「将の花嫁」 (Shō no Hanayome)
“Bride of the General”
This was easily the funniest episode of the second season and without doubt, the return of the show’s ultimate troll, Yagyuu Gisen (Mizuhara Kaoru) is a big part of the reason. Yes, Gisen is alive and well, not just her physical presence, but also her sexual intensity and theatrical body language. It’s safe to say there’s no other character quite like Gisen and she’s a particular standout in this cast, mostly because she’s perpetually horny and extremely shameless in her pursuits. It’s quite telling that Muneakira is almost always stripped naked when Gisen is present and her many unfailing initiatives to sex up the Shinkage General has been made apparent since day one – the first thing she did when she cornered Muneakira was to help him unzip, no questions asked! But that’s not all there is to Gisen, she’s the poster child for a two-faced bitch – adorable and sexy on the front, but cruel and insidious in the rear. From the moment she stepped foot into the Shinkage Meido Kissa – tied up in bondage style, no less – you knew she was all set to wreak havoc, and I certainly don’t expect her to hold back on the deceits and seductive moves this time around.
Gisen, to put it mildly, revels in the fine art of troll and she has emerged as a character that seemingly can’t not be funny. Even without her mind-controlling evil eye, Gisen has proven she’s more than capable of creating a ruckus with just her words and the big news that she brought with her this time is the existence of an entity that is even more powerful than a Master Samurai – the Queen of Blades, a Samurai Bride. As usual, the plot device was just an excuse to let the comical moments play out and most of the excitement came from Gisen’s masterful trolling ways. The skits and sight gags were every bit as smart and hilarious as ever, whether it’s Yukimura’s fascination with big boobs or Sen Hime’s voyage into a masochist role. But as much I adore those two, Kanetsugu is in league of her own this week and I have no doubt her full-on erotic fantasy has kept her awake all night. That sketch, no question, had me laughing out loud and judging from her complete disregard of body exposure in the next morning, I suspect Kanetsugu’s cherry is ripe for popping, if and when Muneakira decides to pay the dog shed a visit.
It wouldn’t be Hyakka Ryouran without the sex jokes and verbal nastiness, but there’s also a sentimental component to the show that is featured consistently in every episode. That’s where Juubei and Sasaki Kojirou came into the picture this week, and for all of Gisen’s admittedly dreadful deeds, it’s plain clear Amakusa’s Master Samurai does genuinely care for the person she calls onee-sama. Now that Gisen has made her appearance, it seems like the show is ready to move on to the next stage. I have my suspicion on what the criteria to become a Samurai Bride is – sexual intercourse with Muneakira, but that’s clearly not within the boundaries of a non-hentai, no matter how dangerously close to the edge Hyakka Ryouran treads. The answer will be revealed sooner or later but for now, I’m contented with where the series is heading and I can’t wait to see what hilarity the Samurai Girls have in store for us next week!
- No peaking! So that’s what his “sword” looks like.
- I hope Muneakira enjoys that motorboat ride, I know I would.
- Hyakka Ryouran has been especially kind to fans of Sen Hime this season. Keep the boobie traps coming!
tl;dr: @SeishunRC – Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Bride 04: The ultimate troll, Gisen is back! But Kanetsugu’s full-on erotic fantasy steals the show.
ED: 「結果、偶然でござ候」 (Kekka, Guuzen de Gozasourou) by 柳生十兵衛(悠木碧)、真田幸村(釘宮理恵)、徳川千(寿美菜子) (Yagyu Jubei [CV: Yuuki Aoi ], Sanada Yukimura [CV: Kugimiya Rie], Tokugawa Sen [CV: Kotobuki Minako])