Caesar was able to survive that significant attack with just a broken arm. Huh. That means that there’s at least one arm working to snatch up Ichihime, which bothers me greatly. Please Mitsu, make sure you’re able to defend the girl that fancies you from that nasty backstabbing Western asshole!
Other than that lingering issue, today’s episode made great strides in pushing forward several characters. Mitsuhide continues to suffer from his guilt and hesitation, but the issue becomes more complex with Ichihime’s desire to be his support and light, as well as hints at even more than that. At this point, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to see a conflicted relationship pop up between Mitsuhide and Ichihime, where Nobunaga and Caesar could easily become trouble for the two to be together. However, at this point, it is Mitsuhide himself who is his biggest barrier to being with the princess–until he can learn to accept his guilt and trust in the woman that he respects so much, there is absolutely no chance of him consoling Ichihime’s apparent loneliness and desire for companionship.
Meanwhile, Jeanne is having all sorts of development, where she’s suddenly gained major competency with the acquisition of her own mecha. It’s expected that she’ll stumble around as she usually has been, but the end of the episode gave all sorts of hope for her future abilities. With her views widened beyond Nobunaga, her confidence to bring out her abilities is materializing. It’s timely enough as well, as a large battle between clans is about to arise come next episode. It’ll be awesome to see something other than a 1v1 mecha battle occur on the field, especially if Jeanne takes on a more aggressive role rather than one that waits behind the lines.
As Jeanne rises to the cause, so has Nobunaga, though naturally so because of his inner resolution to take up the leadership, all with an aura of confidence. Now that he’s done dealing with all the troublesome inter-clan conflicts with his rousing speech, it falls naturally that he leads the clan on the offensive against Caesar, who everyone assumedly believes is still alive. I don’t foresee a completely willing fight against Uesugi though, as it seems that the Uesugi’s clan intentions do not directly align with Caesar’s own. I do fear that Caesar will continue to be a dick and backstab every ally he meets, but with the arrival of Brutus onto the scene, it seems only natural that Caesar’s days are numbered, where he will ironically also die by a backstab.
Though nothing too spectacular has come to redeem this show, the levels of development and a stable plot have definitely materialized. If they can continue to highlight the best traits of every character–Jeanne’s desire to defend, Mitsuhide’s conflicted nature, Ichihime’s calm demeanor, and Nobunaga’s maturing ambition, then this show is on the right track to set up its second cour correctly.