The Twelve Kingdoms

Season 1 Episode 8

Chapter Eight

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Chapter Eight
Sugimoto is shown talking to King Kou.. Turns out he wants to her service once again. He gives her a sword and tells Kourin to place her hinman on her again. This changes Sugimoto's appearance making her look different. As she is ready to set out she realizes Kourin has fallen ill.. She runs out of the room. Sugimoto arrives at the dock where Youko is and she goes on the same ship as Youko will be traveling on. As the ship takes off she realizes Youko isn't on it. Youko purposely stayed behind because she didn't wanna involve the nice family who helped her anylonger. She goes on a smaller boat that will catch up with ship later. While on the ship Sugimoto meets a hanjyuu who is traveling to En so he can live freely. Youko catches up with the ship and boards it. She ends up standing in the same area with Sugimoto but she doesn't reconigze her due to her hinman. Just then a group of men are harassing the hanjyuu, commanding him to turn back into his human form. Just as they are about to hit him Sugimoto and Youko step in. Still not knowing its Sugimoto they tell the men to leave him alone and that he's with them. Later down below he thanks the both of them. Youko tells them how she used to be a coward. The disguised Sugimoto leaves whispering its too late to realize that now. A group of flying youma attack the boat and end up killing the hanjyuu boy. Just as Youko is about to challenge them Sugimoto reveals herself to Youko. They engage blades once again and Sugimoto asks Youko what happened to Asano and that Youko probably left him for dead. As their fighting the youma interfere and attack everyone. A giant youma comes out of the sea and kills all the other youma.. Including the hinman inside Sugimoto. Sugimoto can no longer understand the lanquage or fight due to her hinman being destroyed. Also her appearance has changed back to normal. She sees that the hanjyuu boy is now dead. Sugimoto faints. When she awakes Youko is gone and the boat has arrived in En.moreless

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  • Now I like wolves too.

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    Youko finally arrives in En, and departs with the traveling group she's been journeying with. She doesn't go along with them on the boat because she doesn't want to involve the kind people she's been with in case she does get caught. Meanwhile, King Kou summons Sugimoto once again to go and assassinate Youko. Kourin inserts a hinman within her, while changing her appearance to make her unrecognizable by Youko. Youko later on catches with the ship, and Sugimoto finally notices her. Sugimoto meets a half beast man like Rakushun, who's a half wolf. Like Rakushun, desires to travel to En for the freedom it promises for all races alike. Then, a group of youma attack the boat, and Sugimoto battles Youko. But another beast, one that feats on youma, appears and destroys all youma. After everything is calm, a group of people surround a casualty. It's the half beast from before.



    We've only met the half beast, or hanjyuu, for only like twenty minutes, but because of the already established issue of discrimination we've got from Rakushun, it's like we already know who the hanjyuu in this episode is. It's great to see Sugimoto suffer because she thinks she's so high and mighty. It would have been great if she just remained living in that isolated real estate. But like the episodes before this one, the pacing is once again perfect. I'm still amazed at how much just a single episode can compact so much content. I guess I'm used to shounens that span many arcs to get a point across.moreless
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Kirk Thornton

Guard

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Catherine Battistone

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Philip Willburn

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Barbara Goodson

Barbara Goodson

Bishin

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Wendee Lee

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