Hatenko Yuugi (dazzle)


Spoiler alert (the first part contains a detailed description of the episode)

     This episode picks up with Rahzel’s father showing up in the town where the group has stopped, he decides to throw a birthday party for her (Rahzel turns 15, the age of adulthood in that world). At the party we find out that Baroqueheat is Rahzel’s father’s younger brother, so that makes them uncle and niece (very interesting after the events of the last several episodes). After several minutes of playful behavior between Baroqueheat and his brother, Alzeid gets angry because he did not know the situation and he demands a formal introduction, but Rahzel’s father says no since they will never meet again after tomorrow, because he is taking Rahzel home after the party.

     Later, Baroqueheat tells Alzeid that his brother’s name is Seratildo. At the party Rahzel asks her father why he has the right to invade her freedom after tossing her out of their house which was his right to do? He tells her that he won’t tell her why but she should listen to him because it’s his right to be selfish. Later that night, Rahzel takes Alzeid and Baroqueheat into the woods to show them the place where she was reborn from Lazensha Rose (her birth name) to Rahzel, she also tells them her life story and how she meet her current father. Then she tells them goodbye and that she loves them, but she must also go back with her father because she owes him that much for saving her live and raising her. The next day Alzeid is out shopping for a gift for Rahzel and he runs into a guy that might possibly have been Rahzel’s real father, he says that he’s out buying a gift for the daughter he abandoned long ago. Then we get some internal dialog from Rahzel’s real father about the events leading up to his wife’s death and his abandoning of his daughter. 

     Baroqueheat sees Rahzel and his brother off at the train station, and she tells Baroqueheat to give Alzeid her best as the train is leaving leaving. Alzeid starts to think that it’s just fine that they are left with nostalgic memories of each other, but then he changes his mind rushes after the departing train and yells to Rahzel that if she abandons them than she’s no longer a comrade. Upon hearing this Rahzel gets angry and leaps off the train onto Alzeid, and then she asks him how could he say that. Alzeid tells her that he can’t consider someone a comrade who he’ll never sees again, someone he won’t know how their doing, or if there are dead or alive, and so forth. A tearful Rahzel asks him if she should disobey her father and continue with them, and he basically tells her that it’s her decision to go forward or stay in sadness. Rahzel chooses to stay with Alzeid and Baroqueheat and continue their journey together and pledges to make their boring lives more interesting and lively. The episode ends with someone showing up at Rahzel’s real father’s house and killing him, and then he says that the fun’s over for Rahzel and now the real trials start. Well, that’s all for this episode below are some screen shots.

     Well, the last episode of the first season of Hatenko Yuugi  tied up a lot of loose plot strings but left more unanswered plot strings for a second season, well at least I hope there will be a second season. There were three main points to this episode.

  1. The sins of the father are paid for by the children.
  2. Alzeid acknowledgement of his attraction to Rahzel.
  3. Rahzel’s becoming an adult.

     Firstly, Rahzel’s real father admits that his fear of his wife’s growing insanity and his daughter’s magic use made the situation grown worse, his direct cowardliness caused the killing of his wife by his daughter to occur. Then his giving into his fear of Rahzel caused him to abandon her in the forest for dead, even though he goes back for her it’s already too late, Rahzel’s new father rescues her, and Rahzel is left to deal with the guilt of killing her mother for the rest of her life.

     Secondly, Alzeid is forced to come to grips with his silent attraction to Rahzel, everyone knew it was going to happen sooner or later, as the saying goes opposites attract. Rahzel and Alzeid are good for each other, Alzeid’s quiet, think everything over, don’t act hasty nature is the perfect calming force to temper Rahzel’s jump into the “shit” without thinking nature. Rahzel’s outgoing, fun loving, and friendly nature is just the tonic that the dour Alzeid needs, as I said before they are good for each other.

     Lastly, in this episode Rahzel becomes an adult, even though she turned 15 (the age of adulthood in that world) the day before, she truly was still a child. At the party when she asked her father how after tossing her out of the house he can just show up and snap his finger and demand she follows him home, she accepts his answer of I’m your father and I can be selfish, only a child would accept such an answer. But at the end when Alzeid asks her if she wants to come with them, or stay in sadness, she is forced to make a choice with her father watching, she decides to go with them instead of following her father’s unexplained orders, she made an adult decision. No parent would truly expect an “adult” child to just to shut up and do what your told without any explanation, parents will always be parents and they will try to guide their children, but there comes a time, for good or bad, when a parent must let a child spread their wings and live and learn on their own. 

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“One of best things in life, having a good armful of Loli!”

     This episode picks up the next day when the crew is having coffee, Solesta thanks Rahzel for saving Vincent, but Rahzel suspecting false gratitude asks Solesta what his goals are? Solesta tells Rahzel that Vincent was the illegitimate child of a king and one of his servants, but due to an illness the entire royal family died leaving the child the successor to the throne. Solesta goads Rahzel again, and they start bickering, Alzeid tells Solesta to stop picking on Rahzel making Solesta angry, Alzeid releases Rahzel from the no magic use promise by telling her if she thinks it’s really dangerous go ahead and use magic, but she says that she’ll keep the no magic promise. Later, Rahzel tells them a story about how when she was a child her father forbid her to use magic and gave her a knife and sent her on a small adventure, but she figured out that her father was watching over her. She tells Alzeid not to protect her like her father did but if she’s really in danger to please help her, and she’ll do the same for him.

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     That night some bad guys ambush the hotel that the group is staying at and Rahzel protects Vincent without using magic, but Baroqueheat surprises Rahzel by telling her he’s sorry then he attacks her, rendering her unconscious and helping Solesta grab Vincent. Later Alzeid makes his way to Vincent and Rahzel’s hotel room and sees the damage and figures out that Solesta was behind the whole thing and that it was a trap for Rahzel. The next day Vincent awakens to find himself alone, and Rahzel is tied up and held captive by Solesta and Baroqueheat, Solesta comments on how Alzeid could be fond of such a helpless child.

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     Rahzel provokes Solesta into slapping her, and Baroqueheat says she went too far, but she says she feels like she won the battle. He tells her that she’ll have to put up with it until Alzeid arrives, Rahzel has not intention of staying put, she injures one of her hands escaping the handcuffs. Later, Solesta is waiting for Alzeid, he throws Alzeid a sword and says that they’ll have a no magic fight to the death. In the meantime, Rahzel manages to find Vincent who’s being held by Baroqueheat and some goons, she talks to him and after awhile he decides to switch back to Rahzel’s side surprising the goons.

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     While Solesta is fighting Alzeid he tells him that when the wars and battles ended he lost everything, and that with the fake prince he can get everything back, and he tells Alzeid that he wants to go back to the days when he and was comrades in battle with Alzeid and Baroqueheat. As Baroqueheat is battling the goons Rahzel makes her way to Alzeid. During his battle with Solesta, Alzeid calls him perverted, he tells him that he gets no joy from battle or killing people, this unbalances Solesta causing him to lose his weapon. Just as Alzeid is about to kill Solesta, Rahzel steps in to save him, then Rahzel, Baroqueheat, and Vincent turn their backs on Solesta and leave him there all alone.

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     Just as they are leaving, Solesta uses his magic to trap Rahzel and just as he’s about to attack, Alzeid uses his own magic and kills him before he can strike. Later in town, Baroqueheat sees Vincent off and Rahzel has a tearful meeting in the rain with Alzeid, and just before the end of the episode Rahzel’s father shows up. Well, that’s all for this episode, below are some screen shots.

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     Well, it looks like Hatenko Yuugi is about to come to a close after watching this episode, after several interesting adventures with Rahzel, Alzeid, and Baroqueheat, Rahzel’s father shows up. He’s probably been watching after her the whole time and has come to recover his daughter after this last adventure, he probably feels she’s had enough of  “the real world”. But the main point of these last two episodes is about Rahzel learning that she has some limitations, with magic and without magic. Baroqueheat and Alzeid have both been trying to tell Rahzel that she’s overconfident and she has a lot of openings, and in the last two episodes Rahzel’s been caught off guard several times.

     One of the reasons that I like Rahzel’s character is that she is cocky but innocent, and Baroqueheat even said as much towards the end of this episode. Rahzel’s trusting nature almost got her killed in the end, she thought that after saving Solesta’s life everything would be alright, but he still attacked her from behind and only Alzeid’s quick reactions saved her life. One interesting thing in this episode was how Solesta couldn’t adjust to a more peaceful world, he wanted to go back to the days when he, Alzeid, and Baroqueheat were fighting and killing in the heat of battle.

     Alzeid tells Solesta that he gets no pleasure from killing in battle, but I can understand how Solesta feels, I spent 23 years in the military before retiring and I have had friends tell me that they sometimes miss the feeling of being shot at and the adrenaline rush of battle while serving in Iraq. While I really liked this anime I can’t believe that it was very popular in Japan, in recent years several shojo anime have been quite popular but Hatenko Yuugi was not done in traditional shojo style, so I can understand why this show probably never found a large viewership. 

 

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This episode starts off with a flashback of Alzeid’s time in the military, and then the episode shows the crew visiting a new town. Alzeid begins by telling Rahzel to behave herself and stop getting involved in other people’s troubles, she walks away and gets involved in a fight by helping a young boy who is being harassed for money by four goons. After Rahzel has helped the boy they run into his guardian who insults Rahzel, she kicks him in anger, and he uses magic on her and just as she is about to attack him with her magic Baroqueheat intervenes stopping the impending fight.

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     It seems that Vincent’s (the boy) guardian knows both Alzeid and Baroqueheat from back in their military days, later they all hook up at a inn. While eating, Solesta (the boy’s guardian) tells them about his current mission, and they talk about their past good times in the military. Baroqueheat even show Rahzel some pictures from the past, including one of Alzeid dressed as a girl after losing a poker bet. During the conversation Baroqueheat says he’s leaving and he plants a long kiss (not a peck on the cheek) on Rahzel, after holding the kiss for quite long time Rahzel slaps him, and then Baroqueheat says he’s sorry. Later, in her room Rahzel begins to think about what just happened, then Alzeid barges into her room and asks her if she was going to fight Solesta, she tells him yes, and he tells her that she would have been beaten. Rahzel can’t believe it, then Alzeid pins her to the bed and says you have too many openings.

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     Alzeid then makes Rahzel agree not to use her magic for three days or he’ll dissolve their partnership, so she agrees. Later Rahzel asks Solesta if she can take Vincent out for awhile, and he says yes but he seems really annoyed when he finds out that Alzeid is in Rahzel’s room. Alzeid and Baroqueheat have a talk and he tells Alzeid that he’s leaving to guard the kid for Solesta, and that Solesta hopes that Alzeid will leave Rahzel and come with them.

     But, Alzeid says that he and Rahzel are companions so he can’t do it, he also says that Rahzel has a fatal flaw, she’s too overconfident in her magical abilities and she overestimates her skills. Solesta is listening to their conversation in secret and leaves when he hears Alzeid call Rahzel his companion. As Rahzel is out on the town with Vincent they get attacked by goons again and she surprises them temporarily and uses her physical abilities to protect Vincent and flee the attackers, but Rahzel thinks that these attackers are different from the other goons. They escape inside a storehouse and Vincent wants to runaway quickly but Rahzel tells him that their opponents are four combat trained men with guns so taking them on directly is no good, they have to be smart about it. The goons follow them inside the storeroom but Rahzel has set an explosive trap for them by using materials found inside the room, Rahzel and Vincent were hiding in a cellar when the explosion happened and they become trapped inside by debris, but Alzeid removes the debris and lets them out. Later we see Baroqueheat talking with someone about Solesta starting to loose control of his actions when Alzeid is concerned. Well, that’s all for this episode, below are some screen shots.

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     Well, this was a very interesting episode for many reasons. First of all we get to see some of Alzeid’s and Baroqueheat’s past actions while they were in the military, and what their lives were like while in the army. Then we get introduced to Solesta, an old army friend (?) of Alzeid, this guy gives off a pretty creepy vibe when he’s around Alzeid, it’s almost like he has a Yaoi/man crush on Alzeid, which I find pretty funny since Alzeid has shown no physical attraction to males.

     Then the whole Baroqueheat giving a kiss thing was pretty interesting, to me it could mean tree things, first in keeping with his constant teasing/flirting with her this would be a normal progression, or he could be trying to show to Solesta that he’s with Rahzel instead of Alzeid, or he could be trying to induce a reaction from Alzeid. Also, in this episode Alzeid is trying to help Rahzel understand something, she’s never went one on one with someone truly dangerous like him or Baroqueheat, they’ve bailed her out many times without her knowledge when she’s let her guard down, and most certainly Solesta is as dangerous as them, and in a fight I think he’ll play for keeps, no holding back.

     Getting Rahzel to operate without her magic might just teach her something about herself and her limitations, and that can only serve to make her stronger. In the end, Baroqueheat asks Alzeid if the only reason he’s stays with Rahzel is because he considers her a traveling companion? In the words of one of my friends, there’s only a couple of reasons you’ll hang around all the time with a girl/woman your not related to, your either sleeping with her or your trying to sleep with her. Well, I’ll have to watch a few more episodes to see if he’s right. 

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     This episode begins with the crew walking through some snow covered hilly areas when they get caught in a avalanche and swept downhill, when Alzeid wakes up he see a girl (Ludovika) who looks just like him sitting next to him, and the girl comments about how they look alike, and Alzeid says that their both albinos. When Baroqueheat and Rahzel rejoin Alzeid Baroqueheat makes a comment about an illegitimate child, after awhile some villagers come looking for Ludovika and they pull guns on the strangers taking them back to their village. Back at the village the headman gives the group an apology for the treatment, saying that they thought they were going to hurt her, and it seems like Ludovika has taken a strong attraction to Alzeid. They explain to Alzeid that because of her condition she can’t go out in the daylight, and he’s asked how does he does it, he tells them that she’s seems like a normal girl, just give her some burn protection and sunglasses and let her go outside, no problem.

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     The headman is about to say more but is stopped by other villagers, they leave them alone telling Ludovika not to stay up too late, later Ludovika tells Alzeid that she was told that someone like her could never go out during the day. She asks Alzeid questions about the day sky and this causes Alzeid to have flashbacks from his youth, then Rahzel suggests that they sneak her outside for a look at the day sky. Later that night when the girl’s asleep, Baroqueheat says he has the feeling that they have been watched from the very beginning, and don’t the others feel it too, and isn’t it strange that this village doesn’t appear on his map? Later, when Ludovika’s asleep the crew leaves town at Alzeid’s request, he feels that it’s better this way, Alzeid says that he heard the villagers’ voices/thoughts and that they are plotting to kill them and use them for fertilizer, so it’s better to leave now. Alzeid senses that the forest is moving around them and Baroqueheat says that they have been walking around in circles, Rahzel makes fun of them, then Ludovika shows up and tells them that she’ll lead them out of the forest. The crew notices that they are being followed and Rahzel tells Ludovika to leave, but Alzeid asks Ludovika if she wants to stay and see the daylight, she says yes even though Alzeid explains the danger to her.

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     Then the group gets attacked by the trees/villagers and Baroqueheat makes some H-anime tentacle and video game references, Ludovika is being held captive by a cage made of tree branches until Alzeid frees her. They fight a battle against the tree’s and the old man explains that Ludovika was born albino because of climate change and lack of sunlight, so isn’t right that they protect her and want human fertilizer to keep her alive. As Alzeid is about to be struck down from behind Ludovika steps in the way, taking the attack herself. When Ludovika is struck down the attack stops, and Ludovika dies in Alzeid’s arms as they watch the sunrise together, when she dies she transforms in to pure white petals that float away in the breeze. Alzeid deduces that the villagers were the spirits of the trees and that Ludovika was born an albino tree so she couldn’t use the sun as food so the villagers use humans as food for her. Well, that’s all for this episode, below are some screen shots.

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Well, another episode of Hatenko Yuugi and the group stumbles into another adventure, but the main part of this episode is that we learn a little more about Alzeid’s past, and we also learn the reason for Rahzel traveling with Alzeid and what she gets out of it. In this episode Baroqueheat makes quite a few references to anime, games, and poetry, at one point Alzeid accuses Baroqueheat of being a Tsundere, now that’s pretty funny. Throughout the whole series Baroqueheat has been constantly teasing Rahzel about her lack of love/sexual experience and this episode is no different, below is a shot about a S&M reference,

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now a haiku reference,

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and a video game reference,

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and the hentai anime references,

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     While the teasing of Rahzel is quite funny the real guts of this episode is about Alzeid’s past, we learn that Alzeid was just like Ludovika, kept inside because of his albinism, and that the woman who convinces him to venture outside was none other than his father’s murder, he had to go outdoors or never have a chance to find her. We also learn that Alzeid’s learning to deal with his shortcomings has made him tougher in most situations. We also learn from Rahzel that her traveling with Alzeid has made her physically tougher, he pushes her to her limits and when she’s recovered he pushes her even more, this has made her better and tougher from traveling with him.

     Oh, and also, I think the whole point of the Ludovika and Alzeid storyline is that you can’t deny your nature, Ludovika even in human form was a tree and it’s a tree’s nature is to love the sun, and one mustn’t deny your nature even if it could damage you, the same goes for humans including Alzeid, it’s our nature to be outside and loved by the sun.

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      This episode picks up the next morning with the crew debating whether they believe the villagers’ story, Rahzel seems to think that if Jean were to revive anyone it would have been the wife not a unborn child. Alzeid tells Rahzel to stop getting personal with everyone they meet, and Baroqueheat defuses the situation by suggesting that they go get some breakfast. While their eating breakfast, one of the boys from yesterday is shown being chased through the sky burial site, also the crew spends time playing a card game that Rahzel’s father invented. After a murder victim is discovered in the town square Rahzel and her group head back to the hotel to rest.

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     That night a crowd gathers outside the hotel demanding that Jean comes outside, the group considers fleeing but Lalawel won’t because her father is locked inside a room. The girl goes outside and tells the crowd to stop and that her father isn’t a murder, but the crowd says if she’s protecting him she’s just as guilty. Jean comes outside and tells the crowd that Lalawel isn’t his dead wife’s unborn child, she’s just a child he found wandering around at the sky burial site, and that he killed his wife when she told him that her unborn baby wasn’t his, but her lover’s and that she was going to leave him. He then takes everyone to the secret room and tells everyone that this is where he killed everyone who hurt or threatened Lalawel, he felt that protecting her would be atonement for him killing his wife and her unborn child, then Jean pulls out a knife and slits his own throat, killing himself.

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     After Jean is given a sky burial Rahzel thinks that he wasn’t the real killer and that he was just covering up for someone. They head back to the inn, and when they find the door open they hear a gunshot and rush to the source, where they find Lalawel standing over the body of the father of the murdered boy, and she says don’t look so surprised. She says that she has killed many people, the first one at age four, and that because he father loved her so much he always covered it up, she goes on to say that she doesn’t want to kill, and she wants to stop killing, and she doesn’t know why she kills but she says that she just can’t stop killing. Then as Rahzel attempts to go to her, she fires the gun at her and then sets the room on fire, as the hotel starts to collapse Alzeid and Baroqueheat grab Rahzel and escape the inferno, Lalawel is killed inside the blazing hotel. Well, that’s all for this episode, below are some screen shots. 

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     Well, this episode finishes up last episode’s story arc, and in the end this arc was about Rahzel’s past and why she is the way she is. At the end of the last episode when the girl asked Rahzel if she was disgusted if she told her that she was a killer, Rahzel told her a story from her own past then asked Lalawel if she was afraid of her, and the girl said no, and Rahzel told her that her homework was to think about why.

      In this episode we find out that Rahzel killed her mother when she was young, her mother was going insane and her father left home, her mother’s anger and insanity was directed towards Rahzel until the point where she was so frightened that she killed her out of fear. This is one of the reason that Rahzel always tries to help people in their personal problems, it’s kind of like her personal salvation. So, at the end when Rahzel offered her hand to save the girl it was like she was offering her hand to herself in salvation, like she wishes someone would have done for her. Lalawel refuses the hand offered and perishes in the fire upsetting Rahzel because she couldn’t save her.

     But, in many anime salvation is a two way street, in the anime Haibane Renmei, Reki thinks that she can no longer be saved and that she’s beyond salvation until she reaches the point where she can reach out and grasp Rakka’s outstretched hand, she made the realization that she needed help to be saved and finally reached out to the hand warmly offered to her. Also, in anime like Kanon and Clannad salvation can only come from the care and love of others, and in wanting to be loved and cared for, so in the final analyse Rahzel is different from Lalawel because in her own sadness at the end of the episode she gladly takes Alzeid’s and Baroqueheat’s outstretched hands.

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     This episode picks up with the Rahzel and her group wandering in the woods, and after a brief discussion about being lost they continue on, after a while they spot a small girl who runs away from them, so they decide to follow. Rahzel gives chase to the girl but stops and screams after stumbling into a clearing that has a body hanging/staked to a tree in plain sight.

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     They follow the young girl into town where they discover that the girl’s father is the owner of the local hotel, so they rent some rooms and learn from the father that it’s the local custom to place the corpses in the outdoors like that (the locals call it sky burial), also Alzeid inquires if he’s seen anyone matching the description of his father’s killer. While the crew is out eating dinner in a local restaurant a group of villagers come up to them and they tell them to change their lodgings if they value their safety, they won’t tell them why, they only give them the warning.

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     Later the hotel owner tells them that his daughter is missing so the group goes searching for her and Rahzel kind of goes off on her own, but Alzeid follows her from behind. Rahzel finally finds the girl at the sky burial site and tells her to come home with her because it’s getting dark. The girl (Lalawel) tells Rahzel that the sky burial story is a lie and only people that died of unfortunate reasons or criminals are buried like that so the birds can take away the bad luck. After talking with the girl awhile, Rahzel convinces her to go back to the hotel together. But unknown to Rahzel a man from the town was getting ready to shoot her and Lalawel from behind, but Alzeid stops him without Rahzel’s knowledge.

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     Back in town Rahzel and the girl runs into Baroqueheat and are about to head back to the hotel when some local youths hit Lalawel with a stone and call her a monster, Rahzel and Baroqueheat give chase to the youths. They finally catch up to them when Rahzel stops Baroqueheat from teaching them a lesson, Rahzel wants to know why they keep calling Lalawel a monster, and Alzeid wants to know the same thing from the man that tried to ambush Rahzel and Lalawel earlier. They are told that years ago when Jean (hotel owner) was married and his wife was pregnant a thief robbed the hotel and killed Jean’s wife who hadn’t given birth yet, in accordance with the local tradition she was given a sky burial, and days later Jean came back with a little girl (Lalawel). The town’s people claim that Lalawel is the unborn baby his dead wife was carrying and that Jean is using black magic, and his hotel guests as human sacrifices to keep the girl alive. Later that evening the girl goes to talk with Rahzel and she and the girl spend the night together with Rahzel telling her a story from her youth. Well, that’s all for this episode.

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     With episode 5 of Hatenko Yuugi we get the start of a two episode story arc, with the group finding another adventure along the their travel path. The same basic formula is in affect here, Rahzel’s sense of adventure draws the group into another mystery, if it wasn’t for Alzeid’s and Baroqueheat’s watchfulness Rahzel probably have gotten in some real trouble by now.

     One commenter stated to me that they really didn’t think that this anime is really shojo, well I have to admit that visually Hatenko Yuugi doesn’t fit the typical shojo mold but this series is 100% shojo. Rahzel isn’t drawn or portrayed in the cute manner that many shojo female characters are, but in fact she a prime example of a shojo heroine. One must remember that in the end shojo is about heart and feeling, and Rahzel fits the mold perfectly. While she’s straight forward in telling people what she thinks, she all about heart and feeling, she not just satisfied with finding and destroying the monsters, she also cares about what caused the situation to occur.

     If this was a shonen story the crew would just find the monster and destroy it, job done, but Rahzel wants to no why and how this happened. Also in a shonen anime the adventures along the way are just a checklist of things to be done in order to get to the greater goal; fight villain and lose, train harder and win, fight next villain maybe win maybe lose, train harder and so on until you reach your final goal. But in a shojo adventure like Hatenko Yuugi each encounter gives the main characters a chance to learn something about their inner thoughts and motivations. A good example of this is Alzeid’s quest to find his father’s killer who we learn is a woman, he been asked at least twice, once by Rahzel and once by a child, whats he going to do when he finds her, kill her, being asked that question in such a straight forward manner has made him do a little deep thinking.

     Also in typical shonen anime like DBZ one chooses their traveling companions based on things like fighting ability, drive, and motivation, and those character’s almost aways fight their battles one on one, but in shojo anime like Hatenko Yuugi people choose their companions based on the fact that they gain something other than fighting ability from being with each other, and they almost always fight as a team, they are almost always stronger as a “family” than as a individual. 

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     Episode 4 begins with Rahzel becoming separated from her crew, lost in a rain storm, she sees a lone house and asks for shelter from the storm, the door is slammed in her face, but another woman quickly lets her in. The older woman is mad at her younger sister for letting Rahzel in after she already said no. As Rahzel is shown to a den with a fireplace she sees that her friends are already there, and she gets angry about them being there already. Later the older sister “asks”, no demands Rahzel help in locating a lost treasure located in a cave in exchange for her letting them stay at the house, later that night Rahzel wakes the woman for the treasure hunt. Later the two guys join them, and Rahzel takes a fun attitude towards the whole thing while exploring the cave for treasure. While on the adventure, Rahzel and the woman have a extreme dislike for one another, with Rahzel trying to goad the woman into being kinder and to have more self-worth. During the treasure hunt Rahzel’s actions causes the woman to regain her self-confidence and her self-worth, when they finally find the treasure, it turns out to be a fossil that reflects sunlight giving the woman the will to move forward into the future and to try and make a better life for herself. Well that’s all for this episode, below are some screenshots.

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     Well, after taking several days off from anime viewing due to excess work and personal commitments I should have picked a better episode to blog about. I found this episode of Hatenko Yuugi to be very boring,  at least in the previous episodes there was some fighting or some magical action, but all this episode contained was some pretty common anime tropes, “remember kids, Sailor Moon Says” have confidence in yourself, try your best and so forth and so on. The only thing I found interesting was Rahzel’s answer to a question, she was asked if her two friends were drowning and she only could save one, which one would she choose? She said neither of them, because the other would become angry over the choice, so she would join them, hoping they would try to save her and themselves along the way, talk about a different approach to a King Solomon’s type problem. Oh well, I’ll be hoping that the quality of the next several episodes picks up greatly. 

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