Shigurui Episode 2 ~ Sit around and talk.

October 4, 2007 at 11:08 pm | Posted in Shigurui | Leave a comment
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You know how I was saying there better be some epic sword battles in this? Well, this is another episode that disappoints in this area. I did, however, realize something. This is not some action packed shounen shit. This something…deeper. This isn’t some kill fest of a seinen, this has a plot. God knows what that plot is, since it’s been almost all flashback, but still. I can feel something good coming.

So, instead of fast-paced sword battles, you know what they did? They did that ‘pan across one scene when it’s frozen’ thing. So it looks like it’s moving slowly, but it’s not.

The episode starts with a flashback telling of the master samurai Kogan. Creator of the Koganryuu, which is the style Fujiki uses. It is said that the stance Kogan uses in Koganryuu, the Nagareboshi, is the best there is.

It then switches back to Irako standing of against Ushimata Gonzaemon, where episode 1 left off. Ushimata uses not a bokken but a large, wide wooden sword. Which I found sort of…well, interesting I guess. It seems like the type of weapon best fitting for a guy like him.

Ushimata completely whips Irako’s ass with his supreme (but not perfected) Koganryuu style. Then with as much honor as a cowardly dog, Irako asks to join the dojo. Ushimata finds this weak and cuts his face, telling him that the dojo is not a place to play.

The story switches to a little side story about Kogan’s only daughter, whom I assume is Mie-chan. Then to her preparing some really…disturbing looking beans for something. Irako is summoned from his room by Ushimata and they go to see Master Kogan about Irako’s admittance into the school.

Boy, does he get the surprise of his life! Even before they see Kogan, this whole thing seems off. The members of the dojo put blood on their foreheads and a sticky bean on Irako’s head. Then, it gets worse.

Kogan appears! Not in some awesome dramatic thing either. He reminds me very much of a zombie. Even moans like one. And waggles his tongue about like a sick old man. With ultra quick speed and mad skills he divides the bean on Irako’s head into four pieces in a blink of an eye.

After that he pees himself.
No joke.

Ending an episode with that just makes me want to watch the next.


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