Ah, well that took a surprise turn right at the end. I figured one of those guys used to be a founding member of Toman, but I never would have expected it to be Kazutora. But given Takemitchy’s luck, I guess I should have seen it coming. Operation get Baji back is definitely one tall order. Fighting Kiyomasa is certainly one thing, but for Valhalla members it seems killing people is just some everyday business. The odds are definitely not in Takemitchy’s favor if Mikey doesn’t kill him someone else will.
I’ll be honest, I don’t feel like there was that much development in this episode. We got a solid recap with the major plot points of last week’s episode and then just some information about delinquent history. Now the delinquent history part was pretty interesting in its delivery, but I don’t think I’ll remember it by the time the next episode comes around. If there really is a test on it, I’ll probably fail. All I know is that Kisaki added about 50 members, but Toman is still half the size of Valhalla. I think they’re going to need more than just Kisaki to help them win this fight. I mean, Hanma just seems thrilled to square up with just about anyone.
Otherwise, we’re introduced to Kazutora who seems to have a really upbeat attitude towards things even though he’s quite scary. I mean, he just casually mentioned that he snapped the legs of his two most trusted people the day before. But at least he’s relatively nice to those not involved in his business? Or at least I hope he is. But he’s more than just his happy-go-lucky personality considering he’s been sent to juvie and finished out his sentence. I can’t wait to hear the story behind that one. There’s just a whole lot going on with Kazutora. He was a founding member of Toman but has since found himself with Valhalla. I wonder why Mikey didn’t mention him when talking about the founding members? is this going to be a rescue mission of both Baji and Kazutora? Or is there a reason why we only want one to come back?
But wow! Valhalla really is brutal. They have Baji beating the life out of his vice-captain, the guy who has probably been with him through thick and thin. But at the end of the day, Baji is leaving Toman, supposedly a group that he should want to stay with forever given that he was a founder. Things are brutal in the world of delinquent politics. But speaking of delinquent politics, I’m honestly really impressed that Takemitchy managed to go a single episode without getting beaten up (well as long as you don’t count the re-cap), but it wasn’t looking so hot for him. I’m impressed that he was able to just casually walk into their base and think that he’d come out unscathed. He’s not in the clear yet. So, we’ll have to see what happens next week.
Speaking of which, I hope things pick up again next week. I’ve appreciated that they’ve been laying out the scene for us, but I think I’m missing a little bit of the action or maybe I’m just a little bummed because Draken isn’t getting as much screen time (but I’m glad that we got to see all the founding members as kids!). Anyways, the Kazutora development is rather interesting, so I’m looking forward to the story surrounding that!