With my work starting, I am getting busier with lesser time to spend on the anime blog. Hence, as much as I want to update it often, time restrictions mean that it is almost impossible to do so. With such, summaries on the blog will be getting slightly on a less frequent level, with Saiunkoku Monogatari and Bokurano kept as the two mainstays. Seirei no Moribito and Kaze no Shoujo Emily will be relegated to the I.D. Analysis, where only a short summary will be provided rather than the detailed ones (read: lengthy and problematic) or at the worst case scenario, none at all.
Episode five of Seirei no Moribito is filled with dialogue over the water spirit, while Emily is creating a little stage production and making a script for it. These two episodes, especially Emily, provided a very intriguing set up for the future episodes.
Seirei no Moribito Episode 5
Torogai realized that Chagum is the second prince and checked out the egg of the water spirit as she placed her head into Chagum’s body. However, she was unable to touch the egg and was out of breath. She explained that the egg was the great water spirit of a clan, and it was impossible to remove the egg. Torogai then explained about Nayugu and Sagu, which were the spiritual and real world, and they exist accordingly. When Torogai asked when the egg was felt, Chagum said that it was during spring time, which was the full moon where the bond of the two were the strongest. However, Torogai said it was an irony that Chagum, descendant of the New Yogo clan, was the Seirei no Moribito, or the guardian of the egg. That was because his ancestor had killed the water king, and now his father had to kill his own flesh.
Chagum, shocked at the blunt words, went out of the house, with Saya and Toya giving chase to give him some comfort. Inside the hut, Barsa discussed the plans and successfully guessed that the emperor would probably try to make a fake funeral for Chagum and said he died in the fire. Torogai also said that Tonda was good at healing due to Barsa, rather than magic. Torogai asked whether Barsa had killed anyone, and she said she did not ever since she left this hut two years ago. Torogai also warned Barsa that she might be protecting someone that would cause a huge drought, but Barsa said she would protect Chagum at all costs.
Tonda, after Barsa’s request, went to find the “Blue Hand” after looking for the jewellery. Tonda passed the message that Barsa wanted to buy all his goods and Tonda realized that the goods were human slaves. As the men met Barsa in the hut, they hit a compromise as Barsa’s plan to escape the mountain while the search was going on was revealed. She was attempting to use the slaves to disrupt the search process. Barsa warned “Blue Hand” not to capture the slaves she released and also bought over the fast horse from the “Blue Hand”. Tonda then came in, saying that even though she was always successful in her plans, he wished that she would depend on him for once, got angry and stormed out. On the evening horizon, the slaves were released while Barsa looked on to the sky.
This episode is definitely filled with words, and it is very hard for me to actually churn out a short and concise summary. I do apologize if some of my terms are inaccurate since I am not exactly the best person when it comes to listening to terms. For this episode, there is little plot moving, but we did realize that the revelation of Barsa saying that she had killed no one meant that Jin is not dead yet. It is possible though that the previous hurt that Barsa had to face when Torogai asked her such a direct question was painful. It seemed that she had killed quite a few people due to the vow she made the years before she left this hut two years ago.
I also like Chagum, who is showing a very human side. He is but a child, yet shows quite a bit of maturity that does show the regal side of him in terms of his royalty status. Even though I am somewhat disappointed that I still know very little about his personality, there is at least quite a bit of sophistication in terms of Barsa’s plan to escape. I also did not expect Barsa to be so decisive in her decision making, and that she is very intelligent to guess the works of the emperor way in advance before she received the news from Toya and Saya.
Tonda clearly has some feelings for Barsa. It seemed that he is somewhat angry in a way that is generally more than a friend, and his hope for Barsa to rely on him clearly shows a rather different emotion comparatively. I must admit that I am slow to feel the vibes of this possible romance, but it’s perhaps that the romance cannot go forward, not without Barsa clearing the vow of protecting people.
Torogai is definitely a mixed bag. I am not sure of her allegiance except that she is definitely very interested in the egg, since she seems somewhat neutral and nonchalant what happens to everyone. Yet, on the flip side, it can be her harsh way that shows that she is actually concerned over what is happening to the others. I do wonder which interpretation might be more accurate. The next episode talks about Barsa finally being able to escape, but she has pursuers from the royal assassins.
Kaze no Shoujo Emily Episode 5
In school, Emily was dozing off in class when the teacher told her about the festival, and she was told that a play would be interesting. Rola then told Emily that since she was such a good writer, she should write a script and make up a play. However, she could find no one for the play except Ilse who was dozing off. IIse told her later that Emily was tricked by Rola and two people would be too hard to make up a play and they did not even really know how to make a script. As she returned home to tell Elizabeth about the play, she was scolded by Elizabeth, who said that acting was fine but writing was not of a Murray’s pride. She went out, talking to the wind and enjoying the breeze as she could feel that the wind was telling her to go on writing. She also talked to Teddy and Teddy encouraged her.
Late at night, Emily was rushing out her script and did so. At school, Rola was boasting to invite everyone to her house and enjoy chocolate and biscuits, as Emily and Ilse looked on. Emily passed IIse the script, and Ilse was impressed as she promised to act. Even though IIse did the role well, she had problems remembering the exact words of the phrase. Ilse and Emily then got into an argument about the script, as Ilse said it did not make a difference whether she said sky or no, and left in anger. Perry passed by, and took the script from Emily as he was learning words by the day, and was improving as Emily invited him to watch them rehearse. It would help his learning of the language too. The next day, Ilse as expected, was no longer fuming and brought a green cloth for the role of the green pixie.
The practice was going well with Ilse well suited for the role and Elizabeth was cleaning up when she found the script. As Emily returned home, Elizabeth confronted Emily and said that it was unbecoming of a Murray. Emily said she felt that there was nothing wrong and Elizabeth tore her script up as Emily was wet with tears. However, she said that Elizabeth could tear off the script, but would never be able to remove the script in her head. The next day, Jimmy went for the play but Elizabeth refused to go. Rola’s group was doing decently but Rola had not memorized the script and caused a serious blunder. Emily’s play went well and it was one about love, home and the yearning of belonging. Elizabeth was looking at the play as Emily noticed it, and left when it ended. Even though Emily’s play was a big success, she had a long way before convincing Elizabeth.
The lesson that I got from this episode is how pride and the lack of practice can hurt you. If you notice, Rola simply tried to look down so much on Emily, being malicious and boastful about all the clothing and the likes. Despite how beautiful their costumes are on the stage, how wonderful they look, those children are merely humans that are very ugly inside and they showed it at the end of the play when they fouled up. This perhaps tells us a very classic moral story: not to judge a book by its cover. As much as a person is beautiful on the outside, Episode five shows that it is most important what lies inside.
Another thing is practice. Unlike Rola’s group who bothered about flashy gimmicks that are merely ornamental in nature, Emily and Ilse made a proper rehearsal after another. It is perhaps a harsh lesson that no one is a talent. No matter how smart you are, how great you are, how wonderful you are, without practice, you are just like any other common person on the streets. In fact, a very common, average person on the street can beat you easily with some rehearsals because time spent on rehearsals and practice cannot be replaced by raw talent.
In a way, the verses spoken in the play by Emily is really beautiful, as I particularly like the part where she talks about the yearning of the home. Despite Emily’s initial discouragement from going to the Murrays, I can tell that she is enjoying herself in the lush and comfortable place which allows her a ton of creativity coming out from her heart. I really like the beautiful words in the play, and I might take some time to just translate the words of the play when I have the time.
Nevertheless, Emily just gives you this warm feeling in your heart and tells you that innocence and the beautiful world is still around.