Finally: After weeks of planning, scheming, back-stabbing, and brooding, Sakaki reveals his ULTIMATE PLAN to carry out his revenge on the Wolven people of Jouga: He is going to break their dam and flood the entire village.
Wait… That’s it?
So right before he kills Kasai, Sakaki shares that Mieko was a normal human who was turned into a Wolf by one of the original wolves of Jouga during her time there as a student. We still don’t know why she was killed in turn by Nemuru – either because she tried to pass it on or for some other reason like she’d gone crazy and rampaged around like Issei’s underclassman. So in order to have become a wolf herself, Mieko had to have been kissed by one of the Wolfies. And the fact that Sakaki isn’t a Wolf means that Mieko never passed it on to him during their relationship (though I don’t know at what point she’d become a Wolf herself). Maybe the real root of Sakaki’s rage is that some guy (or girl) from Jouga made out with his fiancée/lover. But seriously, your plan sucks, Sakaki. If you were always going to get rid of the Wolves and the carefree residents of Jougamachi who didn’t realize they were different, then why wait? Why not show up one day, break the dam, and be on your merry-revenge-fulfilled way?
Anyway, moving on: The Hassaku Festival begins and they roll the fruit down the stairs (could the Hassaku not have been put to better uses than having wishes wrapped around them and thrown down stairs? Couldn’t they have foregone the fruit for one year in light of the extreme weather conditions and shortage in harvest and used balls like Isuzu did when she was explaining the tradition to Hiroshi?). Now, the Underclassman: she clearly wasn’t in a crazy state when Sakaki went to get her from her holding cell, which makes me wonder if he did something to her before releasing her on her rampage. And in a bad state, wouldn’t she have wanted to attack Sakaki since he’s not a Wolf either (though probably not as delicious smelling as Hiroshi)? Regardless, she manages to pinpoint one non-Wolf and turns him into a Wolf, setting the entire crowd into a panic. Then Nemuru shows up and does her thing (I guess she was reinstated as Huntress). After, Sakaki makes his appearance and divulges the village’s secrets publically, stirring fear in the hearts of non-Wolf residents, the Wolven villagers start to get fed up with all the discrimination, name-calling, and ungratefulness – they’ve been holding back for the sake of the non-Wolf villagers, after all – and consider turning everyone into Wolves to settle the issue. Isuzu makes her return this episode, coming forth and standing with Nemuru to defend and protect Hiroshi and Kaname (and presumably all the other non-Wolves too).
In his comment for Episode Nine, FlareKnight had said: “I doubt [Kasai] has any plans to deal with Sakaki. It doesn’t seem like the guy has thought more than a single step ahead. Probably thinks he can just kill all temptations and it will resolve itself…somehow.” Oh FlareKnight how right you were. Kasai really is an idiot. I’m sure no one was surprised to see him die – actually I’m a little glad he did, just for being so naive. But even as he lay dying, he stayed true to his beliefs, asking the guy from the Vigilance Committee (Machida) to only warn the Wolves about the dam and to let all the non-Wolves drown. Of course Machida doesn’t do this and just runs down the stairs shouting that there’s trouble. And that’s when Nemuru (and her pack), Isuzu, Hiroshi, and Kaname run off to stop the great, evil, mastermind plan of breaking the dam.
Seriously, with all the knowledge he has about Jouga and its Wolf villagers, and all the resources he has at his fingertips with the pharmaceutical company, could Sakaki not think of a better revenge plan?
Two episodes left and we’ve already been let down with Sakaki’s declaration of submerging the town with water as his crafted plan of revenge. Kaori’s mystery is still up in the air, though, and this episode, she was revealed to be one of the five Shrine Maidens. What role they serve (other than rolling the wish-bound Hassaku down the stairs) has still yet to be seen.