Kenshin and his team begin their attempt to rescue Megumi. Being a small group against a large gang, they decide to use stealth to infiltrate the compound and keep the element of surprise.
Nah, they just slice through the door and charge in while yelling. Luckily for them, the mooks are no match for them and they do end up clearing out the building’s defenses with little problem. I did get a kick out of Sanosuke using Yoshi to use the famous “fastball special” technique. Yoshi wasn’t too fond of it, but it still worked.
The group doesn’t face any real resistance until Han’nya (the guy with the demon mask) confronts them. I would have loved to see a 4 on 1 fight, but for some reason, they decide to leave it up to Kenshin.
I would have much preferred it if Han’nya really was able to extend his arms. It certainly wouldn’t be the first metahuman adversary that has challenged the heroes, but alas, it turns out to be an optical illusion caused by the stripes on his sleeves.
I’m not going to lie, that was kind of lame. First off, Kenshin should still have been able to dodge the attacks and that isn’t really a spell.
Luckily, he makes up for it by whipping out some Wolverine style claws. They even go snikt! Unlike Logan’s, Han’nya’s claws are quite breakable and he does eventually lose.
Aoshi doesn’t prove to be such a pushover as he knocks Sanosuke out in one punch (keep in mind that Sanosuke’s primary asset is to keep getting up after getting hit) and even puts Kenshin into a corner. It does make for an effective cliffhanger as the heroes are sorely outmatched.
By and large, the episode is subpar. The voice acting and dialogue are still stilted and unnatural and the action was decent, but nothing to write home about. The power struggle between Aoshi and Takeda would have been more gripping if I was invested or interested in these characters, but we haven’t seen them enough to feel anything.
While Sanosuke does jump into the fight against Aoshi, I did find it puzzling that the others are largely relegated to fighting the mooks. When Kenshin is losing to Han’nya, Yoshi whines and criticizes him when he makes no attempt himself, not even to help. I get that Kenshin is the star, but you could at least put the team to good use in situations like this.
We’ve hit the double digits in episode count. I’ve still got over 70 to go, though. Things don’t seem to be picking up much either, which is rather disappointing.