Shigurui episode 4 ~ Men are pigs.

October 7, 2007 at 1:01 pm | Posted in Shigurui | 1 Comment
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This episodes, for some reason, puts a lot of emphasis on lips. I have no sure idea why but I can hazard some guesses. Maybe it’s something to do with communication, the kiss being a binding thing (since this episode also deals heavily with lust and love), or maybe it’s just to show off Ushimata’s face after that sword-to-face wound healed. Feel free to provide input.

The episode begins with a little children’s song about Iku, who is master Kogan’s lover. I’m not sure what it means, but I got the impression that she’s killed all of her previous lovers.

Iku later meets up at the hot spring bath with Irako where they talk about Kogan. Of course they were seen by Ushimata and he…suspects the worst of Iku. You know. Women and their animal urges. -_-

Anyway it goes to a flashback when Master Kogan actually had decent skin. It turns out that he killed Iku’s previous lover, and she’s pretty distraught to find this out from Irako. As…you know…She’s been sleeping with his killer.

That night at the dojo of broken dreams, we return for the decision of who will get to sleep with Mie-chan and provide an heir. Irako it is, Fujiki stands up to, I suppose, object but you never see him attack. Mie attempts to leave but her father cuts her in the butt. >_>

As she is being held down by the men, Mie-chan realizes something that all girls realize at some point. The thing that my psychology teacher reminds us of almost every week. Men are pigs. Women are just a tool for birth.

Irako doesn’t tap that though. He declines. It doesn’t show what becomes of Mie, but later Fujiki is shown using a new technique to kill a man. Irako is then later shown with either a whore or Iku (same thing, righto?) whose tied up in some serious bondage.

It seems Irako has perfected Kogan’s bean splitting technique, as he preforms it on this whore’s nipple.

The two warriors have grown strong. (If anyone knows where I can find episodes 5-12, it’d be super if you could tell me.)

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  1. Iku is considered as a “bad luck” woman. There were two men who came close to her and they were slaughtered. Later, from Irako, we found out it was actually Master Kogan who killed them. Yet, during that era, women were often used as scapegoats. So, people looked down at Iku and stayed away from her. This explains why Iku has very low self-esteem.

    As for Mei-chan, the point of her existence was being the tool of childbirth. Her father did not have other children. She was the only daughter. She did not have any choice on who she’s marrying or when to consummate the marriage.

    Both Iku and Mei-chan reflect the low status of women during that era in Japan. They were not view as humans, but as sex tools.


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