「塔 THE TOWER」
Episode 5 was a fairly predictable episode as well as a much-needed transitional episode. It’s a given that the West Star eventually needed an introduction, so what better place to start than by killing off Nobunaga’s father? From here on out we can expect more interesting developments to happen on a macro scale–Nobunaga is finally free to lead the Oda to victory against the West and neighboring provinces, using a concrete goal of revenge as his ambition. All in all, not too surprising (even the ‘plot twist’ wasn’t too twisted), but there were some interesting isolated developments that deserve a note.
First off, I’ve underestimated Mitsuhide’s cunning as a character. This makes him simultaneously one of Nobunaga’s most useful retainers, but also one of his most dangerous ones. If Mitsuhide willed it, Nobunaga could have easily died from real poison, leaving the Oda clan to be assimilated by its neighbors. However, it was a real twist that Mitsuhide used such tactics to preserve Nobunaga’s life, however great the miscalculating cost. Instead of a man of mere words and diplomacy, we can see that Mitsuhide fully is capable of executing plans that have very real consequences. This is important as a development to his character, since beforehand, he was simply a cog in the machine to allow the plot to move forward. Now that we see some action to his words, it is easy to see Mitsuhide playing more important and pivotal roles in deciding the outcome of Nobunaga’s life.
Second, we’ve finally been introduced to a very interesting conflict that Knight Caesar brings to the plot. It’s all standard for there to be an antagonist to Nobunaga’s efforts, but it’s a twist when that antagonist is clearly lusting over his sister. In fact, it’s such a disturbing development that I have no idea what fate will befall Ichihime in the future. It makes me cringe at the thought of Caesar doing anything to such a calming character, but it does make the conflict a lot more interesting. With Caesar having the blood of Nobunaga’s father on his hands, Nobunaga can only become more enraged and passionate if Caesar threatens one of the few people that Nobunaga isn’t a dick to.
From here on out, the stage is set for the plot to accelerate to a much more exciting level. With Nobunaga finally free to release his rage, what kinds of successes and failures will he have in his blind rage towards Caesar? What other antagonists will come to further infuriate him and his plans? It’s been a long wait, but I think Nobunga the Fool is about to finally show the best of what it’s made of. After all, the next episode is finally one not based on a card–could it possibly mean that some of our characters will finally break free from the dictation of fate (aka away from those nasty tarot cards)? Let’s tune in next week to find out!