Elfen Lied – Episode 10

Infant ~ Säugling (lit. Infant)

Kurama’s past is explained in this episode. He was a good friend of Professor Kazukawa, who invited Kurama to work with him and his father on the diclonius project after leaving university. He reluctantly agrees, however, as he is performing research, he is infected with the diclonius virus via transmission through their vectors, and as a result, his daughter Mariko is born a diclonius. He decides to kill her, however as his wife dies from complications after giving birth, begging him to spare her, Kurama chooses to let her live under Kazukawa’s condition that bombs must be planted inside her to kill her in case she turns aggressive. Meanwhile, as both Lucy and Nana are now part of Kohta’s household, the facility decides to send “the most powerful” diclonius, known only as “No. 35”. Continue reading “Elfen Lied – Episode 10”

Samurai Champloo – Episode 17

“Lullabies of the Lost (Verse 2)”
“Idling One’s Life Away, second verse / Suiseimushi futa yume” (酔生夢死 ふた夢)

Jin ends a life he hoped to spare. Continuation of the last episode. Continue reading “Samurai Champloo – Episode 17”

Wind: A Breath of Heart – Episode 13

Omoi Meguru
Affection All Around

This is a recap episode where Minamo remembers everything that happens up until the moment she finally confronts Makoto about her feelings for him.
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Elfen Lied – Episode 9

Reminiscence ~ Schöne Erinnerung (lit. Beautiful Memory)

Lucy’s past links with Kohta are uncovered – after her dog was killed, she began to show contempt for humans, until Kohta briefly befriended her. Kohta plays the series’ opening theme “Lilium” in a music box which he bought in Kamakura. They go to the zoo and later play in the water, where she thanks Kohta for the most fun she’d ever had in her life. Her hope in being re-acquainted with humans is briefly regained. However, when she discovers Kohta’s cousin (Yuka), who he claimed to be a boy, is actually a girl, she loses hope and begins her future murderous path. Continue reading “Elfen Lied – Episode 9”

Samurai Champloo – Episode 16

“Lullabies of the Lost (Verse 1)”
“Idling One’s Life Away, first verse / Suiseimushi hito yume” (酔生夢死 ひと夢)

Mugen, Jin and Fuu get into a quarrel and separate, and have unexpected encounters; new opponents appear, old grievances return, and Mugen and Fuu meet a mysterious archer. Continue reading “Samurai Champloo – Episode 16”

Wind: A Breath of Heart – Episode 12

Kaze to Tomo ni
Along with the Wind

Makoto and Hikari are saved somehow and now Hikari is remembering her meetings with Minamo’s mother and the others. All the pieces are starting to fall into place. Makoto tells Hikari what he said to Minamo when they were kids and Hikari realizes what she needs to do. She tells Makoto how things have changed since she met all of them and then performs the Doukatai on herself. She disappears and the next day things seem to continue as normal. Makoto sees a girl that resembles Hikari (possibly the real Hikari herself), who later vanishes.

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Elfen Lied – Episode 8

The Beginning ~ Beginn (lit. Beginning)

As a result of living her entire life inside the facility, Nana is found to be naive and sensitive about the events surrounding her. Mayu discovers the real Lucy behind Nyu as Nana tells her of their diclonius powers. As Lucy is recovering from being hit in the face by Nana, she goes through a flashback of her childhood, where she was raised in an orphanage all her life where her peers constantly bullied her. Feeling lonely and ignored, she begins to develop her hatred for humans. When her peers discover that she has made friends with a stray dog, (discovered when a girl pretended to be Lucy’s friend) they force her to watch as they beat it to death with a vase, and in her despair, Lucy activates her vectors and commits her first murders against her schoolmates. Continue reading “Elfen Lied – Episode 8”

Samurai Champloo – Episode 15

“Bogus Booty”
“Through and Through / Tettō Tetsubi” (徹頭徹尾)

The shogun’s prettiest ninja ends up giving Mugen an evening that he will never forget. Meanwhile, Fuu gets large from eating too much. Continue reading “Samurai Champloo – Episode 15”

Wind: A Breath of Heart – Episode 11

Inishie kara no Unmei
Destiny from the Ancient Times

Makoto finds Hikari at the temple and she decides to tell him everything when he says he wants to find a way for everyone to be happy. Apparently, in ancient times Hikari was just a normal priestess. When she saw the ritual sacrifice being done she could not handle it and so set the temple on fire. When she was about to kill the man she thought responsible (her own brother), he said he was free from the curse but that Hikari would have to take over. And so she has been killing to protect the town ever since. Makoto still believes everyone can be happy though and follows Hikari when she runs off. She asks him to save her and then jumps off the edge of a cliff, he follows her to catch her.

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Elfen Lied – Episode 7

Confrontation ~ Zufällige Begegnung (lit. Coincidental Meeting)

Nana is released with brand-new artificial limbs and enough money to last her for a while on her own. Kurama, his second-in-command Shirakawa, and his assistant are all reprimanded by Kakuzawa for letting her escape and letting Kohta enter the facility to find Lucy. Meanwhile Nana, not knowing of anything outside the facility, does not know what to do with the money and begins to burn some. Soon, she is found by Mayu at the cemetery where she was almost killed by Lucy and they become friends with each other. Nana is then brought back to Kohta’s home. Discovering that Lucy (actually Nyu) is in the home, Nana attacks her. Continue reading “Elfen Lied – Episode 7”