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TNK ep 39 (1172 CE) opened with the legendary fight between Yoshitsune and Benkei at Gojo Bridge.
Yoshitsune (Kamiki Ryonosuke) was at that time known as Sanaou; Benkei (Aoki
Munetaka) was known as Onikawa. It seems that Benkei thought that Sanaou was a
Heike. Because the monk was always challenging Heike samurai, Benkei attacked
Sanaou. But the boy easily took over the monk’s sword and defeated the monk.
Soon enough, the scary Heike girls in red came and challenged them. For some
reasons unknown to me (oh, English subtitle...), the girls ran away. Yoshitsune
found himself parrying Benkei’s naginata once more. But when the boy defeated
the stubborn monk again, for some reasons Benkei realised that he wasn’t dealing
with a Heike. He was in fact fighting one of the sons of Minamoto no Yoshitomo.
Apparently, Benkei had met young Sanaou in the past (when the boy’s name was
Ushiwakamaru). Surprised to see the child already grown into a boy, Benkei held
Sanaou and twirled him around. Sanaou’s funny expression reminded me of Himura
Kenshin’s (Sateru Satou) amused expression in Rurouni Kenshin live action (that
I haven’t seen because the English sub hasn’t been distributed outside Japan
Meanwhile, back with the Heike, here’s Auberginefleur’s
summary (taken from NHK, I think):
In 1172 in Fukuhara, Kiyomori
with the backing of the cloistered Emperor Go-Shirakawa steadily advances
construction work of a port, together with Usagimaru (Kiyomori's retainer) to
prepare for the trading with Sung. Kiyomori orders Usagimaru to complete the
construction as quickly as possible, however, Usagimaru condemns Kiyomori for
acting out of self-interest, over his once held ambitions. The rift between
Kiyomori and Usagimaru become irreparable.
I sense that this episode is an important one that will lead
to the fall of the Heike. I am now watching Usagimaru getting angry at his
house in Miyako. I wish I could find another site written by a Japanese speaker
that tells in detail what happens with Usagimaru (other than he’s angry and disappointed
Kiyomori (Matsuyama Kenichi) quarreled with Usagimaru (Kato Koji)
... Oh. Crap. Usagimaru is murdered by one of those spooky
girls in red. Who the heck are they? I only know that they are Heike’s very
efficient and scary SWAT team. Oh man, now like about 10 girls murdered
Usagimaru! Poor old man...
Wait. Kiyomori apparently didn’t order the demise of
Usagimaru. He was informed by his henchman about it, and now I’m watching him
looking utterly perplexed and hugging the deceased Usagimaru. So... if Kiyomori
didn’t order it, who orchestrated Usagimaru’s death? Did the girls in red took
the initiative to kill Usagimaru because they saw him arguing with their lord
Kiyomori? Won’t know it until I watch
the Eng sub or read the English review...
Anyway, now Kiyomori is attending Usagimaru’s funeral (of
sort) and reminiscing at his past with his old friend. Usagimaru was a pirate
when he first met Kiyomori. They were friends till almost the end of his life.
Oh, by the way, newsflash, for you fans of Naohito Fujiki, he
appeared in this episode as Saigyo
Hoshi. He’s still charming despite being a monk...And casting-wise, it’s
interesting to know that Kamiki Ryonosuke actually played young Yoshitsune in
the 2005 NHK Taiga Drama ‘Yoshitsune’.
Kamiki did a good job portraying Yoshitsune so far. Munetaka as Benkei was funny when he wasn't being scary.
No news of Yoritomo and Masako this time... but that’s okay.
I know they will meet next weekend (the spoilers showed Masako saying something
to Yoritomo that eventually got him out of his brooding time). And I did have a dose of Okada Masaki today through
‘Piercing Me Back Together’ (Matataki).