「信奈絶体絶命」 (Nobuna Zettai Zetsumei)
“Nobuna in Grave Danger”
So yeah…about that one concern for many episodes about the show always ending on a cheesy note…scratch that now. We know, we KNOW that everything is going to resolve itself happily by the end of the season, and we know that Nobuna isn’t going to die, but the fact that the episode ended on a tense note is to be applauded. The fact that the tense note comes from a serious injury to a major female character only adds to the list of debunked misconceptions I must swallow. The show continues to improve on itself, to raise the bar on itself more and more. The other show I’m covering, Shirokuma Cafe, has gone through a similar improvement, both of which I’d like to attribute to the writer finally breaking into the rhythm of things. Considering how Kasuga Mikage, the writer of the light novel, is writing Nobuna as their first novel, their rhythm has definitely gone into high gear despite the novice experience. The tension now lasts longer, the resolutions are less clean-cut, and the mortality of all the characters looms closer. I applaud both shows for their improvements thus far.
But now that we’ve reached our climax, what does this mean for the rest of the series? Will Yoshiharu go into a fit of great rage and lose all logic? Will rage be induced as Asakura decides to try and do terrible things to Nobuna? Will Nene ever get the attention she truly deserves? Instead of discussing the events of the episodes in great detail, instead I will dedicate the majority of this post on one aspect of the episode…
That one aspect though relates to Asai Nagamasa and her husband, the ever multi-roled Nobukatsu! I mean, as much as I love seeing Nobuna and Saru be cute together…this is just something else. As many of the comments were careful to spoiler out, Nagamasa actually is a girl…making Nobukatsu an ironically perfect match for her! Although I initially viewed Nobukatsu as a temporary character for the sake of advancing the plot, it’s great that he’s ended up being relegated to the role of history’s Oichi! It’s a bit weird, but it somehow works out well with the genderbended roles. I foresee that the first of their heroic and romantic adventures will involve assisting the Oda army in some way. That’s right, I said first. I imagine that this couple won’t close their books after this arc–on the contrary, I believe that since their relation is one that’s so unique and filled with potential, they just can’t go to waste! Nagamasa, although initially a stereotypical chauvinist, actually is the victim of chauvinism, an interesting twist that…only seems natural because of the unique scenario. Nobukatsu, although initially a childish rebel, ends up actually being quite reliable and reassuring despite his age.
From this, perhaps it is safe to generally say that Nobuna is a series that sets us up for B-level plot, but in reality has a lot more up its sleeve. Just like many of the cons that I named earlier that are now debunked, many of the characters are shaping up to have different dimensions that I couldn’t have predicted seeing. I knew Nobuna was going to be a notch above most genderbends, but the series continues to hint that it will become something even more than it is now. It is a shame that the story didn’t start off like this, but as with many a starting novelist, their true skill reveals themselves during the middle of the story. Here’s to hoping as always that this trend continues in the right direction, and here’s to hoping that direction leads us to a second season!
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