「剣士殺し III」 (Kenshi Koroshi III)
“Sword Eater III”
Heart Of A Samurai
With Ayase’s arc coming to a close, let’s just talk about the whole thing for a little. Growing up under the man skilled enough to be called the Last Samurai, it must have been pretty though for Ayase. Not necessarily under the notion that her father pushed her to be a skilled swordsman, but more so the fact that she probably accumulated a ton of stress with how much she respected and loved her father. Fast forward to Kaito (her father) and Kuraudo’s battle and it’s easy to see how Ayase would view her father’s loss as something so mortifying that it’d exponentially increase both the physical and mental damage he took from his duel. With that notion in her heart and her mind stuck on a plan, who can blame her for the dark and deceptive path she went down?
So after Ikki managed to knock some sense into her, she realized what’s important to her but still wanted to reclaim her lost home. So, after all that, am I the only one who felt a little cheated when Ayase felt bad about herself when Stella figured out just what Kaito’s last words before he collapsed meant? I understand the idea that the strong want to fight the strong, and it seems pretty clear that Ikki’s emotions during the fight probably mirrored Kaito’s, but why does Ayase not realizing this have to make her breakdown and cry?! Maybe I’m just being a little insensitive, but it just didn’t seem to resonate with me. It’s not like she didn’t already realize the mistake she’s made and if we’re being truly honest, her father’s behavior was a little selfish all things considered.
I guess in the end though, it’s okay since everyone got what they deserved. Ikki showing off even more of his badass skills, Ayase taking responsibility and admitting what she did, and Kuraudo lost that stupid smirk after getting stabbed by Intetsu. And if nothing else, we had some awesome animation for an epic fight between two skilled swordsman — a nice return to form after a couple derpy looking episodes.
Don’t hate me, but I love it whenever Ikki and Stella get a chance to be lovey-dovey with each other. While they didn’t get a chance to get that far with Shizuku and Alice hiding in the shadows, I’ll give it to them for at least making hand contact. Don’t get me wrong though — I’m totally waiting for them to have an epic kiss sometime before the season comes to a close.
Man, I wish this show had a preview sequence to give me an idea of what to talk about here. Based solely off of the title of next week’s episode, it looks like the story is going to change gears and focus on Stella (and hopefully her relationship with Ikki). Something that I have zero complaints with c:
See you next week!