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Hyouge Mono 9



It is late May of 1582, and Akechi starts his march towards Honno Temple as Furuta meets up with Nakagawa to reinforce Hashiba’s army. That’s Hashiba’s army, not Hashiba, for Hashiba himself is proceeding towards Honno Temple.

And now it is June 2nd. Hashiba slays Oda.

Here’s the real question – is Hyouge Mono truly proceeding on a different historical path? There is a possibility that this is what truly happened; that Hashiba slew Oda, that Akechi came in afterwards, and that the temple was then set on fire. After all, Oda’s body was never found… right? Nobody can say with certainty that he didn’t die from being sliced in half.

The thing about powerful historical legends is that since they’re legends, everything about them is surrounded by rumours. Did he commit suicide? Did he himself light the house on fire? Were they sieged upon by Akechi? Did Akechi start the fire? Was the fire a cover-up? Or did Akechi’s 300 troops merely fire poops, plasmas, and turnips?

There is one thing that could make this fictional, though.

Oda was slain on the night of June 20th/21st.

Perhaps it’s just the conversion of calendar systems, but June 2nd is not June 20th!

The sun sets once more;

I don’t know if it’s just me, but there is no other show like Hyouge Mono in terms of sheer information. Horizon comes close, but in Horizon, many large chunks don’t matter in the slightest (for example, all of episode one). For Hyouge Mono, you just don’t know what matters!

For example – Hashiba sends gifts to Furuta, worth about 1,000 koku. However, to Furuta, the gifts are bland and tasteless. Is this important? Should we remember this? Is this supposed to build Hashiba’s character? Is Hashiba supposed to be a man of bad taste, or does he mean something more by purposefully sending a tasteless gift? Does the blandness represent something? Death? Betrayal? Purity?

It’s easy to overanalyze things. It’s not as easy to purposefully overanalyze things (see: Ben-To). However, it’s incredibly difficult to purposefully stop overanalyzing. Of course, you don’t have to write a post to overanalyze – just your own brain whirring on overdrive is a sign of overanalysis.

But what is overanalysis?! When do we overanalyze? Gosh, I really don’t want to overanalyze overanalysis! I feel like I’m spelling the darned word wrong what with those z’s and s’s switching all the time.

To turbulent times and storms;

That’s one thing, overanalysis. Another thing is information. Even if you don’t analyze it – which information is useful? What information should we include in our posts?

For example, we have these two merchants that Oda talks to, who eventually invest a great deal of money to help build a castle in Fukuoka in 1601. Even the question ‘is this information useful?’ begs much analysis. Will the merchants appear later? Will Fukuoka Castle be a main part of the story? Do the merchants do anything else? What about the merchant with the tea jar? Does Furuta still wish to hold the ‘Triumvirate’ of tea jars?

Perhaps that was a simple example – they seem unimportant, so we doubt they’ll appear later.

Then, what about Senno? He’s an important person. The gunpowder he brings to Honno Temple seem important. But is that information useful? Will the gunpowder actually be used? Is it Chekhov’s gunpowder, or are the barrels filled with red herring?

The moon, high at last.

I’m phrasing these as questions because I can’t answer them myself. In other words, I’m attention-starved and desire comments so ;__;

Akechi’s generals do not want to kill Oda, not only because of loyalty towards him, but also because they believe their own deaths as a result are inevitable. When Akechi met with his generals, their fates were already sealed – their temperament and ready acceptance of their own impending defeat will undoubtedly lead to it.

Akechi’s soldiers are even worse off. They proceed to their own deaths and don’t even know why they’re doing it. Everything is truly a battle of the elites – even Furuta is a governor.

What can a mere peasant do?

What can a mere general do?

What can anyone do?

3 responses

  1. As to the dates. It might be a conversion issue. I often see these discrepancies or even two dates reported to reflect the different calendar systems.

    The question about Hashiba’s gifts is interesting, but I don’t have a solid answer. Instead of representing something about Hashiba, it could be showing something of Furuta’s character. At the least I think we can say they are not on the same wavelength. Either they have different tastes, or the gift was intended to be disappointing (which doesn’t make a lot of sense).

    2011/12/01 at 12:46

  2. Or maybe Hashiba truly is tasteless?

    Once again; there are many things that can convince you of a complicated explanation in Hyouge Mono, but sometimes, maybe they’re just the simplest explanation? And then, things that seem to be simple may in fact be complicated…

    2011/12/02 at 01:16

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