Sengoku Collection’s fourth heroine followed is a female bringing an inverse light to the series – the atmosphere is darker than we’ve come to see, and the outcome to result is a total surprise, yet a lovely one indeed.
A woman tall, dark, and bishoujo in appearance walks slowly through a still night – mentioning how she was tricked by the Yakuza as an airplane flies overhead, aiding in establishing the setting to be an industrial one. She’s yet another female who finds herself within the modern era somehow instead of her proper time of the Senoku period. Her story is one which truly diverges in path not only from what Sengoku Collection has showcased prior, yet is something which has frankly been never before seen.
Scarcely will one find an anime which even partially deals with prison and crime in a fashion true to reality – yet it isn’t in any but this series that one will see a female at the center of it, and the heroine even proves more fitting and admirable than one could have initially imagined.
Masamune is our leading character and she’s imprisoned on account of drug transactions – she never commit a crime of her own will, rather she was set up. The very beginning of her tale, her arrival into the modern day, was an event taking place during the sleepy hours, within an area in which there seemingly is no one lingering around save for those who partake in iniquitous deeds. Somehow, she was faced against a group of lower ranked yakuza goons – and while it’s clear she could easily have eliminated them all, something which she intended to do, someone interrupts.
Coming forward before Masamune could take out the trash is the man responsible for the garbage – the boss of the lowly yakuza thugs. This “boss” spouts some oft-heard script – doing the commonly seen and apologizes in place of his men, then he praises Masamune’s strength and asks her to join his crew of criminals. Masamune is a woman of honor, which is why she granted them respite and joined them – she was never informed of their illegal actions, and being from the Sengoku period, she couldn’t have known any better.
In retrospect upon the scene of her encounter with the yakuza, she deems herself to have been naïve.
Those crooks end up tricking Masamune in a compromised substance exchange – authorities raid whilst Masamune was serving part in the unknowingly illicit deal, and then even though she clearly wasn’t aware of the extent of what she was doing, she remains held accountable as “The Boss” essentially sold her out to save himself.
As result, Masamune is sent to a harsh prison where it seems some ignorants are obsessed with attempts to harass her – not that she even cares about them in the least. Her life as a convict is shown to be grueling, strenuous, and unforgiving all simply as the guards have the power to make it be so – yet she’s one day permitted a shower.
There, hecklers begin attempting to pester her – she doesn’t mind them at all, yet once mention of her parents are made, she can’t contain herself. She grabs one of them by the shirt and verbally sets them straight before tossing them through a pane of glass. Chaos ensues in the prison, and at that moment, Masamune escapes – she doesn’t want to run, yet she recalled a certain fellow she has a score to settle with.
Masamune goes around and one-by-one brutalizes all the gang members she gratuitously spared the first time around till eventually reaching “The Boss”. He’s dumbfounded how she escaped and now stands before him – bursting in cowers and shivers as expected. Masamune has come to see him with one demand – she doesn’t plan to end his life, rather, she wants him to commit seppuku, i.e., suicide.
Asking why Masamune came to see him, she replies that it wasn’t as he framed her – she merely cannot overlook that he made his men suffer for his sins.
He’s petrified and comes up with all sorts of excuses – attempting to keep Masamune at bay, yet she’s unwavering, and it looks Masamune isn’t offering “The Boss” any other options. He’s too despicable to follow through, reaching for a gun – only to fail horribly, as anticipated, in his attempt to attack Masamune. She subsequently brings him down with her blade – yet refrains from making a kill. She deemed he’s not even worth such a degree of retribution – and as police begin to swarm the building from the ground level, Nobunaga arrives.
One can’t foresee what is to happen here – while common sense based on prior episodes would say that Masamune would merely give up her treasure, and in turn, her method of returning to the Sengoku period, she does not. Masamune reaches for her sword – yet before a battle breaks out, she decides to escape, telling Nobunaga that she wishes for more time, and essentially postpones their battle for another day.
This conclusion is magnificent as it holds more substance to it versus a definite aftermath. No one has won, Masamune wants to search for a companion of hers before anything else – and Nobunaga has accepted that. It is inevitable that they will meet again – however for now, they simply go separate paths in search of other things before the day comes where they must spar to determine the victor of them, assuming neither bows to the other instead.
With this episode, Sengoku Collection’s anecdote as a whole has gotten more complex as there’s now two wildcards, Nobunaga and Masamune, atop the many others who have chosen a path, but have yet to be shown having reached it – and as such, there’s still a vast world of consequence to see within this series.