By the end of this episode, I’m sure many of us were thinking, “that sure isn’t the last time we’ll see him.” After all, defeat does not necessarily equate to death in the world of The Fool, so we may yet see Brutus’ true purpose soon enough, such as you know, stabbing Caesar and all that jazz. The foreshadowing has already established itself in the beginning of this episode with the ultimatum from the Round Table, so it all becomes a matter of when Caesar’s death will eventually happen and whether or not that death happens before he lays a hand on Ichihime.
However, Caesar will have to go through many a mecha to get even close to the object of his lust, with Hideyoshi now onboard as a full-fledged regalia user. It is quite fitting to see Hideyoshi finally rise to the occasion as Nobunaga’s potential equal–after all, it was historical Hideyoshi himself that took up the Oda legacy when Nobunaga died an untimely death. Now that the show has finally developed all of the core offensive characters–Nobunaga, Jeanne, Mitsuhide, and Hideyoshi–we can finally start getting invested in the choices that they make or the fates that befall them going forward. Nobunaga has a family to avenge, Jeanne has a world to protect, Mitsuhide has a lord and princess to assist from the shadows, and Hideyoshi must rise to the task to meet Nobunaga as his equal. It’s nice that everyone has their goals, but with the upcoming battles ahead, at least one of these characters will most likely fail to reach their goals in time. Such is the tragedy that befalls each character in reality–Nobunaga dies by fire by Mitsuhide, Mitsuhide suffers defeat by Hideyoshi, and Hideyoshi himself would die after a failed conquest of Korea. Jeanne of course shares the same flaming fate as Nobunaga, which highly indicates that at least one character will fail, where the failure will most likely occur from one character wishing to thwart the efforts of another. However, that is something to reflect on in the second half. We still have a decisive battle to witness in the near future.
It shall be a treat to see Nobunaga, Jeanne, and Hideyoshi in an all-out battle in the upcoming episodes, which I presume is happening before the 13th episode concludes. With each having their own abilities, it will be interesting to see them square off against other Giant War Armors. With Takeda, Caesar, and Uesugi forces up against a unified Oda, Yamatai, and other lesser clans, we will see a bloodbath next week, as well as many an important character shedding blood, as the next episode’s title–Death–signifies. I sure hope that the CGI budget for this show has been saved up for this moment, because they’re going to need a whole lot of action to create a perfect climax for the first cour to end on.