Yay!! More Basilisk! I was beginning to wonder if any more episodes would ever get subbed. But now I have two more to satisfy my ninja cravings :D.
We learn more about Tenzen’s plan - to annihilate the Iga and marry Oboro, all while making Gennosuke watch. He attempts to attack Hyouma, and Hyouma tries to convinces him not to, but as we all know Tenzen isn’t exactly the most rational or good man in the world. Seems the Kouga really do want to simply go to Sunpu and find out the truth, and hopefully put an end to the rivalry between the clans once and for all.
Oh oh oh and we learn the secret to Hyouma’s ninja art! So awesome! And Tenzen is dead, but who knows for how long. Everyone who doesn’t believe that Tenzen is dead - raise your hand!
I was very very sad to hear Gennosuke order his group to kill the next hawk they see, as well as the hawker, even if the hawker is Oboro. I don’t want to believe he’s actually ok with her being killed. No no no, don’t want to believe it at all.
Oboro’s bathscene… ugh.. It made me sick to my stomach as I watched her remember Tenzen’s violation of her, and ask Akigenu to scrub harder. But how hard will she have to scrub before she feels clean again? A physical cleaning will not be enough to cleanse the emotional dirt on her soul.
I end with a question… did Tenzen abandon Koshiro in the wilderness, or did they merely become separated because he can’t see and now Tenzen is dead and he doesn’t know it yet? Maybe episode 18 will shed some light on the situation, but that will have to wait until tomorrow.