「新たな剣姫」 (Arata na tsurugi hime)
“A New Master Samurai”
I know it’s been a long wait for the new Master Samurai to appear, but let me be very honest – I don’t think anybody could have asked for a better introduction than this one, and both Matabei and Hanzou were certainly at the top of their game this week. I’ve mentioned before that this is a show that presents some of the best-looking female leads and such an attribute has never been more conspicuous in the latest episode. It almost goes without saying that both Matabei and Hanzou looked absolutely stunning and their Master Samurai get-up is, without doubt, one of the most highly anticipated features of this show. Hanzou’s brand new image, in particular, was a standout and the traditional Japanese garment that she dons exudes a certain sensual allure that is highly captivating. Such sultry and prurient appeal was never quite as apparent in Hanzou’s usual guise, and the fact that she wore her hair in a side ponytail was a huge plus in my book. Then there’s Matabei, who looks exceptionally dazzling no matter what she puts on and her Master Samurai array was certainly no exception in this respect. All you need to know about Matabei’s new outfit is that her trademarked fundoshi remained very well intact and those luscious hips look as ravishing as ever when she’s fully engaged in battle.
Needless to say, the Master Samurai is not just a pretty face, and both Matabei and Hanzou were at the forefront of the imminent threat facing them this week. The clash with the dark shadow was bound to resurface sooner or later and fortunately for them, the combined effort of their newfound power was able to successfully fend off the monster this time. As it turns out, the true identity of lascivious tentacle monster is none other than Araki Mataemon (Tomatsu Haruka), who seems to have a penchant of going round the bend as a perverted berserker. We have seen that once in the third episode, but the scale and degree of the latest carnage were certainly at a different level – especially as regards her lecherous effort! Speaking of raunchy acts, I was quite amused by the sexual fantasies that both Matabei and Hanzou conjured up this week and their delusional ideas were, no question, the best sidesplitting moments of this episode – who knew their power of imagination could run this wild!
As Hyakka Ryouran draws closer to its finale, it’s increasingly obvious that there’s a story of conspiracies playing out here, and the higher-ups of the Tokugawa shogunate – Yoshihiko (Sakurai Takahiro) and Nia (Koshimizu Ami), might have a hand in the recent happenings. What exactly is the “Guardian Stone” and how is it connected to the Dark Samurai – those are just some of the questions that have not been answered, but what we know as of now, is that there’s a growing sense of distrust that is emerging in the Dark Samurai’s ranks and Inshun probably knows more than she’s letting on. How the latest revelations fit into their upcoming battle is something that has not been made clear, but with so many moving parts set in motion, it does seem like the final showdown is shaping up to be a battle of epic scale and I have no doubt this is a spectacle that nobody would want to miss!
- The secret to becoming a Samurai Bride – a yuri kiss that seals the deal!
- “I don’t deserve your love, I’m so tall and my body’s so muscular” – you’re perfect the way you are, Matabei! Never doubt yourself again.
- “But I have you, you’re my true love, Hanzou!” – don’t you dare cheat on Sen Hime, Hanzou! She’s supposed to be your one true love.
- Bondage gag is child’s play compared to what Hanzou has in mind for Sen Hime!
- Matabei and Hanzou should have known better than to take advice from Kanetsugu – it just shows how desperate they really are!
- A trademarked Shaft head tilt – yours truly, Kanetsugu!
- Juubei and Musashi would make such a cute couple – it’s time to ditch Muneakira for the better woman!
- “No pun intended, indeed” – Gisen’s dirty talk during the preview was absolutely superb, can we have an encore?
tl;dr: @SeishunRC – #HyakkaRyouran Samurai Bride 09: The long wait is over – Matabei and Hanzou officially join the ranks of the Master Samurai. It’s time to start kicking some ass! #Anime
Full-length images: 03, 08, 11, 13, 30, 34.