Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Case Study No. 1551: Himiko Watanuki

Samurai High School Cap 1 (2/7) Sub Espanol
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[bumbling high school student Mochizuki Kotaro is walking home from school, when he notices a large library that he's never seen before, so he stops and reads the sign out front]
KOTARO: "Town Library of History" ...
[he enters the library (which appears to be abandoned)]
KOTARO: Excuse me ...
[no one answers, so he walks up to the front desk]
KOTARO: Excuse me! Is anyone here?
[a female librarian suddenly appears behind him]
HIMIKO: Can I help you?
[startled, he turns and addresses the librarian]
KOTARO: Oh! Um ... Do you have a book about the Summer Campaign of the Siege of Osaka?
[the librarian looks him over quizzically]
KOTARO: It says "Town Library of History" outside, so--
HIMIKO: Wrong! It's Shinonome Library of History ...
[she walks behind the desk]
KOTARO: Ah ... ah, Shinonome. Ah, yes. Now that I think about it, I've seen it in classical literature before.
HIMIKO: You'll find a lot of information about the Summer Campaign of the Siege of Osaka in a history library.
KOTARO: Ah, of course. I have to write a report, but I only know Tokugawa Leyasu, so--
[she takes a piece of paper and puts it on the table]
HIMIKO: Don't just stand there. Your name.
KOTARO: Sorry.
[he writes on the paper]
KOTARO: Um ... Here.
[she takes the paper and stares intently at it (which reads "Name: Mochizuki Kotaro" and "Date of Birth: December 12 1991") and mumbles under her breath]
HIMIKO: How weird is this?
HIMIKO: Wait here a moment.
[she runs to the back and pulls a box from a high shelf]
HIMIKO: [to herself] This is the one.
[she blows the dust off of it, then runs back and puts it on the table in front of Kotaro]
[he tries to read the words written on the box]
KOTARO: "The Siege of Osaka's ... "
HIMIKO: This is about a seventeen-year-old commanding officer who fought in the Summer Campaign of the Siege of Osaka.
KOTARO: Seventeen years old ... the same age as me?
HIMIKO: Yes. He wasn't very widely known. This is perfect for you.
[he takes the box]
HIMIKO: It's very good material written in the Edo era ... Well, I can't lend it out, but I'll make an exception and let you read it. So use it with care, okay?
KOTARO: Thank you ...
[he turns to leave, when Himiko suddenly grabs his arm]
HIMIKO: Demon eyes! Demon eyes!
[he gets a confused (and startled) look on his face]
HIMIKO: Mochizuki ... Kotaro ... kun?
[she smiles and lets go of his arm, and he responds with a nervous laugh]
KOTARO: Yes ...
[he walks away and finds a table, where he sits down and opens the box to read the old book inside (then recoils in disgust)]
KOTARO: Woah, it stinks of mold!
[a strong wind suddenly blows inside the library, opening the book to a particular page, so he starts reading]
KOTARO: "Mochizuki Kotaro" ...
[he looks up in confusion]
KOTARO: Huh? The same name as mine?
[he continues reading]
KOTARO: "Mochizuki Kotaro served under Sanada Yukimura and was the younger brother of Mochizuki Uubei. He was an officer in the Summer Campaign of the Siege of Osaka, where he attacked the late Leyasu himself and died heroically in battle. He was seventeen that year ... "
[he stops]
KOTARO: Huh? That dream this morning.
[cut to a flashback of Kotaro's dream (where he sees himself dressed as a samurai and fighting in feudal Japan), then back to the library]
KOTARO: No way!
[camera pans around to reveal Himiko silently watching him from behind the stacks, then there is suddenly a flash of lightning]
[cut back to Kotaro, as the words on the page start magically rising into the air, and Kotaro's heart starts beating very loudly]
KOTARO: [to himself] What's going on? My heart is pounding as if there was another person living inside my body! Could it be a man of violence and danger?



"Samurai High School" (original title: "Samurai Haisukuru") is a Japanese television series that aired in 2009.

Mochizuki Kotaro is a mild-mannered, unmanly high school student. One day, he visits a library and meets the mysterious librarian Himiko, who recommends to him an ancient book about a heroic general from the Sengoku period 400 years ago. Kotaro notices that he has the same name and age as the general described in the book, and he experiences a flashback... Kotaro later mentions the book to his father, who tells him that he may be the descendent of a powerful samurai. At that moment, Kotaro receives a message from his childhood friend Ai telling him that their classmate Nakamura Tsuyoshi is in trouble. He rushes to the scene but doesn't have the guts to help, until another flashback transforms him into a samurai.



Samurai High School: Season 1, Episode 1
Episode #1.1 (17 Oct. 2009)

Haruma Miura as Mochizuki Kotaro
Yuu Shirota as Nakamura Tsuyoshi
Watanabe Anne as Nagasawa Ai
Mimura as Watanuki Himiko



Himiko Watanuki
Actress: Mimula

The lone librarian of the somewhat abandoned Shinonome Library of History, the young, lovely and resourceful Himiko Watanuki possesses a mysterious aura around her. It seems that no one around the neighborhood have knowledge of anything about this library lady or where she came from or where she currently lives, not even her age or her birthday. It also seems that the library itself may also be her home at the same time. The only thing that anyone would know about her is that she is (seemingly) the only librarian working in this old-fashioned library building in which no one seems to visit. She always donned in traditional kimono with mostly black or any dark color and appears as if she came from the late 19th century to early 20th century and speaks mainly in heavily polite Japanese. Despite of her eerie appearance, Himiko proved that she knows her Japanese history, not just with facts and figures, but also the type of life that people back in the old days used to live. She also has knowledge of modern history including today, which proves her as a reliable, notable resource about the country of Japan and its people.

Himiko also doesn't seem to communicate with anyone around the neighborhood with the exception of the library's lone regular, Kotaro Mochizuki. Among all things, Himiko is responsible for lending Kotaro a very original (and obviously the only copy) centuries-old document of the eyewitness journal report of the "Siege of Osaka Summer Campaign" from the very front lines, right after she almost faltered when she read the bumbling high school senior's name on Kotaro's checkout form (we all know what happened to Kotaro after reading the first few paragraphs of that eyewitness journal...). She recommended the centuries-old eyewitness journal to Kotaro for his 30-page research paper about that particular event, as the account featured his samurai ancestor, who fought gallantly on the side of Yukimura Sanada and died heroically on that day, possibly knowing that a major change may occur on the present Kotaro as she watched him read the journal and jotting down notes on his own.

Though seemingly aloof and sarcastic to Kotaro about anything, she also provided knowledge about spirits from ancient documents and books possessing people and gave him the warning that if anyone around him finds out about his samurai ancestor possessing him, that same spirit would be forced to leave, taking his own body with him. Whether what Himiko said to him about the warning may be true or she was just being her usual aloof and sarcastic self to her, Kotaro heeded to the warning and kept his possession problem a secret from anyone around him. She meant to say that the samurai ancestor will take over Kotaro's body and pose as Kotaro for the rest of his life, leaving the descendant Kotaro's spirit floating around with no body to live in to. Her attitude towards Kotaro may have a purpose behind it, probably she wanted Kotaro himself to deal with the problem with his ancestor possessing his body at unexpected times, to find the solution on his own without relying on others to help him.

We may learn more about Himiko and her purpose for Kotaro much later, but for now, we only know her as the lone librarian in the history library, ready to serve any avid reader and researcher with a cup of tea.

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