War has descended on the Eastern Planet and Nobunaga’s allies seem to be falling like flies. In the midst of all that, Mitsuhide has made it back home and is in search of his beloved Ichihime. But where is Caesar in all this?
Alexander has headed to the Eastern Planet on Arthur’s orders that he’s to activate all five Pillars of Hercules at which time the Holy Grail should appear. Mitsuhide, who managed to hitch a ride, arrives in search of Ichihime through the ruins of Takeda’s Castle. While Uesugi Kenshin put up a brave and powerful fight against the Western forces, he’s unfortunately no match for Alexander, whose cool and stoic demeanour was matched with his great strength and military prowess. He takes Kenshin down in seconds and Nobunaga and the gang are both fearful for their homeland and their lives. In spite of all of thing, Mitsuhide manages to locate Ichihime, who is fleeing with her handmaidens, but his happiness is cut short when she asks after Caesar, insisting that he is not an evil man and that she hopes he’s all right. Still, the ever loyal Mitsuhide reassures her that he’s got something up his sleeve and is going to be fine. Other than the fact that Caesar bartered for Ichihime’s hand in marriage to the point that she was sold like some broodmare, sure, I guess he’s an all right dude and Ichihime should totally see the good in him. *sarcasm*
Back to the plot, it’s Nobu’s turn to fight Alexander, and Mitsuhide is much too late to warn him against it. Sure enough, Nobunaga is no match for the powerful war general and is frightened before he even wields his shinki. This was a side to Nobunaga we hadn’t seen before and while it did throw me for a loop, he did rise up again and really go for it even though Alexander easily outmatched him. The difference in skill was painfully obvious but even with his friends calling for him to stop and retreat, Nobunaga called upon Hideyoshi and Himiko to lend him their shinki. That proved to be a terrible move as the power was too much for Nobu’s body or mind to handle and threatened to literally suck up his life force. He made a brief breakthrough by destroying Alexander’s weapon but never managed to ruffle the man’s strong demeanour. In an effort to get his friend to safety, though, Hideyoshi rushes out to distract Alexander but is swiftly overpowered and the others watch as he’s ripped apart before their very eyes. All we see is blood, a bloody and near-dead Hideyoshi and Alexander smugly saying that he should feel honoured to be killed by him. Defeated, humiliated and fearful of Hideyoshi’s life, Nobunaga makes a tactical retreat onto Azuchi but swears that he’ll never forget this humiliation, even as Alexander continues to destroy the ley lines holding the Eastern Planet together.
The Characters/Episode Highlights
Well, I can’t say I had a favourite part in this but I must admit that as a whole this was a good episode by Nobunaga standards. It was really action-packed from start to finish and really brought everyone to the brink of despair. I really enjoyed watching Kenshin fight because I always thought he was a rather interesting character and his sheer bloodlust and love of war was quite something. I didn’t expect that out of him. I don’t believe he’s dead, so I do think we’ll be seeing more of him once he’s all patched up and better. Now Hideyoshi’s death-not-death-I-don’t-know moment was a bit of a shocker. Amongst all of them I didn’t think they’d actually kill Hideyoshi but even now I’m doubting that he’s actually dead. They would have made a much bigger deal out of it, I think…There were a few too many boob moments for Jeanne for my liking but I’m willing to overlook the blatant oppai oppai action. It is shounen, after all…>__> Not that that makes it any better but, well. *sighs*
Pretty good episode with a lot of action that kept it going and kept me watching and stopped it from being boring. That’s…all I can say, really. It wasn’t that spectacular but it wasn’t terrible either. A lot of the characters just sort of divide opinion – well, all of the characters – that it’s hard to really decide for yourself whether you like them, how much you like them or whether they’re just flat and do silly things. However, this show always has good action scenes and some pretty nice tracks so that helps!