very first time here, and surprisingly, didn’t sway him away from following Hattori’s orders to kill Raikou, even though he argued with Hattori about how he used Yoite when he was just a child.
Personally, I’ve been waiting to see the series take a turn with the awakening of the Shinrabanshou, so hopefully things will continue on in this direction for the last few episodes. I’m particularly interested in the next episode though, because it looks like Kumohira will use the Engetsurin, which is shrouded in so much mystery. We’ve already seen/heard about what the other kinjutsu do, but the Engetsurin has always stayed in the dark, so I can’t wait to see what the teacher has been hiding all this time.
- Rokujou Miharu (六条 壬晴) / Kugimiya Rie (釘宮 理恵)
- Yoite (宵風) / Saiga Mitsuki (斎賀 みつき)
- Kumohira Thobari Durandal (雲平・帷・デュランダル) / Namikawa Daisuke (浪川 大輔)
- Aizawa Kouichi (相澤 虹一) / Hino Satoshi (日野 聡)
- Shimizu Raimei (清水 雷鳴) / Fujimura Ayumi (藤村 歩)
- Yukimi Kazuhiko (雪見 和彦) / Tsuda Kenjirou (津田 健次郎)
- Oda Yae (織田 八重) / Yukino Satsuki (雪野 五月)
- Fuuma Kotarou (風魔 小太郎) / Okiayu Ryoutarou (置鮎 龍太郎)
- Saraba (サラバ) / Watanabe Akeno (渡辺 明乃)
- Katou Sourou (加藤 候) / Kakihara Tetsuya (柿原 徹也)
- Kurookano Shijima (黒岡野 しじま) / Shindou Kei (真堂 圭)
- Shinrabanshou (森羅万象) / Tamura Yukari (田村 ゆかり)
- Shimizu Raikou (清水 雷光) / Suwabe Junichi (諏訪部 順一)
- Meguro Gau (目黒 俄雨) / Okamoto Nobuhiko (岡本 信彦)
- Hattori Toujuurou (服部 柊十郎) / Nakata Jouji (中田 譲治)
- Ichiki (一季) / Amano Yuri (天野 由梨)
- Hyou (雹) / Suyama Akio (陶山 章央)
- Shigure (時雨) / Mizuno Risa (水野 理沙)
- Kagerou (陽炎) / Sakaguchi Shuuhei (阪口 周平)
- Shiranui (不知火) / Egawa Hisao (江川 央生)
- Shimizu Kourin (清水 光輪) / Tsuda Shouko (津田 匠子)
- Shimizu Iroku (清水 伊肋) / Take Tora (武 虎)