Anime Review: Nobunaga The Fool – 02

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Nobunaga has taken a liking to the Giant War Armor and even given it a name, The Fool.

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RECAP:  After Nobunaga takes out Magellan’s pursuit team, proper introductions are made as Da Vinci and Jeanne are strangers to the Star of the East.  As they travel towards Oda castle, the entire cast get a chance to converse amongst one another.  As Da Vinci offers his services, Nobunaga impulsively accepts to play along, taking him and Jeanne under him in return for showing Da Vinci “the truth of this universe.”  As they return just in time for his little brother’s coming-of-age ceremony, Nobunaga presents the news to his father that one of their outpost forts have fallen to Takeda’s army.  He also shows off his new toy, “The Fool.”

Meanwhile, the “Round Table” of the West convene and dub Da Vinci a traitor to the West, sending Gaius Julius Caesar to pursue him.

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And so the way history works in this series becomes so much more complicated.  The “Knight of the Round Table” for the Star of the West pretty much consists of the biggest names in history for the Western world.  Names like Julius Caesar, Alexander the Great, and King Arthur, are among them.

Now, as far as the actual story stuff for the show, there is a slight hint as to how far the West has progressed compared to the East in this scene.  For one, you have a congress of the primary leaders of each territory meeting up to discuss things like economy, agriculture, and various other politics.  This is vastly different from the way the East Star is stuck at the Warring States era.  There is also talk about how crops are changed because of the ley-lines, which seem to be like the lifestream for each Star, in relation to these Dragons that guide them.  Stars, Ley-lines, mythology characteristics; this all relates to something that is a big theme to the show, despite how seemingly insignificant it is: Tarot Cards.  The episodes will all be named after them and Nobunaga is named after the most Wild Card of the Tarot.  I’m curious to see how this theme will play a big role in the storytelling of this show.

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Bigger thinking aside, how about we talk more about what actually happened in this episode?  Nobunaga is very much a “go with the flow” kind of guy, but he is also very perceptive (as we saw in episode 01) and takes opportunities when available.  It is because of this, plus his impulsive nature, that he has no qualms about being Da Vinci and Jeanne’s benefactor so long as they are in the East.  Jeanne is very hesitant to believe that Nobunaga is this “Savior-King” as prophesized, but it sometimes takes someone very ambitious and foolish to go beyond the rules and bring about change.  I mean, that is how most inventors changed the world (excellent example being Da Vinci).

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“Nobunaga, do you intend to make yourself king of this star?”

Why, yes, that wasn’t exactly my intention, but ok!

With The Fool, Nobunaga has the potential to change the tide of battle.  But as he is now, inexperienced in battle, he’ll have a tough time if he fights an enemy leader (see the OP sequence).  But plot armor surely exists and I hope Nobunaga’s ability is portrayed well enough that it is more than the War Armor being really OP since it was made by Da Vinci.

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What is with that look Mitsuhide gives as he looks upon Nobunaga and Ichihime?  It is easy to assume that he may harbor feelings towards Ichihime.  But I dare not put this as the reason why Mitsuhide will betray him in the future.  Various theories (based on actual history) claim other reasons why.  Maybe the show might present this as a reason?  I don’t know.  But I just had to put this out there because I found it to be a very odd placement of a shot in the midst of a heartfelt reunion and Jeanne’s tarot reading.

Rating:  3.5/5

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How can Jeanne pretend to be a man with a bust that big?

 

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3 responses to “Anime Review: Nobunaga The Fool – 02

  1. zztop

    The Round Table’s talk of bad harvests and an Eastern expedition could indicate plans to (conquer?) the Eastern Star and that the Western Star has some kind of ecological problem. Perhaps this is related to all that dragon talk in the 1st ep.

    The Lovers in tarot usually represent dual partnerships (mostly romantic),but it can also mean establishing personal beliefs and determining one’s values. Not sure how this links back to the ep though, especially what relationship Nobunaga has with Ichi to warrant him hiding Jeanne’s true gender from her.

    PS. Much like a real monkey, Hideyoshi just couldn’t keep his hands off Jeanne’s coconuts. (´∀`)

    • In regards to The Lovers, in the aspect that you mentioned, for Nobunaga, he values his sister as blood and possibly as a lover. This can partly explain why he is not drawn to Jeanne in a romantic way. For Jeanne, The Lovers represents that she should believe in Nobunaga some more if she wishes to seek what that voice is trying to tell her.

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