Well, I finished the third season. And I can’t help but wonder if Ibuki hated the Shinsengumi after everything that happened…and I also kind of don’t understand why he didn’t just leave.
His case wasn’t like Chizuru’s. In that time period, he certainly could have made it on his own. He didn’t see anything he wasn’t supposed to until much later. He could have left at any time…and the Shinsengumi would have been glad to let him go. Hell, it kind of seemed like everyone wanted him to leave if he wasn’t going to join them.
He said he didn’t understand the Shinsengumi or Serizawa; I don’t understand him. In the very beginning, he wanted nothing more than to leave; but that will left him rather quickly. Why?
If someone treated me like Serizawa treated him, I would be gone within the first three days of dealing with him.
I suppose you could say that he stayed for the lady, but even then that doesn’t make much sense. His reputation was being damaged every second he spent with the Shinsengumi; he was a male so he could have found work somewhere in Kyoto and lodging if he wanted to stay around her.
All in all,
I liked getting background on the main men of the series, but I didn’t really enjoy the season as far as the main character went. They didn’t bother to give him any real character growth; yes, he trained with Saito and wanted to get stronger, but-each time it really counted that he draw his sword–he couldn’t.
Season 3 seemed to mostly be themed around resolve. Ibuki, to me, never really seemed to have it until that last scene.
I liked Chizuru a lot better. She might not have been a warrior in the tradition sense of the word, but she was strong in her own ways. She committed to her choices and was loyal to them. She never gave up on what she wanted to achieve.
Based on @queengurako‘s post since she asked me to do it. Nagakura breaking chopsticks. I had to use chibis so it wouldn’t feel as painful, and I rather focused on the scene than Nagakura :P Apologies.