In this episode of Baxinger we get a little more mecha combat than usual, for reasons explained in the notes. And no, I have no idea what’s with the last 3 minutes either, beyond the fact that My Soul Journey is the best insert song of the series.
Notes for this episode.
The part with the death of an Anglais commander and the ensuing war is likely based on the Namamugi Incident, also known as the Kanagawa Incident or the Richardson Affair, which resulted in the death of a British subject at the hands of a samurai from the Satsuma Domain. (Gowahand is based off Satsuma). The Royal Navy attempted to extract compensation, as the Bakufu paid compensation but Satsuma Domain itself didn’t, but were fired at by the coastal batteries of Kagoshima (a port at the southern end of Satsuma Domain and the island of Kyushu), resulting in the Bombardment of Kagoshima, aka the Anglo-Satsuma War.
Igo Moccos is based on the Satsuma samurai Saigō Takamori, who was a very influential player in Bakumatsu politics.