OP: 「FOOL THE WORLD」 by Chihara Minori
「恋人 THE LOVERS」
This week’s episode was mainly introductions and establishing plots and motivation, so nothing particularly exciting happened story-wise or through action. There are a few interesting points to note concerning the story though, so let’s delve into those in more detail.
First, the composition of characters from each star differ wildly in their organization of history. The East Star mainly sticks to displaying the Sengoku period, specifically during Nobunaga’s time. This makes it easy to make natural connections between characters if one knows the history. The betrayal of Mitsuhide against Nobunaga. The general wimpiness of Nobukatsu as compared to his aspiring older brother. The constant pressure of Uesugi and Takeda on the Oda clan during Nobunaga’s first campaign years. It all makes general sense when compared to the original source.
The west star on the other hand…oh boy. You’ve got characters from the B.C.E period interacting with people from the Renaissance, ranging from the very real Caesar to the very mysterious and mythical King Arthur all the way to the Renaissance polymath da Vinci–a span of time that covers around 1500 years of western civilization. However, one thing that interestingly unites most of the West Star characters–specifically those at the Round Table–is their relation to the concept of the empire. Although we haven’t been formally introduced to all of the characters at the Camelot table, I have a gut feeling that most of these characters will be famous leaders who lead expansionist ideals during their reign. King Arthur and Caesar have been the first to be introduced, but I would hanker a guess that from who we’ve seen, among their ranks is Catherine the Great of Russia, Suleiman the Magnificent of the Ottomans, and Alexander the Great of the Macedonian Empire. If this were the case, then it would make perfect sense why these characters were selected–to create external pressure on the East Star, bringing motivation for Nobunaga to unite Japan even quicker.
Speaking of expansion, one does not expand an empire simply on a whim–motivation is a must. For the West Star, it is desire for harmony and the upholding of ideals, most likely spurred by King Arthur’s enigmatic relation to the mythology of the setting. As for Nobunaga on the East Star, his motivations are mostly intrinsic and stem from a desire for agreeable peace, without much concern for the West Star at all (currently). However, this sort of self-fueled motivation comes into direct conflict with Jeanne’s own beliefs, that her mission and by extension Nobunaga’s is guided by fate, destiny, and the mythological. They came into conflict with these ideals this episode and it sure won’t be the last time they butt heads on it. This is a great example as to the potential of Nobunaga the Fool, where it is clear that if these two historical figures came into contact in our world, they would have the same reaction. Joan of Arc was guided by her visions and by her god, leaving fate and destiny to inspire and beat back the English. Oda Nobunaga on the other hand firmly believed in his own machinations–that rationality and self-actualization should be at the forefront of his administration and conquest, rather than at the hands of Buddhism and Shinto blessings.
The OP and the show itself hints at many more of these conflicts to come in the future, which excites me for the future of this show. Will Mitsuhide and Jeanne go against Nobunaga’s wishes and hamper his work? Will Brutus betray Caesar for an unknown Cleopatra? Sure, this was a pretty boring episode, but upon inspection it reveals the more exciting events that will soon unfold. Keep at it my friends and hold on, because I have hope that this show will pick up steam soon enough.
Apologies again for the delay–those of you who read my Nourin post know already, but I had a member of the family in the ER over the weekend, which took a toll on me. Post release times should stabilize as of next week. Thanks for understanding!
ED: 「AXIS」by STEREO DIVE FOUNDATION