Hakuouki 7: demon brigade
May 19, 2010
Episode 7 of Hakuouki begins with the Shinsengumi defending Chizuru from the three oni. Later some things are confirmed, including Okita’s health problems and the whereabouts of Chizuru’s father.
The three demons (oni) associated with the Satsuma clan admit openly that they are oni, and they insist that Chizuru is one as well. They withdraw rather than being forced back, in fact they evade attacks from the Shinsengumi using what appear to be supernatural abilities. Later in the episode the blonde oni, Chikage Kazama, returns and tells Chizuru that Koudou Yukimura has switched sides. He is working with the Satsuma clan now, fighting against the shogun.
I wonder what is going on here. Chizuru thinks she is Koudou’s daughter, but some on the net have theorized that she is an actual demon whose blood was used somehow to create the medicine (that we now know is called ochimizu). Kazama claims she has demon blood in her, and warns the Shinsengumi that she is too much for them to handle.
Incidentally, the quality of the artwork in this episode really was great. Some publicly questioned if Studio DEEN could maintain the quality of the earlier episodes, but this episode actually looked even better to me. I had a really hard time cutting down the number of screen caps for this post.
Another person was introduced, but I think this was actually one of the women from the beginning of episode 4. It seems suspicious that she only provided a single name, and she obviously recognized Chizuru’s family name of Yukimura. At any rate she is clearly shown in the OP. She also recognizes Chizuru as a girl instantly, leading Chizuru to ask Saito the following question.
We also receive confirmation of a number things in this episode. First, the ochimizu was being developed by Koudou at the request of the shogun, as a means of creating super-warriors, called Rasetsu. Also, Heisuke Toudou tells Chizuru that he wasn’t really sick, he just didn’t want to guard the shogun. He sees the Shinsengumi as drifting from their earlier ideals. Finally, Souji Okita is diagnosed with tuberculosis; Chizuru overhears, but promises to keep his condition a secret.
As a bonus this week, here is a link to some very nice fan art by Miyukiko. I really enjoy the watercolor-like style, and the warm colors complement the relaxed atmosphere evident in their poses. Click on the image for a larger version, hosted on deviantart.com; there is some interesting detail, such as on Chizuru’s kimono, and Saitou-san’s expression is funny.