Hero Tales | 03

by

Juushin Enbu
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Spoilers ahead.

Cast and Other Definitions
Kashindan – Mercenary group.
Seiryuutou – Militia protecting Taizan and Rentsuji Temple.
Touga – Name of the Kishindan’s impressive white ship.
Goroutai – Ryuuko addresses an very old woman with this title. Means honorable senior citizen, or something like that.
Houen – greedy government offical stationed at the small port.
Koyō – leader of the Kashindan.
Kourin – Houen’s attendant.
Keirou – aka Shogun of the Empire, Commander of the Genroutou.
Genroutou – Name of Keirou’s army. Identified by the Wolf and Moon symbol.

Summary Outline
– Hot-headed Taito is impatient to reach the capital because he fears Keiro won’t be there if they dwaddle.
– Surprisingly, Ryūkō is fastidiously clean person.
– Ryūkō uses the downtime at the river to teach Taito about Taika Happou which has eight fighting methods: fist, staff, chain, bow, spear sword, and the last two is Soukihou. (See Hero Tales | 02, Other Definitions)
– Taito doesn’t have a chance against Kiero, the best Soukihou user, unless he can control his ki.
– A countryside port lacks vitality and has an atmopshere of defeat because government officials exploit (such as heavy taxation) the port.
– The rumor among the Seiryuutou is the new Emperor is incompetent and government officials are running amuck as consequence.
– The siblings do some sightseeing but they’re denied admission onto Touga much to their disappointment and best efforts.
– They lodge at a broken down inn run by a scary old woman.
– Koyō inflates the ego of the port town’s government official to gain his favor and trust.
– Taito still has difficulty using Soukihou. Ryūkō secretly prefers Taito never manifest as Hagun.
– Another avatar around Taito’s age raids Genrotou’s weapons storehouse.
– The locals worship a huge rock, called Seiyuu, located on top of a cliff overlooking the port which they believe to be the port’s guardian deity but the officials from the capital prohibit them from continuing their tradition and force the locals to worship deities sanctioned by the capital.
Comment: Seiyuu??? That has to be a translation mistake.
– Heavy rains threaten to bring the big rock down on the port. Houen boards the Touga to escape danger while the rest of the townsfolk are refused access. Koyō tricks Houen with false information about a treasure buried under the government building. Houen rushes off to dig up the nonexistant treasure. The townsfolk are allowed aboard once the officals leave the boat.
– Taito and Ryūkō try their best to secure the big rock but it falls down the cliff into the town, squashing the officals in it’s path.
– Koyō is no Robin Hood. He leaves with Housen’s gold once the storm is over.
– Ryūkō’s relationship with Taito changes. He no longer treats Taito like a divine monster. Now he’s just a cheeky brat :P and “nakama” (cross between friend and comrade).

Thoughts

This episode touches on a prevailent issue discussed in academia circles. The beliefs and values modern society calls “heretical and pagan” is systematically replaced by more appropriate religions as deemed respectable and correct, akin to mass brainwashing a culture. In this case, the strong “Empire” imposes their system of beliefs on a small port town but the locals continue their old ways in secret. Which is similiar to the plight of Christians when they were mercilessly persecuted by Romans and forced to worship underground. Seems ironic. Now it’s Christianity that has the so called “pagan” faiths running underground to survive.

There’s some element of karma in this episode too. In Buddhist teaching, it says “for every event that occurs, there will follow another event whose existence was caused by the first” which can be translated to a system of cause and effect. In this case the, the greedy government official, Housen, exploits the poor townsfolk to near poverty, crushed their spirit, and stopped the locals from worshiping their god, a giant rock. By the end, Housen and his followers are crushed under the rock when it decends the cliff during a rainstorm. Many cultures have a variation of karma. Recall the expressions “reap what you sow” or what goes around, comes around.” Even science supports karma. “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” (Newton’s Third Law of Motion)

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