“All men carry within them another self no one is allowed to see. They laugh, concealing their grief and shed tears, concealing their mirth… What face does The Hermit, concealed within this man’s heart, wear?”
I found this episode quite unique and different from many others we’d seen. There were no grand action scenes or large explosions but presented a lot interesting character introspection. All sides are re-grouping and figuring out just exactly what to do and how to meet this east/west saviour kind clash.
The Azuchi ship has taken some damage due to the ley lines intersecting over Yomotsuhirasaka. Himiko falls into the ocean during the shake. Nobunaga dives in after her and saves her. This incident and scene is very much reminiscient of Himiko’s childhood moments with Nobunaga where she was isolated in that sacred space for priestess training. Although the ley lines reject all human beings, they accepted Nobunaga when his little boat accidentally sailed adrift. I really enjoyed the kiddy Himiko and Nobunaga flashback.
Nobunaga is only told all this by Himiko on the Azuchi after they are rescued. She further states that the pillars in the sacred space are directly linked to the village Donremy. I suppose Himiko and Joan are two sides of the same coin respectively reflecting both the mystics of east and west.
Meanwhile, Mitsuhide and Caesar are at the mercy of Cesare and Machaivelli. Both are taken back to the western star and Mitsuhide seems intensely unsettled. His cool façade is gone and I’m surprised how easily Caesar can pick out Mitsuhide’s little trigger.
Later, Himiko tells Joan that Joan is inextricably linked to the star of the east through her birth and family name. Himiko calls Joan out for totally evading her own feelings toward Nobunaga. Himiko’s turned out to be a pretty great character because she is completely forward and honest and selfless about her feelings. Joan here, randomly, confesses that she loves Nobunaga as well and both of them declare war on one another haha.
When Mitsuhide and Caesar arrive at Arthur’s building, he’s released from his shackles but MItsuhide is left behind. Luckily the imps, Nell and Bianchi, lend Mitsuhide a hand and Mitsuhide is seen running into the building after. King Arthur rallies his forces to “bring salvation to the world” and I’m not entirely sure what that means but they are probably going to attack the star of the east with the full might of their forces.
The eastern allies are approaching Owari soon and Da Vinci is kneeling by her bedside. Himiko knows that Da Vinci also knows the ley lines in her body are waning and weakening. Himiko’s last request is to ask Da Vinci to dissect her body and use it for science. WOW I was really impressed by Himiko’s words here because most Asian religious and cultural values believe in preserving the body whole so that they may fare well in the journey to the afterlife. Himiko’s request is gravely humbling to Da Vinci. The episode ends with Nobunaga and the others awaiting the members of the star of the east.
What are you pondering today?