See? My way of naming titles do make sense
One thing that I think this series is doing correctly at the moment is the fact that the pacing is fairly stable and well balanced with the revealing of character’s personalities and past. The pacing is relaxed and you never feel that it goes either too slow or too fast. This week, it is Hime’s turn to share the spotlight though I don’t think we have seen the best of her yet.
Thoughts: The story this time revolves around Hime’s pet that she happened to come across by chance who she named Silver. At first I thought that this was a rather strange name to give to a small pooch like Silver but it suddenly clicked after she said one thing. So the reason why Hime is so free in allowing Silver to eat anything and everything he sees was because she was trying to fatten him up so she could ride him like some ranger steed! That is quite some plan there, Hime.
Well going further into the episode revealed that Silver is more than just a normal dog. He is actually quite a savage and will protect his master at all costs. This was proven when he took a chunk out of Akina’s arm when he was sleeping to show his dedication to his master. I don’t know why but that scene scared me…animals really are quite intelligent huh.
But following on from that Hime displayed quite an over the top behaviour in talking to Silver and even slapping him like you would do to a person. Though thinking back, the reason why she did this might not be as farfetched as you would initially think. Just like Akina, who is guilty of carrying what is effectively the tag of being a youkai murderer, Hime is also carrying a lot of responsibilities and pressures on her shoulder.
This is where the good character development which I mentioned earlier comes in. The flashback shows how much responsiblity was given to Hime at a young age since her grandmother died. Though this it is reasonable to understand her usual uptight and serious personality. But the good thing is that she isn’t all just that and do know how to have fun sometimes as shown eariler in the episode where she screwed up in the training. This does give her somewhat of a more colourful character but in the end, such limited development in this episode isn’t enough for me to like her though I can see where she is coming from.
So the act of slapping Silver was less of what he did but more about her venting her own frustration onto Silver. I suppose after hearing about how the townspeople are reacting to her lack of professionalism ever since she has started to take care of Silver she became annoyed with herself because of tarnishing her own though not intentionally. She was looked down upon being the mayor since she was small so being looked down upon again by the elders would have certainly caused her to feel shame.
So with that, she took it out on Silver while caused him to leave and come across Ao’s brother (as I say again, this is just the nickname I have for him as I don’t know his real name).
The fight scene was quite hilarious though, I mean…a flying dog…how cheesy can you get? Though overlooking that face it was rather touching to see Hime beating the living crap out of Silver after he was fully turned into a monster (and thankgod they did not find a lame way to bring the dead back alive again). Poor Silver, he was pretty much a punching back for Hime to vent out her own frustration but at the end, it couldn’t have been helped. The others were just to stunned to react and just froze at the scene.
Akina continues to win points for me as he takes control of the situation to send Silver to doggy heaven.
Meanwhile, looking at the larger picture, it seems like Ao’s brother is slowly but surely chipping away at the sacred trees. All that we know so far is that these trees connect the human and youkai worlds together but asides of that it is still quite mysterious what other properties they have. But since Ao’s brother was able to break the bark of one of them and witness the fast growth of a branch I think I have a hunch on what he is trying to do. Perhaps he is trying to sprout his own sacred trees to amass his own army of youkais from the other side? Seems like a classic thing a villain would do right?
Screen caps and “wise guy” comments:
Some tragic past for Hime
Forces her to bear a lot of responsibilities
But at least she isn’t all up-tight
Ao can sense that Silver is evilll!
What does calling him Metabo mean anyway?
Though I’m sure too much human food would actually kill him ^^’
Oi oi, don’t go revealing a girl’s secrets like that
You were let off lightly this time round
Some old fart who is being picky
You think of something to say to that comment
Poor Hime getting scolded
A little insight into her past…it isn’t a happy one that’s for sure
The branch that grew back so fast
I wonder why he was sleeping on the couch
But onto more pressing matters O.o
“Bitch slapped!” (But silver is a boy right?)
Awwww…Silver reminds me of the dog from Excel Saga (only with rabies)
Flying dog attack!
Looks more like a giant white rat than a dog
Akina gains some more man points – RIP Silver
The branch is missing…lets see if I am right with the next episode