Anime Review: Nobunaga The Fool – 03

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Takeda Shingen seeks to attack the Oda clan directly.  But Nobunaga won’t sit still and take a beating.

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RECAP:  Clan Lord, Oda Nobuhide, holds a strategy meeting that also includes the discussion of including the assistance of Da Vinci.  However, despite Mitsuhide’s logic, the old men of the Clan are still wary of trusting a foreigner.  Meanwhile, Nobukatsu pleads to Jeanne/Ranmaru that she watch over his brother and keep him in check.  Although she has reservations about the request, she cannot deny that she still needs to observe Nobunaga as the would-be “Savior King.”  Suddenly, Takeda’s forces advance towards the Oda castle.  Nobunaga is able to raise the morale of the defending soldiers as well as defeat several of the enemies, but the tides change once Takeda Shingen himself arrives on-stage.  When Nobunaga seems on the ropes, reinforcements arrive in the form of a ship led by Princess Himiko of Yamatai, offering her Regalia in return for… marriage?!

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The old geezers of the Clan meeting are too scared of progress, rather they are stuck to the old ways.  But you certainly cannot blame them for being wary of the sudden appearance of a foreigner at a coincidental time as Takeda’s advancements on their borders.  But Mitsuhide and Nobunaga see that taking advantage of Da Vinci’s expertise is an opportunity that cannot be missed.  Why would you pass up being at a technological and intelligence advantage just because of wavering trust?

Meanwhile, Nobukatsu is setting a good example in spite of his age.  He is willing to bow his head in trust for Jeanne, a foreigner, to watch over his elder brother that he respects so much.

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Today’s episode tarot card reading is the Reverse Chariot.  Da Vinci exclaims “mindless violence” as its meaning, which is true as the impending battle between Takeda and Nobunaga follows Jeanne’s uneasy feeling.  Where the Upright Chariot is interpreted as “power, victory, and control,” the Reverse is just as Da Vinci said: “lack of control and aggression.”  This is exactly what happens as Nobunaga charges in with an unarmored The Fool against Takeda Shingen’s Fuurin Kazan equipped with a flame-element Regalia.  Nobunaga is so caught up in the battle that he does not fully assess his situation, which becomes his downfall… at least until Princess Himiko arrives.

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So to make things clear, a Regalia/Shinki is a spiritual vessel that powers up War Armors.  This explains the several jewels that show up in the show’s opening sequence.  This implies that The Fool will likely have multiple transformations of donning different Regalia.  Because of this, we now know exactly what that necklace Jeanne carries is.  I am predicting it is a water-element Regalia.

Despite how serious the battle was going in this scene, the sudden marriage proposal makes this a much more interesting deal.  Himiko speaks as if she has met Nobunaga in the past, furthermore acting like she has been preparing herself to become his bride since childhood.  This new “bond” will certainly not amuse Ichihime back home.  It’s a good thing Jeanne is masquerading as Ranmaru, as having more women around would only make matters even worse.

Rating:  3.5/5

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Although the episode ended quite serious, Nobunaga’s face here cracked me up.


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