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.
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Chapter 17: The story of questions and answers
The chapter starts with Jukai, the doctor, who is putting prosthesis on the dead bodies. One old man tells him that what he is doing is such a waste, since those prosthetics could be better on actual human beings. Still Jukai doesn´t say anything and keeps his work. While he does all of that, the memories of that child he once took care off comes to his mind.
Suddenly a ghoul appears and it seems it will attack the doctor, but such thing does not happens and he goes towards the old man! For some reason the ghouls aren´t interested in him. Ina blink, the ghoul was being killed, Hyakkimaru has come…
In an instant, Jukai is able to recognize him and takes him to his house, an improvised one inside a cave. There Jukai is happy and amazed that Hyakkimaru is alive, but also that he has got parts back of his body. Now Hyakkimaru can hear, talk and even feel the touch of someone. Still he can´t see. In any case, Jukai starts cooking something for him, but Hyakkimaru just wants a new leg, although Jukai is somewhat reluctant to it. So he uses pretext as food or cleaning his clothes in order to avoid such topic.
While chatting, Hyakkimaru reveals that his Father is Daigo Kagemitsu, he feed his body to the demons, so now he wants it back! Suddenly the entrance of the cave gets blocked. But that doesn´t matter to Jukai who is more concerned about how Hyakkimaru has changed, how the path he is walking on will turn him into a monster…
Meanwhile at the domains of the Daimyo. The wife of the master of this land has awakened, The news reach Tahomaru and his retainers, but the son of the Daimyo says that he is busy, he has to deal with a ghoul, so he will visit his mother when he comes back. His retainers are concerned since Tahomaru wasn´t like that, he certainly had time to do quick visit to his Mom and the be on his way.
Back with Hyakkimaru, he is trying to open the entrance again. Jukai says that he should not be so hesitant, there are lots of food and the air vents are intact, so they will be fine. Still Hyakkimaru is in a hurry. Jukai apologizes for asking him why he wants his body back? Such a fool question, it´s his body, so obviously he has every right to get it back! Still, he is afraid that when he gets it back, he won´t be human anymore… He might look like one, but inside he won´t be one anymore… He suspects that he only saved Hyakkimaru in order to make him suffer, so he must hate him now… Hyakkimaru says that is not the case, he trust and cares for him.
Meanwhile Tahomaru has reached the place, the ghoul is a rat man (that looks a lot to Splinter of the Ninja Turtles) The fight begins and they are able to damage him, the rat man escapes and they go to their hunting!
Meanwhile the Mother of both Hyakkimaru and Tahomaru, her husband tells her that he is glad she is alive, and she needs to rest. Still, she is depressed. She confess that the beheaded Goddess statue lost her head the day she gave birth to Hyakkimaru, it was a sacrifice in order to keep him alive. A demon could not eaten him, and with that she condemned both her son and this land…A life of violence for one, and the doom of the domains of her husband. She is sorry for that. Daigo says that is nonsense, and she should just focus on recover herself.
Meanwhile Tahomaru and his retainers has found the rat man, he has been feeding his children with humans. The sensible option would be to kill him and leave the children, but Tahomaru has other choice… To burn the place down. Tahomaru explains to his retainers that he must use his head if he wants to secure the safety of the habitants of this domain.
Back with Hyakkimaru, he has finally made an opening, he reveals to Jukai that he is not alone, he has someone… Now that the entrance has been done and the tree with the ghouls killed, and after the negative and the destruction of the leg. Hyakkimaru is ready to go. Jukai is glad that Hyakkimaru is not alone. And that someone might be the one who saves his humanity. The Ronin responds saying that he also has him…
Jukai says that he should know how he is called, but…Who knows, maybe its not necessary. Hyakkimaru responds by saying that he knows how to call him… Mama. Jukai starts crying and says that he is wrong on the word, but that’s about it. Hyakkimaru leaves and Jukai is happy that at the very least he has done something good. A dying Ghoul bites Jukai´s ankle, it has recognized him now as a living being, not just a walking corpse.
End of the Chapter
While this chapter didn´t went the direction I supposed it would go, it was still quite a good chapter that revealed and developed the characters of Hyakkimaru, the doctor and Tahomaru, and how they are evolving.
From the touching scenes with Hyakkimaru and his “mama”, the regrets he has and how in the end it seems he feels he has a right to keep on living; the hopes that maybe Dororo can make that Hyakkimaru keeps being human. At the same time we are seeing Tahomaru and how he has changed, he is colder than how he was before, he is putting everything aside in order to achieve the safety of all the inhabitants of his Father´s land, in a way, he is just like Daigo, and that’s something that I don´t like, but still I am eager to see what clash we will get with him and Hyakkimaru.
Finally, yeah… We didn´t got a Sharknadororo chapter, like I wanted, but such thing might come next week!
Anyway my two cents. See ya Next time!