The Demon Beauty Of Edo/Edo no Oni Komachi
Ahhhh River of MashaPlus Info Forums got that screencap. Ok so no 6 pecs BUT definitely a washboard-ish stomach and for a 40 (soon to be 41) year old uncle, what a body.
But back to the story, I feel great episode as it shows Ryoma learning to enhance his sword skills. I must say I am still not familiar with the terms or the names so I am doing some guess work. It is good though to see Kuribayashi-san (you know, lab assistant in Galileo) with Yukawa sensei again, only this time the assistant becomes the teacher to the teacher who becomes the student! We see Ryoma having a childish moment as I suppose he misses his sister. However I just can't understand why so little time is given to the female love interests to develop. I feel Kao has very little personality and today we see a very pretty but tough girl, daughter of Ryoma's master and frankly her story is on warp speed. I find her fierce but very little else because she is given to little time to develop and boom! In love with Ryoma. I feel there should be some backlash in this area instead of pure Ryoma loving. By the way for a moment when Sana was on the floor I thought Ryoma kissed her! Nahhh! Just camera angle. He was actually more worried about her head and whether he hurt her when she was charging at him. Anyway miss Yataro and do pity him he got no break, even at his attempt to teach!
Anyway, to those who watched and didn't know what was happening at some crucial moment, here are my list of questions which I hope I will be getting some the answers (finally!!) too ...
1. What did Yataro said to Ryoma's good friend that had Yataro laughing cynically?
"He was saying Takechi is jealous of Ryoma, because he had to stay in Tosa to look after his grandmother. She brought him up in the absence of his parents" (thanks to Izumisano for the answer!)
2. What did Kao request from Yataro? What did she ask from him?
"she wants to be his student (yataro starts his "school" to earn money" (thanks Mashamasha!). No wonder he was so happy. I wonder will Kao end up marrying Yataro?
3. What did father said to his daughter Sana that had him looking worried and she looking angry?
"From what i can pick up is her father noticed Ryoma's improvement that Sana will not win over Ryoma. I think he also said something that Sana being a woman will not continue further in kendo." (thanks Gingerine). Knowing this aspect means I was mistaken. She was angry with Ryoma because of what her father said about her abilities! She was proving a point and not much love story going on yet. " Her father said Sana can no longer defeat ryoma. He said as a woman, she cannot devote herself 100% to kendo. From what he said, I guess he already know that her daughter's heart is being stolen by ryoma." (thanks Mashamasha). So her father was warning her? Give 100% to Kendo and deny her heart? "he is not scolding her, he is just letting sana know this fact which she herself does not realise it," (thanks Mashamasha!)
4. What did Ryoma said to Sana that had her charging at him in anger and later smiling in tears?
No answer yet but "Sorry Funn, no love confession from Ryoma. He was encouraging her. She was upset that she is just a woman. She worked so hard to become this good." (thanks to AngelReii. "Ryoma was telling Sana about Otome to encourage her" (thanks to Gingerine). However why was she upset in the first place? PENDING. By the way Otome is the sister of Ryoma. "Ryoma said she is the strongest woman he had met, even stronger than his sister. At last, Sana said she is not weak, but only ryoma is too strong" (thanks Mashamasha!).
From what I can observe, the online viewing version has Chinese subtitles hardcoded into it.
- View here at epdrama.org
Which will be the source of the soft subs. Great translation by Izumisano from the Chinese text. Go here to read it.
ENGLISH SOFT SUBS
As noted by the timer, Luna14 here, the widescreen version is timed according to her copy with has a tofu commercial in the beginning. I believe all of the above does not have that commercial so downloading the widescreen version means the timing of the subs would be off by a few minutes. The working version that I recommend then would be the full screen version. I am using the full screen version with a copy that is none of the above and the timing is perfect. The subs are based on Izumisano's translations and in .ass format. Mac users please use VLC to watch.
>> Widescreen version [typically but not necessarily 704X480]
>> Full screen version [typically but not necessarily 704X396]
ENGLISH HARD SUB
Thanks to NHK TV Japan version, we have the official hardcoded English subtitles. You may like this over the fansub. It is a torrent that comes in 720X480 resolution and is 468.5MB. Click here for the download page, from there look for a link next to NAME and when in that page, under TORRENT, choose any of the first 3 links from left to right.
FRENCH SOFT SUB
By Reder based on Izumisano's translations, can be downloaded from here. Find the corresponding episode number after the words "Version Francaise". It is however at Megaupload where those from banned countries can try accessing using Hotspot Shield. This soft sub is best used with the corresponding episodes uploaded by Luna14, found at the same place.
UPDATES - 25.01.2010
River of MashaPlus Info Forums, Queen of All Masha-Ryoma Stats wrote that this episode was very well received and the ratings is out; 23.4%! A definite increase from the last 3 episodes, and a steady increase at that BUT still 0.6% lower than my prediction. I was close though, wasn't I?