Mushibugyou is a series that not a lot of people are talking about and that is a shame. It is a very solid series that is providing us with that Edo period action we all have been waiting for. I don’t count a lot of the things that have come out recently because they just have not been good. Well, here is the conclusion to the Hachijo Island arc.
Well, things were not looking good for the city patrol. Mugai is fighting three people, but two of them left to go after the Mushibugyou. The guy with the hammer is off somewhere with Kotori, the guy with the gun is fighting Tenma and Hibachi, and we don’t know where Koikawa is. Oh yeah, and the guy that can shoot from his spear caught up to the Mushibugyou. Luckily, that crazy fact that we saw in the last episode was indicative of Jinei getting a power up. He swiftly takes out the spear guy and leaves to fight the others. The only problem with that is the fact that Jinbei has pretty much gone berserk. He now has enhanced speed, strength, durability, and the ability to morph his ponytail into some crazy stuff. However, Jinbei attacks his comrades and leaves the Mushibugyou behind. During this big fight, Jinbei does take down most of the Insect Hunters and only the calming bell of the Mushibugyou can calm Jinbei. There is no way that Jinbei wouldn’t save the young lady. Apparently, his powers may have come from contact with the Mushibugyou’s hair. I guess it can make sense, but I would prefer it if that was just his hidden potential.
Even thought they were defeated, the Insect Hunters aren’t gone and the plot continues to thicken. Mugai is the little brother of the current Insect Hunter leader who defected after a solo attempt to kill the Mushibugyou. Something happened that not only changed Mugai’s mind regarding the Mushibugyou, but the Insect Hunters as well. Let’s not forget the fact that there were two dudes with insect powers that were talking about taking back their princess. I am guessing that the Mushibugyou got her powers from the king. The source of the insect attacks is either becoming more cloudy or more clear. All I know is that there is a pretty cool story going on that needs more attention.
Current Opinion of the Show:
This series is getting really good. We finally got an actual story arc and I am pretty happy about the way that they handled things. The city patrol is obviously not the strongest group out there and it would have been stupid for all of them to win their battles. Koikawa is allowed one because there is no way that he can’t avenge his mother and the guy seems like the strongest regular member as it is. Mugai is a monster, so you have to let him be monster against his former team. The crazy thing is that we got to know a little about Kotori’s strength without actually seeing him fight. That picture will show up at the end of this article. You can clearly see that the hammer guy has a large cut on his body, but there is also a crazy slice taken out of the rock behind him. Oh yeah, and Kotori left the fight looking like he didn’t even take part in one. I liked that Jinbei wasn’t ridiculously strong during his fight, but they weren’t going to leave him out of the conflict after getting stomped. The crazy power thing was kind of necessary. Why do I say necessary? Well, there are two reasons really. The first is a repeat of what I just said. You can’t leave the main character out of the fight and he couldn’t jump back in with his regular strength. The second is the fact that simply overcoming a wall and gaining new strength is stupid. The whole “when push comes to shove, I can get stronger for my friends” thing is overdone and stupid. Tapping into ridiculous powers that may or may not further the story was the way to go.
First we had insects, then we had Insect Hunters, and now we have insect people. I am guessing that these guys are no joke because they are royal escorts for a kingdom that would boast the Mushibugyou as its princess. The young lady has poison butterfly powers, so it makes sense if she is actually related to the king in question. If the city patrol thought that the Insect Hunters were tough, I can’t wait to see them fight people who may have strength that resembles that of the Mushibugyou. She could mess up the city patrol. Well, everyone is going to have to train for things and the preview showed us Jinbei doing just that. He is going to learn from his father again. The fighting may be great in this series, but I am honestly more excited to see how they handle Jinbei’s relationship with the Mushibugyou. They want to look up at the sky together. Having said that, Jinbei still thinks that she isn’t the Mushibugyou. Oh well, let’s not forget the fact that the city patrol was not around to stop that bug and that things may not be great when everyone returns. I guess you could say that I am simply excited to see more from this series in general.