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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