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Chapter 5: Boundary
Kiroranke, Asirpa, Shiraishi and Ogata, companions the hard way, are leaving Sakhalin and wanting to leave Japanese influence to Russian territory, for which they are building relationships with certain Uiltas in the region. Having no documents with them, they have to sneak in and disguise themselves as Uiltas, but at the border they are intercepted by a Russian patrol. Tsurimi tells us the real identity of Kiroranke, who is the same commander who notified the Russians. Now Ogata has a confrontation with Vasili, a well-trained Russian sniper, while the Russian officer is being captured.
What can you say about this chapter when it contains everything? Two things stand out: Kiroranke's identity and the confrontation between Ogata and Vasili. While this corresponds to the second half of the chapter, it is what gets attention. The first part corresponds to an entertaining teaching of the Uilta culture, which is different from the Ainu. Knowing them is not bad, it even gets entertaining which is a strength of this anime, although it delays its progress a little, it also serves not only by expanding knowledge but it contextualizes us and helps us better understand maneuvering the protagonist and the secondary. The essence of this anime can be felt in this chapter, although the group is a different one.
Kiroranke's group is initially similar to Sugimotos in that they have two key members: Kiroranke and Asirpa. It differs a lot in that Sugimoto is not Kiroranke, the latter has more knowledge of the areas and gives him a different air, less innocent. Does Asirpa live with them because they like them or because they have no other? Given their naturalness, they seem to have already forged closer relationships, even Shiraishi looks more confident. In all things they seem to get along well and without any problems, although we understand the intentions of Kiroranke and Ogata, we still wonder if Asirpa loved his kidnappers.
There are traces that we cannot erase and these traces correspond to the past. The indelible scars are called: our life. What is done is done, there is no way to change it. This past haunts Kiroranke and this story is known to Tsurumi. Tsurumi again demonstrates how valuable knowledge is and how much it serves to put together ever better and more effective tactics. If I don't want to get my hands dirty, I better let my enemies take care of each other.
The story of Kiroranke and why the Russians are chasing him can be traced back to the murder of Tsar Alexander II. It seems that Kiroranke, whose real name is Yulbars, was one of those who tried to assassinate the Tsar in a series of simultaneous attacks: bombs that were hidden and thrown on the Tsar. Although, the anime says, all the members that belong to the group Narodnaya Volia ((Will of the people), they were murdered after the attack, only rescuing Yulbars, who would flee to carry out the group's plan years later, or at least we would assume so. If you are doing the math, Kiroranke must be over 40 years old.
Alexander II of Russia
Why was the tsar murdered? Maybe history can give us the answer. Alexander II was Tsar from 1856 until his assassination in 1881. He is known for having carried out a number of reforms aimed at modernizing the Russian people, reforms favorable to the people like the establishment of a Duma (legislative power, you might say). . Those Narodnaya Volia It was a socialist group that was against any autocratic government, whatever the tsar they were going to assassinate. They thought the murder would spark a series of riots, but no, they lacked power and money. The latter, perhaps Kiroranke, found it in the Ainu gold that he would receive to return and complete his mission.
This is called camp with all the law. In the ambush, Ogata found a rival who put his skills first, not just shooting skills, but strategic skills as well. We are shown that being a sniper is not easy. There are many things to consider and therein lies the strategy (when, how and why to shoot). Vasili knows well, thinks like Ogata, because both know their job so well that they wait for the other's mistake to attack, even though Ogata seems to be a bit ahead. This confrontation holds great promise because of the tensions it entails. We hope that it will do well.
From the title we cannot tell what will happen as it can be for both Sugimoto and Kiroranke or Ogata. Maybe they keep us waiting and take more time for the episode to end (and maybe Ogata wins than Snake). You inevitably have to ask yourself: What is Sugimoto doing?