ookami kakushi episode five

I can say now, that this show is good. It’s taken five episodes to properly work up to this point, but I’m certain now that it’s one of the better stories this season. But before you stone me to death with comments about how much you don’t personally like Ookami Kakushi (or Ookamikakushi), I’m not saying it’s better than Durarara or Sora no Woto – which are two fantastic shows – but it’s not a complete flop either. And that’s something to be happy about.

Humanity Cat (and anyone else who’s still on the fence): NOW would be the time to get on the wagon if you’re still thinking about it.

Look familiar? Top image from episode 3; bottom episode 5

Synopsis: Issei’s changing behaviour and actions have not gone unnoticed, and the episode starts with a visit from the Vigilance Committee. They suggest to Issei and Isuzu’s parents that, if living in the New Town is a problem, then perhaps they should move back to the Old Town. Apparently neither of the Tsumuhana parents had any idea Issei’s condition was that bad, but they are determined to weather through it as a family. They decide to keep Issei in house arrest and tell Isuzu to be careful as well. We also learn that Isuzu needs the pills as well, and since she’s still in her right mind (despite being in such close contact with Hiroshi), I wonder if Issei has been putting her health before his own in the crisis of a medication shortage, ensuring that Isuzu has enough to fend off the symptoms of the sickness. It would be a redeeming factor, but there’s no evidence to support that speculation.

Isuzu misses school which leaves both Hiroshi and Kaname wondering what happened. Surprisingly, Hiroshi has a slight confrontation with Nemuru as she continues to regard his existence as annoying but insignificant. It’s surprising not because of the issue or the words exchanged, but because Hiroshi was so forward. He also picks Kaname’s brain about any urban legends that involve a girl with a scythe to no avail; even his own father hasn’t heard anything about a scythe wielding girl.

At the Tsumuhana house, Isuzu discovers that Issei has run away and desperately searchs for him. Meanwhile, after dinner at the Kuzumi house, Hiroshi steps out to dispose of the trash. Issei approaches Hiroshi, who realizes that something’s wrong with Issei and runs. Interestingly, I wouldn’t liken Issei’s movements to that of a wolf; I mean, when was the last time you saw a wolf scale down the side of a building head first? Eventually Hiroshi gets caught but is saved when Issei’s kohai – Ichigaki Masami – shows up.

It seems, with Hiroshi on the run again, Issei settles for the girl and kisses her. Enter the Vigilance Committee again, but before they can apprehend Issei (or were they just there for the girl?), he runs. They ask the girl to cooperate and go with them but she wants to be with Issei. She’s told that Issei will be receiving punishment according to the law, and that she herself is no longer the same. Punishment in the form of death by scythe is dealt to Issei but not before he raves about how great he feels and how he didn’t know why he held back before or why he would ever go back. After the scythe falls, we see for the first time that the Leader is crying, which leads us to believe that it’s a very sad task for her to carry out.

We see a little bit more of Nemuru’s Uncle again, this time he’s chatting with another man who I’m assuming is Nemuru’s Father. Nemuru brings them the report that Tsumuhana Issei has become a god, and that the treatment of Ichigaki Masami will be left to her Uncle. This is also the second time her Uncle has said to Nemuru: “It must be hard,” to which she replies, “No.”

After an unsuccessful search for Issei, Isuzu returns home to find a small wolf statue and Hassaku placed outside her door. The meaning behind the statue and the Hassaku just might be to show that someone in that household has been killed – or “cleansed”. Maybe the little statue is a shrine and the fruit an offering. Whatever it symbolizes, Isuzu understands immediately that Issei’s dead. She returns to school the next day and puts on a happy face to fool her classmates. After class, however, Hiroshi confronts her, and at first she hesitates due to Nemuru’s presence and lies, telling him that Issei had moved away (can they really not think of a better excuse!?) but almost immediately after confides that he’s been murdered.

Thoughts: Despite not knowing what role exactly Nemuru and her family play in the town, it’s pretty clear that they carry some authority; her Uncle is the doctor at the hospital, and she seems to run the students of her class (and perhaps the whole school) with an iron fist. From what the previews reveal about next week’s episode, we should be learning more about Nemuru, her motives, and intentions.

I don’t think anyone was surprised to see Issei exit the show (and who knows if he’s really exited; Kaori looks exactly like Mieko, so maybe we’ll see some other villager who looks like Issei but isn’t Issei) but I was surprised to learn that the disease is spread through… kissing. Beware who you kiss, people; you could become a wolf deity. It does tie back to the girl who was killed in Episode Four though.

Since the chants appear to be a medium of foreshadowing, I’ll throw them up in a separate post and update it weekly. This way, if you don’t want to go back to each episode to find the words of each song (or haven’t written them down like a dork such as me), then you can easily access them here. Unfortunately I don’t speak Japanese, so I’m depending entirely on the English translations of the fansubbers.

Sorry again for such a long post!

8 Responses to “ookami kakushi episode five”

  1. 6 February 2010 at 4:30 pm

    Your thoughts on this show are on par with mine.

  2. 6 February 2010 at 4:43 pm

    Well it was nice knowing Issei. He certainly made things interesting while he was still around. The end was pretty tragic when you saw how he ended up. The whole crawling down the wall was pretty creepy, but the laughing at the end was just sad.

    I do wonder about that situation with the girl. Obviously a disease of some kind was passed along since all the medical talk has made that part clear. Maybe they are changed into like the people living there if kissed. They did say she was different now which would work in there. But the fact she needs to be treated either means it’s dangerous or it could possibly be reversed. Either way this hints that a disease came into the people living there and they began to keep together those of that condition since it passed through the generations. Everything just seems to fit this way; why they have strict rules about interaction with outsiders, the existence of the new and old towns, and how it seems the people like Issei are from the old town originally.

    Anyways this could just turn into a repeat of my blog. Next week should be good since we might get more answers about Nemuru and her family.

  3. 3 blindability
    8 February 2010 at 3:41 am

    @Aleks: Yay!

    @FlareKnight: I never thought about the possibility that the illness could be reversed… That would be good but I guess it would only be able to help those who were infected through someone who was perhaps born with it. But it wouldn’t help the people who inherited the disease (is that what we’re calling it now?) which is why they’re always on the Hassaku pill; pity.

  4. 8 February 2010 at 5:53 am

    Yeah I think we’re stuck calling it a disease until the series says different. I’d think it might be possible to reverse if it’s acquired through the kiss rather than inherited. Not much knowledge of medicine, but possible there are differences. If they get to the infected quickly they might be able to do something. Since they have medication you’d think they’ve been studying this for a long time. Might have come up with some solutions. Or maybe she’s become just like the community and needs to be informed of her situation and given her share of hassaku pills. Guess we’ll find out at some point.

    The condition of those infected might depend on why the ones who naturally have it are killed. Is it because there is some reaction from the kiss that makes them unable to be a normal part of society again? Or is it because they’ve condemned a normal person to a terrible fate and must be punished? Issei seems to hint to the first. Though the girl from last episode seemed more angry she was going to be killed for a kiss than going insane.

  5. 5 blindability
    8 February 2010 at 12:12 pm

    @FlareKnight: Issei did talk about the “feeling” he was holding back all and for a while now I’ve had suspicions that it has something to do with “mating” or “reproduction” and how they’re essentially not allowed to fall in “love”. (That’s a lot of speculation quotes.) Because, if you remember from the first episode, Isuzu talks about loving Hiroshi too. Maybe once normal people are kissed, they don’t turn into real wolves – like wolves that become gods, but rather half-wolves?

    I don’t know. Lots of speculation and guessing at this point right now. It’s really fun to bounce ideas off of you though!

  6. 6 RP
    8 February 2010 at 12:38 pm

    I think half the fun of a Ryukishi07 joint is trying to figure out the mystery and coming up speculation that is somehow going to be obliterated and proven false.

    Also, I’m not quite sure where the wolves fit into this mystery. To me, they seem more part of the mythology than anything with the mystery itself, sort of a red herring like a certain god in Higurahsi.

  7. 9 February 2010 at 1:43 am

    Yeah true those words are pretty key. I do wonder about the love part of it. Obviously they have families and parents. Can they not fall in love with those in their own condition or does love have a different meaning for them. Maybe there is a more primal emotion at play and they are trying to turn it into love to make it more pure for them? Feel it’s connected to some kind of satisfaction they can’t get from a relationship with someone of their own group. To be fair with Isuzu she’s pretty much declared her love in every episode :). I think her emotion is much closer to a definition of love rather than the love that some others have mentioned that seems to be more instinctual.

    Definitely is nice to bounce off ideas since it helps gives me some thoughts I hadn’t considered. Interesting how the responses are going across both blogs.

  8. 9 February 2010 at 10:27 am

    All this stuff about punishing people for spreading the wolf virus/curse/whatever is reminding me a lot of some of the rules for vampires in the Vampire: The Requiem roleplaying game. In most cases whatever system of governance rules the vampires in a city will punish (kill) a vampire who creates another without permission, and Nemuru going around with the Vigilance Committee killing off people who seem to be making new wolves seems like a similar concept.

    Isuzu’s role in this is really getting interesting. When she yelled out about Issei being murdered, in Nemuru’s presence no less, was a huge oh snap moment. Since the start I’ve kind of seen her as somewhat discontent with the status quo of the wolves’ society and sympathetic to normal humans, hence her attachment to/protection of Hiro. Now that the personification of the status quo has killed her brother I have to wonder if she’s going to become some sort of rebel or anti-authority figure. I wonder if there are any other wolves sympathetic to her cause?

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