Greetings! I´m ShadowHaken, and welcome to another article where I’ll be talking about the latest anime/manga that I´m reading or watching.
Disclaimer: English is not my native language, so I apologize in advance for anything that is badly written or completely incomprehensible.
You can check the last chapter here.
Chapter 5: The Story of the Jurogumo Silk Spider
The chapter starts with Hyakkimaru and Dororo, they are still walking, Hyakkimaru holds Mio´s memento close to his chest, Dororo can detect that the Ronin is very silent and sad, so the little one tries to make him laugh and fails.
Suddenly the group can hear the sounds of mating, two persons are having sex, Dororo starts throwing rocks at them and yells that they should get a room!
Hyakkimaru detects that the persons aren´t in the ground but in a tree, and to make things worse… One of them is a monster!
Hyakkimaru goes to attack the creature, a woman spider! Her partner is in a state of hypnosis. The spider woman is very damaged, but it’s able to run away! So Hyakkimaru and Dororo are left with no monster killed.
The next morning our heroes gets into a village that needs some kind of special passes in order to keep advancing, this is because the lord orders that needs to know about the population and because there is some kidnaper. Dororo is sur that the spider is the one behind that! So they will get her and even make some money for their great efforts!
In another part, a man,Yajiro, has found in the road a weakened woman, he is concerned for the well being of the girl with a sharp tongue. So he decides to help her and takes her to his house, there he feeds her, she finds the human food quite delicious, she ask him if he is not going to eat? Which the guy says that he already had food, so he will go to work, she should go back to rest now.
Yajiro keeps working and it seems there is a lack of workers, but the lord still wants the edification, so even if its dangerous they will continue. The night comes and the man has come back home, he finds the girl, which he baptized as “Ohagi”, is awake, and weak, she says that she slept but woke up. The guy then is about to serve her food, until he finds a cockroach in the plate, he takes the bug outside and says that all living beings, big or small, has a right to live. After that he serves her food again.
In the night, Ohagi was about to feed from his energy, she is the monster Hyakkimaru faced, but decided otherwise after hearing the growl on his stomach, he is doing everything for her, and would be unjust if she takes advantage of him, so she goes back to sleep.
The next morning, Hyakkimaru and Dororo adventure on the night was fruitless, even more, there is another kidnap. With hunger and nothing to eat, both partners will chew some wild grass and sleep until night fall comes.
Yajiro gets back home late at night, he sees that Ohagi is weaker and weaker, she needs a doctor, so he decides that he will take her to a doctor in another village! Ohagi ask why they aren´t going on the exit? The man says that the exit is closed so they will use another route that will take her out.
While on the way put, Dororo and Hyakkimaru take a look at them, the little one is able to recognize the voice of the monster and warns the man as the spider woman they faced! Hyakkimaru was just standing there, the color of the spider woman was orange, not the ugly red; still the man decides protect her and takes her away running towards a cave, such cave will get her outside this village, Ohagi questions him on why he didn´t panicked? The man says that is because he believes that her life must be protected too! Ohagi reveals too that she has never killed a human, its better to just drain enough energy, let them live and recover, that way her food will never be gone. The man is pleased to hear that.
Suddenly the guards comes and attack the man who reveals he is the kidnaper, he is getting the people away in order to not fall into the slave work they are doing! The arrows of the guards hit him and Ohagi attacks them and drains their energy, her aura, which was orange and therefore not menacing, changes color and Hyakkimaru gets in full attack form!
Still in the end, the man stops their violence, Ohagi says that she will take him to a doctor no matter what! The man says that he is happy and will be with her as her perpetual prey. With the soldiers out the pair goes away, Hyakkimaru didn´t do much since her aura changed.
On their way out, and due to some incident with Dororo and a spider gets to Hyakkimaru do little laugh, Dororo says that he wanted him to laugh, but not from that!
End of the Chapter
A very feel-good chapter! Something that I truly appreciate after how dark where the Mio chapters, so having these kind of things is something that one must appreciate.
Now the chapter pretty much shifted focus, something that it was truly necessary in order to get to connect with the 2 characters introduced and see him have some chemistry, and even making me feel that they should be happy and I actually hope they get to be.
Now with Hyakkimaru and Dororo, they felt like a sideshow, but its understandable since as I said in the paragraph above, we needed to connect to the new characters, specially because I very much doubt we will see them again outside of a cameo, so yeah, I think it was a good choice.
Finally, all in all, like the past weeks, this anime is one of the best this season has to offer!
Anyway my two cents. See ya Next time!