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.
dam that kitty grows fast. >_> what the hell are they feeding it.
so… Hakuoro and furry-eared denizens kill tiger, then Aruruu mistakens Hakuoro as the father of the cub even though he killed the actual parent?
Don’t tell me that puny cub is going to be that giant white tiger we see in the OP..
i think it’s exactly the same tiger. lol
really looking forward to this series, saw the first episode and it was very good….so they need to hurry up and sub this stuff! 😀
Now that SS has finished up subbing Mai Otome, I assume they’ll start Utawarerumono.
I sure could use a raw right now though =3
You are aware that Utawarerumono is based on an SRPG game, right? So it’ll probably have a lot of similarities to Suikoden/Tactics Ogre/Shining Force/etc etc.
Yes I know. I was referring more to the story elements and actually even the costume designs.
hmm Omni can you finish yoor old blogs than you didn’t finish the last week even if you aren’t going to continue with them at least they worth one lonely space in your blog >_>,god i still waiting for some group to sub this >_
No, with the exception of the last ep Jigoku Shoujo and the first ep of Haruhi (both of which I need to get around to doing), if it doesn’t already have a summary, it’s not getting one.
To quote myself from my post last Monday:
“Any shows that I’m unsure if I’m going keep blogging will be filed under Miscellaneous and likely won’t get a summary unless I have the time or really really liked the episode.”
Having said that, sometime in the next 24 hours I’ll put up a post about what I’m going to continue and what I’m not.
Eruruu’s father doesn’t play any major role in the story…Hell we aren’t even told how he died.
The baby Mutikapa (Aruruu gives her a…rather unique name, but I forgot) grows quite fast. She’ll grow up to be huge just in time for Benawi and Crow’s appearance…Not far from now I think, since the anime’s pacing is really fast.
it seems like Yesy is doing this serie anyway back to why i’m posting my comment there.
what about you said on kiba blog ? that sounds to me that you are going to give one chance to the serie and the people also have like it you did tell in other thread that you’ll heard the voices of the persons who visits your blog to make an decision.
“No guarantees on when I finish this entry, it’s not on the top of my priority list
I’m worried that this will turn into typical shounen action fare, but the first episode was interesting enough and has some fairly good animation.”
It looks like they’re still faithful to the events in the original game, just cutting out a lot of stuff that the anime could still work without (like the whole thing with the harvest, and the monkeys).
How the hell did Hakuoro survive that swipe? Is it ever explained?
well they really did took out the essential part on how hakuoro found how to kill mutikapa with the help of aruru when she spilled the tea well thats how far i got to know the game well on the answer on how hakuoro survived the attack is Eruru was able to heal him after the fight well that should answer some parts
Now that I look at it, it seems that Utawarerumono is based not only on elements from feudal Japan but also on many aspects of the North American native Indian culture. This is a very interesting mixture especially when you know that most anthropologists consider the native Indians of North America to be of Asian origin. It’s about time an anime show refers to this almost forgotten group even if it is just fantasy.
I’m hoping Hakuoro doesn’t turn out to be Eruru’s dad =_=…That’d just make the whole thing weird.
It looks like Princess Mononoke. LOL
It is the work which did the people who can call it with Ainu of an aborigine of Hokkaido of Japan as of a thing of the times to be invited in the days of Japanese “Yayoi” in a motif. Of course there are not people of Ainu with a dog ear, but has the faith that is near to an Indian. Story evaluation is considerably high in a game of leaf. If a sentence can be wrong in there not being English translation proudly in a Japanese thing, I’m sorry
Princess Mononoke was a good anime/movie
in some ways this look familier.
But i don’t think that any dog, cat or wolf would get sensitive just by touching it’s tail…