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Nobunaga the Fool 21 – 24 (END)

“It was inevitable” ~ Nobunaga, when it wasn’t inevitable.

So what do we have here? The usual suspects – i.e. everybody dies and other last minute drama. Unlike Brynhildr’s finale, I actually greatly enjoyed Nobunaga’s final, extremely dramatic moments. What a ride this show ended up being.

Picture, if you will, the final scene – the story boiled down to just Mitsuhide, Nobunaga, Hideyoshi, and Jeanne. Mitsuhide turning on Nobunaga at last, admitting to having killed nobukatsu, battling with nothing left to lose against Nobunaga as Da Vinci paints his vision of the future in the “Last Supper” in a burning building from which he knows he will not survive. Melodramatic? Perhaps. Entertaining, powerful, moving? I believe so. Nobunaga throws much into the mix and despite making a serious hodge-podge of it sometimes, I must concede I was greatly impressed by the show and even more impressed by the scenes leading up to the finale (and the impressive showing in the second half).

Nobunaga was Judas. Mitsuhide was the true savior king. Calling Nobunaga the Destroyer King wasn’t just a red herring of doubt either, which truly surprised me. Arthur ended up being irrelevant (and his intentions unclear and slightly uninspired, which is a point of contention I have with the show).

What did I like? Everything outlined above was bloody fantastic. Kenshin riding in at the last second to challenge Alexander (What did I tell you?) made me get up and visually proclaim how excited I was – I couldn’t contain myself. God fucking DAMN was that awesome. Who’d ever thought that Kenshin would have lived so long in this show?

Ichihime dying was certainly Mitsuhide’s catalyst – with her gone, he had nothing holding him back. I knew we were in for some blood. Excellently executed. Speaking of executions, let’s talk about the more literal kind – good fucking riddance to those stupid know-it-all twins – dying Caesar handled you with one hand. Get wrecked idiots.

The final fight (including using Ichihime’s comb as a weapon) was nothing less than a precision F strike in regards to feels – talk about evoking some powerful imagery. There’s so much to talk about regarding what went well.

What was bad about it? Not much, really – I feel Arthur was thrown by the wayside and really wasn’t important, which was kinda annoying. Nobunaga and Jeanne’s feelings for each other felt out of nowhere, as we’ve really only seen Jeanne have feelings for Nobu but not the other way around. Nobu was hard to read but sometimes I’m not sure if it was in a good way. I was expecting the two twins I hated to be part of a bigger picture but they were just red ponytail guy’s henchmen.

The show went from being a 7 to an 8 or a 9 in my book. Fantastic second half, albeit melodramatic but thoroughly entertaining. Now I’m just waiting for Sentai to release this over here.

Nobunaga the Fool – 17 – 20

So let’s dive right into it – Mitsuhide and Caesar, left behind enemy lines, are captured by the star of the west and detained. Was there anything to Caesar’s chiding other than believing that he was more worthy of Ichihime because A) He had the initiative B) Mitsuhide is a slave to Nobu’s demands? I feel Caesar was challenging Mitsuhide to no longer stand in another man’s shadow. The bit about Mitsuhide not being able to wield a regalia is interesting but a big low blow – why is it that the regalia deem him unworthy? I’m not sure I have the answer but I speculate it has to do with his “Ends justify the means” philosophy – Mitsuhide has shown us he is very unafraid to get his hands dirty if the outcome he desires is not achieved.

I also wanted to say that I hate those goddamn twins – they are so annoying. Generally I hate any pair of “omg uber smart” twins or any villian that is like “lol i am rusemaster lul” so putting them two in one makes me hate them three times as much. Hope those little shits get killed really soon.

So Kenshin? Apparently really strong but not strong enough to beat Alexander, who is apparently undefeatable. Kenshin behaves admirably but is ultimately defeated – instead he makes a promise to fight Alexander again. I’d say that Alexander must be the strongest under King Arthur’s command.

Nobu foolishly engages Alexander and realizes that he is in major need of a power buff (or a training arc). Alexander continues to disrupt the ley lines of the east in the meantime, though. What better way to train that to endure the training his betrothed did when she was young?

Nobu, Kenshin, and Jeanne go to face this force with the hopes of obtaining power. Jeanne, because she’s got a nice rack gets stripped and whipped while the other two get to fight badass dragons. I like Jeanne a lot but you’ve got to admit that is pretty funny.

In the end, Nobunaga consumes the dragon of destruction and Jeanne lives with her prophecies, which in the end make them stronger. Kenshin doesn’t return with them but I’m certain he’ll show up when they need him most.

Nobu challenge Alexander again and bests him, albeit only slightly (He MUST have been pretty strong). Caesar’s sequence with Arthur is difficult to make sense of but I believe he’s undergone a baptism of sorts – or he’s just been brainwashed (Which would be much more boring). I’m concerned as he’s the only villain that is frequently engaging.

Oh yeah, and Caesar summoned the Ladder to Heaven. Holy grail, ho!

Nobunaga the Fool 14 – 16

Wow, it’s been a while. So uh, what’s up guys?

Finally a bit of slight characterization in this otherwise entertaining show – Nobunaga has shown to just what lengths he is willing to go and what he is willing to sacrifice for the sake of his own justice. He wasn’t about to let our star of the west invaders hold his own villiage as ransom which was an impressive and somewhat selfish gambit – but let’s be honest, does anyone think that Charlamagne would have honored the ransom anyway? I sincerely doubt it and I give Nobu huge props for shoving a metaphorical sword straight up their ass.

Let me take a minute to highlight Kenshin. Holy fuck Kenshin is extremely powerful, my god. Guy comes out of nowhere and blows those two the fuck out. More interestingly is Caesar, who has shown his devotion to his new wife Ichihime stands above even his devotion to the star of the west. This was particularly powerful for me because he really has no reason to stand against his former comrades. Ichihime – well done. I think you’ve cornered your opponent. Perhaps it isn’t as tactical as I think it is and Ichihime really believes him to stand for something.

Jeanne gets some heavy torture (much nastier than I was expecting this show to ever deliver). After heavy bouts of psychological and physical torture, she is saved by Nobunaga and the show begins to throw around some bullshit about a “Destroyer King”, something we had not heard up until this point. Attempting to put some of Nobu’s more dubious actions into light, Jeanne questions whether Nobu is this “Destroyer King”, who is purported to be the opposite of the greatly talked-up “Savior King”. Who really is the savior king, here? I’m going to go ahead and say that calling Nobu the Destroyer King is a red herring; a classic last ditch bullshit effort to stir up controversy or doubt amongst the heroes. It’s possible this can be played to great effect and used as impetus for Mitsuhide to inevitably betray Nobu as history dictates.

The show really surprised me with the 14th episode; never when I started this show did I think I would be so entertained by it.

Nobunaga the Fool – 13

For someone who killed her brother, Mitsuhide sure seems to feel strongly about Ichihime. I must admit I was feeling pretty upset for the guy by the end of this episode too.

I don’t think anybody is ever happy seeing two lovers torn apart, even if Mitsuhide is kind of a bastard. In any event, I’d like to talk a bit about Nobunaga and his view on matters and achieving them; Nobu seems to value his dream above all else, and I almost feel its arguable whether he values the lives of his comrades more than that dream. I’m willing to be he’s right on the fence somewhere, although previously I might have been more inclined to say he no doubt values his comrades much more. Given that, and this is a scary thought, would he even begrudge Mitsuhide for killing his brother, given the reason? I’m still thinking he’s going to be pissed off beyond all belief, but the thought did occur to me as I watched this week’s installment.

I doubt we’ve seen Mitsuhide externalize his disdain as much as he did this week. He got mighty fierce with Nobunaga in their duel – not that I blame him. I wouldn’t be happy with Caesar running off with my woman either.

It was funny to see the table of rounds in disarray over Caesar’s actions – most of them aren’t sure what to make of it. Treason, or treachery? Is he deceiving his allies in order to deceive his enemies? They are unsure, but they intend to discern the true reason for his actions in due time.

I still am not a huge fan of Caesar, given his duplicitious style of doing business, but he could prove to be an invaluable ally which is no doubt the same train of thought going through Nobu’s mind. I’m sure we can count on Mitsuhide to keep him in check.

Mitsu shares a warm, upsetting moment with Ichihime before she departs for Ceasar – you’ll never see this guy be so vocal about his feelings. He vows to protect her at all costs – even when Ichihime fears the worst for her health. History already knows how this sordid scene plays out and what happens to the two of them – but will this show deviate? Time will tell.

Nobunaga the Fool – 12

ZEEEEE FUUUHLLLUUU!!!

Nobunaga is going away to college, upon his first day there, he meets his wacky roommate who owns a pet snake. Together, they tack-Oh, wait, sorry, this isn’t the beginning to a sitcom. Japanese plays based upon figure from 700 years ago and Modern day sitcoms have so much in common they just kinda blend together in my head.

So, what can we take away from this episode? Caesar is still a dick and was surprisingly open to diplomacy – although his reasons for diplomacy were later revealed to be because of his intent to take Nobunaga alive or as an ally, if possible. We all know what kind of person Nobu is and why that may not be possible. Something you may recall (and I think I entirely discounted) was that Caesar had taken particularly strange notice of Ichihime for some reason. It’s simple; he likes the asian ladies (And Jeanne, even though she’s not actually asian). The guy even had the audacity to say this in enemy territory and give them a heavy handed alliance where he takes her as his wife. What a brazen mother fucker!

Nobu’s idea for a tea party seemed particularly bizarre to me, even for him; you’re ready to lose and you think you’re in position to begin making demands? It’s akin to playing rock paper scissors with a friend and upon losing, you’re like, “Uh, best two out of three!” Usually it doesn’t work that way. Perhaps Caesar feared accidently killing Nobu rather than allying with him. Or perhaps Caesar is a raving idiot.

I really didn’t think there was any redemption for Caesar at all – he crossed the point of no return as soon as he killed Nobu’s old man. The tea party situation was actually quite interesting because I thought for an instant that Nobu was attempting to turn Caesar against King Arthur in attempt to unite them under a common enemy. While this seems to be what has taken place, I doubt we can completely trust Caesar – he’s shown himself more than capable of duplicity in the past (Lying to Takeda’s men about the manner of his death, stabbing people in the back, etc.) More disconcerning is that Nobu seems to trust he will uphold his end of the bargain for some reason. I wouldn’t be so sure….

This means that we currently have an alliance of the Oda, Caesar’s forces, Takeda (without any Takeda), and the Uesegi. That’s a pretty damn strong alliance. Hopefully the second half of this series has them busting down the doors in the star of the west and blowing shit to kingdom come.

Nobunaga the Fool – 11

“It was inevitable!…that you would see me blog about this show again!” ~ Nobunaga, circa never.

Wow, remember when I was blogging this show? Yeah, me neither; it’s probably been about a whole month and a half since my last entry to this series. Sorry about that but I’m sure you survived without my banal nonsense. Go read Hanner’s blog, he’s much more entertaining and analytical anyway.

Nobunaga has been a real roller coaster for me. It started out as something I felt was highly promising in the first half of the first episode, then I was sure we had something mediocre on our hands until the fifth episode or so, and now I’m convinced it’s actually a fairly strong show. I also may not be the best person to ask about things like this, oops.

So, Caesar is a jobber right? He got his ass whooped already so who cares about him, let’s move on to the real big bad! As Agent Shi Long Lang would say:
NotSoFast!

Caesar is pissed. As would most, he isn’t happy with the way events at his last battle transpired. Furthermore, he’s been issued an ultimatum by his superiors and we all know there is nothing more dangerous than a cornered snake. A desperation event is surely on the horizon.

Da Vinci hatches a brilliant plot, using his knowledge of Caesar’s ultimate move that nearly spelled Nobunaga’s demise earlier in the series. While they do gain the upper hand against the remnants of the Takeda and Uesegi, Caesar does launch his desperation move, destroying much of the innocents in the area (And I believe some of the Oda? Not sure). I must concede, it feels kinda cheap – we had no prior knowledge of this. It kinda felt like a villainous asspull for the shonen “Well, you powered up, now I’M going to power up!”

Jeanne’s vision looks to be suspiciously like what they are currently witnessing. I must admit that I am woefully unfamiliar with Jeanne’s historical significance and um, actual story. Forgive me for being dense, but what is the connection here? I ask that rhetorically, of course.

Where do we go from here? The narrative desperately needs Caesar dead before we can continue. Caesar was cool but he’s had his moment; let’s focus on some of the other knights of the round. I’m anticipating that the show will bring the battle straight to their doorstep and if it, in fact, does that, consider me happy.

Nobunaga the Fool – 10

We, interestingly enough, finally got some Hideyoshi character development (And no, I am not counting all of history as character development, since I somehow doubt the real Hideyoshi piloted a giant war armor).

Apparently Hideyoshi had a sister who died at a young age; she was stricken with key-AIDS. Apparently the Oda clan was waging a war at the time and the taxes ended up depriving them of their meager harvest, which in turn killed the young girl. Naturally, Hideyoshi is pissed about this, and in fact claims he event became a general in their army to seek revenge. While he no longer seeks complete revenge, he has revealed he will gladly kill Nobu if he feels he grows weak and fails to unite the country. Pretty harsh! In other news, I’d like to see you try you scrawny monkey bastard. In any event, shouldn’t he be directing his rage at Nobu’s father? Nobu was ALSO a kid when that happened and there’s no way he could be responsible (Unless he’s just hating on the whole Oda line, in which case it lines up). Revenge is weird, man, whatever!

Hideyoshi also successfully draws his tarot card from Leonardo this time (He unsuccessfully attempted the same early in the series) and draw the card of Temperance. I like to think Da Vinci enjoys sitting around waiting until people have internal dilemmas just so he can flash his crazy-ass cards.

The round table is apparently quite fed up with Caesar not getting anything done in the east (Hey, me too! Off with his head!) and grant him one last chance to be successful. Unluckily for him, the Oda pre-empt him by bringing the battle to his doorstep…and even so, things are not as they seem. Nobunaga uses the fool as bait while he and Mitsuhide sneak in under cover, breaking through their defenses and taking out their guards. They’re apparently unable to use war armors effectively in the area due to the ley lines. After utilizing one of Da Vinci’s inventions, they are able to restore the ley lines and use war armors, only to be greeted by what seems to be a seated officer with no name, who pummels Hideyoshi in his new mech he just stole a second ago. Hideyoshi is backed up by Nobunaga, who even on foot with a flimsy bow and arrow strikes the officer’s vitals, acknowledges that Hideyoshi wants to kill him, and tells him to become “man enough to kill him.”

I guess it’s been done before but I love this trope so much. So Badass.

He grants him the regalia of the wind that Shingen bestowed upon him as Caesar realizes he’s been tricked. Little slow on the uptake, eh Caesar?

Nobunaga the Fool – 9

Nobunaga’s back and as it turns out, even more things are inevitable than usual this week! Also, thankfully, Caesar isn’t dead just yet.

As a matter of fact, Caesar has gone ahead and done the unthinkable by joining forces with the Uesegi. Anyone who knows a lick about Japanese history knows that Shingen and Kenshin are great rivals; while they greatly respect one another, I doubt they’d ever join forces, or at least even consider it. But here it is!

Caesar, of course, is manipulating the situation as usual but I don’t think Kenshin is going to be so easy to fool. He claims he “doesn’t like” Caesar. Hilarious!

Meanwhile, Mitsuhide is having nightmares about killing Nobukatsu, as well as having doubts as to whether he is down the right path at all. He remarks about how it is too  late given his hands are already stained in blood. Lady Ichihime talks to him about some nonsense about living in the light and whatnot. To be honest, I was thinking about the bagel I ate this morning during this scene.

Damn good bagel. 

Jeanne also has her own war armor, which is freaking awesome! Thanks to Da Vinci, it has been built from spare parts left over from the Takeda. She has to learn how to use it and as circumstances would have it, she is unable to activate her regalia making her pretty useless. Given her war armor is defensive, she hopes to use it to protect Nobunaga; something he claims he doesn’t need as he “speeches” the will to activate her regalia into her. It was pretty impressive, actually.

Some of the old fogeys that have never liked Nobunaga were considering putting someone else in power. Despite eventually backing down from this, they still want Nobunaga to submit to Caesar, hoping to preserve their name. They don’t know what kind of man Nobu is at this point? Come on guys.

Oh, the Oda clan’s morale is also crazy high after Da Vinci broadcast his epic speech to the entire Oda faction.

Next stop, the Uesegi!

Nobunaga the Fool – 8

“It was inevitable!” ~ Nobunaga at the supermarket after picking up the freshest pork cutlet.

Nobu gets serious, wisely remarking that they should stop infighting and instead turn to their enemies who will no doubt take advantage of their confusion. He also seems to, at least for the moment, have put a stop to the Oda dissent.

Da Vinci also reveals his study and observation of regalia and their uses; unsurprisingly, the user of the regalia and his ability largely determine how powerful the regalia itself will be. Given that, Nobu knows what he must do; claim the regalia that is rightfully his for defeating Shingen. To do that, he must defeat Caesar. Given that the Takeda outnumber him, he must come up with a plan which actually comes from Hideyoshi and Da Vinci.

Meanwhile, Jeanne keeps having a vision of Nobunaga getting impaled through the back by Caesar. It troubles her, but Da Vinci assures her that even a prophecy can be changed. That guy knows everything.

They erect a hologram of a castle which causes the Takeda to take arms and run straight into a mine field like a bunch of idiots. Nobunaga and Caesar go head to head in a no-holds barred grudge match. Nobunaga holds himself surprisingly well against him until Caesar does as Jeanne prophecised and stabs him. The difference here is that Jeanne rushes to his aid and unawaringly bestows a new regalia upon him, which he uses to, surprisingly (and somewhat disappointingly) defeat Caesar.

Given Caesar’s body count and manipulation of the Takeda clan, I was hoping he would have a bit more fanfare in his sendoff but eh, he was a jerk anyway so good riddance.

Nobunaga the Fool – 7

Nobunaga, now taking charge and bemoaning the fact he was unable to prevent Nobukatsu’s death, questions himself and what he can possibly do to bring Nobukatsu’s killer to justice.

Surmising it may be an assassin, he holds a council as they speculate as to whether it was the Uesegi or the Takada that took young Nobukatsu’s life. Mitsuhide, clearly feeling the pangs of guilt for what he’s done, struggles the entire episode with his own remorse. Mitsu suggests that it’s likely Takeda has done it. What does Nobunaga suggest?

To seek council with Shingen and ask him whether he’s done it or not. Yup, sounds like Nobu all right.

Anyways, he and Jeanne march up to seek council with Shingen who gladly accepts their company despite being enemies. Caesar is also watching from above, which is about the only thing that made me wary since he’s clearly the big evil here. Takeda proclaims that he did not, in fact, kill Nobukatsu. Nobunaga remarks that he’s telling the truth, as Shingen is a man that believes he can defeat Nobunaga without acts of cowardice such as assassination.

After a quick drink, Nobunaga and Takeda decide to finally settle things once and for all in a one on one fight. A great battle ensues, but Nobunaga reigns victorious over Shingen. Shingen, being a man of honor, relinquishes his regalia over to Nobunaga to congratulate him on his victory. Before he can finish his final words, he’s struck in the back by Caesar, who later manipulates the Takeda by lying to them that Nobu struck him in the back and ran.

So, what can we take away from this? Things are escalating further and Caesar is a giant dick. That’s about it! I’m personally most interested in seeing what happens when Mitsuhide’s true actions are uncovered by Nobunaga…I wonder if history will play itself out before that even comes to be? We’ll see.