The CD Maxi is set for Aug 30 release. ^___^
Now then... of note is the post regarding changes in ep 14 since it comes in here as well.
From this episode... what doesn't exist in the novels:
- Kouyuu's and Reishin's unhappiness over how Shuurei and Eigetsu are treated
- Reishin going to the archives to see Shouka
- Shuurei talking to Kouyuu
- Kouyuu confronting Senior Sec. Sai regarding Shuurei's and Eigetsu's treatment
- Kouyuu's childhood memory of being taken in by Reishin
- Kouyuu does not make a snack for Shuurei and Eigetsu (especially considering how he'd told them not to expect any help from him or Shuuei at the end of last ep! >_<;; )
- The drinking scene between Shuuei, Kouyuu, Seiran and Ryuuki. It does however happen in the omake CD Drama.
- Kouyuu's outburst to Reishin when hungover (obvious since the drinking scene never happened either).
- Seiran asking Shouka to talk to Kouyuu (Shuuei! You lost your scene and how wonderful a friend you are to Kouyuu!!) ^^;;
- Seiran's uncertainty over his inability to do anything (I'd debated putting this into out of order, but...)
- Kouyuu confronting Shuuei over talking to Shouka. (In the novel, Kouyuu decides he's going to hit Shuuei.) ^^;;
Out of place:
- Reishin's talk with Ryuuki
- Shuurei asking Kouyuu what his wish was that supported him in climbing through the ranks
- Ro telling Sai that Shuurei's sponsor was Reishin (? I'm not entirely sure where that scene happened in the book but I vaguely recall reading it).
- Shouka talking to Kouyuu happens during the afternoon
- Ryuuki gives Eigetsu the little package much earlier on.
The episode starts off with Kouyuu being very concerned over Shuurei and Eigetsu's treatment at the hands of the other court officials. In the archives, Shuuei teases him a touch about being so down and comments how Reishin is likely to give Ryuuki a piece or three or more.... of his mind. And sure enough, Reishin is talking to Ryuuki about how when unsure of how to assign people, an observation period is used to see how the new shinshi are. After talking to Ryuuki, Reishin goes to the archives hoping to see Shouka and Kouyuu feels a bit depressed seeing how Reishin so clearly loves Shouka.
First is the bit between Ryuuki and Reishin. In the novels, that occurred at the very beginning of the story before the top shinshi were even assigned to the courts for two months. At that point, it's revealed that both Reishin and Kouyuu have both been through that exceptional assignment, so they should likewise be aware of the purpose of the assignments and their true worth, meaning, and value. Indeed Reishin has apparently more than made good use of his stint in the stables. ^^;; If you want a hint, pay attention to what's happening in the background in ep 14 when Shuurei's cleaning the toilets or Eigetsu's polishing shoes. ^___^
And so, Reishin's and Kouyuu's actions in this episode don't make much sense. Reishin's especially, although I'm sure Kouyuu realised the merits of his assignment when he went through things.
In the novel after the dinner, Kouyuu told Shuurei not to expect help from either Shuuei or himself. This is important because, being at the bottom of the ladder, Shuurei has to fight her way up. Kouyuu and Shuuei can't help her and neither can Ryuuki because it will completely undermine her. Hence last ep when Shuurei stops Kijin and Yuuri in the walkway makes no sense. She shouldn't be so presumptuous as to speak so brazenly with someone so much higher ranked than herself.
This then ties in with what we miss in the scene between Shuuei and Kouyuu. The scene actually takes place in Kouyuu's office and Shuuei comments how his office was really something since he'd taken on Ryuuki's work as well. Shuuei then notices a scroll that has a woman's image on it and realises that it's a marriage proposal that was sent to Kouyuu. He remembers how Kouyuu originally didn't hate women, but after having passed as Jougen and being chased around so much by people wanting him to marry into their families, Kouyuu became very jaded about women. Shuuei remembers having hunted Kouyuu down several times to rescue him from such situations. Apparently Reishin had been so amused by what was happening that he didn't try to help Kouyuu. ^^;;
Shuuei looks at the image on the scroll and recognizes the woman and comments how that person hadquite the nerve in continuing to offer his daughter in marriage despite the things he'd faced from both Reishin and Kouyuu. Kouyuu defensively argues that what happened wasn't by his will but because he'd been told to, but Shuuei tells him the one who carried out the action was still Kouyuu... Shuuei still remembers when Kouyuu so beautifully sent the toupee flying off the man and how it then flew perfectly ending up catching fire and turning to ash in an instant. That man then screamed like it was the end of the world and everyone burst out laughing. Shuuei realised once again how scary Reishin would be to have as an enemy. ^^;;
Kouyuu asks Shuuei if he'd come for a reason to his office and Shuuei remembers that he'd come to tell Kouyuu that he'd received a letter from Ensei. Apparently Ensei had left Sa Province and would arrive in a month and a half and that Kourin was with him. Kourin was coming both to report on the Sa Clan as well as to see Shuurei, and so Shuuei was wondering what Kouyuu thought and whether they should tell Shuurei everything about what had happened when she was in the Imperial Residence. Kouyuu tells Shuuei that things were different now and that Shuurei was an official now and should be told.
Shuuei reminds Kouyuu that for all that he supposedly learned what women were truly like, that Shuurei was also a woman. Kouyuu says that Shuurei's a pupil and isn't included in with "women" in his mind. Shuuei tells him that even so, Shuurei is still a woman and that Kouyuu only learned what some women were like.
Shuuei then comments how Shuurei's really working hard and how it's a shame that they haven't been able to see her smile at all. Since she'd been assigned to the courts, Kouyuu and Shuuei were refraining from visiting Shouka's home and that even if they should run into her on the palace grounds, she automatically averted her face and gave way to them. Since Shuuei felt lonely about being treated that way, he says it's a good thing that Kouyuu agreed to take on so much of Ryuuki's work so that he could play guard to Shuurei and Eigetsu as it would have been a seriously blow to him to be treated that way by Shuurei. ^^;;
When Shuuei leaves Kouyuu, he wonders if Kouyuu realises his and Shuurei's position. Reishin has no children. All he has is an adopted child whom he gave the last name "Li". Shuurei is the eldest daughter to who should have been the head of the clan and the strongest blood ties to the family. And within the family itself, there are very few children who could potentially take over the family name. The one thing Shuuei didn't know was why Reishin refused to give Kouyuu the Kou name.
***** most likely going to happen next episode but originally leads to Kouyuu becoming depressed *****
We really don't get a feel for how much work Shuurei and Eigetsu are doing in the anime. Essentially they're working around the clock and only grabbing perhaps a couple of hours between finishing their work and reporting for their morning duties. Next ep will likely go into a bit of this though.
Since the first day they'd left for work, Eigetsu and Shuurei have never once been able to go home for the night and have instead been spending all their time in the archives. (At the same time, Shouka (and Seiran too) hasn't been back home either and has instead been watching over Shuurei and Eigetsu. On the tenth straight day of this, Shuurei opens the door to the archives and finds two trays with food and tea outside the door. The trays have always appeared since day one at some point and while at first they didn't touch the food, Ryuuki was sure it was safe and so they ate it. From the taste, Shuurei knew that it definitely wasn't her father's doing, and when she asked, Ryuuki told her it wasn't him.
Shuurei then goes to deliver the work she and Eigetsu had finished and while she's out, Eigetsu carefully pulls out a small bottle and sprinkles a fresh handkerchief with the liquid and carefully wipes his hands. He then puts on some thin gloves and picks out several scrolls and starts copying the work onto fresh paper and destroys most of the originals and when he's done, he resumes his work. Eigetsu is unaware that he'd been watched the whole time by Shouka.
Shuurei then heads to the Dept of Protocol to deliver their work when she gets ambushed by other officials who throw dirt balls at her. However, since Shuurei had taught kids at the temple, she was used to this sort of thing, and after carefully putting the papers aside safely, she easily avoided their attack and hid behind a pillar. As she considers her options behind the pillar, the attack suddenly stops and when she peeks she sees the various officials looking very pale and staring behind her. Following there gaze she finds Kouyuu standing behind her along with Senior Sec. Sai. Since the hall is now an utter disaster, Shuurei is ordered to clean up the mess by Ro and everyone else is ordered to stay away from there until clean-up is complete.
Seiran comes out while Shuurei surveys the mess and fights back her tears. Being attacked by the mudballs wasn't only an attach against her as a female but against her as a person and that she herself was meaningless. Having fought back her tears, Shuurei's finally able to look up only to find Seiran there. However, Shuurei immediately tells him to go because he'll spoil her and she'll end up crying even though she'd decided she wouldn't cry over what happened.
The rest of that scene was described earlier elsewhere here
Hidden from Shuurei, Shuuei restrains Ryuuki from going out into the fray. In a rare instance of anger, Shuuei raises his voice to Ryuuki and tells him that if he went out there right now, everything that Shuurei had fought for up until then would be for nothing and that no one will ever see for who she is, but instead see Ryuuki and his power, and that was why they'd sent Kouyuu out in the first place. Up until now, regardless of what they may have heard or seen, Shuuei and Kouyuu didn't do anything to help Shuurei because it would undermine her. The only people who can help her at this point are her fellow exam mates. Instead Shuuei reminds Ryuuki that there's something that he has to take care of now - to put out an official notice that treating a female official as a servant would be punishable by immediate dismissal up to exile from the province.
***** Next ep tidbit then happens *****
After cleaning up the hall, Eigetsu and Shuurei barely manage to get to morning assembly and when they stagger to take their place, Heki Hakumei steps in and tells Ro that he's taking Shuurei and Eigetsu to a separate room to get some sleep. Ro confronts him saying that there's this thing called work hours but Haku tells him that Eigetsu and Shuurei have been working well beyond standard work hours for some time now. When asked if he would take their place at their morning duties, Haku readily agrees and starts dragging Shuurei and Eigetsu off. When Ro tries to stop him over morning announcements / work detail, Haku cuts him off saying that it was done perfectly and leaves.
***** End of bit *****
The story then flashes back to Kouyuu having received some fresh new clothes at the Dept of Protocol and he thinks over what Sai had said to him. (Much of the conversation is the same as had happened after Shuurei had spoken to Kouyuu by the river). Reishin then finds him and asks him what he's doing standing there. (Conversation between Kouyuu and Reishin regarding someone being sent from the mainhouse) and Kouyuu asks Reishin what he'd do if he decided to go on a world-wide training trip for dim sum (tsu tsu ura ura tenshin shugyou). Reishin looks at him oddly and comments that it would probably take Kouyuu half him lifetime to reach that first "tsu" (port).
***** More most likely from next episode *****
The story continues with officials starting to change their attitude towards Shuurei (next ep stuffs) and a short scene with Kochou. There's then a brief scene between Ryuuki, Shuuei and Kouyuu who discuss a fake ring that has come into their possession and Ryuuki wonders if the original ring itself was real or a fake. Ryuuki then asks Shuuei if his brothers ever said anything about the civil war of nine years ago, and Shuuei recalls that they'd once said that the courts became young again (ie most of the chief positions were suddenly taken up by very capable but young people. Kouyuu is a prime example of that). Ryuuki admits that he'd only realised that recently and wonders about whether in the early years if his father truly was ill. While he knew it was real later on, Ryuuki hadn't seen his father during the early years of his illness. Ryuuki then seriously wonders what had caused Sa Taiho to do as he had in the first story as it doesn't seem to fit with his character.
In the archives, as Shuurei goes through her work, she realises that something is very strange and Eigetsu comments that something's off with his work as well. The two then compare notes and look at what the other was doing and realise that they're looking at something dealing with the same department. They then decide to use that as their homework assignemtn for Ro. Haku then comes to the archives to help out with their work. Apparently, since that day when Haku took Shuurei and Eigetsu off to get some sleep, he'd been helping them out with their other work as well. When Ro confronts Haku over helping Shuurei and Eigetsu since he'd assigned that work to them, Haku tells Ro that he was bored and had finished his own work and decided to help them on their own and that they hadn't asked.
As they work in the archives, Haku gives Shuurei and Eigetsu a piece of his mind for having screwed up his plans (Haku really admires Kouyuu and was aiming to follow in his footsteps). Shuuei comes in to the archives bringing in a tray he'd found outside the door which now contains food for three and comments how it brings back memories of his own year. Shuuei can't help smiling as Haku yells at Eigetsu that more than eating sweets (what was on the tray) he needed to learn how to drink alcohol first, and he then goes off to find Shouka and tells him he has a favour to ask of him.
The next day, thanks to Haku helping out, Shuurei and Eigetsu are able to go home for the first time in a month. The instant they step inside, they both fall asleep on the floor and Shouka and Seiran take them to their rooms.
********** End novel explanation for now **********
And finally we hit Shouka-papa's scene with Seiran! >_<;;
Eek that was long background lead up to this point. I'll go into the wonders of Shouka-papa tomorrow though. ^^;;