Nobunaga the Fool Episode 5 Review: Non-Diplomatic Solutions

The calm before the storm that was the previous episode of Nobunaga the Fool comes to an end during the fifth episode. Takeda returns in full force and is backed up by an ally even they didn’t know they had. Nobunaga finally gets some respect from the advisers and his father, but is it too little too late?

Well at long last, the Star of the West gets a foothold on the Star of the East. Caesar has landed on the star and has acquired a submarine from somewhere, not entirely sure where. Although his mission appears to be to find Leonardo, he seems to lose focus and develop a rather creepy obsession with Nobunaga’s sister. To the point that he attempts to enter the castle with his War Armor and take her by force, of course that doesn’t work but more on that later.

ntf5_screenshot7There is a scene where Jeanne reflects on Nobu’s unintentional proposal with Himiko, and it seems to bother her a lot. I mean it’s obvious that something is going to happen between Nobu and Jeanne (AKA Ranmaru), especially given the relation between the historical figures Nobunaga and Ranmaru. Although at the moment they are providing subtle hints of things to come, but it will be interesting to see how much they stick to particular events in history and the personal stories of those historical figures that these characters represent.

To complete the love triangle, Himiko is disgruntled about Nobu ignoring her all the time. Yet in spite of this, she teaches him how to activate and control his Regalia for The Fool. Not sure why a blood ritual is required to control the Regalia, but I suppose it is one of those details that have yet to be discussed in the anime. Especially since Jeanne appears to have a necklace that looks like a Regalia, I wonder if there is some sort of significance behind that. Perhaps she will give it to Nobu at some point, but only time will tell.

ntf5_screenshot3Speaking of Jeanne, she draws yet another card from Leonardo’s deck of future predicting tarot cards. This time it is the Tower reversed, and apparently that signifies an ill omen. Of course by the end of the episode it becomes clear what the ill omen is, but the ramifications of that event remain to be seen. At first I thought that the ill omen was Takeda’s invasion later in the episode, and I was only half correct.

Nobu obsessively prepares for the incoming invasion and as he is about to board The Fool he suddenly falls over, paralyzed. Not going to lie, I didn’t see that coming at all. Mitsu somehow knew that there was a possible plot to assassinate Nobu on the battlefield, and as a result he used a mild poison to incapacitate Nobu until the fighting started. Mitsu is certainly a formidable tactician, and I hope for Nobu’s sake that Mitsu does not follow the same path as the historical Mitsu. Of course, given that intro in the first episode, I’d have to say that (if you’ll pardon the reference to the catch phrase of this show) it was inevitable.

ntf5_screenshot5So the battle begins, and Nobu’s father joins the battle in his own War Armor. He challenges Shingen to a duel, only to have it interrupted by Nobu arriving in his own Grand War Armor. Of course this is when Caesar shows up and declares his support of Takeda, which is reluctantly accepted by Shingen. Long story short, Nobu and Shingen fight. Caesar attempts to take Nobu’s sister, but is blocked by Nobu’s father, Nobuhide, whom Caesar kills soon afterward. With an enraged Nobu nearby, Caesar retreats.

The episode ends with a tender moment between Nobu and his father. Nobuhide puts his faith and trust in Nobunaga, possibly for the first time in a long time, and gives his eldest son advice before he passes away from his wounds. I’m glad that at the very least, Nobu was able to have that moment with his father as it will give him determination to put a stop to Takeda’s aggression along with whatever the Star of the West is planning. I get the feeling that King Arthur’s plans will come to light soon.