「兵は楽しむ所に非ざるなり」 (Hei wa Tanoshimu Tokoro ni Arazarunari)
“No Place of Joy Hath a Soldier”
Ahh yes, nothing like knowing we’re going out with a bang. Literally. Regardless of one’s opinions on how long Genjitsu has taken in getting to this point, it’s certainly welcome knowing all of that buildup is now set to start paying off. Dukes are rebelling, other dukes are scheming, and if you think you know exactly how all of it will turn out best think again because the one constant in war is that no one can ever predict the exact outcome.
While I have my issues with how Kazuya seemingly has the solution to every little issue confronting late-medieval state development, the stuff on tap now is something I can fully get behind. War after all is something won not on the battlefield but rather in the quartermaster’s office and meetings with the adjutants: all those armies and all those men are thoroughly worthless if tied up or distracted long enough to run around them and take care of the actual problem. Look no further than Carmine to see this in practice. Four to one odds ensures victory is more likely than not? Only if your opponent is willing to face you head on in a brazen – and moronic – show of bravery. The lion duke might have the upper hand in terms of numbers, but failing to account for the less glamorous side of war is what’s likely to seal his deal in the end.
As if to prove this point Castor then has the honour of showing how such ignorance plays out in practice. Although Castor is more levelheaded than Carmine (barring his opportunism), he too has failed to both read Kazuya correctly and take precautions against his possible strategies. Sure, the right move for Kazuya might be to seize control of Elfrieden’s air force, but there’s nothing which says he has to do so conventionally through uniformed force of arms. Much as Excel playfully highlights deception can go a long way towards correcting an unenviable position, especially when you’re dealing with an enemy who fails to consider the reasoning behind specific actions. It’s not so much that Kazuya cannot lose – he easily still can – however the chances of it go down significantly when faced with opponents like this.
There’s still everything to play for as Genjitsu enters its endgame, yet the outcome of this rebellion is something I think won’t prove too surprising.