Saburo is still feeling bad about Azai betraying him. Some of his retainers take him and flee. When they reach a pit stop, they take some time to rest only to be attacked. Men die. His retainers tell him to run away and save himself, but he’s too shocked by what happened.
Meanwhile, Denjiro is excited to finally get his revenge on Nobunaga, but his plans to join up with the Azai and then kill everyone from the Oda clan bust when Hanbei requests to stay back with him and help. Hanbei suspects Denjiro and now that Denjiro knows Hanbei is there, he has to fight with the Oda clan or be labeled a traitor.
Saburo returns home and then gets shot by Yuki. It’s clear that the shot came from the side of the fortress, but instead of finding out who killed him everyone just screams his name and/or title. What sucks is that it’s done right in front of Kichou and Tsune-chan.
Saburo is now on death’s door.
Everyone is clearly distressed by this. Tsune-chan feels responsible, because he was with Saburo and was meant to protect him. Kichou feels like she’s responsible for pushing him to fight and being a tsundere. Yuki is responsible, but still feels bad about what happened. After all, Kichou and Saburo have been good to her and now she has to kill one of them while hurting the other. All of the enemies also know about what happened and are making plans so that Nobunaga doesn’t wake up for good.
Hanbei devises a plan to take out both Asakura and Azai in one swoop before Nobunaga wakes up. Kichou prays for Saburo’s health to return. While this happens, the real Nobunaga asks her why she’s going this far. I guess this entire thing is strange to Micchi. When he was there everyone was more solemn, but once Saburo takes over everyone is so full of life…even though he’s close to death at the moment. Kichou pretty much tells him that Nobunaga use to be distant, but one day he changed.
I feel bad for Micchi, because no one wants to hear that a fake is better than the real thing. It sucks when it’s one person who says that, but it’s even worse when everyone feels this way. Then again, Micchi, is the type of person that brings everyone down. It’s not his fault, that’s just his personality, but he’s always intense and keeps everyone at a distance. That doesn’t mean he deserves to get hurt though or that his feelings are unwarranted. But he had to have known that this sort of thing could occur when he choose to ran away and asked Saburo to be Nobunaga.
Saburo wakes and everyone is overjoyed that he’s okay. Even though his wound hurts, the pain of knowing he’s going to have to attack and kill people hurts even more, especially when those people are good ones like Nagamasa. He still tries to keep his head up and promises to lead the Oda clan and not be the one who is always protected.
Saburo has a gift for Yuki so he and Kichou go over to give to her. This is too much for Yuki to handle though and she reveals that she’s an Asakura spy and the one who shot Saburo. Another person close to Saburo has betrayed him. He doesn’t take it well, but now I’m nervous that this will start to harden his heart and make him paranoid.
When he goes to lead his men in the surprise attack, his usual happy demeanor looks forced. It’s sad to watch, but understandable. The only time he snaps is when Micchi asks him if his wound hurts. Even though they won the battle against Azai, the war is far from over and more heartache is waiting for him in the future. Everyone celebrates, but his heart is still hurting. Thankfully Kichou comes around and cheers him up.
I don’t think he’ll be the same happy-go-lucky Saburo, but he’ll at least be more aware that the road to unifying Japan is one that won’t always be a smooth ride. You’ll have people who wish to kill you, betray you, and take what is yours.
That is the life of a feudal warlord. Even though it’s been awhile since he jumped into the Warring States period, he’s still incredibly naive his surroundings. It’s depressing that he went through what he did, but it did help him grow.
Yuki left the residence, but is brought back to be Kichou’s bodyguard. I guess this means Saburo is okay now, since he didn’t even want to look at her when she revealed the truth to him. It also means that Kaho will stay! I was afraid that this would be her last episode, but I’m glad she’s in it for the long haul.
Wahhhhhh huhhhhh ahhhh ehhhhh wahhhhhhhh?????? Denjiro knows the truth behind Micchi’s face? What the? Waaaa? Ehhh? Did that seriously just happen?
Who cares about the preview where it looks like the other daimyos wants to attack the Oda clan or that it looks like Mori-dono dies. Denjiro learned about Micchi. He saw his face and, he knows that it looks exactly like Saburo face!
He’s seen everything. He’s seen it all!
What’s going to happen now? Will he learn that it was Micchi who was the original Nobunaga and start helping Saburo now, or will he try to kill both of them?
Wow…I don’t really know what to say. This entire episode was depressing because I don’t like seeing Saburo sad or facing hardships like this. Being betrayed over and over again definitely did a number for him and it sucked. But that ending…..
That was a horrible cliffhanger, because now I need to know what happens next. If Hanbei knew or Tsune-chan, then that would be one thing, but Denjiro? That’s like the worse possible person to find out.
Or maybe he isn’t. Maybe this actually works in Saburo’s favour and not Micchi. Hmmmm. I’ll be interested in seeing where this reveal takes us.