Utawarerumono: Itsuwari no Kamen – 04

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In the big capital, Haku, Kuon, and Rurutie meet Ukon’s little sister, Nekone, who has her doubts about Haku for most of the episode until she realizes he’s actually a pretty nice and interesting fellow, and learns from observing him not to worry so much or overthink things.

As far as baths are concerned, overthinking is definitely not a problem for Kuon: Clothes come off, Kuon gets in the water. Kuon also makes sure Rurutie and Nekone are as God made them that they might fully enjoy the experience of bathing. When talk that Ukon is with Haku on the men’s side, Rurutie’s inner fujoshi comes out. We even see Maroro without his white base mask.

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The next morning, Haku is very refreshed, and Nekone invites him, Kuon and Rurutie to join her on a tour of the capital, during which she’ll determine whether Haku is worthy of being a friend to her brother. On the tour, they catch sight of the hugely-popular general Oshutaru, and Nekone clashes with Haku on what she perceives as his arrogance, ignorance, and general dimwittedness.

The girls find him a job waiting tables, and to Nekone’s surprise, after a rough start, Haku starts to fit right in. No one has a problem with him the way she does, so she starts to wonder if her perception of him is the true problem. Stepping back from her preconceptions of him, she starts to see the odd but comforting charisma he exerts, and which Kuon, Rurutie, and even her brother Ukon have come to like.

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After a hard day’s work and with the cost of his mistakes subtracted, Haku has made barely enough money to buy a meal, let alone a room at an inn. Nekone is still dubious, but delivers an invitation from Ukon to Haku and the others. When they arrive to find Oshutaru, he reveals “Ukon” is merely a false identity he uses on occasion. With Ukon and Oshutaru being one and the same means he and Haku are already good friends.

Seeing how much her brother truly trusts and cares for Haku, Nekone takes a page out of Haku’s book. She, Kuon and Rurutie have already hit it off, so she decides, without overthinking, to simply regard them as friends, as they clearly already consider her one.

Meanwhile, two cloaked messengers report Haku’s presence in the capital; news that is very well-received by a venerable elder-type whose face is concealed. We saw Haku as a simple waiter this week, but it’s clear there are many people whose existence he’s not even aware of who have far grander plans for him.

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Author: braverade

Hannah Brave is a staff writer for RABUJOI.

3 thoughts on “Utawarerumono: Itsuwari no Kamen – 04”

  1. I think it’s impossible for me to get tired of Kuon’s facial expressions. Also, the “Ukon” disguise caught me off guard, especially because of the facial hair.

  2. A bit more world building this episode, both in relation to physical and spiritual life in the capital. I’m wondering a bit why the princess is still with them however. I guess we shall see later about that.

  3. I think I can see where this might be going. Without his pretty surprising fake beard and with his hair down, Ukon does look more or less like Haku. At the same time, there’s likely many things he can’t do to help the general populace, people would notice Oshutoru’s absence and his post as general likely limits him. Having someone who looks very much similar to him as a stand-in would basically give him a lot more freedom of movement and less need of going around acting as two people at once.
    Of course, that doesn’t seem like it’ll be easy, seeing how now those messages and that elder (maybe the ruler of the country?) seem to be aware of Haku being there and it does seem that elder figure has been waiting for him for a long time, based on his words.

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