May 23rd, 2011
At least it’s not leeches.
Very boring episode, even for this show, although it was spiced up with some tremendously awful minor developments. At least some new warlords finally showed up… in the last 15 seconds. The rest was essentially just the show wasting time. "We have to go somewhere… but wait! There’s some village! And lunch! And a mountain! And hot springs! We must visit them all!" Then Hideyoshi gets sick and Nobunaga forces some cold medicine down her throat with her tongue. At least the art this week seemed a little oddly sharper than normal in places, although they could stand to remember how perspective works.
And it’s impossible to take any kind of drama or love triangle between Hideyoshi, Mitsuhide, and Nobunaga seriously. I’m not surprised that they’re going to be using Hideyoshi as a catalyst for the inevitable Incident at Honnouji that will almost certainly end the show, but given how utterly incompetent Mitsuhide is, they had more than enough ammo for that already without shoehorning in romance of all things. And Nobunaga apparently had no idea what kissing was either… but it traumatized Mitsuhide. I don’t even want to think about what goes through the writers minds anymore. That leads only to place of hopelessness and despair.