List of Utawarerumono episodes
Utawarerumono is a 26-episode anime television series based on the visual novel of the same name by Leaf. The series aired in Japan between April 3 and September 25, 2006. With the first DVD release of the anime on August 23, 2006, a short bonus episode lasting about seven minutes was also included. The opening theme is "Musōka" by Suara, the first ending theme used for the first 25 episodes is "Madoromi no Rinne" by Eri Kawai, and the second ending theme used for the final episode is "Kimi ga Tame" by Suara. The North American rights to the Utawarerumono anime were initially held by ADV Films for US$109,201 effective August 1, 2006, who completed a full DVD release of the entire series. In July 2008, Funimation announced that the license to Utawarerumono (and other titles formerly held by ADV) had transferred to them.
A three-episode Utawarerumono original video animation (OVA) series was developed by the creators of the anime. These episodes focus on side stories from the game which were not covered in the TV series. The first OVA was released on June 5, 2009. The OVA's opening theme is "Adamant Faith" by Suara and its ending theme is "Yume no Tsuzuki" by Rena Uehara. In the first OVA, the episode focuses mainly on Urutori's relationship with the child rescued from Niwe's attack, and how she refuses to give up the child to another family, going so far as to attack her friends.
Anime TV series
|#||Title||Original air date|
"Manekarezaru Mono" (招かれざるもの)
|April 3, 2006|
|A strange man is found by a girl and her family and nursed back to health. He appears to have lost all of his memories, and can't seem to remove a mask of bone affixed to his forehead. A girl introduces herself to the man. The girl’s name is Erurū. With her is her grandmother, Tusukuru and her little sister, Arurū. The man appreciates the help the family did for him and ask about Erurū’s parents. Erurū said that their father has already died when they were little and their mother also died right after giving birth to Arurū. The man wanted to go outside to find something he could do. Worried that the man’s health might get worse, Erurū is asked by Tusukuru to assist him. While they walk around the village, Nuwangi and his men came to take the villager’s money and belongings. The man stops Nuwangi and his men and forced them to leave the village. Away from the village, Nuwangi throws rocks and destroyed a shrine in his anger towards the man who humiliates him. At night, the villagers talked about Mutikapa the Queen of the Forest being angry because someone wrecked her shrine. The villagers blamed the man for it but Erurū told them that it’s not him because the man is with her all day. The villagers apologize to the man and decided to rebuild Mutikapa’s shrine and offer something to please her.|
|02||"The Violent King of the Forest"
"Araburu Mori no Ō" (荒ぶる森の王)
|April 10, 2006|
|The Queen of the forest, Mutikapa, is angered and begins killing some of the townspeople. Hakuoro works with the others to figure out a way to defeat it.|
"Murasaki Kohaku / Muikōha" (紫琥珀)
|April 17, 2006|
|Tusukuru is thought to be missing from the village though is later found offering aid to a young girl with a strange affliction.|
|04||"The Path of No Return"
"Modorenu Michi" (戻れぬ道)
|April 24, 2006|
|Tusukuru is inadvertently killed and members from the village go on a mission to kill the feudal lord responsible.|
|05||"The Daughter of the Forest"
"Mori no Musume" (森の娘)
|May 1, 2006|
|Hakuoro takes over command of the station which he captures, beginning to strategically lead a large-scale rebellion. When rallying troops to rise up against the oppressive government, however, he runs into Benawi, the empire's Samurai leader.|
|06||"The Assembled Powers"
"Tsudou Chikara" (集う力)
|May 8, 2006|
|Hakuoro gains more men at his command and once again has a battle involving Benawi and the men he commands.|
|07||"Advance Towards the Emperor"
"Kōto Shinkō" (皇都侵攻)
|May 15, 2006|
|Finally, Hakuoro's small army reaches the castle of Emperor Inkara, to find, when they arrive, that he had already died by Benawi's blade. After this, Benawi and Kurou join Hakuoro.|
|May 22, 2006|
|Several Onkami come to Hakuoro's castle as arbitators and to gather more information on his new country Tusukuru.|
|May 29, 2006|
|As the large country of Shikeripetim threatens invasion, Hakouro devises a cunning plan to hold off Shikeripetim's emperor, Niwe, and his far superior military force.|
|June 5, 2006|
|A powerful mercenary is brought to the castle and held captive until she is able to show her worth as a fighter and joins Hakuoro's army.|
|11||"The Eternal Promise"
"Eien no yakusoku" (永遠の約束)
|June 12, 2006|
|Kuccha Keccha attacks Erurū's former village and massacres the inhabitants. In response to continued attacks, Tusukuru is forced to declare war with them.|
|June 19, 2006|
|Kuccha Keecha turns out to be a more formidable opponent than originally anticipated, more so now that they have the support of the Evinkuruga Touka. Hakuoro tries to find another way to attain victory.|
|13||"Battle of Bloodshed"
"Chinurareta Tatakai" (血塗られた戦い)
|June 26, 2006|
|Hakuoro's plan to defeat the Kuccha Keccha succeeds and he confronts Emperor Orikakan; the result of their encounter however, is quite unexpected.|
|July 2, 2006|
|More helpless villages in Tusukuru are attacked by Niwe, the emperor of Shikeripetim, as he advances through the countryside. Hakuoro hatches a desperate plan in order to defend his nation.|
|15||"End of the Banquet"
"Utage no Owari" (宴の終わり)
|July 9, 2006|
|A final decisive battle between Hakuoro and Niwe begins in Shikeripetim's capital.|
|16||"The End of the Bloodshed"
"Tatakai no Hate" (戦いの果て)
|July 16, 2006|
|Hakuoro is still haunted by what Niwe said to him and has nightmares about it. Later a duel between Benawi and Oboro takes places to see how strong each is. Near the end of the episode, Hakuoro is introduced to another emperor named Kuuya.|
|17||"The Young Emperor"
"Osanaki Ō / Osanaki Ōruo" (幼き皇)
|July 23, 2006|
|Kuuya and Hakuoro have a long talk alone about the world they live in and the state of affairs. Later, Oboro is suffering from a hangover and must take Erurū revolting medicine in order for it to pass quicker. Also, the trader from before comes back to sell them a Mikyūm which is a rare and extremely valuable animal. Finally, Hakuoro has yet another private discussion with Kuuya where he discovers that the masked emperor is in fact a young girl.|
|July 31, 2006|
|Karura's younger brother Derihouri is leading a revolt in a neighboring country though his small army is no match for the force he is trying to oppose. It will take the aid of Hakuoro, Karura and the several others to overcome the emperor.|
|August 7, 2006|
|Derihouri, with the aide of Hakuoro and his party and a secret from Karura's past, infiltrate the capital of Nan-tunk, only to discover that the Kenam rebellion was formed with ulterior motives.|
|August 14, 2006|
|Kuuya talks again with Hakuoro. Later she reveals her plans of war with the other countries. Thus Hakuoro is left with the decision to help her or not. Hakuoro tries to dissuade her, but to no avail.|
|21||"The Great Seal"
"Daifūin / On Rīyāku" (大封印)
|August 21, 2006|
|Kuuya, convinced by her bloodthirsty advisers, starts a war against every nation in order to unite the whole continent. Soon the war reaches Hakuoro's empire. The avu-kamuu of Kuuya seem unstoppable, and Hakuoro decides to evacuate the capital.|
|22||"The Accursed Contract"
"Imawashiki keiyaku" (忌まわしき契約)
|August 28, 2006|
|As the forces of Emperor Kuuya descend upon Tusukuru's capital, Hakuoro realizes that the evacuation is going to take longer than they have, and so decides to sacrifice himself to draw their attention away. However, Aruruu isn't prepared to let this happen, and shows up riding Mukkuru. The immortal Mutikapa is able to attack the Avu-Kamuu without being hurt, but Aruruu is hit with a single blow and died. However, the pool of blood growing behind Aruruu begins to bring back Hakuoro's memories, and new questions start arising in his mind: What is he? What unknown powers does he harbor?|
|23||"Where the Heart Lies"
"Kokoro no arika" (心の在り処)
|September 4, 2006|
|The first heavy defeat in battle with Kuuya in the previous episode slows down the war. In the next, relatively calm, days Hakuoro remembers some of his past. Who really is the Iceman? Why does this "Mikoto" in his memories resemble Erurū so much? Genjimaru leaves Kunnekamun since he knows they are on a path to annihilation. He joins Hakuoro offering his guide for the armies. Genjimaru seems to be betraying Kuuya, but he acts this way since he wants to save her from the war. Understanding that, Hakuoro accepts his help. The first step is unite all the rebels left by Kunnekamun's passage. In order to do that, Hakuoro arranges a mission to rescue the Oruyankuru. The old man is saved, but then he declares that Urutorii is the new Oruyankuru and retires.|
|24||"The Passing One"
"Horobi yuku mono" (滅びゆくもの)
|September 11, 2006|
|With the help of the rebels and Genjimaru's military command the Tusukuru empire stops Kunnekamun and soon turns the tables of the war. Inside the castle of Kuuya the final battle ensues, but there are more factions at work than just Tusukuru and Kunnekamun...|
|25||"Traces of the Ancient Dream"
"Taiko no yumeato" (太古の夢跡)
|September 18, 2006|
|The episode begins with the fate of Kuuya being revealed. Hakuoro rushes to Onkami Yamukai to rescue Kamyu, but all is not as it seems. Hakouro's true identity is confirmed and he remembers more of the Iceman's heartbreaking story.|
|26||"The One Being Sung"
|September 25, 2006|
|After a climatic battle and the final pieces of Hakouro's past being revealed, Hakouro makes a very difficult decision that will forever have an impact on the future.|
|#||Title||Original air date|
|August 23, 2006|
|Hakuoro is working and finds that he is hungry so he sets out to find Erurū, but is unable to locate her. Upon going to the food storage hut, Oboro approaches him and helps him find some food hidden in a secret compartment. Erurū almost catches them and frustratingly remarks how the hidden food was spoiled and leaves. Afterwards, Hakuoro and Oboro are stricken by serious stomach problems and fight to go to the restroom before the other does. However, the situation is further complicated by Aruru, who has shown up ready to dive headfirst into Hakuoro.|
|December 25, 2006|
|Munto searches around the castle for Kamyu, who has skipped out of her lessons. It is revealed she is playing hide-and-go-seek with Arurū. Hakuoro watches the entire tableau from his balcony, while drinking tea with Erurū and Benawi. Once Arurū is flushed from her "hiding place" the girls decide to head to the bath house and clean themselves up.|
|03||"The One Being Broken"
"Kowasareru Mono" (こわされるもの)
|January 7, 2007|
|Touka is seen caring for a doll that she treasures. She runs off to get some tea for Hakuoro, leaving him alone with the doll. Hakuoro plays with the doll and accidentally breaks it, leading to him running frantically around the castle looking for some way to repair it. He quickly glues it back together, but it's a very sloppy job. Oboro wanders in and starts playing with the already damaged doll, which breaks again. It is at this point that Touka returns, and Hakuoro lays all the blame on Oboro, leading to him taking the brunt of Touka's fury.|
|04||"The God Of Nugizono"
"Nuguisomukami" (禍日神 ヌグィソムカミ)
|February 21, 2007|
|Touka's doll from the previous episode is fixed by a merchant in town, but she loses it soon after when she places it on a transport wagon. Touka starts to pursue the wagon, effectively terrifying the drivers into thinking she is a monster that is going to kill them. In the end, one of the men in the wagon throws Touka's doll over a cliff which makes Touka jump after it and fall a vast distance. Later, Erurū recounts the story of the "monster" to Hakuoro, and Touka is shown lying in bed, injured from the fall.|
|#||Title||Original air date|
|01||"The Lullaby of the Watchtower"
"Bōrō no Komoriuta" (望楼の子守唄)
|June 26, 2009|
|It is a peaceful day at the palace. Urutori found an abandoned baby. Benawi told Kurou to investigate nearby villages to identify the baby’s parents. Meanwhile, Urutori takes care of the baby. She experienced motherhood while taking care of the baby. Karura warns her not to get too attached to the baby because it will be hard for her to separate with the baby when baby returns to its family. But day after day, Urutori keeps on worrying on the baby and takes good care of the baby. Not for long she eventually got attached to the baby. After a few days of investigation, they found out the baby’s parents are from conflicting village tribes and the baby is an unwanted child. But with the influence of the palace, they were able to unite the tribes and the baby’s parents wanted to have their child back. When Urutori heard of the news, she ran away with the baby. Hakuoro and the others went looking for her. After they found her, they ask Urutori to return the baby. Urutori refused to give the baby. Karura told her that she is keeping the baby away from its family and what she is doing is kidnapping. Urutori still doesn’t listen and had a fight with Karura. Their fight was interrupted when the baby cries. Urutori came into her senses and accepted the fact that she must return the baby to its parents. After they returned the baby to its parents, Urutori got depressed and went to drink sake with Karura.|
|02||"The Prescription of Secret Love"
"Hiren no Shohōsen" (秘恋の処方箋)
|December 23, 2009|
|Erurū was kidnapped by an Onkami named Nopon and a Kimamau named Gomuta. They asked Erurū to make a medicine that will make someone look young to help their mistress, Kamuchatāru, a bar owner who is in love with a man who likes young women. Kamuchatāru found out that Nopon and Gomuta kidnapped Erurū and told them to return her to the palace. Nopon told Erurū about Kamuchatāru’s life and gains Erurū’s sympathy, helping them to make the medicine. Erurū asked Nopon about the person Kamuchatāru is in love with. He told Erurū that the man is someone Erurū knows in the palace and told her more and more about him. But before he could tell the man’s name, he got interrupted by Kamuchatāru whereas Erurū has already made a conclusion that the man is Benawi. After that, Erurū asked Nopon and Kamuchatāru to get her materials and some ingredients at the palace. Kamuchatāru asked her to stop doing it because helping her will hurt her pride. Then, she told Erurū that she was once a princess of their country, the daughter of Inkara. She got betrayed by the people of their country and sought revenge against their new empire, Tusukuru. She, Nopon, and Gomuta were captured and were supposed to be executed. The man she fell in love pardoned them out of compassion. She told her that she doesn’t want to trouble that person anymore. Erurū told Kamuchatāru that she won’t stop. Furthermore, she told Kamuchatāru that she mustn’t deceive her heart because a medicine for one’s heart is better than a medicine for the body. Meanwhile, at the palace, news of Erurū’s disappearance has spread. After finding a lead, Benawi told Hakuoro that he will be handling the case. After gathering the things they need at Erurū’s room and were about to return, Nopon and Gomuta were seen by Arurū, Kamyu, and Yuzuha. They told them that Erurū is with them and is helping them to make a medicine for their mistress. After that, they successfully return to Kamuchatāru’s place. They also brought Arurū along with them to assist Erurū. Back at the palace, Kurou saw Kamyu and Yuzuha. He asked Arurū’s whereabouts because Kamyu and Yuzuha always hangs out with Arurū. They told Kurou that she is with an old man and a kimamau. Knowing that there’s only one place where they could find the kimamau, Kurou asked Benawi that he will be handling the case and sets out to Kamuchatāru’s place to check Arurū. In there, he had a fight against Nopon and Gomuta. Kamuchatāru stopped their fight. Erurū and Arurū came out of Kamuchatāru’s place to tell them that the medicine is complete. Erurū tripped and the medicine fell on Nopon and made him look young instead. After that, Erurū and Arurū returned to the palace. Kamuchatāru and Kurou had a conversation. Kamuchatāru told Kurou how grateful she is to Kurou for taking care of her when she was a child. Kurou went near her and asked why she suddenly brought it up. Kamuchatarou blushed and it is revealed that the man she loves is Kurou. Meanwhile, Erurū never discover who Kamuchatāru really likes and still thinks that Benawi is the person that Kamuchatāru likes and also the man who likes young girls. She began to worry that Benawi might fall in love with Arurū.|
|03||"The Sword Guard Sound in Deep Mountain"
"Shinzan no Tsubanari" (深山の鍔鳴)
|June 23, 2010|
|Hakuoro and Touka went to fish and they also brought Arurū and Mukkuru along with them. While fishing, Hakuoro told Touka, stories about the spirit of the river, who swims in the river in the form of a fish. After a while, Benawi found where they are fishing. Benawi dragged Hakuoro back to the palace to continue his royal duties. Before he goes, Hakuoro told Touka to catch the spirit of the river. With that said, Touka waited for the spirit of the river to take her bait. Then suddenly a huge fish grab her bait. Touka pulled her fishing rod as best as she can, struggling against the fish. Arurū got caught in their struggle and fell down in the river. The current dragged Arurū away and got lost. After she saw what happened to Arurū, Touka pulled her fishing rod even harder and finally caught the huge fish. With its size, Touka assumed that it is the spirit of the river. Then, she quickly went to look for Arurū while carrying the fish. Touka searched for Arurū for several hours. It’s at night time that she found Arurū sleeping within the forest. Touka camped there for the night and vowed to her sword that she must protect Arurū, grabbing the sword that was supposed to be with her. She remembered that she left her sword with Mukkuru from where she and Hakuoro went to fish earlier during the day. The huge fish gained consciousness and is going to return to the river. Touka saw it and knock it out again. Touka is surprised that it is still alive after staying at land for several hours, making her believe that the fish is really the spirit of the river. The next day, at the palace, Hakuoro and the others are having their breakfast. He knew that Touka and Arurū are still catching the spirit of the river but he felt that there is still someone missing on the table. He noticed that Oboro and one of the twins who serve Oboro are gone. He asked one of the twins, Gurā, of their whereabouts. Gurā told him that they are out to search for Touka and Arurū in the forest. Kamyu told everyone present at the table that there is a huge monster reported to be seen roaming the forest according to a newspaper and hoped that everyone in the forest are okay. At the forest, it didn’t take long for Oboro and Dorī to found Touka and Arurū. Intead of meeting with them, Oboro asked Dorī to observe what they are doing for now. Touka went to fish for breakfast. She went for a dive in the river and miserably fell head first on the shallow river. Oboro laugh at Touka’s blunder. In the end Touka failed to get any fish and went back to Arurū. She saw Arurū eating some edible worms in the forest. Arurū gave her one to eat but her appetite can’t take it and humorously passed out. After regaining consciousness, she went to gather mushrooms. Pretty sure that the mushrooms she gathered are not poisonous, she ate them. Moments later, she felt the effects of the mushrooms’ poison. Arurū quickly searched for an antidote and gave it to her. After that, they are on their way to return home. Touka leads the way and with every obstacle they found, she always fails to get by while Oboro gets to laugh at her. While taking their break, Touka said to Arurū that Arurū seems to be good at adapting in the forest. Arurū told her that she and Erurū were trained by their grandmother because it is necessary for them to gather herbs in the forest. As she got depressed, Touka apologized for being useless. Arurū got up and urged her that they should return to the palace. At night, they are almost out of the forest, when they heard someone screamed. They went to look for the source of the noise. They found Dorī and a huge monster, who Touka believe to be the real spirit of the forest, swallowing Oboro. Touka helped Oboro got out of the monster. After they helped him, Oboro emitted a foul smell that came from the monster. Without her sword, Touka is having a hard time fighting the monster. Mukkuru suddenly appeared and helped them. It gave Touka her sword. Before she attacks, she told to herself that even if the monster is the real spirit of the forest, such malicious being should not be presented to her master, Hakuoro. In four strikes, Touka defeated the monster. The monster retreated to the river. Touka, Arurū, and the others have finally returned to the palace. Hakuoro met up with them, relieved to see them okay. Touka reported to him that she failed to catch the spirit of the river and instead present to him the fish that may somehow be also called the spirit of the river. When presented, the fish is still alive and suddenly jumped high, swallowing the stinky Oboro’s head humorously.|
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