Hyouge Mono – 12

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Yes, I’m still at it – as long as there are subs of this show, I’ll keep plugging away at blogging it.  Simply put, there’s nothing else remotely like it out there.

I’m almost sorry the actual historical events surrounding the death of Oda didn’t happen the way they’re portrayed here, because Hideyoshi’s artistry of deceit is truly a masterpiece.  What a plan – every detail seems to have been thought of.  Of course we know now with certainty that the critical reason Hideyoshi had to do the deed himself was so that Akechi would not have Oda’s head as a trophy.  We also see that the commoner general knew full well that Akechi’s brand if moralistic idealism would be an ill pairing with his new status as usurper and rebel, and that men would flock not to Akechi, but to him – the practical man who could offer them practical benefit.

It’s interesting to see how crucial Sosuke and his brothers end up being to Hideyoshi’s plan.  Sosuke’s loyalty has been secured with flattery, bribery and crocodile tears, but Hideyoshi has also secured the loyalty of Sosuke’s Christian younger brother by promising to spread the gospel once he becomes the ruler of Japan (a promise I suspect will never be kept).  The heart from “Sacred Heart of Jesus” even makes its way onto the avenging armies banners.  But the real piece d’ resistance is the securing of the eldest brother, the most reluctant and the most important General.  Hideyoshi gently demands that he offer a hostage (his son, as it happens) as proof of his loyalty – an offer he makes sure is proffered in front of his other generals – then refuses.  In one stroke he makes himself look magnanimous, and can use this gesture as a yardstick of loyalty for his other generals to measure themselves against.  It wasn’t the hostage that mattered, but the offering of the hostage publicly.  A true master stroke of P.R..

Hideyoshi has his own man on the inside, too, as Teamaster Senna continues to feign loyalty to Akechi inside Kyoto.  Senna, who reveres black above all else, is stunned when Akechi re-finishes his castle in white tiles – and that he finds it beautiful.  How this will impact the teamaster is unclear, but it was certainly included in the episode for a reason.  Also important is Tokugawa Ieyasu (a name that will certainly become central to Japanese history) as Akechi tries to buy off his support with a rare tea jar and generous terms of shared power.  Ieyasu seems ill-inclined to ally himself with a rebel though, even under those terms, something Hideyoshi was surely banking on.  Tokugawa was something of a moralist too and perhaps more temperamentally attuned to Akechi for it, but that same moralism seems to be pushing him to ally himself not with the murderer and rebel, but with the “loyalist” Hideyoshi – the man who was actually the true murderer and rebel (though to be fair, only because he beat Akechi to the punch).  I suspect the irony of that is not lost on the clever Hideyoshi, a man who misses almost nothing.

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  1. e

    I've decided to watch this only after the subs will be completed, as I've got the memory of a goldfish *sweats* . It'll be a long wait I'm afraid. Patience is a virtue, I'll practice being virtuous I guess XD.
    Thank you for blogging this in the meantime. I think you and psgels are the only ones…

  2. That should be sometime in 2021, at the current pace.

  3. A

    An optimistic guess. It's most likely going to take twice as long as that lol :'(

  4. Well, they're going at the rate of about 1 every 3-4 months, and there are 27 eps to go, so I figure 100 months give or take, which is 9 years give or take, which is 2021…

  5. A

    Yeah, if everything went according to plan, hence why I say that you're being optimistic.

    The realistic scenario is that eventually the subbers will forget/drop the show, and no one will pick it up afterwards. It will then be forgotten in the fansubbing circles, wont be mentioned in the simulcasting meetings since it's too old and niche, and eventually fall completely off the anime community radar until the only ones who remember it will be the 10 of us.

    Our best hope is that years down the line, sometime in the late 2030's, some person will try and get people to pay more attention to classical animes and will take notice of this show, where it will be released in full.

  6. No, I'm not being optimistic – because what I said was "at the current pace"! And that's exactly when it would finish at the current pace…

  7. A

    Yeah … no doubt it will take a while. 🙁

    But it is still a good show … between this one and the (fingers crossed) finally being subbed Showa Monogatari I don't mind waiting a while and savoring each ep as it comes out. 🙂

    – Flower

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