「天才軍師調略」 (Tensai Gunshi Chouryaku)
“The Genius Strategist’s Plan”
There’s the good, there’s the bad, and there are lolis abound in this show. Let’s hit them up one by one.
First off, the good. As the number of full lengths shows, there were a lot of great full-body scenes during this episode. Although it may be a lazy animation tactic at times, it makes for a good substitute for showcasing the characters. The show isn’t easy to forget its target audience, and it definitely delivers to its audience here. The character designs haven’t gone to waste here–with specific focus on the new resident tactician on board Yoshiharu’s
With Hanbei now revealed and Tokugawa part of the Oda, they’ve finally finished introducing the main characters, or at least the characters that appear in the ED. This leaves us to properly develop the existing cast members, something I’ve been looking forward to. Right now, most of the side-characters such as Mitsuhide and Katsuie (and Nene) are begging to be expanded on their historical basis, and hopefully some of the next historical events will provide that backstory alongside developing Nobuna.
However, whilst this episode wrapped up introductions, it also introduced a lot of problems that don’t sit well with me.
First off, the resolution for this episode was…just wow. Although I’m just as big a fan of a kamehameha as anyone else…for magic of all things to take down an entire castle garrison–that’s just yelling overpowered. When Goemon deflected those arrows or when Hattori Hanzo teleports everywhere, that’s a slight exaggeration of their legends and professions, which is fine. However, when your strategist is a genius who can also summon beings who can transform into wolves and shoot lasers, it’s a little bit too far a deviation from history. So far, many of the solutions to the conflicts in the story have panned out like this, where an easy convenient solution appears for Yoshiharu to take credit for, which leads me to my next gripe…
Isn’t Yoshiharu coming off as cockier than in previous episodes? Sure, he’s always been a woman’s man, but the sheer amount of mindless and dangerous charging he did this episode rubbed me the wrong way. Why say “I promised Nobuna I wouldn’t die!” when you’re about to risk your life on a 25% (and then 50%) chance of possible death? Why allow Hanbei to risk showing herself to a really perverted Daimyo when you know protecting her will be hard? Even Hanbei herself called him a real idiot, despite becoming his de facto little sister. Although the preview does show promise to take him down a step again, I can’t help but feel Yoshiharu is falling into that typical invincible protagonist too much. He has good intentions in mind, but often the power of his will gets to his head, leaving the other characters to cover his mistakes. Thankfully said characters aren’t completely oblivious to this fact (Nobuna has corrected Saru once before), so I have hope that they’ll fix it.
To close on a lighter note, Nobuna now has a clear rival for outright affection! We’ll just have to see how she manages to produce the most beautiful girl in Japan to rival her new competitor in the next few episodes!
Historical Notes: Spoilers Possible
Note: if any of you can help me decipher the gist of this Japanese wiki page, my personal curiosity would be much obliged! It involves the last two characters, 調略 (chouryaku), in the episode title. There doesn’t appear to be a direct translation to English.