In previous episode we saw that Shiraishi Yoshitake spotted by the soldier. In this Golden Kamuy Episode 16, we see that he is trying to run away from the soldiers. But after running for a while they catches him. The soldiers that captured Shiraishi are from 7th division army from Asahikawa. Hijikata spotted that but he couldn’t do anything because there were too many soldier for him to fight.
Hijikata then met with Nagakura Shinapchi, Iaenaga and Kiroranke and told them about Shiraishi. Then he told Nagakura and Ieanaga to stay there and wait for Sugimoto’s group. If Sugimoto’s group came back, then they should head to Asahikawa. Hijikata and Kiroranke will head to Asahikawa at that moment. They have to save Shiraishi because he is the only one who can enter Abashiri Prison and contact Nopperabo.
In Iwamizawa, Inkarmat telling people’s fortune and Tangaki asking people information about three men and an Ainu girl. A person responded and told them that he has seen them in Yuubari. Then he instantly understands they may be going to Asahikawa which is the 7th divisions base of operation. Meanwhile, Sugimoto’s group came back and met with Nagakura. Nagakura told them that Shiraishi is captured and they have to go to Asahikawa to save him.
Hijikata and Kiroranke are on the way to Asahikawa on the back of the horse. They reached Mikawa village before the 7th division soldiers and Shiraishi. Then Hijikata disgusted himself as candy seller. When Shiraishi sees candy seller, he asked the soldiers and go-to buy some candy and sees Hijikata. Hijikata gives him candy on a paper where written the location Kamuy Kotan Hanging Bridge for his rescue mission.
In the meantime, Kiroranke tells Hijikata about many legends of the Kamuy Kotan, which is called the land of God. He tells a story about a curse sword named Ipetum, which devoured human and to destroy it people throw it into the bottomless swamp of Kamuy Kotan. Then Hijikata took the legend story and uses a sword to fight soldiers on Hanging Bridge of Kamuy Kotan. He cut the rope of Hanging Bridge and everyone including Shiraishi fell in the high current river. Kiroranke tries to save Shiraishi using a canoe and try to get in. But when Shiraishi remembered that he betrayed Sugimoto, he hesitates to get on the canoe. Then his head hit on a wooden log in the water, but he was okay and safely reached the shore. Upon reaching the shore, the soldiers arrested him again.
Meanwhile, in Otaru, Nikaidou is in the hospital because of his amputated leg. Hijikata severed his leg in the previous Golden Kamuy Episode. Nikaidou is taking extra morphine, so Sergeant Tsukishima and doctor trying to seize the bottle of morphine from him. But he is not letting them seize it. Then, Lt. Tsurumi came and tell Nikaidou to give it up. He gave up and tell him that he can’t follow and kill Sugimoto now because of his leg.
When It. Tsurumi and Sergeant Tsukishima going back to their regiment building, they see a man sitting in front of the building on a wagon. Then Sergeant Tsukishima asked him who he is? He replied he is the one who made his gun. Then Lt. Tsurumi called him Sir Ariska. Ariska Narizou is a genius weapon designer and Lieutenant General in the Armau.
Then Tsurumi asks Ariska, how was Asahikawa. He tells him that the army in Asahikawa made to much hot air balloon and they want to weaponize it. But he thinks it’s too dangerous because of the Hydrogen in the balloon and he thinks now is the time of airplane. Ariska then asks Lt. Tsurumi about his Poppies that can thrive in cold weather. He tells him that it’s going great and he is acquiring funds to expand it. Then Ariska says he should carry it on because Opium is money.
Ariska came here to deliver some domestically produced weapon to Lt. Tsurumi. He brought one Type 38 machine gun and Type 38 infantry rifle. Then Lt. Tsurumi says the guns will be sold in millions. Then he requested Ariska to made a fake leg for his subordinate Nikaidou. He made it and equipped it with a three rounds Buckshot. Nikaidou was very happy to get it.
In outskirts of Asahikawa, Hijikata and Sugimoto group including Nagakura, Ieanaga, Asirpa taking with a Suzukawa Kiyohiro, a marriage fraudster. Suzukawa is a master of disguise and will help them to locate Shiraishi in 7th division army’s base. The 7th division camp is too big so they need some to go in and location Shiraishi. Suzukawa decided that he will use disguise of Inudou Shirosuke, the jailer of Abashiri Prison to infiltrate the camp.
When they almost finished talking Asirpa falls asleep and Hijikata took her in his lap. By seeing that, Sugimoto remembered Hijikata from Herring long-house. Then he asked was Shiraishi working with them. With Hijikata’s body language he understands that Shiraishi betrayed him. Then Ogata asks him if he still wants to save him. Then Sugimoto replied he betrayed once he will betray again. So he wants to kill him. Then Asirpa wakes up and tells Sugimoto not kill anyone he doesn’t have to.
Everybody was spying on the 7th division camp from a close hilly place. Then Hijikata and Kiroranke tell them they noticed the soldiers who took Shiraishi has number 27 engraved on their uniforms. Then they explained that 7th division has 4 infantry regiment and 27th infantry regiment is one of them. Ogata used to be one of 27th regiment soldier. Ogata tells everyone that Shiraishi has to be in 27th regiment because their head Lieutenant Colonel Yodogawa Terunaka is under Lt. Tsurumi’s control.
Then Suzukawa disguise as Inudou the Jailer of Abashiri Prison, go to 27th regiment with a man wearing a mask to seek help and to learn about Shiraishi…………
To be continued……………