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We found out in the last episode that the finale of the drama Nobunaga no Chef (信長のシェフ) would feature a cooking competition between the two chefs from the Heisei era – Ken (Tamamori Yuta) and Youko (Kashii Yu) – to decide which peace terms between the Oda clan and the warrior monks of Ishiyama Hongan-ji. I’m pretty sure that a cook-off wasn’t the way the peace terms were really decided (actually, Nobunaga laid Siege to Ishiyama Hongan-ji for a whopping eleven years!), but having a competition between Ken and Youko is a solid idea, and they had to have decent stakes in play to make it interesting. So, I’m mostly all right with the premise of this episode – at least they didn’t have the cooking determine the outcome of the larger fight between Nobunaga and the Azai-Asakura alliance.
Ken seems hesitant about competing against Youko, so Nobunaga decides to berate his cooking for the first time, and instills some fighting spirit in him.
But Ken is still unhappy with the situation when Mitsuhide (Inagaki Goro) decides to offer him a crucial bit of information.
This episode of Nobunaga no Chef (信長のシェフ) is mainly about the main character Ken (Tamamori Yuta) attempting to save Mori Yoshinari (Ukaji Takashi). That’s a bit odd, because Mori Yoshinari died in 1570 and Nobunaga dies in 1582, yet we spent the last episode worried that Mitsuhide (Inagaki Goro) would betray Nobunaga (Oikawa Mitsuhiro) when it’s at least twelve years too early? Does this mean we’re not going to get the climactic struggle between Mitsuhide and Nobunaga because including it would mean aging Ken by twelve years?
First things first, we last left Ken in the embrace of the other person who has traveled back in time from the Heisei era – his beloved Youko (Kashii Yu).
Or is she his beloved? He admits to not remembering anything about their past, which would have been fine if Youko also had that amnesia. Instead, she seems to have her memories intact, and the news that Ken doesn’t know anything about their history leaves her distraught.
But why is Nobunaga (Oikawa Mitsuhiro) getting ready to shoot them? Oh, wait, he’s just trying out those guns Ken secured for him.
But because he had to use an alternative sweetener instead of sugar, the anpan wasn’t quite as spectacular as it was meant to be. Ken pointed this out, and Nobunaga decided that he would have Mitsuhide – you know, the man who would eventually assassinate Nobunaga – pick some sugar up from the capital, where the shogun had apparently received some.
And he looks like he could do with the extra protection, as rogues/bandits quickly surround them, planning to take Kaede as a prisoner and kill Ken. Their initial approach catches Kaede by surprise and she gets cut on her leg.
At the end of the last episode of Nobunaga no Chef (信長のシェフ), Oda Nobunaga (Oikawa Mitsuhiro) decided to send his chef from the future Ken (Tamamori Yuta) right into Azai Nagamasa’s castle in the place of one of three Azakura cook-spies they captured in the act of trying to poison the water. But why? What does he want Ken to do there?
Since the spies were supposed to poison Nobunaga, it seems fair to assume that Nobunaga wants Ken to return the intended favor, but Nobunaga doesn’t say so explicitly. There’s also the issue that Ken doesn’t want to poison anyone – it’s in violation of his art. Good thing, too, since there’s no way Nobunaga would trust Ken to cook for him anymore if he was willing to put poison in a meal. Not that Ken could ever come back from such a mission alive.
There’s no escape, either. Nobunaga has assigned shinobi Kaede (Ashina Sei) to make sure that Ken goes through with his mission.
In Nobunaga no Chef (信長のシェフ), modern chef Ken (Tamamori Yuta) is thrown back in time to Japan’s Warring States period (戦国時代 – sengoku jidai) in the 16th century, and becomes head chef to the leading warlord of the era – Oda Nobunaga (Oikawa Mitsuhiro). Nobunaga has already put Ken to all sorts of strategic uses.
At the beginning of the episode, Ken has a bit of trouble convincing constant companion Natsu (Shida Mirai) to stay behind when he leaves for the battlefield on the basis that she’s a girl. She points out that Nobunaga’s shinobi Kaede (Ashina Sei) is a woman who fairs quite well in battle, but the mere mention of Kaede puts Ken into a reverie, making Natsu even more irritated.
It looks like it’s 1570, and the focus is on Nobunaga’s campaign against the Asakura clan – an ally of the Ashikaga shogun we met in the previous episode.
In Nobunaga no Chef (信長のシェフ), modern chef Ken (Tamamori Yuta) is thrown back in time to Japan’s Warring States period (戦国時代 – sengoku jidai) in the 16th century, and loses all memory of his life in the Heisei era except the information related to his abilities (especially language and cooking) and some brief glimpses of his lifestyle and a mysterious woman. In this state, Ken quickly becomes the head chef to the leading warlord of the era – Oda Nobunaga (Oikawa Mitsuhiro). In a comical twist on history, Nobunaga deploys Ken to cook up victories when the use of armed force is insufficient or unwise.
With Ken actually managing to win over hearts and minds with his cooking, it looks like he’s becoming a legitimate force in this era.
We rejoin his adventures in the midst of a military camp, where Ken is preparing a meal for everybody. His loyal companion Natsu (Shida Mirai) gives it a taste and is, as always, impressed.
And the same goes for the Nobunaga’s commanders. I’m dying for one of them to say something like “this stuff’s okay, but I like what you served us yesterday better”. No such luck so far.