ookami kakushi episode four

Hmm. I have to admit I’m still interested in seeing how this pans out – and while I’m not sitting on the edge of my seat, it certainly has me wondering about the mystery behind the story and the many hints we’ve been given so far. As you can see, Isuzu’s creepy brother isn’t out of the story yet – nor has he given up on Hiroshi. Talk about a weird brother-sister rivalry.

(Be warned: It’s a lengthy synopsis.)

Synopsis: The opening scene gives us a little more insight as to what might be triggering the Red-Eyed Sickness that seems to be affecting a number of people in the town: be it love, lust, or intimate contact, something along these lines causes people to go over the edge which results in them being hunted down and killed by those of the hunting pack.

At school, Kaname, Isuzu, and Hiroshi spend an afternoon in the library reading up on urban legends rooted in Jouga. Kaname shares two in particular: ‘The Red Parading Firefly’ which tells of fireflies that glow red during the night in the old town. Apparently bad luck will come to anyone who witnesses the fireflies, and the fireflies themselves have never been discovered (assuming “discovered” meaning collected for research). The second is an allegory of Hassaku being torn into eight pieces which is both symbolic (somehow; perhaps illustrating the division between the New and Old town, or maybe the internal struggle of its citizens), and represents grotesque murders.

On his way home, Hiroshi “runs into” Issei and fails to deter his advances. If it weren’t for Isuzu who came around looking for her brother, Hiroshi would have fallen prey to Issei’s desires. Interestingly, Isuzu doesn’t reprimand her brother’s actions but rather nervously explains that Issei isn’t well.

The next day, Hiroshi and Mana go for a walk and see a house with a small wolf statue and Hassaku placed at the gate – much like a shrine. As they continue on their way, they hear a violin playing and follow the sound to a house where many people are gathered outside, praying and listening to the music. After the music stops, the owner of the house emerges: her name is Mana Kaori, and she invites Hiroshi and Mana to stay for tea.

While one set of brother and sister are enjoying their time, Isuzu is looking for Issei who had received a phone call, and then left the house, alone. Isuzu’s mother informs her that he went to the Medical Centre to get more medicine; she also adds that Isuzu shouldn’t worry because they are “their” children. After Issei picks up his medication, he meets up with a girl who – presumably – was the one who called him. She begins to confess her feelings to him which triggers the Red-Eyed Sickness in Issei, who then asks her to get out of his car.

On the way home from Kaori’s, Hiroshi and Mana pass by Sakaki – the guy who’s in charge of the pharmaceuticals company. Sakaki in turn meets Kaori who is the spitting image of his former lover, Mieko, who had been brutally murdered (as shown in a flashback in episode two). After realizing that Mana had left her hat, Hiroshi returns to Kaori’s to retrieve it. On his second trip home, he witnesses the hunt and punishment of the girl shown in the opening scene. Throughout the chase, she adamantly defends her actions, stating that she had fallen in love and that she knew what she was getting into. After the scythe comes down, Hiroshi freaks out and runs off screaming for help. He runs into Sakaki a third time who goes back with him to the scene only to find nothing – not even the stain of blood. Despite the lack of evidence, Sakaki believes Hiroshi’s story.

Thoughts: There is a lot going on in this show. This episode gave us a little more to go on in terms of piecing together what might be going on in this town. Of course, it’s still speculation. For example, according to the legend of “The Red Parading Firefly”, we can assume the hunters are from the Old Town. Also, Sakaki is studying the geography of the town, and the fact that Jouga is surrounded by nature has been brought up a couple of times already. It wasn’t until this episode that I started paying close attention to those chants that start off the preview for the next episode. I’ve even gone back to the first episode and copied down the words (according to the subbers). To me, this is where the real legend lies, and you might even find more foreshadowing in its prose.

…Thought I’d have more to say? As much as I try to have more thoughts for this episode, the words elude me. It’s not that I don’t like the show – actually, I’m enjoying it. Maybe it’s because I always read RabbitPoets and psgels reviews before I sit down and write my own (they’re post times are impeccable), and after reading what they have to say, I feel like there’s really nothing left for me to say, haha. It’s a bad system of reviewing, I know.


12 Responses to “ookami kakushi episode four”

  1. 1 Poro
    4 February 2010 at 1:14 pm


  2. 4 February 2010 at 4:14 pm

    The allegory of Hassaku being torn into pieces wasn’t the greatest the show made imo. Isuzu’s reaction to her brother’s behavior indicates it probably isn’t the first time he pulls something like this. I’d think she would react very different if she didn’t know something is wrong with him. Does he need help.

    As for the series, most of us won’t be able to know if this is a decent or badly done adaptation since this is a psp game and probably won’t be English patch any time soon 😦 Sure Ookami Kakushi isn’t top tier but it’s entertaining nonetheless. I liked this episode more than the others and I’ll keep watching. Hopefully, things will get even better from this point.

  3. 3 blindability
    5 February 2010 at 1:49 am

    @keikakudoori: I totally agree: the Hassaku illustration was terrible! I also think Isuzu has a deeper understanding of the town’s mystery. There are a few times when the Jouga Wolves are mentioned that she looks a little uneasy.

  4. 5 February 2010 at 5:24 am

    I generally don’t watch next episode previews for shows since occasionally they spoil things for me, but I’m going to have to start paying attention to the chants now that you mentioned them. Just taking a quick listen to them I think that they are giving a little more background on the ‘wolves’ and their place in the town. They also keep counting up by the number of the episode being previewed, which is probably not super meaningful, but I could be wrong. The ‘three covered in a scent’ might refer to Hiro’s family since they’re outsiders, and there are continued references to the ‘five wolves’, though who exactly that refers to I’m less sure on. My best guess would be that the five wolves are Isuzu, her brother, the as yet unnamed classmate who appears in the OP (probably the leader), Kaname, and one other. The preview clues certainly make speculating more fun!

  5. 5 blindability
    5 February 2010 at 9:50 am

    @Ex.O: I thought the “Three” might be the Kuzumi family too, which makes me wonder if Mana is getting just as much attention as Hiroshi in her own school. As for the “Five”, I speculate Isuzu, Issei, Kushinada Nemuru – who is the classmate you’re thinking of – her grandfather, and one other? I don’t think Kaname is a Wolf because she’d moved to the town recently and is doing a lot of research about the Wolves. Plus, in the most recent chant/song, it said: “Five people don’t know the sorrow of the gods and venerated wolves…” and I think that Kaname is part of the five (along with the three in Hiroshi’s family, and Sakaki, the Pharma Guy).

  6. 5 February 2010 at 1:01 pm

    Err, yeah, my mistake about Kaname, I somehow mixed her name in there even though I’ve speculated that she’s not a wolf in other comments, lol. (I think she’s one of only a few humans in the town.) Interesting point about Mana, she might well be getting similar reactions. If their father does any work outside of their home he might be getting the same.

  7. 5 February 2010 at 5:43 pm

    You can definitely feel the concern that Isuzu has for her brother at that time. Not to mention when she found out he wasn’t home. Obviously she knows the dangers as much as anyone which is why she is so worried.

    Somehow I think Hiroshi is special in his family. We haven’t seen Mana alone, but we have seen her around Issei and some others. They haven’t seemed to treat her very strangely. The same can be said of Hiroshi’s father who isn’t getting that treatment when we see him with Issei and Isuzu. Maybe Hiroshi’s scent is stronger? Maybe he should take a shower….

    But yeah it is tough to put down some deeper thoughts after reading some great posts from others. That’s why I’ve avoided reading other people’s posts until doing my own :). Still like the summary and the interesting thoughts on the chant. I haven’t really focused as much on that.

  8. 8 blindability
    5 February 2010 at 11:16 pm

    @FlareKnight: I totally have a theory about Mana and the Kuzumi Dad if they’re NOT getting the same type of attention Hiroshi is: maybe Mana is too young, and the Dad is too old… Maybe there’s a “mating” age that triggers a reaction. Which is still odd because no one is going crazy over Kaname.

    This show only gets better when you can talk about it with other people, haha.

  9. 6 February 2010 at 2:38 am

    No doubt the show is better when you can talk about it and work out your theories.

    Maybe there is a perfect age for this reaction. Mana is pretty young and Hiroshi’s father is an adult so maybe they just don’t fit it yet. I think Kaname isn’t getting that reaction because they are used to her. She arrived at the right time when the medication and hassaku weren’t in short supply so they could control themselves easier. Eventually she became part of the town like that guy who triggered the girl’s eyes at the start of the episode. It was said in an earlier episode that Hiroshi arrived at a bad time so if he had arrived earlier/later the supply would have been fine and they could get used to him without incident.

  10. 10 blindability
    6 February 2010 at 8:43 am

    @FlareKnight: Good call on the “they came at a bad time”; I’d totally forgotten about that. It certainly is getting interesting though… And it just got even MORE interesting with the fifth episode out! I suppose I should get working on that…

  11. 6 February 2010 at 9:01 am

    Yeah with this series I seem to do my posts in bunches which probably isn’t a great method. But managed to get posts on 4 and 5 up fairly quickly.

    I’d say Hiroshi’s family has bad timing. Apparently bad not only for himself, but for those who have ended up getting killed. Episode 5 definitely made it much more interesting.

  12. 12 RP
    6 February 2010 at 9:31 am

    Hmm, very good observation about the chants at the end of the episodes! I’d always been so entranced by the melody, I never paid much attention to the story behind the words. I probably shouldn’t speak so soon, but I knew this show would be good =D

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