“Winds of Change! Okehazama!”
Nobuna’s fate is finally kicking into high gear with a swift downfall of the Imagawa. Yoshiharu, however, takes some blows for the team.
Last episode, I mentioned plot armor being an issue I had with this series, given how all the main characters came out unscathed. Thanks to this episode, I’ll have to correct myself. I was very surprised when Yoshiharu took those shuriken like a boss, and I had high hopes that similar situations would play out like this one…until the ending. It’s understandable that Yoshiharu has a soft spot for pretty girls, but using groping as a tactic for saving her…I’m still iffy on that.
With that being said, this’ll probably not be the last time that Yoshiharu gets injured for the sake of Nobuna’s dream. Though this is a step forward in terms of moving away from plot armor, it’s to be expected that Yoshiharu will quickly recover from the injuries he receives (he’s already on the battlefield when Nobuna charges) and that none of the female characters will ever face a scratch on them.
Other than that though, there are few other gripes I had with this episode. Other than Imagawa being portrayed as a wimpy noble [see: historical notes], the characters all performed well in this titular flag event. Nagahide continues to be her badass scorekeeper self whilst the former Nobuyuki throws a wrench in the historical accuracy.
One important dynamic I want to highlight is Nobuna’s attitude this episode. Although a little rash and harsh in ‘firing’ Yoshiharu, her actions are an important development that helped mold Yoshiharu’s character. Previously, Yoshiharu was basically the final authority on all decisions, undermining Nobuna’s ability to make decisions for herself. It would’ve been a pity if Nobuna had to always default to Yoshiharu for advice, but today’s episode fixes that possibility. I really admire how Nobuna and Yoshiharu’s dynamic is evolving despite all the romantic comedy in between–both of them take care of one another in equal portions, in situations where neither of them may be entirely right. Instead of a sort of supernatural being that can basically plow through the entire era, this episode shows the flaws in his ‘future’ trait and brings him down a notch, whilst also elevating Nobuna’s status as a daimyo who can make her own dream come true. Her dream will be achieved with Yoshiharu, but she will be the one on the reins.
Historical Notes: Spoilers Possible