Caesar and Brutus are continuously plotting to overthrow the Oda clan. To be honest, we’re not entirely sure what their motivations are but I’m assuming it’s power through the possession of the Regalia… if the historical aspects of the western figures are true to the facts, Brutus should betray Caesar sometime towards the end of the series, but for now, Brutus seems content to watch Caesar’s actions from the side.
The Oda forces have expanded to a military power to rival that of a nation. Despite this fact, Nobunaga and his group are currently debating what to do in the current power imbalance causing anxiety for the other clans. Joan draws the Death card within the tarot deck and Da Vinci decides to give more prophetic advice (useful or useless) depending on what you do with it. Da Vinci advises the others not to act rashly and Joan states her resolve with determination.
On the western planet, the Knights of the Round Table are expecting much destruction in the east.
Caesar on the other hand, goes to battle with the Oda forces resulting in the death of two main advisors. Kenshin Uesugi’s opted to stay out of Caesar’s ambitions. Nobunaga’s forces regroup and make plans for the ensuring battle. Mitsuhide posits that Caesar intends to annihilate the Oda clan. Nobunaga, Joan and Hideyoshi take their war armours out to battle. Mitsuhide analyzes Caesar’s attack and deduces that there’s a cool down period involved which puts him at a serious defensive position after the spear attacks once. The teamwork between the characters and the increased communications is a drastic change from the beginning of the series when Nobunaga was more or less alienated from the supporting characters. Lots of great action scenes in battle courtesy of the Regalia. Just as our heroes seem to be winning, Caesar calls on additional powers from surrounding ley lines and attacks Nobunaga and Hideyoshi with a giant blast from a cannon. Joan intercepts with her Regalia of Protection and Nobunaga still steps up to defend Joan when her defenses go horribly wrong. CRAZY CRAZY EXPLOSION that blazes into the civilian forces. When Ichihime awakens, she’s devastated to see her homeland ravaged. Joan is also given visions of the death card as she witnesses the outcome of the battle and her inability to protect the people. Nobunaga hugs Joan to comfort her. ROMANCE MOMENT!!!!! – Totally warranted and really sweet as Nobunaga claims that the card that Joan drew was really meant for Nobunaga himself. Caesar recognizes Joan and claims victory over Nobunaga. (OH SHIT) Nobunaga challenges Caesar to settle the score personally (in a duel?); the episode ends right there with Nobunaga’s suspenseful words.
This week’s episode was more or less easing us into direct warfare between Caesar and the Oda clan. I’m really curious to Caesar’s motivations because for all the scenes and dialogue he gets, not many hints are dropped as to what the west has tasked them to do versus what he intends to do. After all the action with the Regalia and the war armours in the last two-three weeks, episode 11 is preparing and transitioning us into the next part of the game. I’m more or less rooting for Nobuanga and Joan. Because of Joan’s position as a woman, she’s always been confined within certain limits in both the social and political realm but Nobunaga gives her the opportunity to fight for what she believes in and wishes to protect for. Her character reconciles both modern feminist heroines and traditional women’s roles and while she may come across as quite indecisive at times, she’s ultimately willing to give up her life for her beliefs once she’s decided on them. At the same time, Nobunaga needs someone as determined and stubborn as he is, to keep track of him in the battlefield so he doesn’t kill himself. While HImiko provides substantial resources in the background, neither position and status nor her societal values would ever prompt her to take up arms next to her betrothed.
The character development is pretty slow paced but because of the power struggles and tentative alliances or lack thereof in the show, it takes quite a bit of thinking to discern how the writers intended the characters to be portrayed. The episode was an overall average so I’m waiting for the Nobunaga vs. Caesar showdown next week.
What are you pondering today?
Sidenote: While it was pretty great that they put “Veni, Vidi, Vici” into the dialogue, the V is pronounced as a W and the C was pronounced correctly for those of you who speak English (Source: I’m a History Major and Latin Minor)