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UPDATES - 11.08.2010
Added English hardsub as released by NHK



ORIGINALLY POSTED ON 06.06.2010


OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS
Historical Drama "RYOMADEN"
Eps. 23
Jun 6 (Sun) 20:00-20:45
Jun 7 (Mon) 3:00-3:45
Jun 12 (Sat) 13:05-13:50


Making For The Ikedaya
The naval academy in Kobe is finally completed. Ryoma is actively engaged in naval training with other trainees, while Kameyata, Ryoma's childhood friend who was sent to Katsu's school from the Tosa Royalist Party, is worried about his repressed party members. Back in Tosa, Takechi is heavily interrogated by Goto. Kameyata sneaks out of the academy to meet a group of extreme antiforeigner supporters from Choshu at Ikedaya, an inn in Kyoto. Ryoma heads for Kyoto to bring Kameyata back.

More after Read More link.




PLOT SUMMARY
Taken from discussion amongst fans and reposted here for understanding of the plot. Spoilers alert.


Choujiro wedding.Kobe naval school is finally open. Oryo thoughts on Ryoma. Ryoma now tried to talk with Kameyata. That guy (Hiroaka Yuta) who seems quite arrogant. Yataro is being really nice now. They let Izo talk to Takechi just to see what they'd say.Ryoma going to Ikedaya.The plan to burn down Kyo. massacare..... The shinsengumi doing.

And they continue to hunt down the joui fraction next week. More torture too. Otose appears and Ryoma calls her Mum the first time he sees her. Ryoma singing to the kids. Ryoma on the boatride with fireflies.

SOME SNIPPETS
Question : did Kameyata seppuku himself? The answer posted as it was discussed. BY THE WAY MAJOR SPOILER AS THIS IS MEANT FOR EPISODE 24.
By Mashamasha

Kameyata committed seppuka, that's why when ryoma found him, he asked him why he need to do that. And you can see there's a piece of cloth covering the sword (anyway, if he is killed by Shinsengumi, there should not be that piece of cloth)

The story did not explain why he need to seppuku (or i have missed it?) but I just checked in wiki, it is said he managed to run away from Ikedaya, but he was badly injured. He went to Choushuuhan residence for help, they didn't let him in, that's why he seppuku outside their residence .


By Izumisano

I noticed both of Kameyata's hands tight on the short blade, which is why I asked if he had committed seppuku. But the english link above says he was slain. According to NHK preview for next week, Kameyata was slain by the Shinsengumi.

By Mashamasha

there's also discussion in 2 channel about the reason why he need to seppuku and some replied that there is bit more explanation in the NHK book, and basically it's said it's because he felt helpless and hopeless by the massacre in Ikedaya and being rejected by Choushuuhan residence when he asked for help

IMAGES
And this one taken from the NHK official site, love the smile!



The following from the Yahoo page. More pictures there.




Very intriguing photo. Who is this lady? [ADD] A bride?



And the following taken from HK Fans Discussion Forums. It looks tiring! Poor Masha, he still has that energy to go all "fierce" like that?





DOWNLOADS/TORRENT SOURCE
All are RAW files

1920X1080 [FULL HD]
Click here, then click the link next to NAME, in new page, download any of the link under TORRENT and then use your favourite torrent downloader to download. File size is approx 1.85GB.

1280X720
Click here, then click the link next to NAME, in new page, download any of the link under TORRENT and then use your favourite torrent downloader to download. File size is approx 1GB.


704X480
This is a batch of 13 episodes in one torrent, more than 5GB in size in total. I note that the uploader says the resolution is 720X480 although further down the same uploader noted the files are 704X480 which I take to be the accurate one. Click here to the main page. In there look for the column NAME and click the link next to it. In new page find the torrent links under TORRENT. Use favourite torrent downloader to download the specific episode you may require.

704X396 [LUNA'S VERSION]
Click here, then find the corresponding episode in the top part of the post (in English). It is not a torrent but Megaupload so if your country is banned, do switch on Hotspot Shield first.






TRANSLATIONS & SUBTITLES
English Translation
This is not a subtitle file but text based translation by Izumisano. Read the translation here at Masha Heart.


English Softsub
Thanks to Luna, based on Izumisano's English translation. Works with all versions with the same timning and includes the cultural clip part. Click here to download.


English Hardsub
As released by NHK, can be found here. This is a bundled torrent so download a necessary. The English subs are hardsubbed into the files. Resolution is 720X480, and I am not sure if there is any cultural clip at the end.

Japanese softsub
Ideally for 720X480 video resolution. Click here and find the corresponding episode.




RATINGS REPORT
Thanks to HK Fans  Discussion Forums

19.2%

You must wonder why the ratings is below 20%. Mashamasha of HK Discussion Fans Forums has an explanation ...

many said that this is the reason why its rating is not that high, though they agree it is a good drama (they all praise the production, the actors/actresses, just some comments on the script). People prefer watching lighter things at sunday night, especially it is their dinner time




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