Samurai Champloo: Unholy Union (Karma and Retribution)   Rewatch 
June 14, 2015 7:19 AM - Season 2, Episode 19 - Subscribe

Guns, God and Government in Edo Japan: wherein a cynical charlatan fleeces the Hidden Christian flock, Fuu gets closer to the Sunflower Samurai, and a truth is finally revealed.

"Up until now, it was believed that you could gain entry into Heaven merely by believing in God. But no more! Oh, what a calamity! In recent years, Heaven has grown overpopulated. And now, due to the land shortage, it is no longer possible for just anyone to get in. And so, the passport that will get you into Heaven is these guns! It is the the number of these divine guns that you produce that will decide whether or not you will enter Heaven! My words, those of Francisco Xavier's grandson, are true beyond the shadow of a doubt!"

Links for viewing: login-requested and age-restricted, subbed in English on YouTube; age-restricted, subbed and dubbed in English on Hulu; fansubbed without restrictions on YouTube.

There were a few anachronisms and chronologically sound items noted for this episode (anachronisms: the too-bright lights, the stuffed bear, and percussion cap pistol; while Xavier the 3rd's Tanegashima, a type of matchlock or arquebus firearm introduced to Japan through the Portuguese in 1543, is chronologically sound). Unfortunately, it seems like episode 18 was the last of the extensive notes from the fansubber on the Adult Swim message boards.
posted by filthy light thief (1 comment total)
Even though these posts seem like solitary endeavors as of late, I'll take time to create notes for all the historical references in this episode because it's interesting. If there were an episode where I'd like to see the obsessive fansubber's notes, this is the one.
posted by filthy light thief at 7:21 AM on June 14, 2015

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