Angolmois - Genkou Kassenki Episode 8: Heavy betrayals

I admit I'm still a little confused after this episode, but there was a lot that I liked about it. I thought the whole traitor business was handled in an interesting way, especially with how the stories were told. I just don't know if I fully buy Shiraishi as the traitor.

Well, I think this counts as being partially correct about the Emperor's orders being a lie. Jinzaburou's deductions are pretty cool here.

The small sparring match felt like a bit of a waste of time, but it was pretty entertaining to watch. I guess it shows more of Jinzaburou's character, but it doesn't feel too new.

As crappy as Saburou was as a person, I thought he was an interesting character. I like the way the flashbacks show his dishonesty while he's telling his lies. It could have just as easily been Shiraishi calling him out for his lies, and this way was much more realistic and subtle.

I'm having the hardest time buying that Shiraishi would betray everyone. I guess it's not insane for him to lose hope in the cause, but he seemed like a pretty stable guy so far. Maybe Saburou's rant was meant to change his opinion, but I still don't get a sense for why it's supposed to be convincing. Still, I'm curious to see how this plays out later. He seems to have gotten away with it.

Also, I totally thought the series was going somewhere different when Shiraishi killed the diver lady. I thought he was going to reveal that she was also secretly a traitor like Saburou. That would have been cool.

Reinforcements are a lie.

This scene's a little weird because it suggests that Saburou wouldn't have been trusted if he had come forward as the traitor, so the story almost demanded that Shiraishi be the one here. Sure, the Mongols would have recognized Saburou as the one who received the silver badge, but I still think it's inconsistent with the line about a "true traitor".

Aww, I really wanted him to call Shiraishi out. This gets totally swept under the rug.

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