Episode 15 of Sengoku Collection lends attention towards the affairs of a few familiar faces – several likable characters are pulled together, becoming lovable as a tale of strange friendship unfolds humorously.
Clad in kimono, this episode initiates as a female of the high-class bishoujo type, who has likely made an appearance before, is scheming something mischievous with her servant – an elegant female fitted in green who we’ve definitely seen once within a certain desert scene many episodes ago. The kimono wearing princess is seeking preparation for a party – a feminine and girly gathering of two, which for the occasion, is certainly described out by the kimono girl to her servant in a fashion which sounds quite disconcerting.
One may think for a moment that this eloquent bishoujo is plotting something akin to an underhanded murder attempt – yet as it turns out, she’s simply hoping to play a cruel trick upon a long-time rival who had done much to her in the past. Despite that rival now arriving only with the best of intentions, after quite a gap in time since the two have last seen one another, the kimono wearing bishoujo simply seems too unforgiving in her ways.
However, when the guest in question arrives, a memorable heterochromic bishoujo of the strong-willed type, she already has her kimono companion already figured out – the two may be at odds, although they seem rather intimate regardless, and the bishoujo of heterochromia utilizes the kimono’s own illicit tactics against her, coercing her into cooperation for sake of swords and honor.
For a moment, the heterochromic bishoujo has her kimono friend under her control as she takes advantage of the spicy situation – yet it’s only a short while before she unexpectedly falls herself and the matter merely becomes one which is even more so reminiscent of childish bickering. Yet at this point, Nobunaga arrives to take their “secret treasures” – at which point our two friendly rivals team up to eliminate Nobunaga within a game and ideally, take her “secret treasure”, something which again, transpires in quite a manner reminiscent of little kids arguing.
Nonetheless, some truths comes forward during the game, which is made quite a comical experience by means of ridiculous eye-coverings, among other things – and it’s essentially admitted by each of the two rivals that they actually truly had quite a fondness for one another. And with that, despite defeating Nobunaga in eating cake, the kimono clad bishoujo decides to accept a fate of incredibly spicy terror for no apparent reason and join her heterochomic friend in staying within the modern world.
It’s indeed quite a silly situation overall – yet the implications are quite wonderful. Not to mention, the characters are rather admirable and understandable, within an episode containing a problem not necessarily uncommon at its core – albeit one which was delivered all so unique and original, flowing with personality as it transpired. And another fine detail, even though one rather minor, is how the episode seemed to end in a sudden close.
There’s been many a solid episode of Sengoku Collection – yet this one truly leaves eager for the next.