The first season of Utawarerumono has finally arrived after a long wait! Here’s everything you need to know about Utawarerumono’s episode 3: Mask of Truth.
Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth Episode 1 & 2 Review And Recap
it has been many years but now it’s time to return to the epic fantasy of uttawaru mono where our lazy unenthusiastic protagonist is forced to carry a heavy burden to restore princess anju to her rightful throne all while receiving his closest friends in the process hi my name is august and i review anime visual novels and we are going to cover the uttawarumono maska truth anime adaptation.
These subheadings will be an episodic review and will serve as an additional guide to help cover skipped content from the original mask of truth visual novel for fans of the visual novel this will work as a refresher on what originally happened and for newcomers this will help provide additional context from the vision novel to the anime adaptation and with that said let’s begin to provide a quick background uttawa rimono maska truth immediately takes place after the events of uttawarumono mask of deception or if you have watched the anime the false faces it has been quite a while since the false faces anime aired back in the fall of 2015.
But for anyone who doesn’t remember how it concluded the story ended on a very big climactic cliffhanger with ushor’s fatal final battle and haku taking up his identity the most important part to this is that no one must know that ushtor died that day instead everyone must believe that haku died on the battlefield including his closest friends it’s a great setup for the events to follow especially considering haku’s personality but before we catch up with our main cast episode 1 actually begins with a quick backstory monologue by hokulo to those not familiar with that particular name.
it’s not necessary to know at this point in time but he will be important later on haquala gives us a rather poetic telling at the previous events in the prior games the original uttawa romano and mask of deception slash false faces it’s a bit complex in its words but the visuals add more context in a land where humanity was wiped out creatures similar to humans roamed the land there was a war led by two gods each one half of a whole they led their followers to a bloody battle and in the end the two gods fought each other in the midst of battle the two gods returned to their true form uttanemete and upon realizing that he was the true cause of the war ordered his followers to seal him.
he then fell into a deep sleep leaving those he loved behind the first noteworthy point about this backstory is the scene where obero is holding a baby this baby is kuan masker truth had retconned kuan’s birth in the original 2006 anime that had completely cut out their relationship plot line with yuzuriha obero’s disabled sister in the original utawaru mono story yuzuriha is the birth mother of kuan and shortly died after giving birth to hakulo’s child knowing that kuan is hakolo’s daughter is a very important fact as i’ll find out later in mask of truth hakola continues the backstory covering the events of mask of deception haku our main protagonist wakes up and meets all sorts of people throughout his adventure this includes kuan the girl who found haku and ukon ushtor a trusted friend and mentor figure to haku and then on one fateful day the mikado the emperor of the country of yamato and haku’s brother was assassinated an attack was also attempted on princess anju with the current suspect being ushetor she escaped.
thanks to haku’s group but was poisoned making her unable to talk our cast flees the capital but vary follows in pursuit ashtore confronts varai and was able to defeat him but at the cost of his life with his last dying words he asks haku to protect anju in his place and so haku takes up usher’s mantle and all the responsibilities that follow episode 1 covers the immediate fallout of the opera mentioned events and our cast is given a moment to think about their next actions.
thankfully they’re in a safe place for now with ushtor nekune and kiryu having family relations and makamui kyrio himself being the prince of the territory they are able to stay while and makamoli is a vassal underneath yamato they are loyal to the mikado not yamato so anakamoi chooses not to follow riko’s order other territories are similar in this regard for example shahora where atui is the princess we are shown scenes of everyone as they cope with haku’s death and that covers half of the episode.
in the vision novel there’s more emphasis placed on nekune’s guilt concerning that she firmly believes that she’s responsible for her brother’s death and making haku assume his identity back in the fight against variety she interfered with the fight trying to help and left herself vulnerable to being attacked making austria protect her leading to his fatal wound the only one that’s not seen here is kuwan in massachuan had left the cast after hearing about haku’s death haku was the main reason why she tagged along in the first place and so without her reason for being here she leaves.
what’s interesting is that in the massachusetts vision novel the story actually begins following kuwan’s perspective and her emotional fallout i won’t say where kuan is at the moment.
because i believe that the anime is deliberately skipping this information for now to reveal at a later date another main point is that oshkore has been given control of emma comey by kyu’s grandfather irowaji a leader olo of nmakamui the vision novel spends a good amount of time having haku learn more about the culture here and the lives of the citizens.
while also learning how to disguise himself as ushor what’s not included in this episode is that haku meets ashtor and nekune’s mother during this time i suspect that this is also the same situation with kuwan’s perspective i mentioned earlier in which the anime is saving it for a later episode episode 2 covers the night fight against bocciante’s assault and the setup for deku pump on siege a notable point with deku pompon’s attack is that this happens much later because at this point in the visual novel anji recovers from her illness and gives a speech to the emma comey troops anju giving her speech to her troops is necessary to her growth so a similar moment should happen later on a lot of other minor events happen in between the night fight and the siege the anime is skipping content to get through the main plot beats in particular the slice of life events it’s understandable.
because of time so let’s talk about them briefly the slice of life scenes that were cut out serve a purpose timing wise because this is the first time everyone’s talking to ush tour casually prior to this everyone assumes ushdor has this formal noble heir to him so it’s surprising when they find out that he’s actually got a more laid-back casual person out.
i wonder why the slice of life events include necrony learning the japanese language of haku the whole cast going out hunting where haku demonstrates his terrible usage with the bow nusray’s punishment game with haku and atoy playing matchmaker for kyuuyu which ends up with kiryu accidentally confessing the shinnon to which the latter reciprocates.
now one final note to highlight is that kenturo tony the voice actor of oshtor is playing the role of haku in mask of truth as the original voice actor for haku keiji fujiwara has passed away it’s a sad irony that wahaku impersonates the deceased oshitor in real life it is va to take over haku’s role it certainly hits on another level rest in peace kg fujiwara your talent will be missed so what do you all think of the episodes and what are your thoughts i would love to hear them if you liked that review check out my other videos regarding the utawariumono series click here for my review of the original visual novel or click here for a full playlist of this series thanks for watching and i’ll see you next time.
Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth Episode 3 Release Date
Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth episode 3 will be released on Sunday, July 10th in Japan. In the USA and Europe, the episodes should be released on Saturday, July 9th, due to timezone differences.
The series is aired early in the morning in Japan on Tokyo MX and BS11. The anime is forming part of the Summer 2022 anime season.
Viewers in most international regions outside of Asia will be able to watch Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth on Crunchyroll.
Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth Episode 3 Release Time
Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth will premiere in Japan at 1:00 AM on Sunday, July 10th, 2022.
While not officially confirmed, it appears that Crunchyroll is simulcasting Utawarerumono 45 minutes after episodes premiere in Japan.
With that in mind, here is when we expect you’ll be able to watch Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth in your region:
- Pacific Time: 9:45 AM (Saturday, July 9th)
- Central Time: 11:45 AM (Saturday, July 9th)
- Eastern Time: 12:45 PM (Saturday, July 9th)
- UK Time: 5:45 PM (Saturday, July 9th)
About Utawarerumono The Mask of Truth
Utawarerumonoan anime series, is based on the tactical RPG visual novel franchise. Mask of Truththe last game in the series, is the third season of anime.
Hakuoro is a story about a young boy who wakes up in an unknown world. He is saved by his family his and a young girl. He decides to join their village, only to discover that it is under threat by a dictatorial emperor.
Hakuoro is a hero in the anime and previous games. He helps to liberate the village, form his nation his and make many friends and enemies along the way.
Mask of Truth will see Hakuoro and season two’s Kuon return to face new threats from Yamato Empire ruler.
To be able to join Utawarerumono this year, you will need to see at least the previous seasons to catch up on all events and character relationships.
Utawarerumono enthusiasts recommend that you watch the visual novels as it isn’t the best adaptation of the source material.
Mask of Truth’s initial episode aired almost immediately after season 2 The False Faces ended. So much so, that even fans who had seen previous seasons required a refresher