Shikurou finally learns the truth about Murasaki and the Kuhouins from Benika. Shinkurou has vowed to protect Murasaki, but despite his efforts he simply cannot overcome the strength of the Kuhouins.
Shinkurou asks Benika if Murasaki was really a Kuhouin and brings up the information that Ginko gave him. Benika tells Shinkurou that Murasaki was a woman of the Inner Sanctuary and women of the Inner Sanctuary are to give birth to the children of the Kuhouin family. In order to hide the fact that they give birth to children from within their own family, the Kuhouin men marry women from outside their family. Shinkurou tells Benika that he wants to return to Samidare apartment with Murasaki so they could properly say farewell to Tamaki and Yamie. Benika allows him to do so saying that she believes in him.
Shinkurou and Murasaki having dinner with Tamaki and Yamie as a farewell meal. However, neither of them mention anything about leaving and they are still left with the impression that everything is still normal. The Kuhouin henchmen appear in front of Samidare apartment where Yayoi awaits. Yayoi attempts to stop them, but is overpower by the female agent. The rest of the men subdue Tamaki and Yamie and Shinkurou is beaten by the woman who beat Yayoi. During all this, Ryuuji enters Shinkurou’s room and “convinces” Murasaki to return home. Despite Shinkurou telling Murasaki to not give up, Murasaki leaves with Ryuuji.
So everything comes crashing down with this episode, and with a few more episodes to go, I think the rest of the story will involve retrieving Murasaki back from the Kuhouins. While I know Shinkurou was greatly outmatched by the Kuhouins, I was expecting him to put up much more of a fight. At least take out his horn or something like he did with the kindergarten job. But it was a pretty depressing and angering episode where the bad guys completely stomped all over the good guys.
The whole thing about the Kuhouins was pretty surprising. I mean we knew about Murasaki’s real mother, but I didn’t think it would be this big. I didn’t expect that the sole reproduction of the Kuhouin family was from inbreeding. It’s basically inbreeding right? From what I understand, the women born in the Kuhouin family are put in the Inner Sanctuary to breed more children for the men born in the Kuhouin family. Women who marry into the Kuhouins are only there to hide the fact that they’re inbreeding and for financial reasons on the woman’s side of the family. Sounds like a big house of incest to me even if they might be half-brothers and sisters. I’m sure it would probably cause a lot of handicaps as well, but I won’t get into that.
Ryuuji seemed to have a lot of influence and control over Murasaki, whether it was from her fear of the Kuhouins or the fear of letting Shinkurou die. I was very disgusted to see Ryuuji get away with all of that so casually. Hell, even his own father doesn’t like him that much. Ryuuji, please get over your loli-incest and give us back Murasaki already, please.
Next episode seems to be an
emo character development episode for Shinkurou who seems to be taking the whole incident pretty badly. From the previews, it seems he develops a sort of escapist attitude by occupying himself with other things (i.e. cleaning his room) instead of dealing with what happened the night before. It may be due to the fact that he can’t do anything because technically, Murasaki left with her own free will (thanks to Ryuuji’s smooth talking). Nevertheless, I eagerly await to see the resolution of this entire ordeal.