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Blue Seed: "Japan is a Paradise! Tears in Wakasa"
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We are talking anime tonight, and we're up to episode 16 of Blue Seed, titled "Japan is a Paradise! Tears in Wakasa"... an episode that puts the spotlight on Mr. Kunikida
Original Air Date:
January 18, 1995 / English Airdate: December 25, 1999
Kunikida heads out
to investigate the death of his old friend, and is greeted by his
young wife who holds a deadly secret. Meanwhile, deformed bodies
begin piling up as sightings of the "Thousand Year Nun" (a
strange woman who would stay young forever by devouring the flesh of
a mermaid) are reported.
For the most part,
Kunikida has been out of action, really just serving in the role as
‘leader’, meeting with higher officials, but no real stories have
revolved around him, and that is fixed with this episode. An old
friend of his is dead and he ends up meeting his ‘wife’ Wakama
who is a long living creature, known as ‘The Thousand Year Nun’,
a woman who never ages who fell in love with his friend… and they
had a happy life until, rumors started to be spread and three drunk
fishermen attacked her… in a fit of rage, Kunikida’s friend drank
some of Wakama’s blood and became a aragmi monster.
That may seem like
over kill, but we see in this episode that Kunikida and his friend
used to drink together a lot and talk about the future of Japan, and
that his friend left him a letter questioned how far Japan has lost
its way, losing faith in humanity cause even the gods have forsaken
the land, so he was probably on the edge for a long while. The
fishermen attacking Wakama was the straw that broke the camel’s
The Aragmi is rather
generic looking, just a basic one off, and it really targets only
those who attacked Wakama and those who go after it, with tentacle
whips and life force draining ability. It’s easily dispatched with
Matsudara’s latest toy that Kunikda personally uses… though it
appears his former friend forced his hand, realizing what he became
and wanted Kunikida to kill him.
Beyond this, the
other big story line element was Momiji having a dream and being
warned that the humans will sacrifice her , a concerned she waved off
considering her association with the TAC, and that all the trees in
the area of Wakasa are dying. Also of note Kusanagi doesn’t appear
in this episode
All in all this
episode was about Kunikida, with really little room for anything
else, not much comedy though there were a couple of light chuckles
here and there, but this was a story that present with serious weight
to it. It is an episode that can easily be watched on its own since
it’s reliance on the on-going story is very little, for its a nice
compact noir story.
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