The episode was quite sad and featured distinct visual character, but I was not very satisfied with the writing. It seems that they tried to give some screen time for too many sides in one episode.
Contrast this with Tojiro’s line in Episode 21
Emotion-based coping is the best when we don’t have control over the situation
Nakiami: “As a Tamayobi, everyone expected that I would pass Lady Sannova’s ritual purification. It was when I went to the town of Biguzen to collect Hiruko.”
“It was a moonlit night after an air raid, silent in curling blackness and smoke. My footsteps were the only heartbeat remaining amidst the crumbling residences.”
Nakiami: “Don’t be afraid, we’ll just return her to the flow of Ruikon. Your mama will be very happy there.” Kobako: “But if you do, I’ll be… all alone forever.”
Nakiami: “All alone, forever,” those words stayed with me.
Haru suddenly questions her path and purpose… This is the scene that I didn’t like the most in the episode because it was way too short for such an important moment.
Haru: “I am always running after Akiyuki. But I am not strong alike Akiyuki. I can’t just plow blindly forward, all I wanted was to be with you, Akiyuki.”
Note the transition. While Haru and Akiyuki are arguing, Ishuu and Raigyo understand each other without words and run in unison.
It might be that Rado is the Emperor…
“Rado was a good man, unlike you. He read those poetry volumes of his, looking so sad. He said he really wanted to be a poet. That he’d carve out a revolution in bullets, to be written about forever. But it was those bullets that carved out his spirit.”
The ring wants to be found :P Will you be the next Emperor, Akiyuki?