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Jul 30, 2012 9:56 AM

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The girl's excited on the journey.

Seems like it's continuous story from last ep. lol @ nico douga comment in one scene. The blond hair guy is still into the girl and writing letter to her. They think that the reply is not like her. She's confused? They came to see her, who told them she was joking about the letter. She burst in laughter when she saw their conversation.

They are drinking while watching the moon again. They talk about the change especially about the love, and the guy from ep.1 talks about his love. The blond hair guy said her poetry is good because she made that from her worrying many things. They said let's worry and make good poetry. They are going to the countryside.

Scene back to the monk, after talking about the story, and Yonaga-san's character, who took notes on the story. Wow, another poetry from the monk when talked to blond hair guy. lol @ the end when KajiKaji's character with the tower.

Uta Hen + (Side story) next ep.
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Jul 30, 2012 12:41 PM
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Nice episode :) So Narihira really did love Takaiko.. That's really beautiful..
Jul 30, 2012 3:27 PM
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The eloping story of Narihira and Takaiko appears in the Tales of Ise.

This year, Narihira-bashi Station (Isesaki Line, Tobu Railway) was renamed Tokyo Skytree Station.
There used to be a shrine dedicated to Ariwara no Narihira near the station.
I believe this is why Fujiwara no Teika cosplays as Tokyo Skytree.
Jul 30, 2012 4:23 PM

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I'm kind of getting a little bored of this arc. I was hoping to be introduced to new poets every episode.

So the woman has regrets and feelings of remorse. She deserves them, but I can't help but feeling a tad bit bad for her.
Jul 30, 2012 9:06 PM

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This was a nice, meaningful episode. All of the poets' lives were rather sad, so i'm glad they had each other for comfort.

poppei said:
This year, Narihira-bashi Station (Isesaki Line, Tobu Railway) was renamed Tokyo Skytree Station.
There used to be a shrine dedicated to Ariwara no Narihira near the station.
I believe this is why Fujiwara no Teika cosplays as Tokyo Skytree.

Ah, that makes sense. Thank you, i was wondering why they were dressed like that. I knew about the Skytree, but didn't get why that had anything to do with Poetry.
Jul 30, 2012 9:48 PM

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Rexky said:
I'm kind of getting a little bored of this arc. I was hoping to be introduced to new poets every episode.

I actually felt the same. :/
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Jul 30, 2012 11:38 PM

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This episode really was meaningfull and also I find it awesome that the story is concentrating not only on the love stories, but also on some questions, that the life gives.
I think the story of this series is taking the right direction - by combinating love stories with some plot developement.

Jul 31, 2012 1:42 AM

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Skimmed through this episode because like other people are saying, this arc is boring. I just wanna see flipping love stories.
Jul 31, 2012 4:32 AM

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Lol I still remember those LEGENDARY cartoonish tears falling from Takaiko.Anyways,Awesome episode as usual.
Jul 31, 2012 9:19 AM
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I still don't know why more people are watching this series. It's AMAZING if you consider the intricacies of the the poems themselves, and not only the arcs, but the backgrounds of the poets themselves as well as the various relationships that have been smoothly integrated into the plots. I guess it's because I know a little bit about the Hyakunin Isshu and am more curious about its origins than other people. I can't really say the history depicted in this series are true, but it's still damn good.
Jul 31, 2012 7:45 PM

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Narihira is amazing :D
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Jul 31, 2012 8:43 PM

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I still like the particular friendship that has managed to develop between Narihira and Yasuhide. Further understanding between them in their concerns of loneliness. And it was nice to see Yasuhide point out that essential bit about life not being all sunshine. That perhaps some of that darkness can help a person grow as well.
Aug 2, 2012 7:02 AM

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I enjoyed this episode pretty much. Life is not only love, but also getting old, feeling loneliness, having regrets etc.
It was nice too see what happened to Narihira after Takaiko's brother found them - Narihira didn't seem to be worried at all about losing hair :P That's great that each episode has something in common with the previous ones.
Aug 3, 2012 8:34 AM

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zansabarshadow said:
Rexky said:
I'm kind of getting a little bored of this arc. I was hoping to be introduced to new poets every episode.

I actually felt the same. :/

Don't you think that your hearts are a bit closed ?
I understand that you have your own expectations. But these expectations are not letting you savor the episode and see the obvious.

We haven't seen new characters, but we hadn't been presented to the poems of those poets. And the main objective of the series is to talk about the stories behind the poems of the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu.

This episode showed us efficiently two new poems: the Ono no Komachi's ninth and the monk Kisen's eighth.
A short arc of only three good episodes, without any loss of quality.
Aug 6, 2012 12:46 PM
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I love this episode and this anime continues to impress me more and more. Narihira is my fav character so watching this episode was a joy. I also feel bad for Yoshiko because she had 2 path in life, and she choose the one that will allow her name to live down in history instead of the one that will bring her happiness with the one she loves. Of course it was a tough decision to make for her as well, but I can't help but think she would have led a beautiful life with Munesada.

I wish this episode divulge the age of the characters... I can only make a rough estimation from the storyline, but hearing Narihira talking about how old he is and then knowing he dies roughly 10-15 years in the future I can't help but want to know how old he is at the time of this episode.

Edit: I just checked with Wikipedia, apparently he lived from 825-880 meaning he was 55 at time of death. Wow so roughly he is around 40 when he met Takaiko and had thos trysts, that's older than i thought. I wish this anime can draw the characters more realistically to portray the passing of time.
Aug 9, 2012 11:57 AM

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Takaiko x Narahira 4eva<3

...but seriously I love their story, and I love how this story of friendship brings up his love of her!

Such WIN, this show.
Aug 11, 2012 6:47 PM

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Nice episode. Unlike some others, I enjoyed this arc. :)

This show doesn't fail to impress me. xD


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Sep 21, 2012 12:25 PM
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These stories are not just meant to showcase several love relationships, they also show the aftermatch and explore the character's state of mind in depth which is much more interesting from my point of view. This time it's about regrets, getting old and their choices in life.
Jul 5, 2014 8:48 AM

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That was good. I wonder how old is 'old' O__o I mean if I can look like Komachi when I grow old then damn lol
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Jul 25, 2014 6:51 PM

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I really enjoyed this arc and will be sad to see it go. What a nice thing, a long love between three friends. Something about it was just so refreshing, too, despite the sad subject matter. They sure don't look any different in old age from their youth, though!
Sep 12, 2014 1:53 PM
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Well, I liked that they kept with the same poets this time. I have to admit I have a bit of a hard time keeping them apart, so seeing them more often in a row helped.

They don't look much older though...
It was cute how the three friends set out on a midlife crisis trip. :) I got the feeling they really were good friends. I like Yoshiko.

And as always, I love the way they portray rain.
Dec 14, 2014 7:23 AM

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Im not really a fan of poems. I was hoping this show would be mostly romance :/ hopefully we get another love story next e.

xchee said:
That was good. I wonder how old is 'old' O__o I mean if I can look like Komachi when I grow old then damn lol
Well obviously theyre just having a quarter-life or third-life crisis :P
Aug 25, 2015 6:16 AM

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A quite relaxed episode this time! Let's see what's next.
Mar 11, 2016 2:26 AM
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Honestly, at the beginning of each episode, I'm not that into it or expecting anything great. But I always come out of each episode very immersed starting 1/3 or 1/2 way in. I like the friendship between the three, and especially when they talked about their legacies of leaving behind poems. It's true that Komachi's poem is relatable to everyone, since everyone at some point in their lives has had regrets, and feels like they've done nothing substantial during their life. It's good that it seems that Komachi didn't actually regret the path she chose (over love), but instead was more or less disappointed in that it didn't led her to her goal (as regret and disappointment are different). Yasuhide is a very interesting person as he says insightful things, such as when he said that if Komachi had lived a life being married, she wouldn't have composed such a poem like she just did. There are pros and cons to every path, basically :)

Also, it's always sort of painful when they mention a character's passing...
May 13, 2017 1:29 PM

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I knew it was the same girl, lmao that Ono no Komachi or something, wanted to be big but in the end, if you don't sugarcoat it, she's basically marrying into money or status anyway, like Melania Trump, but more ambitious yet accomplished nothing.

I did not like how you can basically sexually assault the concubine without any repercussion, I guess it's easy to fuck an Emperor's wife back in the day, right? Terrible stories, with good intention probably but still terrible story nonetheless.
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