Mutikapa appears at a village, slaying many of the men trying to defend their home. The next morning, Tousukuru, the unnamed man, Teoro, Eruru, and some villagers go to the destroyed shrine and fix it back up. The unnamed man also finds some of Mutikapa’s fur nearby. However, Mutikapa continues her rampage at their village that night. After hearing a man’s screams of help, the unnamed man goes outside. He finds the side of one of the houses destroyed and Mutikapa feasting on a body. When Mutikapa jumps at him, he dodges and picks up a pitchfork. But it cannot pierce through Mutikapa’s fur, and breaks instead. Mutikapa slashes her claw at him, sending his body flying through the building. Eruru comes to help him and refuses to leave without him. Fortunately for them, the rain then starts to fall, causing Mutikapa to bound back into the forest. From this, the unnamed man figures out the tiger’s weakness. With the fur he found at the shrine as an example, he demonstrates to the villagers that water allows Mutikapa’s fur to be broken through.
The villagers set up a trap, and the man volunteers to go lure the tiger out. Teoro goes with him, and they barely keep out of Mutikapa’s reach on the run back from her lair. At one point, when Mutikapa tackles him, the man uses a tessen that Tousukuru had given him to defend himself. He and Teoro eventually lead Mutikapa into the trap – a hole filled with water. The drenched Mutikapa climbs out, but Teoro then embeds his axe into the side of her. The rest of the villagers follow suit with their weapons and the unnamed man deals the killing blow. After returning to the village, the man tries to give back the tessen to Tousukuru, but she lets him keep it. Eruru realizes that Aruru is now missing, but she appears again sometime later carrying something in her clothes. Aruru calls it her baby, but everyone sees that it’s actually a tiger cub. The villagers are against her keeping it, but the unnamed man says that he doesn’t want to kill any more. During the celebrations that night, the cub comes and rubs up against the man’s leg. When Aruru retrieves it, the man calls her the mother. In response, she hugs him and calls him the father. Tousukuru then decides to finally give the man a name: Hakuoro. Eruru thinks to herself that it’s the name of her father.
Well the OP sequence gives away that Aruru is riding a tiger, but I had figured that they somehow tamed Mutikapa. So I was surprised when they killed her, but then Aruru brings back the cub and everything makes sense. Warm and fuzzy feelings because of the adorable cub and Aruru, who has opened up to Hakuoro. I wonder how long it’ll take for the cub to grow up though, since it’s a pretty big tiger by whatever timeframe the OP is supposed to be.
Incidentally, it’s interesting that Eruru’s father’s name is also Hakuoro. Is there a connection between Hakuoro and Eruru’s father past just the name? I’m just happy that I can stop referring to him as “the unnamed man.”
While watching the OP again, I realized that the war scenes reminded me a lot of the Suikoden III game, with the numerous hero character all wielding different weapons while fighting through hordes of enemy troops. Yea, I realize what I just said is a rather generic description that could apply to a lot of RPGs, but it really does remind me of that game.
Next week, some Hakuoro gets attacked by a new character.