Utawarerumono: Itsuwari no Kamen – 08
「帝都捕物帳」 (Teito Torimono-chou)
“Imperial Capital Detective Stories”
Still searching. Still aimless. Still a bit of a mess.
A lot of elements felt abrupt in this episode. The mission that Haku, Atui, and Ukon were on, for one, but that’s a good kind of abrupt—instead of wasting time with lead-up, they just tossed us straight into the action. But what the hell is with Atui’s floating pet thing? We also weren’t ever made aware that she was apparently a badass in combat even though she’s an ojou-sama, though I suppose the OP revealed that well enough. The entire introduction of Dekoponpo (Ookawa Tooru) as an antagonist was abrupt as well, though viewers of the original series shouldn’t be surprised, since he shares a seiyuu with Inkara. Nosuri and Ougi also suddenly returned, though no one should be surprised that happened. More upsetting was how the episode ended without finding out whether Ukon got Dekoponpo on corruption charges. Er, what the hell?
“What would you say … you DO here?”
This was a strange episode, inhibiting some nether realm between filler and plot. I can’t quite call it filler because it seemed design to delve into Ukon’s past and motivations, and because it’s tying more of the principle character in Yamato into the plot. Yet the whole plot—get Dekoponpo on corruption charges—felt token and unimportant. It’s probably a good rule of thumb that, outside of legal thrillers and cop shows, if the plot of your episode has to do with corruption charges, there better at least be hookers and blow for miles to make up for such a boring-ass plot. We got giant bugs and half-naked men. Suddenly, I’m watching Mushibugyou. That’s not bad if I’m planning to watch Mushibugyou—Enzocchi told me the anime ended up being quite good—but it’s confusing to get it when I was looking for Utawarerumono.
Cryptic Episode Epilogue
The real interesting tidbits came in the post-ED episode epilogue, where this season’s twins led Haku to a mysterious old man. My initial guess was that he’s the emperor, though his ‘stache doesn’t quite match the ‘stache a few episodes back, so maybe not. He’s got a ritzy place and some talented helpers, that’s for sure. I just wish Itsuwari no Kamen wouldn’t keep dribbling out these tantalizing hints like a stingy man dolling out nickels for soda pop. No one gets excited about a single soda. We want to hit up the fountain, daddy-o, don’t be so square.
That paragraph got weird at the end.
Original Utawarerumono Marathon Update (through episode thirteen): No change. I switched up my morning routine, and it killed my morning anime. I’m falling behind on everything again ;_;
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Almost filler, but not quite. Only the last few minutes contained a tantalizing glimpse at … something #utawrerumono s2e8
- I appreciated some of the small details in this episode, like how Atui and Haku weren’t bothered by the fighting insects. It’s a modern sensibility to look down upon cockfighting and dog baiting and the like—people from a society like theirs probably shouldn’t have a moral objection to pitting animals against one another for their gambling pleasure.
- Sounds like Ukon considers the Ukon persona to be the real him. Cool. I can continue calling him Ukon, then. My preexisting decision has been ratified.
- Of course she got covered in a sticky white liquid. Of course. (Gross.)
- The bromance is all right, but not enough Kuon. You can have your half-naked men, as long as I get my Kuon. *bangs table* Kuon!
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