Who let the crazies out? Who! Who!! Who!!!
After a slight detour last episode, we go straight back into the serious stuff in Episode 9. What will happen when a certain incident threatens the disintegration of the Shinsegumi?
Chizuru was resting when she was attacked by a crazed shinsegumi possessed by the ghost liquid. She was cut, but was saved at the last minute by the Shinsegumi. Sannan also nearly lost control of himself after sensing the blood, but managed to regain his senses before the inevitable cut down by his compatriots. Sannan wondered deeply why he managed to regain his senses. However, the ruckus alerted Itou, who was surprised to see Sannan alive. The next day, Itou declared that he would leave the Shinsegumi with his aides on what he perceived to be a lack of trust by the top people in Shinsegumi. Saitou and Toudou also left with him for different reasons.
Later in the year, Sen-chan and the courtesan came over to pick up Chizuru. They were actually ghosts, and they told the Shinsegumi that the ghosts that have been attacking them wanted a ghost of pure blood because they are rare. The only existing family with such pure blood is the Yukimura clan. Chizuru revealed that she knew she was a ghost, as the cut she suffered earlier in the episode was completely healed. Nonetheless, despite Sen-chan’s urging, she decided to stay with the Shinsegumi. As expected, the three ghosts attacked the camp. They easily diminished the threat formed by Sannan’s devil troops and the Shinsegumi. Just when Kazahara was about to take Chizuru away, Hijikata fought him. Hijikata was no match for Kazahara, and Chizuru stepped in between them. Kazahara cannot understand why Chizuru took the side of the humans, and decided to leave.
SERIOUSLY DEEN? You know, after nine bloody episodes of the ghost clan trying to take Chizuru either by reproduction purposes, they are simply going to let her go because she took the side of the Shinsegumi? Seriously? I do not get it. Let me paint the picture for you. This is a group who is hell bent on using Chizuru’s pure blood to strengthen the clan, and they seemed to be targeting since day one. They attacked and did all sorts of actions in order to taunt and attract Chizuru to come over. They even used the trump card of her father being with them to lure her to their haunt. Now, just because she is taking the side of humans suddenly changed the whole dynamics of their need to capture her EVEN WHEN SHE HAS BEEN DOING IT SINCE THE FIRST EPISODE? WTF! That makes no sense, even if he lost the “mood” to do so.
The ironic thing is that the whole episode was actually good up to that point in time. We see the effect of Chizuru’s blood on Sannan’s experimental troops through the actual taste of her blood by Sannan. The background story by Sen-chan builds on some perspective too on why she is so important to those ghost people. I thought that it is a very interesting fact to take note of, which makes it more explicit why the ghost clan wanted her so badly. If just a tinge of her blood managed to calm down a full blown batshit crazy Sannan, what more if she is utilized to strengthen the diminishing ghost clan who desperately needs this pure blood. That is exactly why it is so weird they actually let her go without a fight (I mean, not that MUCH of a mental fight).
Perhaps, it is my bad interpretation of the anime, but I really want to hear from you because I felt that it is grossly underwhelming for them to do that. I rather she gets captured while one or two Shinsegumi gets injured badly. Hijikata can be the hero to save her…or something. I am not a story teller as you can tell, but I am quite sure the professional writers could have thought of something way better than this.
Other than the ending, I actually wondered why Itou is so untrusted by the whole Shinsegumi. Is there some historical background on why Itou is always portrayed as this weird dude. I remember watching Peacemaker Kurogane, and he is also regarded as some weird dude too. From what I found out about him on the Internet, he was adored by Kondou Isami for his intelligence and treated him as executive officer in the begining. But they had opposite political philosophies. Other than that, I find little. Perhaps, it is his separation with the Shinsegumi that has led to either a sissy or deplorable personality in fiction.
I actually like the detailed attention for Heisuke’s reason to leave the Shinsegumi, despite his generally jovial and childish antics. It brings about a bit more character development, and to present how they are still warriors at heart. In my opinion, I feel that Heisuke’s reason to leave makes sense, since he is responsible for bringing a questionable person to the Shinsegumi. I would be surprised if he didn’t leave. Nonetheless, I do not get why Saitou decided to leave. It made no sense when I watched it, but perhaps someone can enlighten me (either based on the story or historically).
Anyway, here’s my question to you. What do you think of the conclusion of this episode? Was it a disappointment, or you think that it’s good? Perhaps, I need a second opinion to understand the meaning for this.