In the previous episode of Golden Kamuy, we saw that Suzukawa disguise as Inudou the Jailer of Abashiri Prison, entered the 27th regiment with a masked man to seek help and to learn about Shiraishi’s location in the barrack jail.
In this Golden Kamuy episode, we see that fake Inudou ( Suzukawa) introduce himself to the Regiment Commander Lieutenant Colonel Yodogawa Terunaka. The regiment commander then asks fake Inudou about the masked man. Then he replied that the masked man is his bodyguard Sugimoto and 5 years ago a criminal Ieanaga bite his face off while escape.
After that, fake Inudou ( Suzukawa) asks the commander where is Shiraishi. When the commander refuses to let him see Shiraishi, fake Inudou threatens him by saying that he is cleaning up the mess created by the 7th regiment. He continues by saying, they illegally transports his prisoners from Abashiri prison while he was absent and let them escape. During that time the bodyguard of the regiment commander gets out of the room silently and tell another guard to contact Lt. Tsurumi in Otaru. Then they informed Lt. Tsurumi that a man calling himself Inoudou Shirousuke of Abashiri Prison is in Asahikawa 7th regiment office.
Meanwhile, Inoudou shows some fake money to the regiment commander and tells him a genius counterfeiter made that money before they arrested him. Then he tells the commander that spreading counterfeit currency in a time of war can cause economic disarray and it is an extremely effective measure to weaken any country. He also emphasizes that the counterfeiter can make an accurate copy of any nations currency and he would be a valuable asset to the Japanese army in the future. He proposes that he will trade the counterfeiter for Shiraishi. Then fake Inudou ( Suzukawa Kyohiro) allures the regiment commander by saying that every other Lieutenant Colonel made full Colonel after the Russo-Japanese war but he wasn’t promoted. He also says it could be the chance for his promotion.
In the meantime, Lt.Tsrumi calls 7th regiment and ordered his loyal officer not to obey Lt. Colonel Yodogawa Terunaka’s decision and tells them not to let anyone see Shiraishi. He emphasizes that he will know If Inudou shirosuke take a single step out of Abashiri. He then ordered them to send second Lt. Koita in regiment commander’s room.
When second lieutenant Koita hears his order from Lt. Tsurumi he runs towards the room where fake Inudou and regiment commander is negotiating. Then Ogata from tree branch observed and understands that that was one of Tsurumi’s favorite Satsuma messenger and Sugimoto and Suzukawa could be in danger.
Meanwhile, Shiraishi was brought in the commander’s office by some guards. Then fake Inudou tells him that he wants to do the exchange outside because he can’t trust them after Abashiri prison incident.
While they were talking, second LT. Koita enters the room and tells the regiment commander that Lt. Tsurumi asked him not to let anybody make contact with Shiraishi until he arrives. Then Koita asks something to fake Inudou in Satsuma dialect because he knew Inudou can talk in Satsuma dialect and he suspects him. But when fake Inudou answered in satsuma dialect, he gets surprised. Second Lt. Koita then asks fake Inudou, if he still drinks. Fake Inudou answers that he does a little drinking but not like before. When Koita heard the answer he suddenly shoots fake Inudou and masked Sugimoto. Suzukawa ( fake Inudou) died instantly but Sugimoto got his shoulder injured. Then the second Lt. Koita tells the regiment commander that Lt. Tsurumi told him that Inudou Shirosuke doesn’t drink and that was an impersonator of Inudou.
When regiment commander understand that he is being conned, he flew into a rage and shoot at Shiraishi. But Sugimoto saved him by taking the bullet in his shoulder and then jump out of the window to escape from there. When a soldier tries to follow them by the window, Ogata shoots him in the leg.
Sugimoto and Shiraishi started running and find Ogata. They are running but Sugimoto is too injured to run. Then Sugimoto tells Shiraishi that if he can’t run or get caught, he wants him to take Asirpa to Abashiri prison. While running they suddenly see and hot air balloon and they steal it from the soldiers in gunpoint. When the air balloon is ascending, suddenly Koita jumped on balloon platform with a sword. Hijikata and others see the air balloon from far and they realized that it was Sugimoto group.
When Asirpa saw the balloon and Sugimoto, she started following them on a horse. On the balloon platform, Koita sees Ogata and gets angry. Koita started talking in satsuma dialect angrily and attack them with a sword. Sugimoto defends himself by using his rifle. Then Asirpa shot an arrow at Koita which hit him and Shiraishi kicks him out of the balloon. He falls down into the trees and survived. While trying to kick Koita, Shiraishi also falls down but he has a tied with a rope and survived. By using Shiraishi’s rope Asirpa climb up into the balloon and checks Sugimoto’s wound. She observes that the first bullet passed through him and the second one is stuck on his shoulder. She has to manually get it out later.
In the balloon platform, Shiraishi asks why did he save him, he is a master escape artist and he could escape himself. Then Asirpa tells Shiraishi that Sugimoto is the only one wanted to free him and believed in him. When Sugimoto tells him about Hijikata and his betrayal, Shiraishi gets scared and tried to jump out of the air balloon. But then Sugimoto convince him not to jump and tells him that he never betrayed them because he never gave them the original copy of Henmi Kuzuo’s tattoo.
The hot air balloon’s stopped working while they are in the mountains of Pawci kamuy. They have drifted 40 kilos away from 7th division barracks and they thought the maybe safe now. But Ogata tells them he saw some soldiers who were following them on the horse and they will spot them soon enough. They stopped a little for treating Sugimoto. Asirpa using Retannoya flower ( alpine yarrow) to stop his bleeding. Asirpa then asks about Suzukawa and Sugimoto tells her that Suzukawa is dead.
While they are walking, some soldiers spotted them. So now they have to run and cross Daisetsuzanto Mountain to flee from them. When they are climbing the mountains, the weather suddenly got nasty. They can’t cross the mountain because of bad weather and can’t be back because of the soldiers. They thought to take shelter by digging some ice but there is not much ice in the mountain. Then Asirpa saw some deer and tells them to kill 2 or three of them. Ogata kills two with a single shot. They will take Shelter in deer’s belly.
While they were killing deer, Shiraishi was acting really weird. Asirpa tells them that Pawci kamuy the bad deity of this mountain got Shiraishi under their control. Now, he is running naked downward of the mountain. Then Asirpa runs behind him to take him back here. Before leaving, she tells Ogata and Sugimoto to skin the deer. While working, Sugimoto notices that Shiraishi got back but Asirpa didn’t. So, he left to find Asirpa. He finds her after a little while later and tells her that Shiraishi is back. Now they are inside the Storm, so they can’t go back. Then Sugimoto notices a deer and shoots it and gut it. He and Asirpa took shelter inside of it to be safe from the Storm.
Inside of the deer’s belly, Asirpa asks how Suzukawa died. Sugimoto tells her that Suzukawa was a bad person and she doesn’t have to think about his death. Then he tells Asirpa that war changes people. In the battlefield, you have to turn into something else that has no emotions. Then Asirpa asks Sugimoto can they got back the way they were before. Sugimoto tells her that some people can get back but some people’s heart still lives in the battlefields.
While talking, Sugimoto notices Asirpa is eating something and asks what is she eating. She says she is eating deer’s liver and gives some of it to Sugimoto. She says it will help him recover some blood that he lost. Then she asks what is his favorite food. Sugimoto tells Asirpa that he likes dried Persimmon. Asirpa never heard of persimmon because there are no persimmon trees in Hokkaido. Then Sugimoto remembers his family and cries a little. Asirpa tells Sugimoto that when all this is over, he should take her to his homeland. She wants to have some dried persimmons.
To be continued……….