Joran The Princess of Snow and Blood Episode 9 Review

Joran The Princess of Snow and Blood episode 9 just further emphasizes that this anime likes to make all kinds of twists and turns without proper build up. I mean, it’s not terribly surprising that Kuzuhara turned out to be…well I’ll let you watch and find out. Let’s just say that there’s a big reveal at the end of episode 9. At least this reveal brings up the type of questions that are good for the story.

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How was the story in Joran The Princess of Snow and Blood episode 9?

For the most part, the story was fine. Episode 9 did the bit where Sawa Karasumori went back to her hometown to get her thoughts together. It was a touching moment that even her Nue executioner bodyguard, Rinko, participated in. To me it felt like a reset of the story. One that was needed.

Sawa Karasumori had lost her way by the time Joran The Princess of Snow and Blood episode 9 came around. She lost her purpose to live and was foiled in her suicide attempt in the preview episode. Now, with the sense of purpose she found in her hometown and a secretly stashed piece of paper, Sawa has her new target.

To me it’s just a little too scattered to make as big of an impact as intended. It doesn’t help that Kuzuhara has been an enigma. We get to see that he’s modified by blue blood. He appears to be loyal to the Shogunate but has his own agenda. I just can’t figure him out.

Now you might say “That’s what he’s supposed to be! Kuzuhara is living a double life.” I get that argument but when I take into consideration Tsukishiro’s story I can’t seem to connect the dots. Tsukishiro was working for Janome, then she wasn’t. Next thing we know Kuzuhara allows Tsukishiro to live. Now Kuzuhara is Janome? What in the world is going on?

What did you like about episode 9?

I think my favorite part was watching Sawa Karasumori go back to her hometown and spend some time there. It felt really peaceful and I was happy to see her regain a purpose for living. She’s been a tragic heroine in Joran The Princess of Snow and Blood. Sawa deserves some peace and quiet.

Another part that was highly entertaining was the fight on the train. The rebels that took a minister hostage had no idea what they were getting into when Rinko stepped up. Her description of how she got flexible blades inserted into her body was stomach churning but it’s effect can’t be denied. Rinko’s a Japanese version of Wolverine.

What did Joran The Princess of Snow and Blood episode 9 get wrong?

Besides my complaints with the story, there was one glaring issue I had with Joran The Princess of Snow and Blood episode 9. I guess you can say that it’s more an issue with the subtitles. When Kuzuhara was talking to the other government official on the gondola, the subtitle reads that Sawa is a valuable “executor” for the Shogunate. Considering she’s actually a “executioner” I’m going to go with this just being a mistake in the translation.

The incorrect subtitles doesn’t have much to do with episode 9 though. What I do think this anime episode got wrong was what I mentioned before about the story. If I could summarize my thoughts into one, I think Joran The Princess of Snow and Blood tries a little too hard. It feels like twists and turns are forced because that’s what’s supposed to happen.

Is Joran The Princess of Snow and Blood episode 9 worth watching?

I didn’t mind watching this episode. I’ve gotten this far into the season already so why not? If you’re in a similar situation then there’s no reason to pass up Joran The Princess of Snow and Blood episode 9. Just don’t go trying to insert flexible blades into your body to try and be like Rinko. That’s not a good idea.

Now go watch some anime!

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