That rose you’re holding only serves to make you more evil, Asakura Yoshikage
|Magus_Killer is back with another episode of Oda Nobuna no Yabou! Readers, sorry for the late post, academic work piled up on my desk during the long weekend and I had to deal with it until a while ago. Now that the action-packed Mino arc is over, Nobuna decides to march on Kyoto, but not everything is going as planned in the Imperial Capital…|
Episode 7: “Nobuna advances on Kyoto”
I’m in despair! The fact that the future changed has left me in despair!
I’ve always thought there would come a time when Saru’s knowledge of future events will not help him in furthering Nobuna’s cause. I also thought it would occur on the battlefield like his close call at Sunomata Castle. Fortunately, it didn’t mean that Saru would be rendered useless in this episode.
New loli chara #1: Himiko-sama (she gets kidnapped a lot)
While Nobuna and the rest of the Oda clan armies are fighting towards the Imperial Capital to install Imagawa Yoshimoto as Shogun, Saru saved two new lolis (Bontenmaru a.k.a. Date Masamune and Himiko) and a busty European nun while on a scouting mission. Teach me, master!
War Is Hell
“Hikisaita yami ga hoe furueru teito ni…” – Sakura Taisen
While the show has been avoiding showing the effects of war on the non-combatants for six episodes, this time we got a glimpse of what war does to a society. It gets worse, as a Five Bad Band led by evil playboy Daimyo Asakura Yoshikage with an evil sixth ranger (Saito Yoshitatsu, he is a CHAR!) seems to have evil plans for Japan.
Matsunaga “Danjo” Hisahide – “witch” of the Sengoku Period. She rides elephants. 0_0
Story-wise however, this might actually be a good thing, since the quality of the antagonists aren’t enough to oppose Nobuna for more than a single episode. With the introduction of a group of villains that could match the Oda clan on and off the field of battle, this will force Nobuna and Saru to become even more awesome than they already are.
Oda Nobuna is a troll
To quote my good friend Admiral Ackbar: IT’S A TRAP!
Shortly after last week’s episode, I ceased to look at Azai Nagamasa as a serious contender – whether the subject is the conquest of Japan, or even something comparatively mundane like finding a suitable wife. The poor guy can’t catch a break; his street cred has been shot to pieces.
Case in point, he has failed twice to win Nobuna’s hand in marriage, he failed to take advantage of the chaos that ensued after the siege of Inabayama Castle – and now, he got suckered into an alliance by marrying “Oichi” (actually Nobukatsu/Nobusumi dragged into drag *laughs*).
Saru, you’re not going back to your time period soon, so why not just wait until she becomes legal?
Saru is the next one to be outwitted by Nobuna. Remember his demand for “the prettiest girl in Japan” in the previous episode? He demanded it, and he got it, sort of. His “imagine spots” (Yoshimoto-chan! HNNNGGGHHH) remind me of Ayumu from KoreWaZom. Even though genre-savvy watchers would have guessed that it would be Nene that Nobuna would send to Saru, it was still funny.
I actually think Azai Nagamasa is actually a woman underneath all that bishounen playboy personality he exudes, and the “marriage” to Nobukatsu might have been a good thing. Trap x Reverse Trap, anyone? Will they find true love? I hope so. D’awwww.
New loli-chara #2: Bontenmaru a.k.a. Date Masamune (are those pumpkin panties?)
While some find the abundance of lolis as fanservice, I think it might be actually be deconstruction of the role of loli characters. Last time it was averted since Goemon survived the shot meant for Saru, but I don’t think plot armor will always be there for the cute little girls. If the wars for Japan’s unification are such that armies have little girls in them, it must be that things are escalating to the point where girls like Goemon and Inuchiyo have to take up arms.
Oda Nobuna no Takoyaki
Next week on Oda Nobuna no Yabou, it seems the next episode will be an epic cooking match, with Saru and Goemon on one side, and Mitsuhide and Inuchiyo on the other side. Will Saru become a cooking master boy? How will the invention of Takoyaki during the Sengoku Period change the history of Japan? What is Nobuna doing in a Kimono? Find out in the next episode, “Golden Free City: Sakai”.