「金ヶ崎の退きロ」 (Kanegasaki no Shirizoki ro)
“The Retreat of Kanegasaki”
Okay, this episode…just wow. This calls for a new change of format! Q and A ahoy!
So what’s all the hustle bustle about? Why is Zanibas demanding I watch this episode immediately if I haven’t already?
First off, the episode ends on another dark note, contrasting with all but one of the episodes thus far. That means we’re on a combo streak of cliffhangers! This is a good setup, as it creates the needed tension leading up what will probably be an epic conclusion! People are dying, getting injured, backstabbing, sneaking around, hallucinating…which begs the question: why didn’t they stuff all of this earlier? Beggars can’t be choosers though–I’m just glad that they’ve finally fixed the plot flow! Don’t proceed with this post until you’ve watched the episode!
Yeah, alright, I watched it. But there’s got to be a secret plot going on here that we don’t know about! He can’t be…forever…no! Noooo!
Although it may be true that there’s GOT to be something that’ll cause “Ultimate Oda Victory” next episode, but how exactly that’ll happen is beyond me. If they did have a plan in mind, it’s a cruel plan either way. Zenki decides to jump in after a volley of arrows kills someone, Hanzo intervenes when the lolis can see it happen, and Nobuna is forced to make erratic decisions such as the burning of Sakai. Surely it must all tie together, and surely those two shady schemers have a plan, but it comes at a price–everyone else’s suffering.
Yeah! Zenki sucks! However, where is Hanbei to give him a good slapping?
That’s a good question. Hanbei, after appearing in this risque shot, doesn’t appear anywhere else. She’s absent during the strategic and tactical meetings and she’s nowhere to be found when Nobuna recovers or is at Mt. Hiei. Either this is a major omission by the animators, or that Hanbei has a part in this that we have yet to see…
So…about Nobuna now…
Nobuna hasn’t any will of her own, and I don’t blame her. Right now, there is a power clash between the interests of Danjou and Nagahide (who, to some people’s delight, gave out MANY scores this episode. While Danjou’s interests and allegiance may still be up in the air, it is obvious that she has Nobuna, the conqueror, in her best interests. This contrasts with the defending Nagahide, who is desperately losing Nobuna, the dreamer, but is powerless to do anything about it. Although Danjou’s initial help may have spurred Nobuna to save Kyo by forcing a retreat, it is obvious that Danjou is using emotions to push what would otherwise be impossible to ask from Nobuna. However, Nobuna herself is just something to be dragged around by Nagahide and Danjou, without any of her own judgment to resist the snap decisions she’s making. The way that she approaches all her decisions is a gut reaction, without any thought of her own life or of those around her. Although it is a sad state of affairs for Nobuna to be, it makes for a thrilling conclusion, contrasted with the cheesy endings of earlier episodes.
So…what’s going to happen now?
Your guess is as good as mine. Although my guts tells me this is going to end on a happy note…perhaps the show will surprise us with an alternate feeling than the standard “everything went well” conclusion. All I ask though is that people don’t magically resurrect, such as the many people who sacrificed their lives to protect the protagonist. Their sacrifices should not be tainted with a cop-out Deus Ex Machina!
If I had to actually take a guess though, I would predict that Yoshiharu, along with many of the other main characters, will appear next episode to save the day, most likely with the armies of the Azai (as Nagamasa undoubtedly will escape the island and lead her forces once again with her shota crossdressing husband). There have been hints too at how some characters on the opposition may defect, such as the sharpshooter’s amazement at Nobuna’s survival (and the overt dismissal of his services) . However, this won’t happen without Nobuna suffering a little pain, as seen in the preview. I just hope that the Asakura don’t lay a hand on her…that guy creeps me out to no end!
But you guys should tell me below in the comments! What do you think will happen in this epic conclusion? What are your crazy theories about what’s going on! However, if you have visual novel spoilers, please hide those in the appropriate spoiler tags!
So what about the ties to history? Were there any this episode?
Only a few, though I expect the next episode to have more. The two important events that should be noted this episode are…