Nobunaga now has four of the five revealed regalia (three if you discount Jeanne’s personal possession of her own), which advances his cause for dominion and power. They’re kind of like Fairy Tale’s keys, except now it’s jewelry that controls the elements and forces of the universe, which happen to rely on the ley lines that weave throughout spacetime. However, at their core, these trinkets are merely progressive mecah upgrades that allow Nobunaga to progress in power throughout the story, as well as give Jeanne some semblance of a role in the story with her regalia of purity.
Caesar in one fell swoop lost his own stolen regalia to the rightful Nobunaga, but the question is now raised: is this the last we see of him after that battle? Probably not. Those mischievous twins are still on the loose, which is probably a strong indicator that we haven’t seen the last of douchebag Caesar. Why would the show have all this buildup of him lusting over Ichihime if not for him to at least get close to that goal? I don’t know how he could’ve survived that massive attack, but knowing this show’s overpowered tendencies, they’ll find a way to write him back in. It’ll be infuriating to see him return since he’s such a one-sided character, but his return is necessary given the developments he’s progressed through so far.
As for the other characters, some characters have suffered while others grow marginally in importance. Uesugi introduced herself formally this episode, but it is currently unknown whether her intentions will align with Nobunaga’s or pose as yet another roadblock to the fool’s ultimate goal of repelling the West. Mitsuhide reiterated some of the most lifeless and useless lines that seriously contradict his cunning as a character, though I suppose for the sake of dialogue he had to have some lines this episode. Hideyoshi returned to some of his roots this episode by re-enacting his real-life actions at the Siege of Inabayama Castle. Ignoring the fact that this battle was historically between Oda and Saitou rather than Takeda, the general gist of bluffing a fake castle and leading people into traps aligns well with the historical record.
Finally, we have Himiko and Jeanne, whose return to semi-important characters is a small step forward. Himiko, though lacking many lines this episode, performed enough to re-establish her important dedication to her husband. If they can continue to polish her resolve and continue to include her in battle tactics, she could become a well fleshed-out character that’s properly part of the action. The same goes for Jeanne, as she finally established her role as servant to the Savior-King–it was about time that her own regalia activated (and that silly ponytail and chest wrapping style came off). This should signal an increased presence for Jeanne, as Nobunaga will undoubtedly want to include her in future missions for her powerful weaponry. If played correctly, this could be the gateway by which Jeanne starts to finally assert herself as an important character through active co-operation with Nobunaga in the mecha and to be that second source of Nobunaga’s conscience that her role has implied all this time.
All that is left now is to finally close the doors on Nobuhide’s inheritance for Nobunaga, as well as Nobunaga’s true ambitions, thoughts, and history. Here’s to hoping we see these pop up before the first cour of this show ends.