A ship finds itself trapped in a sea of Ayakashi. Which passenger is the culprit that has sent them off-course?
I did a little research, and it seems that this episode has much more of a connection to Bakeneko than the last two episodes. A character that was in that arc of Ayakashi (Kayo) is in this arc of Mononoke. She also briefly mentions the events that happened in Bakeneko. There’s also an encounter with an Ayakashi (a very malicious spirit).
Anyhow, here’s a quick rundown of some passengers on board:
Druggist/Drug Merchant/Medicine Merchant (Man, I should really find that one consistent term for him…)
As badass as always. He also gives us a display of some good use of gunpowder (but not in a normal way… (;).
Seems to be some sort of bard that has some knowledge of spirits. He reminds me of some other character from another anime that’s currently missplaced in my mind…
A very creepy-looking samurai. If someone first watches this episode and makes a guess at who the culprit is, this guy will most likely be it. He just seems like the type of character you’d make that sort of judgement on when you first look at him.
Interestingly, and this is probably only coming from me — Kenshin (Rurouni Kenshin), a very calm-looking samurai, popped into my head when I heard his voice. Pretty amusing.
And then we have these two honorable monks, who obviously didn’t do it… or did they?
The episode ends in suspense. It looks like the Medicine Merchant purposely made himself sound like a suspect for his own amusement. o_O