It's a tough job being a bodyguard for one of the Son sisters. You have to keep your panties nice and white.
What They Say
During the last years of Han Dynasty, the world was filled with chaos and disorder. Three girls, Ryubi, Kan'u, and Chohi pledge to be blood-sisters in order to settle this world. After overcoming many hardships, they were finally able to bring back peace. However, a new evil creeps into their momentary peace. The battles of Muso girls are about to start once again.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
We open with Kan'u on her way to visit the Kingdom of Wu in the east, the realm of the Son family. After a rather sad game of shiritori (a Japanese word game), Kan'u wonders what the Son sisters are up to these days.
Then we move to the Son family, as we see their elite personal guard (all women, of course) training in very skimpy outfits. Apparently flashing your panties must be part of the training. One of the elite soldiers is Ryomou, who is very agile and able, but has a slight vision problem. It shows in her workout, as she is defeated by the senior instructor Kanmei, who takes her out with a kick that Ryomou thought she had dodged.
Later, Ryomou is assigned to guard Sonken, one of the Son sisters. The two seem to hit it off, with Sonken asking Ryomou to study with her. From their study sessions, Sonken figures out that Ryomou has poor eyesight. She takes her out to buy glasses (buying her a weird looking monocle that's not really all that appealing; sorry, women in monocles are not sexy and men with monocles either need to appear in a board game or should be ruthless dictators with funny accents whom you wish to see killed), which helps to clear up her sight problem as well as make Ryomou less angry looking all the time.
The two develop a strong bond, much as the bond Sonken's older sister Sonsaku and her chief strategist Shuuyu have. However, when the two fall asleep together (fully clothed, so don't get all excited), Sonken wakes up to take a trip to the restroom, letting Ryomou continue sleeping. As Sonken is walking around, she notices an intruder in the palace complex and gives chase. As it happens, Ryomou woke up after Sonken left, and went in search of her, bumping into the escaping intruder, who was then wrestled down by Sonken. It appears he was nothing but a petty thief, and nothing has been found missing. Ryomou, however, and all of the night duty guards were placed under house arrest for their failure of duty in allowing a thief to enter the palace in the first place.
The next day a special event was planned, as a very talented flute girl is in town, and she has been called to give a command performance for Sonsaku. Shuuyu, ever vigilant against assassination attempts, ordered the flute girl to come without her normal instrument, instead being given one of the palace instruments to play. Ryomou, of course, is sitting in her room alone, hitting her head against the wall (literally) over her carelessness in allowing herself to fall asleep while on duty. It then happens that a little girl who also lives in the same household as Ryomou comes bearing a very finely crafted flute. Asked where she got it, she says that she picked it up in some weeds near the palace storeroom�"the place where we saw earlier the flute girl and her manager come to pick out a flute to play for Sonsaku. Ryomou is immediately suspicious. What would a flute being doing in the weeds near the storeroom? How is it the thief was found to have stolen nothing from the palace storeroom?
She puts two and two together: he was not there to steal anything. He was there to switch a "flute" for one of the flutes stored there. As we cut to the palace throne room, Sonsaku welcomes the young flute girl (whose eyes are not show under her bangs so far at all). When she asks her a question, the girl mumbles something that cannot be heard. Sonsaku then bids her come closer to her so that she can hear (this is necessary in a place where any unwarranted approach towards the ruler would likely result in a stream of armed guards killing the person on sight). At this point, we see that the young flute girl has deranged-killer eyes, and the flute she holds is not a flute at all: it is a concealed dagger. It doesn't look good, except�
Ryomou bursts into the room and attacks the assailant just before she manages to get close enough to Sonsaku to strike. And so the day is saved.
But Ryomou broke the terms of her punishment, leaving her confinement, and thus committing an act of gross insubordination. Brought before Kanmei, Ryomou is dismissed from the Personal Guards of the Son family. With tears in her eyes, she is made to surrender her white panties. Yes. I'm not kidding. Really.
Don't feel too sad for Ryomou. Her talent in detecting the assassination attempt deeply impressed the chief strategist of the Wu Kingdom, Shuuyu, who decides that there is a future for Ryomou as an apprentice strategist, to be placed at Sonken's side (which is exactly where the two of them, Sonken and Ryomou would like her to be). Thus, a new job opening awaits her, even if it doesn't come with white panties.
A diversion away from Kan'u and anyone directly associated with her group, we focus on the trials and triumphs of Ryomou Shimei, personal guard of Sonken, the second of the Son sisters and prospective heir to the throne of Wu at the moment. While she may be a capable soldier, it appears that Ryomou's strategic abilities are nothing to scoff at either, as events later prove. This episode was actually a welcome diversion from some of the tiresome schtick that passes for action and comedy in many parts of this series, as we got to see more of characters we have not seen too much of before, and are introduced to a new character, Ryomou, who is interesting in many ways, even if her choice of eye-wear leaves something to be desired in the sex appeal department.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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