Everyone is reeling at the news of Ichihime’s betrothal to Caesar in order to forge an alliance between the two factions. Rating: 4.5/5 curiously excited clouds I really how the story zeroed in on the characters in this episode. There … Continue reading
Of ALL the episode in Nobunaga the Fool thus far, this is my favourite episode to date. There were no crazy giant explosions or intense action or even any fighting, but there was so much intensity to the atmosphere and … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
“Aided by Jeanne’s Regalia of protection. Nobunaga defeated Caesar. His feat immediately spread throughout Owari, renewing the citizens’ spirits after so very long…” Rating: 4/5 curiously excited clouds In light of Joan’s new powers through the Regalia of protection, Da … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
Mitsuhide, who is silently grieving at Nobukatsu’s murder, has been internally conflicted for a while now. We’re given a quick flash back of him at the beginning where he watched his father commit suicide (for some reason). But these moments … Continue reading
I have to say, after all the chaos of the opening episodes, I think the introductory stuff is finally over… When the episode begins, it picks up in the aftermath of Lord Nobuhide’s death. Everyone is grieving, everyone is preparing … Continue reading
I think I’m having second thoughts on this strange amalgamation of mecha and magic because I have NO IDEA where they’re going with this. What is all this hype about? Are they taking a political route in the plot or … Continue reading
“Your life is your own. How can you not live your own life as you see fit? If you just wait for life to happen, you’ll die.” – Nobunaga
The battle ends quite suddenly with Nobunaga defeated by Lord Shingen. I guess the magical upgrade pact didn’t work out as well as we all worked out. Nobunaga’s still inexperienced with the war armour unlike Shingen. I’m guessing the main war concerns the power struggles with different clans and mainly the Oda and the Takeda.
The gang ends up on the little betrothed Queen priestess’s ship head and they head to Owari. The Queen of Yamatai of the Land of Origins. Da Vinci suggests the betrothal ceremony instead of an immediate wedding between the Queen and the Fool (West ftw LOL). I really wish they made Joan a bit more badass than this… she’s utterly unable to touch Nobunaga in a sparring match and really plays the role of divine seer rather than an indecisive blushing damsel. Naturally, the Queen can tell that Joan is a woman and warns Joan to stay away from Nobunaga. The exchange between Joan and the Queen are amusing though and they tease out some of the western/eastern stereotypical misunderstandings between the two planets. I guess Joan’s not use to eastern ways and prefers a bed over straw mats. Unable to sleep, she strolls outside drawn by the sound of the princess’s voice. Joan then meets Nobunaga’s sister.
I liked seeing a flash of Joan’s past as well; seems like her ability to see glimpses of the future has been with her since a child and I wonder if her character will make it past fan service and two dimensional singular flashbacks. I’m curious to see how the characters’ relationships will unfold, especially that of the Nobunaga siblings.
The theme of mysticism prevails even in the midst of all these hardcore politics and mecha battles. Each episode is named after one of the Major Arcana cards and if Nobunaga extends into the spring season, we’ll hit all twenty-one cards. This weird world order fusing both elements of science and magic is boggling my mind because I don’t know how Da Vinci can build mecha armour with knowledge of chemistry, some form of engineering and physics and then spout off some prophetic verses about Nobunaga being the golden dragon that will save the world.
This time, it’s Mitsuhide’s turn to draw a card from Da Vinci’s tarot. He comes upon The Magician, Reversed and wonders if Nobunaga is the Magician.
The episode wraps up with Nobunaga’s betrothal ceremony… and a live concert courtesy of Western technology starring Ichihime. Wow, it must be jarring for eastern commoners to see the Queen of Yamatai in a western fashioned dress and even Nobunaga all dressed up with his hair slicked back. Da Vinci really need to stop meddling in everyone’s lives but IT’S ALL SO AMUSING. THERE’S EVEN A CAKE. MY GOSH I’m gonna get Da Vinci to plan my wedding when that day comes. The foreshadowing moment comes when Nobunaga brings down his sword on the cake (and crowd), the immensity of his presence and power striking into the hearts of all.
I guess I like how Nobunaga’s proceeding so far. Fair pace, fair plot. The story is really following the whole “hero will fulfill prophecy and safe the world” pattern I think. I’m wondering how much historical accuracy is thrown in there mixed into the original play. We’ll have to keep watching to see where it’s going. I’m feeling pretty neutral after episode 4 guys. What do you think?
What are you pondering today?