If anything, this is probably the sleeper hit of this season. I am not sure why everyone is not watching this. Is it the fact that people feel threatened with their masculinity if they watch a show filled with bishies? There’s actually a pretty interesting plot in this series, and it’s a huge pity that no one actually bothers with this. Anyway, I am blogging this as long as I have some time to spare on it, so let’s see how Chizuru becomes a woman.
Chizuru is still troubled by the ghost clan’s words that her father is with them. However, a chat with the very similar looking San-chan lifted her spirits. Later on, Chizuru warned Okita to take care of his health, while Okita mentioned that he copied Hijikata’s hairstyle. Shinpachi was reprimanded by Hijikata over their supposed lax behavior. Shinpachi was angry that Hijikata was neglecting the older members of the Shinsegumi while they attracted new blood. Hijikata apologized, and admitted that he was harsh on them because he did not want to let others feel that he was being biased to the older members. The Shinsegumi also took up an order to take care of a fallen board, and a group tried to assault the Shinsegumi who are defending the board. Harada fought them off, but noticed “Chizuru” in the group.
Through the reward of defending the board, Harada treated everyone to a brothel. Harada then told everyone about how he saw Chizuru in the rebel group, and somehow it led to Chizuru dressing up as a gal. They started to wolf-whistle her, and she got embarrassed as she ran away. She then had a short discussion with Hijikata on his character, as the boys have a nice nights out.
I keep thinking back about the words my wife said on Hakuouki Episode7, when she noted how Chizuru is such a masochist. She really is ONE because when people compliment her on her new found femininity, she gets all awkward and angry about it. Like ….ok, this thought section is starting off very poorly. Honestly speaking though, this episode is pretty solid because it throws in a few more interesting twists, especially how it is likely that Harada did not see Chizuru (duh), but saw San. This is quite an interesting twist because I really thought San-chan will simply be eye candy for this series.
I also appreciate the little things that Okita noted. It almost feels like Okita is the only person who truly understands Chizuru. He also has this rather malicious humor in him, which makes him much harder to understand compared to the other quite stereotypically bishie characters. I am finding him to be one of my favorite characters in this show right now, simply because he is somewhat like flowing water, even though it is clear he has softened his edge with Chizuru a lot.
Is it just me but is the series forcefully trying to put Hijikata and Chizuru together as a couple? I am not sure if it is just my wrong impression but it almost feels like they are trying to which feels a little weird. I really find that Okita and Chizuru would seem somewhat more appropriate as a couple, compared to the solemn Hijikata. Nonetheless, his “I am always good looking” reply is just so awesome. For those who do not know Japanese, that comment came about when the courtesan said that she always heard that Hijikata was a demon, but he turned out to be good looking enough to be an actor. So, he was lying when he said he can hold his liquor. Clearly, he can’t. Despite my comments about Hijikata and Chizuru being a couple, there is a bit more depth in Hijikata’s character, showing that he is really acting in a way that was forced into him.
I also wonder about the conversation between the courtesan and San-chan about the oni/ghost clan. If someone has the great ability of moonspeak, I will be more than glad to get a lecture on what was actually said. Lastly, I must say this: Chizuru is so adorable if she dolls up. Make up really makes a whole lot of a difference for a plain looking girl huh? I am so glad that my wife seldom puts on make up (she’s pretty cute as it is) because if she is always in make up, I might get terrified to see how she does look like without it. Yes, a superficial guy here, so I guess that’s how all the other Shinsegumi felt. Just like me.
So, who do you want Chizuru to end up with?