I feel like there is a pattern in all the episodes of this series. It seems as if every single episode ends with some battle or clash or death and this is all very violent and depressing. Still, I was thoroughly enjoyed this episode as it was structured very well in both aspects of information revealing and storytelling. This episode makes me think WOW I am so glad I stuck with this series because this episode was PRETTY AWESOME.
After being bequeathed the Regalia of Fire and having the Regalia of Wind stolen from him, Nobunaga plans his retaliation against Caesar and the rest of the Takeda allies. Word of the Takeda alliance with the western war General Caesar has spread to other clans.
Nobunaga is holding a war council meeting to discuss the Oda clan’s next move. HIMIKO IS NOT DEAD. YAY. But what does this mean for the hinting romance between Joan and Nobunaga? Thought Himiko provides Nobunaga with internal, diplomatic and political resources, Joan/Ranmaru is his direct supporter during battle. Seriously, there are other generals and commanders and lieutenants, but instead he takes a blonde girl as his right hand man in the fray. That’s how anime logic works folks.
At the same time that the story is progressing on the clashes with external forces, I’m curious as to when Mitsuhide will be revealed as Nobukatsu’s murderer and how Nobunaga will react to this but I’m sure that might be part of the twists near the end.
One of the best parts of this episode was the fact that we were given an EXPLANATION of the powers concerning the Regalia. Naturally, it is postulated by Da Vinci as hypotheses but it gives us a general breakdown of the inner-workings of the Regalia. Da Vinci claims the Regalia drew their powers on the quantum fields of the star’s ley lines (whatever that really means) and that their powers manifest unique qualities depending on the bearer of the Regalia. As well, choices and decisions factor into the Regalia’s strength and nature. In conclusion, it depends on the willpower of the wielder. Luckily for Nobunaga, the Regalia of Wind was already bonded to Nobunaga so it’s incompatible with Caesar’s mecha suit. This leads Caesar to challenge Nobunaga in order to kill him and steal his other Regalia and the fight ensues in the last third of the episode. One key moment pre-battle is Joan’s premonition and vision that Nobunaga will be stabbed by Caesar (and die perhaps) so she views the battle with trepidation. Towards the climax of the battle, Caesar does indeed stab Nobunaga despite the new Regalia combination transformation and before Caesar can land the killing blow, Joan intervenes, crying out that she will defend Nobunaga with her life and at this moment, the Regalia jewel that Joan has been wearing around her neck (only mentioned once or twice at the very beginning and almost all forgotten until now), activates. Da Vinci calls it the Regalia of Purity, powered by the pure devotion of a maiden, which grants Nobunaga with a mecha spear. Caesar’s attack on Joan blows her disguise as a man and reveals her gender on the battlefield. Nobunaga saves Joan, he retrieves the Regalia of Wind (by an anime try-hardy accident during battle nonetheless), they escape and Joan vows to devote her life to being by Nobunaga’s side.
Of the score music we’ve already heard within the series, I’m really excited to get my hands on the official soundtrack because the battle/action song is so iconic to the series now. The events of this episode are almost a turning point for Caesar, Nobunaga and Joan all directly involved in the inner workings of the prophecy of east and west. It took a while but I’m finally accustomed to the pacing in Nobunaga the Fool and this episode really helped move the story along. In retrospect, everything makes a lot more sense. I hope the story latches onto this momentum and keeps moving in a focused direction until the end of the series. Can’t wait to see what happens next and what Caesar will decide on. Hope you guys are enjoying Nobunaga the Fool and if you are or you aren’t, let me know how you feel about the series down below.
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