August 12th, 2012
Has the plan to destroy your own men along with the enemy’s ever worked?
Ah, Sunomata. You were always a completely ridiculous and nonsensical mission involving far too many escort mini-missions. Interestingly enough though, this one wasn’t really focused on it and instead on Nobuna’s feint. She was actually fairly decent this week for about the first time too. Removing Saru from the equation did her character nothing but good. I’m not entirely sure that this arc deserved a special ending sequence for the Mino arc and touching speech about how Dousan’s now her father figure considering their interactions outside of strategy sessions have been… uh… close to nonexistent. But hey, at least things continue to cruise right along with stuff happening every week.
The show also continues to flex its budget at the weirdest of times, doing a pretty nice job with the initial battle this week (although the attack on Sunomata was… ugly), although it still continues to not actually have any passable antagonists and instead relies on cannon fodder, which just makes Goemon’s ‘death’ and associated screaming to the heavens utterly ridiculous. It looks like that’ll hopefully be changing next week with a glut of new characters who, by the OP, will be taking over for Yoshitatsu and hopefully Nagamasa since he continues to be about as threatening as Dr. Robotnik.