「魔術師 THE MAGICIAN」
Before we begin, some miscellaneous snippets of interest to list:
- Apparently Jeanne’s efforts to hide her gender have failed miserably. Her two contenders have obviously noticed at this point thanks to her improper binding and voice–I suppose it wasn’t seiyuu or animation laziness after all!
- The heavy reliance on supernatural lore is stepping its game up, where ley lines and tarot cards seem to dictate the path forward. Jeanne’s increasingly visible premonitions also seem to contribute to this idea of a magical fate. Perhaps Nobunaga will prove to break this pre-ordained destiny through sheer will. I do admit that tarot cards are an excellent way to organize the show’s episodes.
- The technological potential of the East Star is remarkable, which makes us wonder what West Star technology will be like when it reveals itself.
Today’s episode marked an important development in Nobunaga’s character. We are fully aware of his ambitious and independent personality, but not to the extent that we’ve seen so far. As such, let use pose two questions.
First, how did Nobunaga arrive at this point of his personality. He has terrible ties with his father, a harsh yet possibly caring spot for his younger brother, indifference towards his betrothed, and overall disregard for everyone else except for his sister. However, as Queen Himiko often alludes to, Nobunaga was not always like this. He had a soft and cheerful persona once, at least enough to carry around the little Himiko around in the air. Himiko herself recognizes this distance that Nobunaga has placed between himself and everyone else (which clearly is unsettling for her). However, it is not that our current Nobunaga has no care for other around him. After all, he’s saved Jeanne at least once from that fire even as he was in battle. He gave meaningful advice to his own brother, which though masked in harshness, actually shows thoughtfulness for Nobukatsu’s well being (that double-take during the scene was an important cue, as well as the display of the watch once again). Although he clearly made a mockery out of the ceremony, the fact that he participated in it and didn’t outright reject Himiko was a bonus in itself. However, despite how well-meaning he is to those who are close to him, Nobunaga faces a serious problem, which is what our second question shall pose.
Who will match Nobunaga in ambition or resolve, if anyone? Our young leader either looks down on people for lacking the ambition and follow-through that he has, or carefully keeps his allies close to benefit his cause in some way. No one is ever his equal, and all who associate with him are merely retainers in his grand scheme. This is not to say anything truly negative about Nobunaga, but the story is definitely crying out for one of Nobunaga’s allies to step up to the plate and face him head-on. Will it be Mitsuhide, whose wariness of Nobunaga’s potential cause him to indirectly oppose certain parts of his campaign? Many signs have shown themselves with Mitsuhide’s close political dealings and his own verbal awe at Nobunaga’s potential. Another possibility naturally falls to Jeanne, whose antithetical views and attitudes could drive her to grow strong enough to become Nobunaga’s equal and most loyal defender. The sword fight, the resulting close kiss, and her potential life-saving premonitions put her in a good spot to become Nobunaga’s inspiring equal. These two characters are central enough to the story and have a unique position in how they interact with Nobunaga such that all other competition fails to meet the standard. Himiko and Ichihime will most likely play side-roles from here on out, da Vinci will continue to guide the story as an observer, and Saru…it’s pretty obvious.
From here, the story is more than ready to start the East Star campaign if need be or willing to repel the first attacks from the West Star if Caesar decides to make his move. Most likely we’ll see the former considering how the twins last episode implied they’d wait out the Takeda-Oda conflict, but either way the show is primed to show some more robot fighting action. What enemy will rise to challenge Nobunaga first and how long will it be until Arthur finally has to move his own sword?