Inside the hold of a ship caught in a terrifying storm is a chained-up woman. The ship goes down, but the woman somehow survives and emerges from the water onto the beach where her captors fled to. She slaughters all of them with her bare hands, and Oboro and Kurou discover her standing beside the bloody bodies. After she faints, they bring her back to the castle and put her in a jail cell. Hakuoro learns from the others that the ship was from Na-Tunku, a country from the south famous for its slave trade. Oboro and Kurou report that the only person left was the woman they picked up who had the giant metal choker around her neck. This woman actually interrupts their conversation after having knocked out her guards and broken free. She introduces herself as Karura and confirms that she killed all the sailors. Karura asks Hakuoro what he plans to do to her, suggesting that he’d give her back to Na-Tunku or even kill her. Hakuoro wants her to first go with Eruru and get her wounds healed. Benaui opposes keeping her here because it might cause an attack by Na-Tunku, but Hakuoro is still worried about Shikeripechimu and how Niue vowed that they’ll meet again.
While getting her wounds dressed, Karura becomes friends with Eruru, which starts with some teasing and moves on to Eruru talking about the country and asking Karura about removing the chains. After this conversation, Eruru goes to ask Hakuoro to let Karura out of jail, which he agrees to do on the condition that she is not to leave the castle. Eruru introduces Karura to Aruru and Mukkuru. Aruru becomes fixated on the metal choker around Karura’s neck, so Karura makes her a necklace of flowers. Eruru is going to go prepare a room for her, but Karura is ok with her jail cell, though she does ask for some sake. Eruru later finds numerous jugs of alcohol piled up in Karura’s cell. During this time, Urutorii and Kamyu have returned to the castle as the Yomoru and her assistant. Kamyu goes off to play with Aruru and Yuzuha, whereas Urutorii and Karura seem surprised to see each other. Eruru passes by Urutorii’s room afterwards and notices Karura and Urutorii enjoying sake together, as if they’re old friends.
Hakuoro and the others are having another meeting about the current situation when Karura once again intrudes. This time, she offers to become a soldier for him (she used to be a Nakuan) in repayment for Hakuoro saving her life. He wants to see how strong she is, and both Oboro and Kurou jump at the chance to fight her. But it’s Benaui who decides to do it himself. With a single sword, Karura faces off against Benaui and his polearm. Benaui makes the first attack, but she easily blocks it. Karura complains to Hakuoro that Benaui isn’t fighting seriously, so Hakuoro gives Benaui the go ahead. This time, Karura charges and almost breaks Benaui’s weapon, but he knocks her to his side. She instantly regains her footing and counters him, but it has no effect because her blade broke when she had hit the ground. Karura goes to the sidelines and borrows two swords, crushing their guards and tying them together. However, even this reinforced sword breaks when Benaui dodges Karura’s next attack and she slams them into the ground again. Having seen enough, Hakuoro calls off the fight.
Sometime later, a custom weapon arrives for Karura via the shady merchant. Kurou tries to pick it up, but it’s way too heavy for him to lift more than a few inches off the ground. Karura, however, easily picks it up and starts waving it around. She takes it outside and uses it to smash a stone into two. She decides to take it and walks off happily humming to herself, with all the guys still gaping at what she did.
Another girl joins Hakuoro’s harem 🙂
I found the beginning of this episode to be quite impressive, almost like a different series in the way it made Karura out to be so psycho killer creepy. The rest of the episode makes her out to be a much nicer character though. I also found it interesting that she and Urutorii seem to know each other despite their seemingly different backgrounds (princess and slave). The whole weapon debacle was just amusing, especially watching Kurou’s face through it all. With people as strong as this, how can any normal army stand against them? I guess the enemy will need strong hero-class characters too lol.
Plenty of juicy images in this week’s preview, including another girl for the harem (Touka), more war, and Aruru bawling, which is never a good thing…