This episode of Nobunaga the Fool developed one of our supporting characters quite a bit, in fact, this entire episode was mainly focused on Hideyoshi’s back story, his motivations for being by Nobunaga’s side and his role in the greater scheme of things in the series. To be honest, it was all very surprising t first but having discovered Nobunaga the Fool to be twenty-four episodes long rather than twelve-thirteen, all the slow paced introductory episodes really make a lot of sense. More and more characters keep getting introduced, the plot is really only beginning to layer on thick in these last two-three episodes.
I’ve learned, about six episodes into the show that Nobunaga the Fool is the type of show you really need to turn on your brain to understand. Take for example, the conversation between Kenshin Uesugi and Caesar. While Caesar is trying to convince Kenshin to use the Oda clan’s current inner insecurity as an opportunity to strike, Uesugi refuses. The clan lord maintains that he only agreed to ally himself to Caesar to maintain order during war. As well, Kenshi clearly sees no honour or glory in a victory and wishes to destroy the Oda in an all- out clash that will end in destruction and victory for the Uesugi clan.
“War is chaos. And chaos I only beautiful when it is consistently violent. Order in a time of war is chaos. And for chaos to be violent, large forces must be locked in conflict. Withered flowers are only beautiful after they have bloomed in spectacular disarray.” – Kenshi Uesugi
Here you can see a difference in both political ideology and European versus Asian philosophy very subtly laced beneath the dialogue. Because Nobunaga the Fool is chock full of historical characters all from very different eras in history, all mixed into a feudal setting with futuristic technology, it can all be a lot to take in at once and may even come off as scattered. But this strange amalgamation of characters and setting is exactly what makes Nobunaga the Fool such an interesting anime to watch. It’s not something you would watch merely for action or fan service but can be quite stimulating once you get into the dynamics of the world.
“Seek the power that will allow you to walk beside me.”
Caesar continues to meddle in the Eastern planet’s affairs behind the scenes despite his shaky alliance with the Uesugi clan. Caesar’s also been requesting more war armour from his allies and this episode’s plot follows the Oda allies making use of this piece of information to formulate a plan and steal one of the large mechas.
Seeing as Joan’s more or less strengthened her resolve as have Himiko an Mitsuhide, the plan goes relatively smoothly but really the reason episode ten is given a 4/5 cloud rating is because of two reasons. The first is the number of world reveals and by world reveals, I mean an explanation of some inner-workings of magic and technology. Da Vinci delves into quantum mechanics and ley lines, that result in the inability of war armours in the area. He presents these little devices that can control the ley lines thus disrupting the flow of the energy-charged atmosphere. I seriously doubt the Oda’s forces could be this formidable without Da Vinci’s help but he literally gets only two to three scenes in every episode despite his significant role in the background. During the plan, Hideyoshi reveals his childhood to Joan after she questions his random snacking in the middle of the mission. Despite Hideyoshi’s usual cheerful, demeanour, he can be a pretty serious person when it comes to combat.
When Joan and Hideyoshi are about to take the war armour, one of Caesar’s men appear in a mecha suit, As a result, Hideyoshi is forced to commandeer a mecha suit in order to stall for time and protect his comrades. Nobunaga and Mitsuhide join the scene and Nobunaga literally brings the opponant’s war armour down with ONE ARROW TO THE BACK KNEE. Nobunaga is seriously portrayed as a formidable man indeed. We even hear that Nobunaga always knew about Hideyoshi’s intentions and despite this, kept HIdeyoshi by his side. This battle solidifies Hideyoshi’s resolve to fight by Nobunaga’s side. When Hideyoshi is shoved off a cliff, Nobunaga literally JUMPS DOWN AFTER HIM and in the fall, entrusts the Regalia of Wind to Hideyoshi.
Review and In Retrospect:
My favourite part of this episode has to be the epic combat after the Regalia of Wind is activated. Hideyoshi’s movements are so swift and keen like a monkey (akin to his nickname). I really love the way his movements were choreographed in conjunction with the camera angles. It added an intense dynamic to the battle unlike the traditional forms of combat we’ve seen thus far. When you skim through the previous episodes and work out the general flow of the story, things are moving at a fair pace, it’s really the progression of political in the episodes themselves that don’t generate as much action as the epic fight scenes do.
Episode 1 and 2 were introductory remarks. Episode 3 transitioned Joan into the battlefield with Nobuanga and introduced Himiko into the story along with the Regalia. Episode 4 showed us Joan’s role as a seer and connective between the east and west. Episode 5 brought Caesar to the east through Nobuhide’s death. Episode 6 with both Himiko and Nobukatsu’s sacrifices becomes a turning point for the plot. Episode 7 shifts the main antagonist role in the plot from Takeda to Caesar and raises more questions about the Regalia. Episode 8 presents us the first physical clash between Caesar and Nobunaga and further brings Joan into the core of the conflict with a new Regalia of Protection. Episode 9 activates Joan’s Regalia on a war armour and pushes her to new resolve while Episode 10 has given us Hideyoshi’s story.
These are our characters and the story has been set. What do you think is in store for them next?
I really hope that last paragraph helped you guys put the show into perspective thus far. Nobunaga the Fool is aiming for twenty-four episodes by the end of the spring season.
What are you pondering today?