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Episode 20 was the epic rematch against Shira. Never did I think to see that battle animated. But well worth to see that Magatsu-Manji-horse team up and that bastard die in the horrible fashion he did.

So the episode starts off adapting a short version of a flashback in 172 where Mitake delivers a message to Shira then the last pages of 169 (it skipped the rest of of 168 and all of Baro's last stand) with Meguro and Tanpopo running through the snow discussing Habaki making it past Kokai River and Manji being the 100 Man Killer -- which leads to an encounter with Shira in 170 though it's a shorter version that skips the flashback of Habaki's advice for Meguro just remembering it. Skips Anotsu and Magatsu as well as Manji and Rin getting palanquins. Skips right to Manji in his conversing with his bearer and Rin gets kidnapped, skips Shira talking to Rin, skips Habaki and Rokki dan marching, then to Manji finding Shira sitting in the snow. Pretty much adapts all of 171 minus some of the Shira-Manji banter. The opening flashback with Shira and Renzo is skipped in 172, cuts most of the Shira-Manji banter, cuts Renzo - leaves him completely without any dialogue or monologue in this episode, second flashback omitted, pretty much all of 173 and 174 is used, 175 skips Tanpopo talking when she's in the lake and Magatsu's flashback about Ozuhan and Anotsu. 176 skips Magatsu's monologue as Meguro fights Shira and Magatsu's flashback and does not reveal if Rin is safe or not unlike the chapters did in the manga. 177 again like past chapters, the Rin-Renzo-Tanpopo parts and Meguro talking to Magatsu are skipped. 178 is pretty much all adapted but the hut epilogue is skipped. Only the Shira-Renzo, attack by wild dogs from 179 is adapted and episodes ends there with the last scene after the end credits adapting Shira's twisted advice before he croaks.
 

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Episode 21 was the last bit Renzo finding the hut and Koji's trap at Mount Tsukuba. So the final battles between the Itto-Ryu and Rokki Dan have begun. The Itto lose Koji. The Rokki lose Ban. Ryo is sidelined. Gi'ichi decides to help. Manji and Rin are almost fully recovered. Can't believe it's almost the final showdown.

Episode starts skipping to the end of 179 and changing that scene to Mitake informing Rokki-Dan in a cave instead of catching up to them on the road then back where they left off on 179 with a flashback to Tanpopo and Meguro running into Mitake and he tells them about the Edo Castle assault, seeing Anotsu but turning a blind eye, the convo in the hut, the joke of Tanpopo warming Manji up, and Renzo enters. A shorter and new version of 181 when Koji strategizes with Anotsu. Simply, Koji asks Abayama if it's time to start "thinning out," alluding to Rokki Dan. Then the start of 180 with Renzo declaring he's taking Manji's arms, being upset they trying to protect him vs. Shira was treated, Rin volunteering her arms, Manji is saved, and a short version of when Magatsu tells Renzo his father was Itto Ryu. 181, Dew on Spiderwebs, skips Manji checking his arms then the talk with Magatsu, skips ahead to the bit with Abayama telling the students Koji went to hunt in Mount Tsukuba. Skips to when Koji tells villager Musuke it's time to open the vases. Then skips back to when Koji leaves to scene of Hebi informing Rokki-dan of Koji splitting off and they suspect a trap then Ban and Ryo volunteer to go after him. Ends on Rokki spotting Koji with villagers. Starts on 182 with short version of Rokki strategizing and Ban ordering Hebi and Ryo to go, Ryo deducing Ban planned to flee, the stand off, the archers attacking, Ban saving her from the arrow traps while she kills the archers, continues into 183, Koji calling out to them only he's left, a shorter version of them splitting up, Ryo finds the one, Ban falls for the trap and smells the carbonic acid in the vase, continues into 184 with Koji explaining his village's life on higher elevation needing less oxygen, Ban shooting himself to regain some consciousness, killed with needles to the end, Koji reveals he shielded his chest, a short version of Ryo trying to figure out a plan, shorter version of Koji finding her, Ryo killing him with an arrow trap, Ryo removes the needle from her breast, skips Mitake and Hebi finding Ryo, returns back to 181 when Anotsu sees the slain horses then back to 184 when when Ryo wakes up on horseback and to 185 when she tries to flee after learning she's being taken back to Edo under orders to stay put, running into Hyakurin and Gi'ichi, returns to 181 after 1st scene skipped and adapts bit with Meguro and Tanpopo stretching outside but skips the argument inside then back to 185, skips dialogue to Hyakurin, Gi'ichi, Ryo, Mitake in a hut, Gi'ichi and Hyakurin deciding to help Habaki, and ends on short version of Habaki being informed at camp and stops when he declares they have to stop the Itto Ryu before they can converge.
 

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Episode 22 was epic! The much awaited showdown between Gi'ichi and Abayama looks crazy good animated as I hoped as when Makie takes on Doma and Tarie.

Episodes starts off continuing to adapt 185, skips past Abayama's group settling in a cabin to the lone Yatsushiba outside peeing and gets his head chopped off by Arashino, skips the Manji and Rin section, and goes way back many chapters to when Abayama was training them in the dojo and Amon being amazed then begins at 186 with the Itto all outside facing off Arashino and Tarie. Skips the chat between Arashino and Abayama and the rest with the Itto resigning. On to 187, the majority is skipped and heavily modified. Instead of Ariusu, Koda, and Yatoin bagging Abayama and fleeing only for Gi'ichi and Hyakurin to find them on the trail - the episode has Gi'ichi and Hyakurin riding past Arashino, Tarie, and Murasaki at the cabin and Gi'ichi gestures to Abayama to fight him up ahead then Ariusu, Koda, and Yatoin are dispatched to follow Abayama. 188 continues, of course the start is modified to simply Abayama is at a face off with Gi'ichi when he warns the trio not to join in or he'll slay them himself then the manga is adapted then skips ahead to a short scene from 193 when Murasaki flicks acid on Amon's eye then back to 188 with Abayama showing how much of an elite fighter he really is, slicing Gi'ichi's ear and glasses off and revealing his chains. 189 is adapted as is except Hyakurin and the trio's monologue as they observe the fight is omitted and it's changed that Gi'ichi slices Koda's head off as he passes by on the horse. 190 is, too, except Hyakurin's battle is modified, just the part with Ariusu. He's simply killed arrow to the head when he's behind the graves. 191 omits Yatoin's flashback and shortens his crazy speech, skips the throwing knife and simply cuts to Mitake slicing part of his head off. 192 and 193 is skipped over. 194 skips over Mitake and Hyakurin trying to help Gi'ichi and gets to the final part, omitting the monolgue of Gi'ichi, slashing Abayama's chest, Gi'ichi tackling and punching his face repeatedly, Mitake stopping him and giving him a knife, and Gi'ichi stabbing him, a modified version of Abayama talking to himself concluding they were both weak and there was the age disparity instead of Abayama calling out to Gi'ichi to ask him one last thing. Skips back to adapt 192 and 193, Arashino killing three, Tarie killing two, and Amon sacrificing himself to kill Murasaki. Vol. 28, 194 is next. Skips the flashback of Anotsu's father being killed by Abayama as it was adapted early into the season, and starts on the part where Abayama is sitting up against the wall, skips the part of Saburo's ghost attacking him to Habaki calling Gi'ichi a fool for choosing the help, skips to Rokki-Dan in Nakaminato and Habaki giving his orders to kill everyone and the slaughter is adapted as a short montage then cuts to Doma fighting the huge guard and kicking him overboard then Makie killing the Hebi. Continues on with 195 with Makie vs. Doma then Tarie saves him at the last minute and they bail, skip to Habaki surrounded by police and sending them to Makie. 196 skips the head guard looking at Habaki's decree and trapping Makie and starts with her slicing them, jumping Arashino, coughing up blood at the most in opportune time, Manji arriving. 197 is mostly adapted as is, Manji fights Doma and Tarie, angry his head got bopped, does a pass against Habaki and manages to slice below and under his eyes, giving the Asaemon serum to Makie, Gi'ichi, Rin, and Hyakurin watching, Rin leaving to help and declaring it will the last time she can save Manji, Makie standing and tapping Manji's blade, skips Habaki swiping at Manji, skips the open of 198 and skips on ending on the men on boats firing arrows at them. So only a little of Volume 28 then the last volume are left to adapt in the finale.
 

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Episode 23, the penultimate episode of the series. Glad to see most of the Anotsu vs. Habaki and Manji vs. Arashino battles were adapted at the expense of Makie's battles, which sucked because her fights against Tarie, Doma, Mitake, and Gi'ichi were so awesome and entertaining. Especially the latter's craziness with Manji taking on one of Arashino's arms then using Anotsu's Kabotsuchi hammer and then Arashino's cleaver and a high speed dive to hack him. Then alas, ends on the tragic fatal wounding of Makie by Uegetsu's women and their guns. One episode left.

Lot of skipping around back and forth. Adapting continues from, cuts the dialogue for them scrambling to shore and Rin arriving only to be saved by Anotsu but cut the funny joke of them watching Makie remove the arrow from Manji's back, Makie telling Anotsu she finally understands. 199 starts off with Habaki ordering Arashino to kill Manji and Rin, Doma, Tarie, Mitake, and the hebi to kill Makie while he kills Anotsu, skipping a lot of Anotsu detailing what the plan was to him talking about how they'll raise their children to continue on the Itto Ryu, Anotsu asking Manji to live, Ryo arriving in her wounded state, Magatsu finding her and deciding to take her along, Ryo asking him to teach her the sword but he points out either one of both of them won't make it, and skips the rest of the issue - the start of the battle with Arashino.

Then begins adapting the second to last volume, beginning with Habaki and Anotsu's battle in the shrine path minus the monologue and speeding up to when part of Anotsu's ear is sliced, he drops the hammer and sheathes his sword, Anotsu then corrects him Itto Ryu is about winning by all that you are, skips to the next chapter where Manji has lost an arm, skips Rin thinking, Manji gets his jaw broken then heals it, Rin gets an idea, then returns to the previous chapter back to the Makie battle but skips to the part where the Hebi think they have her pinned only for her to spin and chop them to shreds and skips the rest, the demise of Tarie and battle against Mitake. Then back to the next chapter where the debris from the shrines miss Rin barely, Habaki and Anotsu fitting, Habaki knicks his neck. Starts off 202 with Arashino telling him he's surprised Manji lasted so long, cuts the chat to Arashino admitting he won't take his eyes on him, skips 2.5 chapters to where it's now just Makie vs. Mitake (skipped the death of Doma and Tarie, shows them dead and headless) and Gi'ichi arriving.

Skips back 2 chapters and covers the final parts of the battle between Manji and Arashino 203 where Rin sees Manji getting tossed, Rin pleading then back to 206-208 or basically adapting all of Makie vs Gichi but skips her fake bloody cough so that she straight up beats him on skill alone (And well he's still healing from the Abayama fight) then back to 203 to 204 were Manji merges one of Arashino's arms and uses Anotsu's hammer and cleaves him in half with his own weapon. They did alter how Arashino loses his second arm - in the manga, Manji crushes it as Arashino palms his head to the ground whereas here, he hacks it off with the hammer.

Then back to 205 where Habaki's hair is disheveled, Anotsu gets his other eye, Anotsu loses fingers, Habaki tries to choke him and they plummet then continues to their part in 208 (2nd chapter of Volume 30) where Ryo tries to defend him and ending on them being shot at from above. That leaves the final 7 chapters to be adapted for the final episode (and dang it my chapter count is slightly off).
 
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The final episode. Glad they kept the final battles intact and the epilogue and didn't make a new ending between Rin and Manji. I'm happy the whole series got adapted from start to end this time. Though not 1:1, still, they did a sizeable chunk of it. I know the Shinsengumi manga arc is still ongoing, I don't think there's been a chapter since December but that should make for a fun OVA in the future.

Not use if it was artistic choice or just cutting corners towards the end, but a lot of dialogue and monologue was muted. Lot of still shots of the village and Meiji era town after the battle ends. They omitted the implication Anotsu survived Rin's attack. And they changed Gi'ichi's encounter with super old Abayama and his granddaughter from his hut to passing on a bridge. Cut out the cop yelling at Manji about his weapons and started the peilogue on him digging his hiding spot for them but kept the ending as is with Manji talking about his last 90 years, Yaobikuni tasking him with keeping Fuyu safe, realizing she's Rin's great great granddaughter, the missing pinkie question, her talking his hand.
 

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