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  • Yamada2
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    Re: Episode 25 (Finale)

    Originally posted by Jun Kuga View Post
    OK, I'm all but convinced now that we'll be getting a third series of this in the Autumn, based on the upcoming third game, "Utawarerumono: Futari no Shiraou" (The Two Hakurou's).

    This was in no way a conclusion. It was a stopping point, but it didn't conclude anything. In fact it set up more than it concluded.
    I hope you're right here because this was just the beginning. They've started a lot of stuff which needs to be ended.

    Haku is now Oshutoru and will now lead an army under the princess. Kuon doesn't know that Haku is alive but Oshutoru is dead and Haku can't tell her. Although I think he should, not like she'll tell the whole world about this. Kuon has been a big help to Haku and he'll surely benefit from having her around. She left because she felt that she doesn't have any purpose to stay on. She was Haku's guardian ig sorts and with no Haku around she doesn't have any reason to stay here. And on top of that, this isn't even her home country.

    A lot of stuff has been started here and this really needs a second season to give those stuff a proper closure.

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  • Jun Kuga
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    Re: Episode 25 (Finale)

    OK, I'm all but convinced now that we'll be getting a third series of this in the Autumn, based on the upcoming third game, "Utawarerumono: Futari no Shiraou" (The Two Hakurou's).

    This was in no way a conclusion. It was a stopping point, but it didn't conclude anything. In fact it set up more than it concluded.

    Haku has taken on the (literal) mask of Oshutoru, and is planning on leading a new army to take back the empire for the princess. However he still wants to be with Kuon, despite knowing that he can't tell Kuon the truth.

    Meanwhile Kuon has returned to Tusukuru, to her family. They're sure to get involved in the conflict, especially given their history with the masks. We also know now that Munechika is alive and under their arrest. When she learns that Oshutoru has taken in the princess, with whom will she side? Will she be the driving force behind getting Tusukuru involved?


    Was a stunning episode though. I watched in silence, stunned at what was happening throughout.

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  • Buckeye
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    Episode 25 (Finale)

    He's become a different person.

    Oshutoru won the war, but Kuon is heartbroken as Haku is dead. Or that's what she was told when in truth, it was Oshutoru who died and Haku inherited his mask to impersonate Oshutoru in order to carry out his vision. Now that he's in charge, the city is rebuilt, and the citizens of Yamato are rallying behind Haku under Oshutoru's identity.

    That was quite an emotional way to end this show seeing Oshutoru die and seeing poor Kuon all heartbroken and wandering around the land to do some soul searching not knowing the truth. But in the end, Oshutoru is a prominent figure who is widely respected by his supporters, and Haku has a lot of work to do seeing that Oshutoru knows that Haku has what it takes to carry on his name. And hence, this is what the False Faces part of the title refers to as Haku is living with Oshutoru's face in the end.

    Overall, this show is a worthy successor to the original series as it's enjoyable to watch on its own merits. The characters are great once again, and this show is able to differentiate itself from the original with its approach to warfare as while the original focuses on building an empire from scratch and expanding its territory to liberate those who are oppressed, this season is more about maintaining peace within an already-established empire. That said, while I like the mix of serious and lighthearted moments, I felt that there was just too much of the lighthearted fluff that is repetitive and had me wondering if the story was ever going to more forward or not. With a bit less of the lighthearted stuff, this show would have been much better. But in all, it's a show that's enjoyable for those who like the original series.

    MAL Rating: ********--

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  • Buckeye
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    Episode 24

    Clash of the titans.

    Oshutoru and Vurai square off in a battle between generals as both of them go into beast mode in their fight. While Haku insists that he gets Nekone out seeing that there's nothing left that he can do, she stays, and as it turns out the twins have the power to seal the beast, and that's what happens with Vurai to turn him back into a human, where Oshutoru delivers the final blow.

    That's some amazing action here in this episode seeing that it is a battle that feels like it came out of those monster movies. But in the end, the twins stole the show, which wouldn't have happened without Nekone getting her desire to be there for her brother through. While Oshutoru may have taken out Vurai, he suffered some pretty serious injuries himself, and he might not be through yet given the ending there, all while Raikou is up to no good as his next move is to slay whoever wins that battle. One more episode left to go.

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  • Buckeye
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    Episode 23

    Let's get outta here.

    Now that Anju and Oshutoru have been rescued, the next step is to get everybody out of town and realizing that the soldiers are after Oshutoru, the party splits in two with Nosuri and Kuon taking the princess to the river to escape by boat, and Haku and Oshutoru drawing the attention of the soldiers. While Anju is out of town, it was not easy as Kuon awakened a mysterious and destructive power when she was cornered, Rurutie didn't want to see Kuon committing crimes, Atui stood in the way (though it was just a show), and Atui's father stood in the way but he didn't see Anju there. As for Haku's party, they went through the gutters and thanks to Haku spending lots of time cleaning them that he knows where to go. But there, the party faces a battle with Vurai.

    That was quite the thriller there just as I was expecting given the situation. I would have to wonder just what Kuon is exactly after seeing such a dangerous power awaken like that. Anyway, a huge showdown is coming as Oshutoru and Vurai are set to square off in a battle against generals with each person having a different philosophy as to how to rule this place. And Raikou has quite a lot of explaining to do seeing that he's the one who poisoned the princess.

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  • Buckeye
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    Episode 22

    Dying for the country? Not on his watch.

    Oshutoru has accepted his fate seeing that he believes Vurai's words that his execution would put an end to all conflict, but Haku is doing everything he can to break him out. The plan is put into action where Ougi delivers the plan to Oshutoru's loyal soldiers, Kuon sneaks into the palace to give Anju the remedy for the poison, and Haku and Nekone sneak into the dungeon to break Oshutoru out. It took some convincing, but he finally gets his words across and he breaks out just moments before the execution.

    That plan of rescue was thought out quite well, though hesitation on Oshutoru's part probably makes things much more difficult now that the enemy has caught on while everybody is still in town. It's good to see Kuon putting her medicinal knowledge to great use here. Then there's still the matter of finding out who it was that framed Oshutoru and I would think that Dekoponpo is the prime suspect. Anyway, things are about to get really ugly knowing that Vurai is a man with a win at all costs attitude and hen't none too pleased that the civil war goes on, so he's about to set the town ablaze unless something is done about him.

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  • Buckeye
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    Episode 21

    He's dead, and all hell breaks loose.

    With the emperor dead, the war with Tuskuru ends in defeat while Munechika gets captured helping everybody escape. With word reaching home, that means Anju is the next in line to take the throne, but she's not doing too well herself after drinking some tea that was secretly poisoned. As if that weren't bad enough, somebody framed Oshutoru for it and that leads to a civil war. After a "unanimous" decision, Oshutoru is set to be executed the next day.

    Things sure did get quite chaotic in a hurry seeing that with the emperor dead, so is the peace seeing that it provides an opportunity for somebody to seize the throne. Whoever framed Oshutoru is going to pay big time seeing that it's one thing to kill him, but it's another to tarnish his image along with it. So the emperor is dead, Munechika is a prisoner in Tuskuru, Anju is in grave condition, Oshutoru is on death row, and the citizens of Yamato are rebelling to set the stage for something big.

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  • Yamada2
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    Re: Episode 20

    So Kuon is more than just a (very) cute girl from Tuskuru. Hak didn't know who she really is and assumed that they would believe him that she's from Tuskuru. Kuon's true identity made the hostage plan succeed. Kuon may very well be a daughter of some high level dude of Tuskuru. The soldiers there all knew her as some were pissed while there were also those who were crying. Also, Kurou knew Kuon, and Kurou is a well known guy in the army to an extent. Interesting revelation here.

    And the Yamato emperor has died. It was expected since the guy is pretty old. And this raises the question about Hak's age – how old is he? He doesn't look that old but he is the emperor's brother and I assume there's not a very big age difference between the two. So why isn't Hak looking like an old geezer like his brother. Also, how old is the emperor really? He is completely human right? Or did he change somehow?

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  • Buckeye
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    Episode 20

    Must stop this war.

    Haku manages to get into the base by using Kuon as a hostage, and he encounters Kurou, who is protecting the storehouse. With some clever tricks by Kuon and some misdirection, he manages to blow up the storehouse and then retreats with the help of the twins. Meanwhile, Munechika and Benawi are battling it out, and their battle is called off as they were ordered to retreat. Then comes the news that the Yamato emperor is dead.

    That was an alright battle there, but the trickery was really something seeing that in the original series, Kurou was known to be all about brawn while he was short in the brains department. So I knew that he would be easy to trick. And then comes that cliffhanger at the end, and seeing that he is the one who ordered this invasion that things are about to get really dicey for Yamato, so it is critical that this war comes to an end soon. But of course that won't be easy, especially with Vurai on board seeing that he's all about winning at all costs.

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  • Buckeye
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    Episode 19

    Going on a wild tiger chase.

    On their way to Tuskuru, they make a stop at an island governed by Atui's father, who gets his men to take everybody to Tuskuru. There, Kokopo sees Mukkuru again and the bird goes running off chasing the tiger with everybody on board. They finally stop at the Yamato base camp where the supplies are delivered and Haku meets up with Munechika to turn the tide of the war.

    That was a pretty silly episode with Atui's father and the chase. Of course, things aren't looking so good for Yamato seeing that their supplies are running out, but they are there to put a stop to the war, which is what Kuon came to do. Next time, there will be some fighting.

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  • Buckeye
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    Episode 18

    Goin' around town and she's nowhere to be found.

    The emperor orders Yamato to invade Tsukuru, and while that's happening, Oshutoru stays behind to defend the city and he requests Haku to deliver supplies to Tuskuru seeing that their supply route has been cut off. Seeing that Kuon grew up there, she didn't take the news very well and went missing. Haku gives the big speech, but Kuon wasn't in her room. After spending the day searching for her, Haku has some booze with Karula and wakes up in Kokopo's stable with Kuon back and ready to accompany everybody on the journey.

    This episode was pretty much the calm before the storm as while the invasion was going on, things are relatively chill back where Haku is. That was silly seeing those girls laying out a trap for Haku to give out such a passionate speech knowing full well that Haku would be giving it to nobody. But in the end, things are about to get serious once again as Kuon's "mothers" are caught up in this conflict.

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  • Jun Kuga
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    Re: Episode 17

    Originally posted by Buckeye View Post
    Next time, Tuskuru is getting ready to invade Yamato as the opening hinted that the characters from the original series are going to get involved pretty heavily.
    Not sure if I buy that one.

    If anything, it'll be Yamato invading Tuskuru. Clearly the Emperor knows about Hakurou, and he thinks the "decoys" are abusing/hiding him. We know the people of Tuskuru from the first series, and they are not a violent people.

    Regardless, it's gonna put Haku and Kuon in a difficult situation. Kuon will ultimately want to side with her family, her Mothers and sisters. The friends from Yamato will be pushed towards siding with Yamato. Do Haku's loyalties lie with his brother, and Yamato, or with Kuon?

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  • Buckeye
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    Episode 17

    Decoys aren't human, but they are still family.

    Haku sees the emperor and the truth is revealed. The people with the animal ears and tails were the result of genetic engineering and Haku is different because he's what used to be called a human that nearly went extinct. Humans turned into zombified blobs who uncontrollably attacked other humans, starting a war and resulting in the end of the world. The emperor is one of the surviving scientists and he created the animal people out of the decoys, but he realized that they weren't human. And then Haku was found, who turns out to be his long-lost brother.

    Seeing that this show is set years after the original series that I was expecting the truth to come out in similar fashion, with the only thing different being the scientist involved seeing that this is about Haku's origins. That was quite a surprise to see that the emperor lived so long to see the world ended and restarted. Next time, Tuskuru is getting ready to invade Yamato as the opening hinted that the characters from the original series are going to get involved pretty heavily.

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  • EmperorBrandon
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    Re: Episode 16

    So after Haku's unpleasant experiences with war, this is what they do to try to get things back to normal. So much male bonding... Felt like Rurutie was missing out on seeing it. But they were only saving the best part for her. I knew she was going to faint in happiness.

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  • Buckeye
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    Episode 16

    War changes everybody.

    With the war over, everybody has returned home and Haku gets shoved into the river leading to a banquet to celebrate victory. But Haku isn't exactly in a party mood seeing that war left a bitter taste as he couldn't do anything and that he would rather live in the status quo. His buddies reassure him that change is something for him to decide. So the party is on with everybody boozing and it ends with the guys stripping.

    That was really silly and I figured that it would go back to being that way seeing that the majority of this show has been that up to this point. But it keeps all the serious stuff in perspective since everybody just came back from war after all, and that everybody has changed in a way.

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