「野暮でござった」 (Yabo de Gozatta)
“That Was Thoughtless of Me”
I can’t say I’m too surprised that Yaichi has a past with another gang, but I am curious as to whether or not this Bakuro group lead by Kuhei has any relation to the guys that kidnapped Seinoshin and faked his death. I gather we’ll find out sooner or later if he ended up joining the men who were originally paid to kill him, as the Elder has hinted that the remnants of the Bakuro gang will probably come looking for Yaichi. Of course, that’s assuming my suspicion on how the current Yaichi is really Seinoshin proves to be correct. For now, I have every reason to believe so, particularly with how Yagi went to visit a friend’s grave for another Yaichi who passed away falling down a well. As mentioned before, Seinoshin’s trusted servant who presumably followed his mother’s orders to have him killed was named Yaichi. In the very first flashback that this series opened with, we also saw Yagi along with them, which would explain the whole friend aspect. The part I’m wondering about now is if Yaichi killed himself out of guilt for selling out Seinoshin once his bloody kimono and katana were brought back as proof of his death. In any case, it’s nice to see more of the current Yaichi’s backstory come to light, albeit most of it was from me piecing together what’s been shown so far.
As of late, I’ve been so concerned about Yaichi’s past that I wasn’t anticipating one about Masa to come up. After all the talk about how he doesn’t want to return home, it turns out it’s related to his timid nature and how everyone around, including his younger brother, is disappointed in him. While it was easy to see why Masa didn’t want to return home and continues to run away from problems instead of dealing with them, I was a bit surprised to see how traumatizing it is for him. Whether or not we’ll see Masa overcome his timid personality and face things head-on remains to be seen, but for now the story seems to be shifting focus to Matsu and another person he feels indebted to in addition to Yaichi. The preview suggests that Matsu will be helping him with whatever problem he’s currently having, so it appears Yaichi and Masa’s situations will be put on hold for a bit. With the change of focus, I get the feeling that the conclusion of this anime adaptation will center around either Yaichi’s past, Masa’s past, or a combination of both. There hasn’t been much about Otake yet, so it’s possible her backstory may come up soon too.