I will most likely do this episode a terrible disservice. There are a lot of interesting things that happened, and the plot inches closer to its conclusion. However, I will ignore all of that here in this post because what I truly, truly enjoyed are the romantic hijinks of Togame and Shichika.
Jealous Togame is awesome, and this episode is filled with Kyaa~ goodness.
Shichika had to fight Zanki Kiguchi using a practice sword, which resulted in a terrible loss. Kiguchi thought this victory unfair, so she volunteered to teach Shichika the Issho school of swordsmanship. Both are recently named heads of forgotten schools and got along very well, much to the consternation of our dear Togame. [You won't be able to view the slideshow from a feed reader, visit the post for the Togame goodness]
No, things didn’t really happen like that. Much in that slideshow are distortions of my imagination. But it is exactly what this episode was able to do that it hasn’t done for me in the previous eight: to get completely taken by the Togame x Shichika romance.
In the end, Shichika beat Kiguchi, as expected. The Maniwani are also less one more member, killed by Emonzaemon who has a vendetta against Houou and the rest. Maybe I’ll care more later on, but right now this ep has been all about Togame jealousy moé service.
You know, jealousy is pretty ugly, seriously. How can it be so cute in this case?