Sengoku Collection returns with surprising results within its first ever direct continuation of a multi-part tale – an aspect effecting the entire story starts to stir, as all the while, a resented outcome is encountered.
An episode of Sengoku Collection has, up till now, ended either inconclusively, with an open potential for what can occur, thereby promising more – or it would tilt to have a distinctively positive turnaround. Yet while this episode does end with a foundation for further events to unfold, the situation faced is enough to make even an emotionless sadist cry – or at least a highschool girl, and definitely for a reason most justified.
It’s not necessarily a sorrowful occurrence which causes this – rather, it is an instance of one party out of two simply being unable to accept life as is, intent on doing more, even though they could merely relish in the current mode of living. And so, the proactive entity ventures out in hopes of answering their restless desires inspired by whatever they have in mind – meanwhile, the other individual faces a heartache which will continue to resonate indefinitely.
The one taking leave from the regular lifestyle is pained as well – yet for one or another reason, usually one quite logical despite the melancholy it incites, they feel their adventure is necessary. In the case of Shinku however, the battle she fights remains rather ambiguous as the involved groups make the matter one which is highly difficult to take at face value.
Having heard of a shadowy group of self-appointed hoodlums roaming the school discreetly, Shinku has been feverishly after them ever since – Jun conjured up that fib in order to appease her sengoku era friend who seems never satisfied with any single showdown, yet Jun is conflicted in that it appears her white lie has merely led her cute companion in maid attire to simply become too obsessed with this fictional matter.
Jun notably worries for her friend, however her friend only greater falls down a path so contrary to what Jun desired – Shinku actually encounters a female of the sengoku era claiming to be of the band of nonexistent ruffians who she sought, yet to anyone, aside Shinku, this is an obvious ploy in order to lure her.
Nonetheless, Shinku falls for it – following along till being pointed in the direction of a different destination.
Standing outside the school’s gymnasium, a moment from entry, Jun has Shinku make a single promise – insisting that Shinku come home with her no matter what she faces after the supposed “boss” of the banchos. Jun’s clearly come to love Shinku like a friend, and perhaps even a family member – and although Shinku’s not particularly proficient with expressing any of her feelings beyond those of fisticuffs, she too has evident mutual feelings for Jun.
Our ambitious princess then prepares to make her step forward to the awaiting destiny, megane readied, promise made – entering the gym confidently, and yelling out to her enemy in the dark recesses of light absence.
Arising forth from the vast building is a colossal creature – a humanoid figure sized as a giant, obviously something not of the natural. Ensuing subsequently is a short moment of combat as Shinku squares off against this monstrosity which appears intent on calling Shinku by a name which our megane heroine of this tale had abandoned long ago. Short as the scene may be, there’s much to be praised – Shinku’s swordsmanship is spectacular, with her choreographic movements being far from the oft-seen.
Aside from the visuals however, the elements of story are amazing as well – Shinku’s assertion of her abilities is inspiring, insisting how she’s even stronger than rumors foretell, and indeed, she does show it well.
Conclusion of the bout brings the unexpected – two whom Shinku knew from the past, the sengoku era, appear, and apparently, they were merely testing her for a task which they hope to have her aide them with. The objective itself raises question – they wish for Shinku to help in their conquest against Oda Nobunaga. Now Nobunaga is quite eccentric and pushy, although from what has been seen thus far, she’s certainly not an evil character – though even then, the thought of Nobunaga in a physical contest is very intriguing as we’ve yet to see her abilities in such.
It’s worth noting however, the character making the request of Shinku is Imagawa Yoshimoto, who according to the history books, ultimately falls to the hands of Nobunaga – yet then again, nothing is particularly historically accurate in this series, thereby making it more fruitful to ponder why is such occurring in Sengoku Collection, and when exactly will the grand dispute come.
And so focusing on another situation faced, Shinku says goodbye to her friend of the modern realm, Jun – it’s all as stated, a depressing departure, and Shinku promises her return. Of course however, none will ever accept the leave of a loved one so easily – and so indeed, the mood shatters the soul.