「戦車 THE CHARIOT」
I’m going to attempt to overlook some things for the sake of analysis. Some things such as the following:
- Heavily armored robots can easily be taken down in one shot by majestic arrow or a gun. Common armor apparently has no protective gear against this. Armies are essentially useless.
- Jeanne’s voice isn’t convincing anyone. It doesn’t even sound modestly tomboyish from how her seiyuu delivers the lines. Despite this, she earns a man-to-man confidence and a dogeza from Nobukatsu (though admittedly, he’s pretty gentle himself).
- A number of in-between animations are fairly inconsistent, especially for scenes unrelated to the action.
Instead, let’s focus on the story development so far. Most recently, we have been introduced to Himiko, queen of Yamatai, whose historical counterpart was a shaman queen of Yamatai-koku (whose location is debatable) in early 3rd century Japan. She just got a marriage with Nobunaga by possessing a “regalia,” of which its importance is yet to be explained. However, this regalia could very well be similar to one of the real Imperial Regalia of Japan, the jewel Yasakani no Magatama. With this union of both regalia and marriage to a queen, Nobunaga is clearly poising himself to claim legitimacy as a ruler, far beyond succeeding what his father Nobuhide presides over now.
Meanwhile, we have developments with Jeanne experiencing more visions and premonitions, which often get her into dangerous situations. Her connection with our world’s Joan of Arc seems to be triggered by fire, which is an interesting point of development. If one looks similarly to Oda Nobunaga’s end, his own death involved fire surrounding him, but in the end he refused to be engulfed by them and instead took his own life (see Incident at Honnou-ji). Thus, one can make a connection that Nobunaga does not fear the flame due to this historical reference, and as such is able to console Jeanne, even as she fears the flames engulfing her as a consequence of her sacrifice. This might not have been an intentional development on the writer’s end, but it’s an interesting connection I thought would be worth sharing. Either way, Jeanne is beginning to see the potential that Nobunaga has in being a king, which leads both to increased respect and growing feelings.
However, there will be many a problem that keep Jeanne from advancing her connection with the future lord of the Oda. First threat comes from Himiko, whose legitimate bond will most likely produce distance if Jeanne’s gender is revealed. Second is the watchful gaze of Ichihime, whose closeness to Nobunaga–to the point where she knows exactly what weaponry her brother needs at what moment–can place additional distance. Though it’s not a love triangle in the slightest, the dynamic between these three women will play an important part in Nobunaga’s perceptions of the world. Whereas Jeanne hails the future tales of what is to come and what must be stopped, Himiko reveals the traditions of the past and how they come to strengthen his legitimacy in the present. Though it’s a stretch, Ichihime resides in the present for Nobunaga, keeping him tethered to the reality that he lives in now. How Nobunaga interacts with each character will reflect Nobunaga’s overall attitudes of his future, present, and past, and overall shape how he will approach the incoming menace that is the crusading West Star.