THE EPISODE SUMMARY
Jan 31 (Sun) 20:00-20:45
Ryoma, shocked to the core at the sight of the big black American ship
So he ended up wanting to give up his Kendo ambitions, something I believe he must have discussed with Sana which reached the ears of her brother and eventually her father.
Ryoma confiding in Sana his worries
I think he even mentioned that in his letter home and his sister Otome must have chastised him and urged him not to give up. But as he was challenged by his master who realised his heart was not in Kendo anymore, he confessed to his master, exactly what I am not sure but Sana looked stricken and in the end he was expelled from the school. Thinking of his father and sister, he cried hard.
Ryoma challenged by his master, losses and cries at his expulsion
I believe he doesn't know how to explain the turn of events. Basically a good episode and somewhat understandable because some dialogue in English. Acting wise no one disappoints except for the foreigners. Sorry to say the Americans are depicted rather cliche-ish you know? And their acting is terrible. And to show Commander Perry sticking a knife on Japan on a map and saying "Hello Japan", that is first and foremost cliche, secondly nothing friendly in that so I assume Americans are doing what they're doing now to other countries, hostile forced opening of trade and thirdly, bad acting. Awful. I really like Ryoma with Sana, who today wore a kimoni as Ryoma later wore a new yukata, but kinda same blue-ish colour. And Masha's tan seems a bit deeper. As for Yataro, I am not sure what he is doing in here and Kao is like special guest star. Not sure her function but I hope she married Yataro. We know Ryoma later married someone else so I wonder, what happened to Sana later on?
"Next week: He tries to join in the group that goes into the Black Ship" (River)
Anyway I got some questions which I hope I could find some answers to, pending any soft subs...
1. What did Ryoma said to the Master? I know he got expelled.
(Mashamasha) He questioned what is the use of learning kendo
2. What did Sana's brother said to her which made him so emotional?
(Mashamasha) Her brother knows she falls in love with ryoma, and he said he is so happy that his sister finds love and he will fully support her as he also likes ryoma
3. What did Ryoma said to Sana by that well?
(Mashamasha) Similar to what he said to the master, he said even Japan opens war with US, sword is useless as US has much stronger and advanced weapon
4. What is Yataro doing anyway in this episode?
(Mashamasha) Same with Takechi (Takechi was summoned by the Tosa Damiyo - River), he also wrote an advisory letter to government staring what they should do to deal with the US request, but his letter is ignored, while Takechi's one is praised by their local head
5. What did Otome said to Ryoma in the letter?
(River) Otome said to him that she's practising kendo too. She also wanted to do everything to protect Japan. And Ryoma's pained look upon reading it, it's useless. No sword can win against it
A new alternative file which can be downloaded from here. Find the corresponding episode number. It is however at Megaupload where those from banned countries can try accessing using Hotspot Shield. This is called the Full Screen Version for the purposes of the fansub by Luna14.
From what I can observe, the online viewing version has Chinese subtitles hardcoded into it.
By Izumisano based on Chinese text, read the entire episode here at Masha Heart!
Based on Izumisano's translation. There are 2 versions. Luna14 the timer says Widescreen version is the one that starts with tofu commercial. So if your copy or any of the above does not have tofu commercial please avoid Widescreen version unless you wish to re-time it yourself. For all intents and purposes, Full Screen Version should serve you well, even if it is a nanosecond off from the original timing. If you have the 704X396 version, please use Full Screen Version. Subtitles are in .ass format.
- Full Screen Version [ideally for 704X396]
- Wide Screen Version [ideally for 720X480]
Wow. Another increases, 24.4%! I was wrong! Thus far this episode is the highest rated one. Some says it may be due to the rain in Tokyo and people stayed indoors! Whatever it may be, congrats!