Some scenes in the episode may be unsuitable for young audiences. Parental Guidance is advised.
|After Takenaka Hanbei defected to the Oda clan last week, we go to the decisive Siege of Inabayama Castle. If the Oda clan wins this battle, Mino province is Nobuna’s for the taking! Can Sagara Yoshiharu pull off the trick of constructing – and holding a castle that’s practically at the doorstep of enemy territory?|
Episode 6: “Sunomata Castle In A Night”
Player A: “wer r u dood?” Player B: “i’m in ur base, killin ur d00dz”
There’s something I like about set-piece battles, especially sieges. First of all, they look good when on the screen. You get to see the preparation of the besiegers when constructing the fortifications, the hardships they have to endure before, during and after the building of the fort (or in this episode’s case, the castle), and nice, orderly look of the newly constructed fortification once the building process is finished.
Second, there’s a lot of drama and action involved. This is especially true when the tables are turned, and the besiegers suddenly become the besieged, surrounded on many sides by the opposing force who now will try to burn the whole thing to the ground before the now-besieged-besiegers’ cavalry and reinforcements inevitably show up to save the day via a big-damn-heroes moment.
Saru and his One-Night Castle, Takenaka Hanbei and her pro-level RTS skills
Sunomata Castle, circa 15th Century A.D.
Shibata Katsuie, with her still-gainaxing plate armor no less, failed to hold and build a castle on Sunomata – so the task inevitably fell to Saru to make things happen. While he shamelessly borrowed the concept of prefabricating the castle piece by piece from his games, he still deserves a lot of praise for having the guts to go through with the plan, especially when said castle was almost burned to the ground.
Takenaka Hanbei-chan: pwning enemy troops in Total War: Shogun the Sengoku Period
Speaking of Hanbei-chan from last episode, we finally see that she really is a genius, commanding the Sagara’s detachment of Oda clan forces with skill. Last episode it felt to me as a sort of informed ability – and she seemed to rely too much more on her summoned familiars especially Zenki, but now we can see she actually can command and control her troops well – so well that Yoshitatsu cursed her name. Now if only she isn’t so shy outside of battle, I’d like her more.
Magus Killer’s Final Thoughts
Guess I was right when Hanbei-chan’s insistence on serving Yoshiharu instead of the Oda clan pressed Nobuna’s jealousy and tsundere buttons. Good thing she knew better than go 100% tsun-tsun mode and decided to take advantage of the situation. Unfortunately for Saru, I think he just set off Akechi Mitsuhide’s romance flag this episode. I’m willing to bet she’ll go Yandere for Saru once the “Incident at Honnoji” nears.
Save the loli ninja, save the world.
I knew that Goemon had armor – both the “plot-armor”-kind and literal chain mail protecting her, but I never expected that she would “pass out” from the impact of a musket ball. If she just wanted to teach Sagara the fallacy of his wanting to not sacrifice anything and have it all, she could have done so after the battle was fought and won. Granted, the seeming death of a beloved comrade did the trick. I don’t expect Sagara to heed the lesson that easily though. This guy learns lessons the hard way.
Nobuna definitely held the Idiot Ball this time. Knowing your opponent was waiting in an abandoned gold mine, and with a narrow valley leading to it, everything and everyone, especially Admiral Ackbar was just screaming, “It’s a trap!” Yet Nobuna still led her troops into straight into it. Again, secure the high ground first before going into such places! Didn’t Sun Tzu put that in his Art of War?
Nobuna doesn’t always rename a castle and a town, but when she does, she does it for her step-father
Renaming Inabayama Castle and the surrounding town into Gifu castle and Gifu Town, respectively for father-figure Saito Dousan was a nice touch, though. D’awww.
Date Masamune: ARE YOU READY GUYS?!?
Next week on Oda Nobuna no Yabou, it looks like Nobuna and co. will take a stroll in the Imperial Capital of Kyoto. Who is that shrine-maiden-looking loli? Who has the bigger cup size, Shibata Katsuie or that blonde nun? Will Azai Nagamasa ever stop ruining the show for me? Will Date Masamune PUT HER GUNZ ON? Find out in the next episode, “Nobuna advances on Kyoto”.