“Takenaka Hanbei will not serve the Oda clan, but Sagara Yoshiharu. Okay, my lord?” HNNNNNG!
|Hi readers and lurkers at Metanorn! I’m back with the latest episode of Oda Nobuna no Yabou. It seems every episode we are introduced to a new character, either an antagonist, or a future member of Saru’s harem. Just a small disclaimer: if you like little girls doing cute stuff with some oriental magic, then this episode is for you. If not, well, just read along. Haha.|
Episode 5: “Strategy of the genius tactician”
Who is Imouto? “Onii-chan…”
A cute girl makes everything better. That is a perfectly understandable English sentence. When it comes to Oda Nobuna no Yabou, a cute girl who is a genius strategist, who can also summon familiars to do fighting for her, makes everything ten times better. That is also a perfectly understandable English sentence. Takenaka Hanbei-chan is so adorable that don’t you just want to take her home and give her a hug?
Okay. Let’s examine the white-haired pretty girl called Takenaka Hanbei. She is small. She is cute. She is HNNNGHHH personified. Having a voice supplied by Ogura Yui (who also voiced Yunoha in Aquarion EVOL and Athena in Campione!) definitely helps as well. In short, she is the little-sister/imouto character in Yoshiharu’s harem. By the way, Nene is the “wife”, Maeda Toshiie/Inuchiyo the “quiet best friend”, and Goemon is the “right-hand man”.
While this screencap isn’t relevant to the plot, Inuchiyo can be be cute too!
I tend to view characters in Oda Nobuna no Yabou through the lens of dichotomy, and Hanbei-chan is no exception. On one hand, she is childish, prone to pulling pranks on people with her kagemusha Zenki, shy when it comes to other people and apologizes a lot. She also prefers not to cause unnecessary casualties on the battlefield, even though she had six(!) chances to rout the Oda clan armies.
“I played a prank on you to see if you would get angry…” Girl, listen, anyone would get angry.
On the other hand, her naivety when it comes to negotiations leaves me face-palming. As a strategist, doesn’t she know entering a negotiation from a weaker position is a no-no? With regards to her summoning her familiars, I wonder why she overdid it knowing it would exhaust her. One or two was already overkill. Having four plus Zenki and the little demon imp, then having the four do a soul-blast was just pushing it.
“She is not your imouto! I’m gonna make her my waifu!” – Saito Yoshitatsu
I think I can now sense an underlying theme in Oda Nobuna no Yabou. Sagara has to accomplish a particularly difficult task, so he takes his “squad” consisting mainly of master spearman Maeda Toshiie, ninja Goemon and her ragtag bunch of misfits into enemy territory. He then executes a daring plan where he does most of the talking (either to opponents or allies) while Goemon’s misfits do the hard work. The group escapes after achieving said task, and Sagara acquires, albeit unintentionally, another haremette. Punishment from Oda Nobuna or any other harem member is optional. Rinse and repeat. I think we have Sagara Yoshiharu’s Standard Operating Procedures for the remaining episodes down pat?
1. Sagara demanding that Oda Nobuna give him the “most beautiful” girl in Japan to him after he accomplishes his latest mission could be interpreted a thinly-veiled wedding proposal to Nobuna, since Oda Nobuna views herself as such.
2. I now suspect that Azai Nagamasa is actually a bishoujo who cross-dresses as a guy (who probably wears a sarashi to bind her chest) seeing as how “he” reacted after eating the wasabi-spiked bun. Reverse traps in my Sengoku anime, who would have thought? It’s still without solid basis, though. LN Readers please put potential spoilers in the appropriate spoiler tags
3. Did anyone notice that Maeda Toshiie ate Nobukatsu/Nobusumi’s rice jellies when they were having a council of war? That’s just so moe~
4. Hanbei-chan declaring her allegiance to Sagara instead to Nobuna will probably trigger more episodes of jealousy from Nobuna. I’d like to see how Sagara manages that one. Hopefully it doesn’t bite him in the ass later.
Please don’t kill the lolis!
Next week on Oda Nobuna no Yabou, it’s time for the Siege of Inabayama Castle. Can Yoshiharu pull off the trick of constructing a castle in one night on the edge of enemy territory? Will Goemon die after taking a shot meant for Yoshiharu? How will Oda Nobuna react to Hanbei pledging her allegiance to Yoshiharu? Find out in the next episode, “Sunomata Castle”.