Saburo, a high school student who has no interest in history gets send back to the Sengoku era (the warring states period) and takes over the identity of Oda Nobunaga. Saburo becomes the lord of Oda clan when Nobunaga's father dies and names Saburo as his successor.
Nobunaga's brother raises a rebellion but fortunately due to Saburo's unconventional way of just giving away a piece of land to another rival clan, the rival clan actually shows up in time to fight for Saburo.
For a full recap and first impression
Episode Two Episode Summary
Saburo is forced to meet with Kicho's father- the famously scary Dosan Saito. However, it turns out Dosan is actually another time traveler from an earlier time.
Thinking Dosan is a great guy, Saburo is stunned when he is told that Dosan has ordered Kicho to re-marry a famously sexually perverted warlord as a concubine or Dosan will attack the Oda Clan.
Saburo finds out that Dosan was once a loving father to Kicho but despite that he still sent Kicho to another clan as a hostage for most of her growing up years and later Dosan even attacked the clan without any regard for her saftey.
Saburo pieces the puzzles of Dosan's strange behavior and realizes that Dosan has only been trying his best to protect Kicho to the best his ability.
When Dosan's son raises a rebellion against him, Saburo and his man decides to go rescue Dosan even though it seems likely they will just all die.
Saburo didn't get to Dosan before he was killed, but by chance Dosan receives the history textbook Saburo lost and was able to send it to him along with a plea for Saburo to take care of his daughter.
Watching Kicho mourning her misunderstood father, Saburo gently comforts her.
This show is hilarious during it's comical parts and so very sad during it's tear jerking moments. It just hits all the right notes. Comic moments, check. Bromance, check. Intrigue, check. Romance... we are watching a Japanese show so let's not have too high of expectation, but so far the interaction between Saburo and Kicho is awesome.
I was surprised that Dosan is a time traveler as well, and it was interesting to contrast him with Saburo. Saburo still holds firmly to his modern day ideals and view of life, but Dosan with his forty years in this foreign land seems to have been completely assimilated by the blood thirsty environment.
Of course every time I finish watching an episode I think "poor kid, he is going to die so fast..."
Kicho doesn't help the matter when she starts to describe in detail the process of having one's head cut off to Saburo.
Feeling rather attached to his head, Saburo decides to run away.
Right into the enemy territory (he took the wrong turn) and is recognized in no time. Saburo's people rescues Saburo just the nick of time and is ready to slaughter the whole village. Stopping his warriors, Saburo convinces his people that the villagers are just innocent people under the control of a blood thirsty warlord.
Thoughtful after realizing how desperate and helpless an average villager's life is, Saburo makes the decision to make Japan a better place.
Saburo wins again by accident. I am assuming this is going to be somewhat of a pattern for the rest of the show, but I guess that really is the only way Saburo could have survived so far. But then, I guess it might not be such an accident after all. Saburo is raising a revolution just by the simple fact he is not afraid to stick to his ideals.
I like the ending conversation between Saburo and Kicho. Saburo tells Kicho of his newly found determination to make Japan a better place.
In response Kicho says the following encouraging words "Oh!! Then let's see what kind of country a dummy can create."
Kicho is so prickly towards Saburo but like how she stood up to rally the clan to believe in Saburo when everyone is in an uproar over Saburo running away like a coward, Kicho seems to always come through when Saburo needs her to.
Enjiro as a lowly horse care taker submits a battle plan for Saburo to build a city wall in a day. Saburo happily gives the go ahead for the plan but a traitor in their midst betrays their plan.
The traitor turns out to be one of Saburo's trusted man who tries to kill himself in order to show his remorse, but Saburo just calmly stops him and tell him to be true to the clan from that point on.
Angered by Takenaka's betrayal, Takenaka's lord sentenced him to be killed, but at the last minute Saburo shows up and saves the day.
Saburo and his warriors goes back to their unfinished wall to find it completed while they were gone. The warrior who betrayed Saburo but was later pardoned by him, was able to get help for building the wall from independent warriors in the area by begging them on his knees.
We end this hour with a sudden appearance of the real Nobunaga.
Before Saburo can finish talking, the real Nobunaga gets mistakenly dragged back to the clan.
The naturally reserved Nobunaga feels ill at ease in his clan that has changed drastically since he left. The change is especially apparent when Nobunaga sees Kicho who greets him with her usually "hey idiot". Noticing Nobunaga's unusual mannerism, Kicho reaches up a hand to feel his forehead wondering if he is sick. Flinching away from Kicho's touch, Nobunaga wonders out loud "Are you really Kicho?"
Unwilling to sacrifice Oichi into a loveless marriage, Saburo destroys his own fort that borders the other clan in order to assure them of his sincerity in never attacking them. Unfortunately, while the son of the other clan lord believes Saburo, the clan lord insists that Oichi must marry his son in order to avoid war.
Without any way out of the dilemma, Tsuneoki (Saburo's right hand man and who also has a crush on Oichi) asks Oichi to go through with the marriage. Unsure of her future but willing to do anything for the sake of her clan, Oichi tells Saburo her dream of being able to help Saburo to achieve his vision of a peaceful Japan. Seeing a depressed Saburo, Kitcho gently assures him that even an arrange marriage could be a happy one.
On the day of the marriage, the whole clan gathers and sends Oichi off in a grand fanfare.
Hmm... does it seem like Mitsuhide actually likes his wife but just had no way of breaking the barrier between them when he was still in the clan? Is one thing to hand over the position of the clan lord over to Saburo but his wife too? It would be interesting to see how Mitsuhide reacts to all the changes Saburo has done in his absence. It was a great contrast to see how Mitsuhide thought it matter of course that his sister would be a tool for a treaty while Saburo had a huge problem with it.
In this episode we find out that Denjiro (the horse care taker) sniffs out Yuki (Kicho's maid) as a spy. In fact Yuki has even stole Saburo history text book and handed it over to whoever she works for. Seriously, the kid can't hold onto that text book of his. With so many spies and people out to get him, I always wonder how Saburo is still alive.
Mitsuhide (the real Nobunaga) becomes a member of Saburo's counsel by covering his face. With Mitsuhide's help, Saburo is able to meet with a general but instead of getting the general's help Saburo ends up making an enemy out of the general with his talk of uniting Japan.
A surprise guest who everyone around Saburo regard as the "devil" shows up. With one look at the "devil's" full body tattoos Saburo asks "You are a member of Yakuza?" Turns out the "devil" is also from the modern time, 2005 to be exact.
The "devil" informs that thanks to Saburo's big talk of uniting Japan, the general has put a price on his head.
With enemies surrounding every side and even his stalwart brother-in-law (the one Oichi married) turned against him, Saburo has no choice but to run for his life.
How many time traveler are there? I am starting to feel like they are a dime a dozen from the way Saburo keep running into them. Of course the "devil" for one seems to be one modern man that really enjoys the warring period.
I really love the first part of every episode because they usually use that time to showcase some of the culture difference between Saburo and his man. In this episode, his man is trying to convince Saburo to shave part of his hair off and of course Saburo wants no part of it. It was hilarious.
With a new determination to fight his enemies head on, Saburo follows his clan's suggestion and orders an attack on Oichi's husband's clan.
The attack was successful, but instead of celebrating with everyone else, Saburo sits alone. After some prodding from Kicho, Saburo finally breaks down and sobs over how hurt he is by all the betrayal that surrounds him. Kicho comforts Saburo by assuring him that she will always be there for him.
Saburo and Kicho accepts Yuki back into their fold and with tears in her eyes, Yuki swears to protect Kicho with her life.
Wow, didn't quiet expect this to happen so fast.
There was certainly no funny parts in this hour, but it was actually a wonderful episode that shows great character growth in Saburo. Up to this point, there has been a sense of disconnect between Saburo and the world he finds himself in. But in this hour, the love of those who willingly dies for him and the betrayal of those who he trusted finally breaks the wall and he is finally growing into the role of the leader that has been thrust on him.
I am also liking how Saburo and Kicho's relationship is growing. Saburo is learning from Kicho to face things straight on while Kicho has learned from Saburo to forgive and trust those closest to her.
Determined to start up free enterprises for the common people, Saburo goes to convince members of the business union to stop place restriction on the common people. When Saburo's pleading falls on deaf ears, Denjiro through some smooth talking convinces the business union to stop their restrictions.
|Denjiro drinking with Saburo's men to find out if Saburo is an identical twin.|
Saburo sends one of his trusted man, Mori Yoshinai to set up a commerce center at a town that promises to become vital to Saburo's plan of expending his free enterprising society. Unfortunately, Saburo's enemy devises a plan to draw Saburo's army away while they attack the commerce center. Mori Yoshinai who is often laughed at by other warriors as weak and looked down by his own sons, decides to fight Saburo's enemy head on in order to keep Saburo's dream alive.
Saburo army rushes to save Mori Yoshinai, but arrives only to cry over his body. However, Yoshinai's sacrifice was not in vain and Saburo is able to establish a bustling commerce center.
Sad sad episode, that reminds us once again that Saburo is in the warring state period. Fortunately or unfortunately Saburo seems to be fast getting use to the cruel world he finds himself in and gets more determined each step he takes to create a peaceful life for the common people.
I am quiet curious what Denjiro will do once he figures out Saburo is not the man he hates but Mitshuide is the one instead.
On a happy note, Saburo and Kicho's relationship is super cute!
As luck would have it, right before the attack the clan leader of the other army gets sick and dies.
Completely stunned by his luck, Saburo laughs after he almost falls because his legs has been shaking so badly from fear.
Knowing he is not skilled with negotiations, Saburo sends Mitsuhide in his stead. Noticing that Saburo and Mitsuhide has changed identity, Denjiro volunteers to go along with Mitsuhide. When the monks refuses to meet with Mitsuhide for negotiation, Denjiro convinces Mitsuhide to burn down the temple ... like he burned down Denjiro's village so many years ago.
Afterwards when Mitsuhide switches back into his disguise, Denjiro makes a point to compliment the "Nobunaga" leader that was so decisive in burning the monastery down, after all that is the kind of the man that could unite Japan.
Furious over the innocent lives Mitsuhide so casually took (other than the monks there were women and children), Saburo has no one to confide to other than to stew in his room. Kicho shows up with the music box Saburo gave her for Christmas and tells him that even though she doesn't know what happened but she believes Saburo must have his own reasons. Kicho leaves Saburo alone with the music from her music box and Saburo breaks down in sobs.
You might not be able to tell in the episode summary, but this episode is hilarious in the beginning. I mean laugh out funny and it's difficult to get me to laugh out loud. The one thing I love about this show is that it does both comedy and heart wrenching so wonderfully.
Denjiro is sure a scary guy. So brilliant but seemingly without an ounce of empathy left in his soul. How else could he tell Mitsuhide to burn down the monastery like Mitsuhide once did to his own village? Denjiro, of all people should be the first one to know the pain of an act like that, but apparently unless it's his own family, people have no value. Doesn't that makes him exactly the same kind of person as Mitsuhide.. so what right does he have to exact revenge?
Tsuneoki notices the exchange of glances between Saburo and Mitsuhide. Tsuneokie's suspicion is confirmed when he finds the fan Mitsuhide left by accident. Confronting Mitsuhide with the fan he recognizes so well, Tsuneoki is nevertheless furious when he realizes the master he has been so willing to die for all this time is fake AND the real master he trusted abandoned them to save his own life. I feel obligated to point out that Tsuneoki was one of those that plotted the death of the master he feels so betrayed by right now.
While the whole clan is celebrating their victory, Saburo is dismayed to find out their victory is the result of Denjiro's deceit. Saburo tries to tell his men that victory through unsavory means is not a good victory at all, but his voice falls on deaf ears.
Dejected that his opinion seems so foreign in the warring state period, Saburo tries to confide to Tsuneoki but Tsuneoki just coldly avoids him.
Facing Saburo, Tsuneoki makes his formal request "You have been lying to us all this time. I can't see another person like Yuki and Mori dying for a fake. What's fake can never be real. Please leave."
While I kinda understand where Tsuneoki is coming from, I am mostly ticked at him for ignoring everything he has been through with Saburo. Saburo is after all the one that stop Tsuneoki from killing himself. Tsuneoki, of all people should know that the real Nobunaga would have never allowed him to live after his betrayal.
FYI, don't expect too much from the next (last) episode. They just announced that there will be a Nobunaga Concerto movie next year, so I am assuming we won't see the actual ending until then.
While Saburo's men is ready to go to war to avenge their friends' death, Saburo tells them that only through letting go of their grudge can a peaceful world really be possible. Saburo convinces his man to send a peace treaty to the Azai clan, but unfortunately Nagamasa buckles under his own men's call for revenge and reluctantly refuses the treaty.
In the last scene we see Saburo apologizing to Mitsuhide for staying and asking him to keep on assisting him. With sincerity, Mitsuhide tells Saburo "Saburo, you must conquer this land... so I can kill you and take over everything!" Oops, he didn't say the last part out loud.
Mitsuhide watches Saburo leaves and behind him we see they name of the Honno-Ji Temple where historically Nobunaga was killed.
I miss the fun, but I guess with so many bloodshed there really is no room for it. I am not surprised that Takenaka was killed, but I am really disappointed that Mitsuhide was the one that killed him. I have kinda held out a tiny hope that maybe Mitsuhide might turn out to be good by some miracle. Alas, no such luck, here is just a guy who has totally forgotten that he was the one that ran away in the first place and pushed Saburo to take over the mess he left behind. Instead, Mitsuhide's man has the guts to accuse Saburo of robbing everything that was suppose to be Mitsuhide's. Hello?? Were you not right there beside your master when he ran away?
Of course I guess the joke is on Mitsuhide since a even more villainous Denjiro is playing him like a pawn.
Overall, I am happy with this ending ... as far as it could be one with the movie coming out in 2015 (Dec?).
I think what made the ending satisfying for me was finding out that Kicho loves Saburo even knowing the truth and in turn her conviction about Saburo contributes to Tsuneoki realizing his own loyalty towards Saburo. Of course I am really worried about how the movie would end since if I could have my wish, every one of Saburo's men would be able to go home with him to the modern world. I guess I might be fine if Saburo ends up staying in the warring state period as well... if he can stay alive.