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Sarai-ya Goyou – 09

「お助けに参る」 (Otasuke ni Mairu)
“I’ve Come to Rescue You”

After deciding to save Matsu on his own last time and making good on it here, Masa has all of a sudden become a samurai beaming with confidence. However, the one thing that everyone can probably live without is his tendency to say whatever’s on his mind, especially now that they’ve learned Yagi is the chief of the local Kitamachi police. The surprising thing is that he helped Masa get the bodyguard job so that he can rescue Matsu from Otsu-ya and retrieved the wooden passes that were stolen as well. Of course, that still doesn’t change the fact that he’s someone the House of the Five Leaves should be wary of, which is why I can understand both Matsu and Yaichi’s concern with Masa letting his tongue slip in front of him (much like he has already). Matsu clearly couldn’t get too upset with Masa now that he feels indebted to him, but Yaichi has every reason to tell him to stay away from Yagi from now on. One being the arrival of Jin, whom we saw kidnap Seinoshin back in episode three. He’s back in Edo now and questioning Tokujirou about who sold out the Bakuro gang in the past.

It was brief, but my speculation ran rampant upon learning that Jin is a member of the Bakuro gang. With the way he addressed Tokujirou as a good friend of Saint Souji, a.k.a. Elder, I’m inclined to believe what I suspected originally — Toku-san is the infamous Onigumo (“Demon Spider”) co-leader. This in turn would point the finger at Yaichi being responsible for selling Jin and the rest of the Bakuro gang out, since Souji was quick to realize who he is and warn him that they would be getting released soon. The only thing that I can’t quite place my finger on is why Yaichi/Seinoshin would do that, given how Jin originally spared his life even when he was hired to kill him and make it look like a kidnapping. Judging from the preview, I gather we’ll find out soon enough though. Yagi will probably be getting more of a prominent role too, since he was Seinoshin’s former shogunate retainer after all. For now, I’m curious as to who Yaichi has decided their next kidnapping target will be. It almost sounded like he was talking about kidnapping Yagi, but I have my doubts about that since he isn’t a shady target they could bank on no one reporting. As such, I assume Yaichi merely told Masa they have another target and to stay away from Yagi from now on.

Other than that, learning that Matsu’s child and her mother are living with another man now was kind of sad to hear. I do have a new opinion of Matsu though, after learning that he’s paying back Kiku-ya’s owner with his earnings in metallic ornament crafting and only using his Five Leaves money to go drinking before donating the rest. Clearly not in it for the money, his only reason for staying with the gang is to repay Yaichi for helping him before. Last but not least there was the introduction of Masa’s younger sister Sachi (Yamagata Satomi), who’s come all the way to Edo because she’s being forced into an arranged marriage. I’m still not sure what her role in all this will be just yet, but I did get a good laugh out of how she’s grown attached to Otake after thinking that she was going out with her brother. She was pretty cute to watch, especially when Masa was scolding her and telling her to go back home, and looked like another Okinu with how happy she was about receiving the hairpin Masa got from Matsu. Anyway, all the seemingly unrelated characters are finally getting pulled into one story now with Yaichi at the center of it all, so I’m really looking forward to the final three episodes.



June 11, 2010 at 1:13 am
  • June 11, 2010 at 1:23 amcrazystudyguy

    Another good series this season just waiting for Masa to kick some ass, Rurouni Kenshin style

  • June 11, 2010 at 2:04 amShirt

    When I first saw this show, I was actually a little creeped out by the character models. But once I heard the opening theme, I was baffled and instantly hooked. I still haven’t watched the first episode but it’s looking really cool. What’s with the orange stuff? Or is that story-related..?

    • June 11, 2010 at 2:16 amcrazystudyguy

      Don’t know what that orange stuff you mean, haven’t watched the ep yet, but more importantly

      ” and instantly hooked. I still haven’t watched the first episode but” lol? or did you mean the song

  • June 11, 2010 at 3:40 amLithium

    This show just keeps getting better and better.

  • June 11, 2010 at 4:57 pmKarmafan

    I smell a MasaXSachi pairing possibly on the way.

  • June 11, 2010 at 5:34 pmdivine

    That would be pretty wrong since they’re siblings…

  • June 12, 2010 at 10:00 amTomer

    If we’ve learnt anything from a certain other show this season its that the Japanese don’t seem to have too much of a problem with that…

    On a more serious note I get the impression Masa isn’t going to stop talking to the cop just yet. I just hope he doesn’t end up having to kill him or something.

  • June 12, 2010 at 9:59 pmLil’ Lilly

    Maybe Masa is torn between his bond with the Five Leaves and the companionship with Yagi. He was kinda reluctant when Yaichi told him not to get close to Yagi. Poor Masa! I suspected that Yagi is not your average Edo townspeople, but I never would have thought that he’s the police chief.

    Oh, that cat is getting fatter compared to when we first saw it on the first episode. Lol. Wonder what Otake’s been feeding it. (I called the cat “Tama” because it looks similar to Tama from Nyan-koi.) XD

  • June 26, 2010 at 2:23 amasdf

    awesome show been following it since episode 1 but the first time commenting!