Nobunaga no Chef Episode 4 & 5: “My Special Person.”

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If you keep staring at him like that Natsu, you’d set him on fire. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Oh boy. Is it just me but episode 5 was good. Like real good with a little bit of love, action, and conflicts thrown into the hour? I hate this feeling of waiting week after week for one episode. Because Nobunaga no Chef is the kind of drama you could watch and finish in one sitting.

And now I’m gonna pout waiting for the next serving.

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Despite episode 4 being a little slow, it establishes the meaning of Ken’s cooking in Nobunaga’s eyes. In this episode, he realizes that Ken’s food is medicine, used only as a source of energy for the living. Armed with that knowledge, Nobunaga sends Ken to his sister’s place as a spy, in the last shred of hope to save her.

(Side note: How hilarious is that the poor husband takes a brief look at Natsu and guesses her gender immediately? ๐Ÿ˜› )

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I was a bit worried in the preview for episode 5 because our cute lovebirds are separated but boy was I surprised at the new emerging dynamics between Natsu and Hideyoshi, as well as Natsu and Kaede. Romance might have taken a back seat in this episode but I’m glad our heroine has some bonding time with other characters. Like I said previously, I hope the writer reveals the back stories of these three. What happened between Kaede and Nobunaga? How did she become his loyal personal guard?

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Natsu: “I don’t want to hear that from you, who ran away alone and left Ken.”
Kaede: “It wasn’t my task to save him.”
Natsu: “Not your task? You’re such a sad person…Isn’t there anyone…who you’d really want to protect without it being your task? Don’t you have a precious person?”

Why I call this episode “My Special Person” is because of Natsu’s moving speech to Kaede, and inadvertently to Hideyoshi. And how the whole episode revolves around the concept. Her words speak to their hearts because she’s honest and sincere in showing just how much she cares about Ken’s safety. This might also be the reason why Ken is the only person who gets Nobunaga’s cryptic meaning of “return to them what they deserve.” Kaede and Hideyoshi (and many others) are so used to his cruel ways of handling war matters that they don’t stop and question his intention but instantly assume that he has sent Ken to kill Oichi. And this is why Ken is Nobunaga’s special person, as much as he opposes to the idea of having someone who sees through him.

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I won’t lie but I got misty eyed at this part because other than parental love, the bond between siblings is universally unconditional and special in its own way. You can hate the choices they make, but you can’t hate the person making the choices (at least not for long). Furthermore, it was Nobunaga who sent his sister, Oichi, into marriage with Azai Nagamasa, in order to secure their alliance. She might not have a choice to choose her husband then, but as a mother of two and a wife, she has a stand, a responsibility to stay by their side. I like that the women in this series take charge for their beliefs instead of sitting around like quiet ducks.

Exactly how thoughtful is Ken’s dish, from the arrangement to the display? I didn’t realize the meaning until he explains it. Only Ken would’ve been able to convey Nobunaga’s feeling through a simple dish such that it is bittersweet only to the intended recipient, and expresses Nobunaga’s well-meaning intention on his part.

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This part is very sweet, now that she is someone else’s special person, she’s sending Ken back to Nobunaga, knowing how lonely he is as a person. Many confessions in one episode but Ken rules because he’s many people’s special someone. ๐Ÿ˜›

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Really? You’re gonna end the episode with a blade to his neck? Lordy. And the mysterious girl, named Youko, is appearing next episode? In the same time period? GAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!! Are we gonna finally get behind the reason why he time-traveled? Hope so!

  1. 3 thoughts on “Nobunaga no Chef Episode 4 & 5: “My Special Person.”

    Yeah, I’m waiting to see how Youko fits into this. She always seemed a bit flirty to him in his memories — and maybe brothers do show up in their sister’s bedrooms. But who knows? Brother, sister, friend…we’ll find out. Thanks for your very insightful recap.

  2. 3 thoughts on “Nobunaga no Chef Episode 4 & 5: “My Special Person.”

    Boy! Am I glad I haven’t started this… waiting for it to complete before going on a one day marathon!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. 3 thoughts on “Nobunaga no Chef Episode 4 & 5: “My Special Person.”

    Carole, it’s heart-stopping seeing a very modern-like Youko in an ancient setting!

    Aryael, oh…start it now! Feel the pain! Share it! ๐Ÿ˜›

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