Wow, new characters (Nopon and Gomuta) - who promptly abduct Eruruu and take her to meet another new character - Kamuchataru (new to the anime anyway, apparently she makes an appearence in Utawarerumono's PS2 game).
This story revolves around Kamuchataru's love interest in a certain character we know quite well from the main series (Benawi). However, according to Kamuchataru this character is only interested in younger girls (hmm), so a potion must be made to make her younger - no problem for "Eruruu the medicine girl".
After discovering Benawi is allegedly into younger girls, Eruruu starts to have visualisations about a relationship between Benawi and Aruruu, with amusing results.
Overall this was quite a good episode, although I felt at times that the actions of the two new characters where slightly overdone at times. Regardless though, i'm still looking forward to the 3rd and final Utawarerumonowhich is due out on the 23rd of April 2010 - a long wait, ah well. Update: The release has now been postponed until the 26th of June 2010, bah!
Like the main series, the's closing is quite simple and action-free. We simply see the Aruruu and Eruruu flowers (yes flowers, not the characters - think back to the early episodes of the main series) in varying weather. The song (Yume no Tsuzuki by Rena Uehara) that accompanies it is okay, nothing special like Madoromi no Rinne from the ending of the main series.
Unfortunately, I couldn't find a video of theending on YouTube, so an upload of the song with a picture will have to do. If you do find it, please leave a note in the comments, or I might even upload it myself...
Before the opening cuts in, we get a quick overview of continuing daily life, Aruruu disobeying Eruruu, Kurou inspecting the troops, Dori and Gura watching Oboro train, Touka practising sword movements, Karura boozing and Kamyu and Yuzuha sleeping on Mukkuru. We also see the main plot of the story, which surrounds Urutori's care of an orphaned child.
At times it seems that some of the character animation, especially faces, are simpler than in the main series. The scenery however remains just as detailed as in the main series.
The plot itself is quite enjoyable and in the tradition of, is often more "uncensored" than TV series, however it doesn't go overboard and stays mostly true to the nature of the main series.
Towards the end we do see a quite impressive fight scene, but not in the sense of traditional Utawarerumono fights which are largely sword-based. This is one of the few times we see magic being used and the effect is very impressive.
I am looking forward to watching the next.
I've recently started watching the Utawarerumono(Have watched the main series, posts about that to come soon). There is a new opening in the and it's difficult to see when the side story is set in comparison to the main series. For a start, we see all of the main characters from the main series but based on the fact it shows [spoiler]Kuuya acting as a child and Yuzuha alive[/spoiler] it would appear to be set towards the end of the main series. Alternatively, some episodes may be set within the timeline of the main series but others before/after? Who knows, I can only find out by watching the actual episodes.
The opening itself is unusually long at around 2 minutes but quite detailed, showing all of the characters we expect to see. The song used in it is adamant faith by Suara.
And the actual opening itself;