So now the Gozan Fire Festival is ready to start, and the Shimagamos have successfuly brought the floating tea room. But adventures go on when the Ebisugawas turn a peaceful night into a battle in the skies, complete with fireworks and tons of booze.
If you’re confused with what’s going on, let me elaborate. After the Shimagomos pick up Akadama to drink with them during the Festival, the Ebisugawas fly atop what looks like an air-pirate ship. No seriously it’s got sails, cannons and everything. And what do they shoot? Fireworks of course, and they fire them at the Shimagomos. Luckily the Shimagomos have some firepower as well, but it’s nowhere near as much as the Ebisugawas. And honestly, that’s the main show.
Other than some flashbacks to conflicts between the tengu along with reiterations of Shimagomo’s glory days, the main aspect of this episode is focused on this mid-air battle. And much like the bridge fight, it’s equal amounts of silly and exciting, showing exactly how dangerous it can be while making you realize how crazy it all sounds. I mean who doesn’t laugh when Mother Shimagomo gets pissed at the attacks and pulls a cannon out of nowhere?
Of course, the flashbacks do bring some interesting points about both the tengu, tanuki and even humans. The tengu are usually peaceful, but seem to get arrogant when their pride is on the line. Akadama was apprently a rebel back in his day who constantly picked fights with the Kurama tengu before Souichirou Shimogamo set him straight.
The tanuki’s were apparently the mischievious, but orderly of the group. They kept peace in Kyoto until the death of Souichirou caused rivalries within their own society. Now the tanukis tend to be nothing more than struggling families that can erupt into conflict with the slightest poke. Yaichirou is meant to be in charge, but even he needs to be subtle with elections due to lacking power over other tanukis.
Despite all of this, it’s the Humans that seem the most mysterious in this struggle. Benten seems to keep either supernatural being at her feet, but also decides to be wherever she wants during the conflict. For such powerful entities to easily get trapped under human influence is something I hope we find out more about.
But of course the big attention grabber happens after the fight. Benten apparently joins the Ebisugawas in their ship, but hid her all-powerful fan in the floating tea room, giving Yasaburou a fighting chance against the ship. While they do defeat them, they run out of wine(since Akadama inisisted on drinking all that was left).
On their way down, the tea room crashes and Yasaburou lose Benten’s fan! So now that Yasaburou is in danger of having Benten cook him, he runs like never before into god knows where. What could happen to him? We’ll see next time.