Huh, I was not expecting Appare-Ranman! to kill off a major character, particularly not one of the members of team Appare and particularly not my favourite character in the series. Like, the preview certainly looks like this is a "for real" death and not an "he almost died" moment and that makes sense since he finally got to have his big hero moment the episode before. I'm still not sold on the villain as a particularly interesting one in comparison to all the other race contestants, despite spending the episode showing off his "major threat" status and wild personality. But killing Kosame is a bold move. I never like losing my favorite character but I appreciate the show making the decision to do so if it pays dramatic dividends.