Ryomaden Episode 32 (2010.08.08)
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(Review of Episode 31)
Nakaoka has arrived in the Chōshū camp alone.
R: Where’s Saigō….What happened to Saigō?!
NS: He suddenly said “We can’t go to Shimonoseki”, and then changed course for Kyō!
Y: (narration) Ryōma’s secret plan to forge a Satsuma-Chōshū alliance fell apart when Saigō changed his mind.
<Keiō First Year (1865) June / Kyō>
(Ryōma and Nakaoka walk through the streets in the pouring rain. A man pushes his way past in a panic. Hijikata Toshizō and Okita Sōji of the Shinsengumi are close behind. Ryōma and Nakaoka give way immediately, their faces hidden by their raingear.)
Y: (narration) In June, Keiō First Year (1865), Ryōma and Nakaoka Shintarō, in pursuit of Saigō, arrived at the blood-stained capital of Kyō.
(Nakaoka nudges Ryōma. The two men quickly disappear into the alleys.)
Episode 32: Nerawa reta Ryōma (狙われた龍馬 Ryōma Gets Targeted)
<Kyō, Satsuma Hantei>
(Satsuma men are packing up cannons as if preparing to move them. Saigō Kichinosuke reads a missive when an attendant announces Ryōma’s arrival.)
Misc: Excuse me. Saigō-san, there are former Tosa retainers requesting to see you.
SK: Sakamoto-san and Nakaoka-san?
Misc: Yes my Lord. What should I do with them?
SK: I know why they’re here. I passed through Shimonoseki without stopping. They came to confront me on that.
(Ryōma and Nakaoka wait at the entrance of the Hantei. The rain has just stopped and water continues to trickle down from the roof.)
Misc: I’m sorry to keep you waiting. Saigō-san said “I cannot see you now.”
NS: Why not?
Misc: ”For the sake of your own safety, the two of you should leave Kyō at once.”
NS: We knew it’d be dangerous, and still we came. Why can’t he see us? Please tell me!
R: Nakaoka (to the Satsuma official) Fine, we’ll come again. (To Nakaoka) Let’s go.
R: It’s OK.
NS: But….wait, Ryōma!
R: It’s OK. Let’s go. (He leads Nakaoka out into the rain-washed streets.)
R: There’s nothing we can do if he doesn’t want to see us.
NS: But still….. (They stop to talk in a street corner.)
R: For Saigō-san not to go to Shimonoseki, he must have a reason. Aligning with Chōshū is the best way for them. Satsuma should know that well. We’ll get the chance to face Saigō-san, sooner or later.
NS: (nods in agreement) Two people together makes an easy target for the Shinsengumi. In Pontochō*, there is a geiko I can go to. What about you?
R: In that case….
(The Teradaya is quiet for once. Otose appears very worried, looking restlessly upto the first floor.)
R: (voice) It’s quiet today. (Ryōma walks in laughing.) The cargo boats aren’t stopping because the canals are flooded?
OT: (shocked) Ryōma-san!
R: Can you let me stay here for a while? (He starts untying his sandals. Otose rushes over, alarmed.) I’m in Kyō for some time.
R: Hm? What is it?
OT: (she glances upstairs) The Shinsengumi’s Kondō-san is here! (Ryōma stops at once.) All Jōi people and dappan rōnin have been hunted down by the Shinsengumi. Ryōma-san must not let them see you!
(Ryōma grabs his sword. He recalls the last moments with Mochizuki Kameyata after the Shinsengumi raided the Iketaya.)
MK: I refuse….. to die by the hands…… of those men…..*
Y: (narration) His Navy Training Academy comrade Mochizuki Kameyata was killed …..
Misc: (at the Ikedaya) It’s the Shinsengumi!
Y: (narration) together with the Jōi patriots at the Ikedaya ….by Kondō Isami and the Shinsengumi he led.
(Ryōma’s hand flexes on his sword as his anger fuels. Finally, taking a deep breath, he decides against revenge.)
R: That’s right…. I mustn’t give Otose-san any trouble. I’ll go somewhere else.
OT: I’m so sorry.
R: (smiles) Ah, it’s alright. (He walks to the door.) Oh, where’s Oryō-dono? I want to see her. Where is she?
OT: Oryō-chan is….with Kondō-san now…….(Ryōma’s smile disappears immediately.)
R: (in a dangerous voice) Oryō-dono has to take customers now.
OT: We are not those types of lodging! Kondō-san is here because he’s set his eye on Oryō-chan. I can’t really refuse him.
(Without another word, Ryōma throws his shoes off and climbs upstairs.)
OT: Wait! Ryōma-san! Wait! Ryōma-san! You mustn’t!! (Ryōma is fuming. He ignores Otose’s desperate calls and walks straight to the guest room.) Ryōma-san!!
(Oryō pours sake for Kondō Isami. Ryōma listens outside the room.)
KI: Your hands are so rough and dry.
O: That’s from the daily scrubbing.
KI: (grabs Oryō’s hand) OK, come. Come over here. Come!
KI: It’s alright!
O: Please stop…!
(Ryōma hurls his hat on the floor and flings the door open. Oryō is shocked to see him. As Kondō lets go, she distances herself immediately. Kondō grabs his sword. Ryōma glares in and after a long pause……)
R: (feigning a Satsuma accent) …..My goodness! It really is Kondō-san here! (Oryō’s eyes open wide.) Excuse me! (Instead of going away, he walks straight into the room and sits down.) I am Saigō Isaburō from Satsuma.
R: Saigō Kichinosuke’s distant cousin
R: In the Hamagurimon battle, I had the honour of seeing Kondō-san in action. When we saw that the famed Shinsengumi was our ally in the battle, we were beside ourselves with joy! Hahahaha! Ah, if….. if it’s not too much of a bother, a drink?
KI: Go ahead (puts his sword down)
R: Thank you very much! (He crawls over to sit in front of Kondō.) Oi! Lady! There’s no cup! Get me one! Hurry up! Go get me a cup!
O: Y…yes sir.
(Oryō leaves the room. Kondō Isami hands Ryōma his own cup.)
KI: Here, Saigō-san.
R: Kondō-san, thank you!
KI: Please, please.
(Oryō goes downstairs.)
O: What’s Sakamoto-san…..?
OT: He’s saving Oryō-chan!
(Oryō understands what is happening. She runs straight into the kitchen immediately. Meanwhile, upstairs…..)
R: Nowadays, people tremble at the name of the Shinsengumi! To say that Kondō-san’s men are the pillars of the Bakufu, is no exaggeration! Hahahahaha! (Kondō is pleased and getting pretty drunk as Ryōma pours more sake for him.) Please! (Ryōma’s smile slowly fades.)
KI: I heard…..that Satsuma has still not deployed troops for the Chōshū conquest. Why is that?
R: Kondō-san, this is not the time for Japanese countrymen to fight amongst themselves.
(Downstairs, Oryō gets ready to go back up.)
OT: You mustn’t, Oryō-chan!
O: It’ll look fishy if I don’t return!
OT: Sakamoto-san has put himself in your place!
O: (whispers urgently) If he blows his cover, Sakamoto-san will be….! (she rushes off without finishing her sentence.)
(Upstairs, Ryōma is slowly revealing his true self and Kondō starts to get suspicious.)
R: I heard the Shinsengumi is apprehending all those who stand in the way of the Bakufu.
R: Following orders without thinking makes you no different from dogs in a boar hunt. (Oryō runs upstairs.) What’s the use of that swordsmanship if it’s not to serve the good of Japan?
O: (from outside) Excuse me.
(At the same time Kodo Isami grabs his sword, Ryōma knocks him out cold with a blow to the stomach. Oryō hears sounds from outside and opens the sliding door to see Kondō on the floor.)
R: (switching back to his normal voice) If this had happened just after Kameyata died, I might have killed this man already. But if I had done that, I’d be no different from him. (He takes a deep breath.) He’s had a lot to drink. He’ll sleep till morning. (Ryōma walks out of the room, heaving another sigh.)
R: I’m taking a bath. (Oryō holds on to his sleeve.)
O: In the inner room, there’s a samurai also looking for Sakamoto Ryōma.
(Inside his room, an unidentified samurai draws his sword and wipes it on his sleeve.)
R: I might as well go and say hello. (He hangs his sword back on his belt, as if in preparation for a duel.) Sneaking about…. is not my style.
(Oryō is alarmed when she hears that and grabs his arm in a panic.)
O: Please don’t do anything stupid!
R: (He looks at her, then holds her hand and smiles.) Just joking. (Turning around, he walks back down.)
Y: (narration) At the same time, having split up with Ryōma after Shimonoseki, Mutsu Yōnosuke returned to Nagasaki.
<Nagasaki, Kameyama Shachu>
(Mutsu stumbles into the Kameyama Shachu. He takes a big long drink.)
TT: You’re back! Mutsu!
IK: How did it go? How was it?
MY: (furious) Saigō stood us up…… That man broke his promise!
CT: How come?
MY: How should I know!
CT: What was Saigō thinking!
SS: Where’s Ryōma then?!
MY: Sakamoto-san said he’ll “talk to Saigō one more time”. He went with Nakaoka-san to Kyō!
SS: EH??!! If he goes to Kyō now, he’s asking to be killed!
MY: Sakamoto-san still believes in Saigō!
KC: But, Chōshū’s Katsura-san wouldn’t anymore….
<Chōshū, Geishū Border Encampment>
Misc: Katsura-san! Takasugi-san….They’ve just returned!
(Takasugi Shinsaku, Itō Shunsuke and Inoue Monta walk in. The soldiers crowd around them happily.)
TS: Is everybody well?
KK: Shinsaku! How did it go?
IM: We couldn’t get the weapons.
TS: I’m sorry, Katsura-san.
KK: Don’t be! Everyone is happy that Shinsaku and you men are back! Right?
TS: Chōshū will….. never lose. We will bring the Bakufu down!
(Katsura Kogorō and Takasugi Shinsaku look at each other, both aware of how desperate their situation is.)
Y: (narration) Compared to an isolated Chōshū, the Bakufu’s army was steadily gaining strength all this time.
(Ministers report on the progress of their war preparations to the Shōgun Tokugawa Iemochi and Shōgun’s Guardian Hitotsubashi Yoshinobu.)
IK: The Fukuyama Han’s Abe clan are ready to deploy their troops.
TI: Must we go that far to demolish Chōshū?
HY: Chōshū is our one enemy! Only by extinguishing Chōshū can the Tokugawa Bakufu be revived.
Y: (narration) Believing that Japan belongs to the Emperor and rising in revolt against the Bakufu, Chōshū was now set on the road to destruction.
Y: (narration) And as for me, I was in the middle of nowhere, deep inside the Tosa mountains.
(Yatarō is a hut surrounded by dense woods. A monkey sits close to him. A villager runs in.)
Man: Our village has a total count of 1,211 camphor trees.
Y: 1,211. That’s brings it up to 19,369 trees. (He records it on the map.) Hahahahahaha! Why am I wasting my time on this! (The monkey looks at Yatarō.)
Y: What are you staring at?! You!
(At Yatarō’s new house…..)
IK: I wonder where Father is now, Haruji.
IM: He has to count all the camphor trees in Tosa. He won’t be back so soon.
IY: Why must Yatarō waste his time on something like this?
Yono: The camphor tree secretes an insect repellent called camphor. The Han wants to make this a Tosa specialty. Brother’s job carries a very important mission.
IY: I know that! I’m saying we’re finally seeing results on the lumber sales. That fellow should never have taken this job!
IK: But Father, perhaps Goto-sama will be a great man one day.
IM: Oh, did the fortuneteller say that? (Kisei nods.)
IK: “It’s best to earn points with that gentleman now.”
IM: Then he must work hard at counting those camphor trees!
IK: Yes he must.
IY: (to Yōnosuke) The women in our family are getting very scary….
(At the Teradaya, Ryōma enjoys a hot bath while Oryō tends to the fire heating the water.)
R: Ah……whew…… Are you doing well?
R: Your mother, brothers and sisters, how are they?
O: Thanks to you, Mother’s health is improving. The kids are all doing fine.
R: That’s good to hear.
O: And Sakamoto-san, what have you been doing?
R: Ah? I went to Nagasaki.
R: After that, Dazaifu, Shimonoseki and finally, Kyō. Appealing to people is really hard to do. Especially those who bear the world on their shoulders, are the hardest to sway.
O: Sakamoto-san is working to protect Japan?
R: Hmm? (laughs) Yes.
O: Just you on such a colossal task?
R: I’m not alone. I have …..companions. Sōnojō, Chōjirō, Yōnosuke and everyone at Kameyama Shachu. They back me up.
(Outside the bath, a man sneaks up to Ryōma’s clothes. He finds the Sakamoto family crest.)
O: Kameyama Shachu?
R: Although there are only a few of us now, our Kameyama Shachu is strong enough to be able to change Japan. I’m confident.
(The man inspects Ryōma’s sword.)
O: I want to meet them.
(In a casual glance at the door, Ryōma spots the man, who is now trying to peek into the bath.)
O: Sakamoto-san’s companions.
R: (coldly to the man) Who’s that?
O: Well, you said just now….
R: Is a man’s naked body that fun to look at? (Ryōma gets up) Show your face.
(The door bursts open and the man jumps in happily. It is Chiba Jutarō.)
CJ: It really is Sakamoto-kun!
(Chiba Jutarō runs in and give Ryōma a big hug. Ryōma does not reciprocate, he tries to get Jutarō off politely.)
CJ: I found you! Sakamoto-kun!
R: Jutato-sensei! I’m….I’m naked!
R: Ow! Ow! (Jutarō loosens his grip, sees Ryōma is fine, then hugs again.)
R: Ahhh!! Wai….wait…
CJ: I found you~~!
R: Let me go please! Sensei!
(In the meantime, Oryō is trying to look in from the window to see what these two men are doing…….Later Oryō and Otose serve dinner to the two samurai.)
R: Otose-san, this gentleman here is Chiba Jutarō-san. He’s my kenjutsu teacher.
OT: I thought you had come to arrest Ryōma-san, sir.
R: Ah, that’s normal. (He laughs.)
(Jutarō does not want to waste time on pleasantries. He sits up formally and confronts Ryōma.)
CJ: Go back to Edo.
R: (takes a while to sink in) Huh?! (Oryō looks at Ryōma at once.)
CJ: Go back to Sana, Sakamoto-kun!
CJ: Though she says you’re not destined to be together, she still continues to think about you now.
CJ: She can’t hide it from me!
R: No, but….
(Ryōma takes a quick glance at Oryō. She looks away but it is obvious how concerned she is.)
CJ: Sana has said she won’t marry for the rest of her life. You are the reason for that, Sakamoto-kun!
R: Well… (Otose nudges Oryō to leave)
OT: Oryō-chan. (Ryōma looks desperately at Oryō.)
O: Please excuse me.
OT: Please make yourselves at home.
R: (humourlessly) Haha….
(But Jutarō is not fazed with this distraction.)
CJ: Look into my eyes. Didn’t you say you liked Sana too!
(The two women walk out of the room, but Oryō stays behind the open door to listen. Otose waits for her.)
R: No! No, I meant in a “Respectful” way.
CJ: I can’t stand it any longer. She looks tough on the outside but my sister’s eyes are full of loneliness!
R: Even if you tell me th….
CJ: (kneels down) Please Sakamoto-kun. Go back to Edo and get married with Sana! This is all I ask! (He bows, his head hitting the mat with a heavy thud.)
R: Jutarō-sensei! No…. Sensei! Get up….. (Ryōma tries to lift him up.) Get…up…please!
(Try as his might, he could not get Jutarō to budge. Ryōma finally gives up being polite. His voice becomes very firm.)
R: …..I cannot.
R: There are things that I must accomplish without fail.
CJ: You have great ambitions, I know that very well! It’s because I know that I’m begging you!
R: I’m terribly…. sorry. (He bows to Jutarō.) (Without waiting for further response, Ryōma moves to his food.) I’m starting my meal.
(Outside, Oryō finally calms down. Otose, who has been watching her worriedly, motions her to leave.)
CJ: I will not give up. (Oryō comes back to the door.)
CJ: I’ll sleep here tonight! (Jutarō gobbles his food down.)
(Ryōma glares at Jutarō. Oryō finally leaves, reluctant and hesitating. Later, she prepares to close up the Teradaya for the night.)
O: (to patrons who are leaving.) Thank you for coming. Thank you for coming.
Man: Thank you for the hospitality.
(At the same time, Jutarō has just finished his bath and hears the women talking, as he returns to the room. It appears that Otose has specially arranged for Ryōma to stay downstairs at the back of the inn, away from the normal guest rooms which are situated on the first floor.)
OT: Ryōma-san is a good man. I can understand why women fall for him.
O: …Oh I see.
OT: Do you like him? Oryō-chan too? (Jutarō quickly looks at Oryō behind the door.)
O: Eh….? …I don’t have any particular thoughts on Sakamoto-san.
OT: Having said that, falling in love with a man like that, will be a woman’s greatest misfortune. Sakamoto-san is not the type who’d settle in one place. His mission in life is not to give just one woman happiness. What he wants is to bring happiness to everyone in the world.
O: Honestly, I’m not thinking about that.
OT: Really? I’m relieved then.
(Jutarō walks into the room. He appears to be thinking about Otose’s words. Ryōma looks asleep already. At the front of the inn…..)
OT: You can go now, Oryō-chan. Please be careful, it’s quite late.
O: Yes ma’am.
(Someone walks heavily down the stairs. Kondō Isami has woken up. The two women look at him apprehensively.)
KI: Oryō, get me water.
O: Yes, sir. (Otose runs out to talk to Kondō as Oryō gets water for him.)
OT: Are you going now? You’ve had a lot to drink. Why don’t you take a longer rest?
(Kondō does not say a word. Oryō serves him water.)
KI: I was having sake with you when a man came in. I’m sure I’d seen that face before.
O: That Satsuma gentleman….
KI: No. He was…… (Kondō suddenly sits up) that fellow who helped Okada Izō escape. (The women look at each other alarmed.) Where has he gone?
OT: He’s already left. He said he “had to be in Ōsaka before dark.” Right, Oryō-chan?
(Kondō Isami looks at Oryō closely. She lowers her head subconsciously. Kondō jumps up, shoving Otose out of the way as he runs to the rooms at back of the inn.)
O: Ma’am! Are you OK?
(Kondō draws his sword. He sees the two men sleeping and walks silently to Ryōma. Raising his sword, he strikes down. Ryōma dodges away. Both samurai jump up at once, their swords in hand.)
CJ: I don’t know who you are. But if you want to harm Sakamoto-kun, you will have me, Chiba Jutarō, as your opponent.
KI: Chiba Jutarō?!
R: Hokushin Ittō-ryū, Chiba Jutarō-sensei.
(Kondō’s face lights up with excitement. He clashes swords with Jutarō, then looks at the two men. Jutarō’s sword is in position, pointing directly at Kondō. Suddenly, Oryō rushes in and stands between the two parties. She would have run into Jutarō’s sword, if he had not withdrawn it in time.)
O: Please stop, Kondō-san! Kondō-san, please!
O: I beg you!
(Both Ryōma and Kondō are shocked to see Oryō throw herself in between. Ryōma steps forward and gently pushes Oryō back, shielding her with his body.)
R: Stay back.
(Kondō looks at the two of them and then at Jutarō. Without a word, he sheathes his sword and leaves. Chiba Jutarō follows him out to make sure he is gone. Otose comes in and holds onto Oryō.)
(Ryōma heaves a sigh of relief. Jutarō returns, looking at Ryōma strangely.)
R: Thank you very much, Jutarō-sensei. If it wasn’t for Sensei, I’d probably have been killed. (He pretends to laugh.)
CJ: You’ve been targeted by the Shinsengumi?!
R: People like me could get targeted anywhere by anyone. (He turns to Oryō a bit angrily, then catches himself and changes it to a cheerful smile.) I’m so sorry for that. It’s fine now.
OT: Well then, have a good rest.
(Otose steers Oryō out. She looks back at Ryōma for a second. Chiba Jutarō watches Oryō as she passes. Ryōma’s eyes follow them.)
R: Aren’t you going to sleep, Sensei? (He pretends to laugh.) Ah! The bedding…. The bedding needs to be redone!
(Ryōma smoothens out Jutarō’s bed. The older samurai walks in silence to his bed. Ryōma continues to make light of the situation.)
R: Good night. (He chuckles, lies down with his back to Jutarō, but his eyes are wide-open.)
(The next morning, Jutarō prepares to leave and Otose sees him off.)
OT: Are you going back to Edo now?
CJ: I can’t leave the dōjō to my sister for such a long time. When Sakamoto-kun wakes up, please tell him, “You must be careful when going about outside.”
(Ryōma wakes up and comes out to the front of the inn. He stops when he hears their conversation. Jutarō and Otose do not see him.)
OT: I will. How about your sister’s matter?
CJ: I knew I’d be turned down.
(Ryōma hides behind the door to listen.)
CJ: It’s not my sister. I was the one who didn’t want to give up. (Jutarō looks at Oryō.) I leave Sakamoto-kun in your hands. (Oryō opens her eyes wide.) If you have any problems, you can come and talk to me any time.
OT: Thank you very much, sir.
O: (hands him some food) For the trip….
CJ: Thank you. I’m off.
O: Yes, sir. (Jutarō leaves.)
OT: Please have a safe trip.
O: Please have a safe trip.
(Ryōma walks out and pretends he has just woken up.)
R: I’m starving. Is there breakfast?
OT: (to Ryōma) This way please.
(Before going in to his breakfast, Ryōma looks out towards the front door. He gives a bow to his teacher who had left. Oryō serves breakfast.)
R: Hmmm….! Delicious! (He laughs when Oryō smiles shyly.) Oryō-dono, don’t force yourself to serve customers you disike. Even the Shinsengumi wouldn’t kill you for that.
O: We are a service business. It’s not as easy as that.
R: Maybe so but still…. One day, I’ll introduce you to Chōjirō and the others.
R: You said last night that you wanted to meet my companions.
(Oryō looks at him wide-eyed, trying to understand what he may mean by that.)
R: (seeing her expression) Sooner or later.
O: (smiles happily) OK.
O: Take your time.
(Oryō takes her leave. Ryōma smiles as he eats. As she walks out, a sweet happy smile breaks across her face. Suddenly, a man rushes in.)
Man: Excuse me. (He sees Oryō, but doesn’t notice the man in yukata, who is sitting with his back to the door.) I’m sorry, I’m looking for someone. Is there a man called Sakamoto Ryōma staying here?
Man: Ah…well…. He’s very tall and his hair is fuzzy fuzzy fuzzy…..
R: (turns around) I’m here, Nakaoka.
R: What are you doing here?
(Nakaoka takes a quick look at Oryō. He motions Ryōma to be quiet and whispers.)
NS: Saigō-san’s sent a messenger.
NS: He’s asking to see us!
R: Really! Yes!! Yes!!
(Ryōma and Nakaoka wait. Saigō Kichinosuke walks in from behind them. He kneels and bows low.)
SK: I am terribly sorry!! (The two men turn around.)
SK: Because of me, Sakamoto-san and Nakaoka-san’s hard work was all wasted. I apologize. I am truly very sorry!
(The two men exchange glances quietly.)
R: Saigō-san, why did you pass through Shimonoseki without stopping?
SK: Our ship was infiltrated by Bakufu spies.
SK: We killed one but the other got away. I was afraid the Bakufu had already known about our actions. So I gave up going to Shimonoseki.
SK: But judging from their conduct these past few days, it’s quite possible the Bakufu still doesn’t know.
NS: In that case, please go to Chōshū again! Please meet with Katsura-san! Saigō-san!
SK: ……No. It’s too late now.
SK: Katsura-san should be furious after what happened. I have lost all my credibility.
NS: Then, what is Satsuma planning to do?! To join the Chōshū conquest with the Bakufu and crush Chōshū?!
(Ryōma is quietly thinking as Nakaoka talks. He pays little heed to his friend’s confrontation with Saigō.)
NS: If that happens, then…..Satsuma will be the next target! If you don’t join in the Chōshū attack, the Bakufu will set their eye on you. Satsuma is in a dilemma anyhow! And you can’t get out if it either way! (Saigō is silent. He is well aware of their predicament.) For Satsuma to survive through this, that alliance with Chōshū ….. that alliance with Chōshū was the only way!
SK: (looks at Nakaoka coolly and turns away) Well, in any case that’s impossible now!
R: Maybe, how about if you bring them a present? What do you say? In an apology, instead of just saying “I’m sorry”, leaving behind a courtesy gift seems much more sincere. This way, the people in Chōshū may be more willing to listen.
SK: A courtesy gift?
R: Let’s see, for example….. 10 warships and 10,000 Minié rifles.
(Nakaoka stands up in utter shock. Saigō’s jaw drops.)
R: Takasugi-san and his men were in Nagasaki in search of that. Perhaps 10 warships may be impossible but Satsuma would certainly be able to come up with 1. Hmm?
NS: Even for Satsuma, buying 10,000 rifles… is sure to alarm the Bakufu!
R: That’s an easy one. Tell the Bakufu these are the weapons Satsuma needs for the Chōshū conquest. And then, Saigō-san, the…. secret delivery of weapons to Chōshū, will taken up by the Kameyama Shachu. Just by words alone, Chōshū will not trust us anymore. It is necessary to show them what Satsuma are prepared to do.
(As Saigō thinks this over, he looks at Ryōma and chuckles.)
SK: Sakamoto-don* you sir, are always coming up with the most amusing ideas. (Ryōma laughs.) Warships and rifles as courtesy presents! (The 2 men laugh. But Saigō’s humor disappears almost immediately.) But then, if we really do that, it would be the same as declaring war on the Bakufu.
R: That’s right. There’s no turning back.
(There is a long dead silence as Saigō makes up his mind to take the plunge. Ryōma does not say a word.)
(Saigō slowly turns to Ryōma.)
S: I understand. The warship and rifles will be ready.
(Tears of joy fill both Ryōma and Nakaoka’s eyes. Ryōma is beside himself with delight. Nakaoka is very emotional. Saigō smiles at the ingenuity of this method.)
R: Thank you, Saigō-san!
NS: (His voice a whisper) Thank you!
(For the first time, Saigō looks at Ryōma with respect.)
R: Thank you!
NS: (through tears) Thank you!
R: (to Nakaoka) We did it!
NS: (wailing) Ryōma…!
R: What are you crying for?! Hahahahaha!
NS: And those aren’t tears in your eyes!
(Both men laugh and cry at the same time.)
Ryōma Gets Targeted
*1. Keiō First Year is actually called Keiō Gannen.
*2. Pontochō is a geisha district in Kyōto - more info here
*3. Mochizuki Kameyata was struck down by Kondō Isami and would have died from that injury, had he not committed seppuku afterwards.
*4. More on the Camphor tree - here
*5. Don is a polite suffix for a person’s name, short for “dono” 殿, broadly used in southern Kyūshū.
Timeline for this Episode:
- To be updated
[Kochi Prefecture, Muroto City]
On the Cape of Muroto in Kochi Prefecture stands the statue of Nakaoka Shintarō.
[Statue of Nakaoka Shintarō / Muroto Misaki (Cape of Muroto)]
In the year Showa 10 (1935), just like the Sakamoto Ryōma statue in the Katsurahama Beach, this statue was built by the local youths of the area. Shintarō joined the Tosa Kinnoto from early on and then, he dedicated himself to working for the Chōshū Han.
[Kochi Prefecture, Kitagawa Mura (village)]
[Nakaoka Shintarō Family Home/ Kashiwagi]
Shintarō was born the eldest boy of the Ooshō-ya which controlled 14 villages here.
[Ooshō-ya (Ooshō house)]
[Site of the Shōin-Jinja (shrine) / The shrine where Shintarō went to school]
When the village was subject to famine, his family sold their own land to secure sufficient food for the villagers.
[The Road to Learning / Path to Shintarō’s school]
Kitagawa Village is the leading Yuzu producer in the country, Shintarō encouraged the widespread growth of this fruit.
[Nakaoka Shintarō’s Commendation Monument / Kitagawa Onsen (Springs)]
Even upto today, Shintarō is revered as the village’s benefactor.
Upto now, the practice of presenting offerings in gratitude to Shintarō still continues.
Together with Ryōma, he brokered the forging of the Sat-Cho alliance.
[Nakaoka Shintarō-related places]
[Nakaoka Shintarō Family House]
Take the bus from Tosa Kuroshio Railway “Nahari” station
Get off at “Kashiwagi” bus stop
[Statue of Nakaoka Shintarō]
Take the bus from Tosa Kuroshio Railway “Nahari” station
Get off at “Muroto Misaki” bus stop
* Yuzu is a Japanese citron fruit - more info here
Episode 29 ==== Episode 30 ==== Episode 31 ==== Episode 32 ==== Episode 33
Episode 34 ==== Episode 35 ==== Episode 36 ==== Episode 37 ==== Episode 38
Translated from the Chinese and Japanese subtitles on the episode. Many many thanks to the hard work of all these fans, without which this would not have been possible!!