The final battle for the capital is on, as the Coalition is ready to accept the surrender of Toutaku, who was freed from her imprisonment last episode. But is everything over, or does a new enemy lie over the horizon?
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)
As we begin, it seems that the plot has decided to take over for the moment. Ukitsu, the evil sorcerer who has control over the magic book, the "Crucial Keys," is walking through a dark passageway, headed for somewhere. We can tell he is up to no good simply from his expression. On the other hand, Kaku, Shuutai, and Kayuu have successfully rescued Toutaku from imprisonment, and are headed to safety away from the capital.
The Coalition forces now head for Korou Fortress, where Toutaku has taken refuge. As they approach there, however, Chouryou, one of Toutaku's best fighters, emerges from the fort and challenges the assembled generals to fight for the white flag that she is carrying as a token of surrender. Sousou consults some of her subordinates, and Rin Rin and Bachou argue over which one of them should face her, their qualifications being that one has the shortest temper of them all, the other boasting of being a muscle head. Yeah...clear thinking there all around.
Of course, as we have it from the episode title, Kan'u is the one who decides to come out and fight Chouryou. They wield similar types of polearms, so it's only fair. Of course, while we see some blade slashing work, more focus is given to Kan'u talking about tears and stuff (*yawn*), which of course results in her winning the duel. The only blows they actually landed on each other were Chouryou slicing Kan'u hair ornament in half, releasing her lovely long black hair (she looks really good with her hair down), while Kan'u slices through the breast band that Chouryou wears to cover her oversized (naturally, with this show) bosom, which she now needs one of her arms to cover... barely. The fight is over, and Toutaku surrenders to the Coalition. Sousou is in charge here, and Toutaku offers herself up for punishment. Kaku rushes in to offer herself for punishment in her mistress' place, but Toutaku will have none of it.
It falls to one of Sousou's strategists to offer a way out. One of Sousou's warriors enters the meeting carrying a severed head. She announces it as the head of the traitor Toutaku, and when uncovered, it is shown to be the head of the mannequin that Koumei had created before. Chouun then steps in and says that the girl before them all is Tonton, a simple village girl who sometimes makes up stories. So, it seems a way out has been found for Toutaku, though "Toutaku" will have to disappear from the record. Sousou asks Kaku to take care of the poor village girl Tonton.
The fighting may be over, but the breast jokes are not, as we see the Nanban Barbarians continue with their breast fetish, this time playing with Kouchuu's enormous rack. We also have a visitor to the Volunteer Army (Ryuubi's followers) camp, as Gengan, Gien's former mistress, comes to visit. And now that the fighting and the danger is over, Enshou and Enjutsu finally show up, as a grand conference of the warlords gathers together. The bickering is over quickly, as Kada, the Taoist doctor, comes in with a report: the "Crucial Keys" is involved with all of the upheaval in the state.
And here we go, going way off into science fiction fantasy land, though it's fun. It appears that Ukitsu plans to use the "Crucial Keys" in order to revive the Terracotta Army (which is real) of the First Emperor of China (who really existed). But this Terracotta Army can move and fight when powered by magic, making them an unstoppable force (pure fantasy). Ukitsu now controls this force and is headed to the capital of Rakuyou, the report already coming in that he has breached one of the border fortresses.
While it seems that all one needs to do is defeat Ukitsu, that's not as easy as it seems, since he is a powerful mage and normal weapons will have little effect on him. Kada goes on to say that only a dragon's claw might be able to hurt him. There's a whole tale about when dragon's egg hatches, the dragon ascends to the heavens, there's lightning, and one claw is left behind, taking the shape of a sword. Hmm. Dragon Egg. Lightning. A sword just appearing somewhere. Yeah, we've seen that before. And if someone of high birth wields it, then the sword can defeat any evil. Ryuubi has a nice little sword she was given last season. And she, even if incredibly stupid, is allegedly of royal blood, being a descendant of a former Emperor.
Yeah, we see where this is headed.
For some reason, the producers decided that they needed to create a plot. Oh, wait, we're getting near the end of the season, right? So, we have a fight that does not last very long, bouncing breasts on display, some political machinations, breasts, a sudden revelation to the good guys about what the bad guy has been up to, breasts, some goofiness, breasts, and a clear path laid ahead of where the show will end in the next episode. There was no bathing this episode, however. So, with matters settled in the capital, the warlords talk about what comes next, but next up is the news of the what the real bad guy, Ukitsu, has been planning from the start. The switch from goofiness to a semi-serious plot has not spoiled things, and pretty much follows standard procedure for this show. And the ridiculousness of things makes the switch palatable.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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