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 back.
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.