Gifū Dōdō! Kanetsugu to Keiji

Gifū Dōdō!! Kanetsugu to Keiji



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Genres: action
Themes: Feudal Japan, historical, martial arts, samurai
Number of Episodes: 25
Vintage: 2013-07-02
Opening Theme: 1. “Samurai Rock - Gifu Dodo!! ver.” by Kōji Kikkawa
2. “The Sliders” by Kōji Kikkawa
Ending Theme: 1. “Gekka ni Kawasu, Sakazuki to Chigiri” by Daisuke Namikawa and Takuya Sato
2. “Last Moment” by Yūki Wakai

Plot Summary: Hiding within his heart the secret of his lord’s illegitimate child while risking his life to protect him, Uesugi Kenshin’s chief retainer, Naoe Kanetsugu, teamed up with the legendary warrior known as history’s most infamous wild man, Maeda Keiji. Never once yielding to any number of powerful men, Kanetsugu and Keiji continue to blaze through the turbulent latter days of the Warring States era, faithfully fighting for justice and their own way of life. (from Crunchyroll)

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Episode 1 –

[details=spoiler]When Maeda asked for the axe, I thought he was going to chop down Tatobei’s new house! But when Maeda marred the pillar, it was only to keep Tarobei humble.

I liked how Maeda and Naoe first met in a house of ill repute. It seems an odd friendship and it was strange circumstances that brought them together. I like historical pieces and this one seems like it’s going to be a good one.[/details]

Episode 2 –


The uwanariuchi is an interesting custom, but this uwanariuchi seems to be getting very dangerous. It was good that the real Maeda showed up when he did. Righteousness is everything to Naoe and Maeda, so Kihachi deserves what he gets!

Episode 3 –


I liked Maeda in his “barbarian armor”! He scared the heck out of the soldiers, sitting on his warhorse like that, and spewing smoke like some kind of monster. And the tiny soldiers barely reached his knees! LOL I also liked Naoe’s iron fan. Maeda’s ears must have been ringing something awful when he got smacked on his helmet with that fan. I figured Maeda would end up joining the fight too, which will be nothing more than an elaborate trap, but they are all well aware of that. I can’t wait to see how they win!

Episode 4 –

[details=spoiler]So, Takatsuna is quite literally the “head” of the Kawarada-Honma clan! LOL

Nice that Naoe was able to use the Buddhist nuns as spies. The trap of Sado Island was a simple one, but effective. However, they still need to come up with something to get out of it. And I’m sure they will![/details]

Episode 5 –

[details=spoiler]That Takatsuna sent simple farmers dressed as soldiers out into the river to be slaughtered. How cruel! And he’s holding their families hostage, so they can’t run. At least Naoe tried to save the second group, but it didn’t work. I don’t know how Naoe is going to stop this fake war. His hands are tied, since the North and South are secret allies.

Finally! Naoe puts his plan into action. The nuns join in the plan as well. The plan was a good one, and attacked both sides at the same time, using the enemies’ own techniques, not even giving a chance for both sides to unite against the Uesugi army. The alliance is betrayed when Takatsuna has his army attack the South as well, hoping that will save him. The battle of righteousness is soon over and Naoe declares the Uesugi the winner. Both the North and the South surrender to him. I guess the means the Chief Advisor and Maeda’s uncle lose as well.

Naoe wants to reward the nuns and Seion’s wish is to open a “red light” district and run it. Naoe is taken aback and Seion’s reasoning is a bit odd, but that is her righteousness – the righteousness of one who serves Buddha. It seems that Naoe will grant her wish too.[/details]

Episode 6 –

[details=spoiler]The end of the battle at Sado is celebrated, but Sado can’t be left alone as the North and South will just go back to fighting again. Once again, Naoe has a plan. Calling him a villain for killing his own people, Naoe kills Takatsuna. His clan seems quite docile after that. Violence was banned and Naoe became ruler of Sado. Righteousness!

Naoe’s history is a really romantic story. Unknowingly born of a princess, and finding out who his father is could destroy a country! Nobunaga is involved too.

I love how Maeda keeps a whole collection of pipes on his person. Ready to smoke at all times! LOL[/details]

Episode 7 –

[details=spoiler]Naoe is the illegitimate son of Kenshin, a man that had taken a vow of celibacy, and had become a god in order to lead his people. I can see how Naoe’s arrival with that fan could have caused all kinds of problems. And that is just what Nobunaga wanted!

Naoe does take the fan back to Echigo, and gets the entire story from Kenshin’s sister. But Echigo didn’t fall as Nobunaga had planned and Naoe lived. Of course he did – he was a child of righteousness! LOL[/details]

Episode 8 –


That Hideyoshi is something else. He really thought he could use Maeda to get his hands on Echigo. He really needs to get over what had happened in the past already. But once again, Naoe has a plan.

Episode 9 –

[details=spoiler]Naoe tells the story of Mosuke, his spear-bearer, and how they had met. But the tale is a sad one. While he was away with Naoe, his pregnant wife was killed. Naoe goes with Mosuke to get revenge upon the murderer. The first attempt failed, but Naoe had a back-up plan, and Mosuke did get his revenge – with Naoe’s help.

With nothing left to live for and mourning his dead wife, Mosuke is about to hang himself when Naoe appears. Sadder still, Mosuke knew that he would have had a daughter because when he found his dead wife, her belly was sliced open. Mosuke wants to die, but Naoe cuts the rope instead. Naoe offers the position of being his spear-bearer to Mosuke and invites him to accompany him back to Echigo. Crying like a baby, Mosuke accepts.[/details]

Episode 10 –


It looks like Usugumo has given them the solution they need in order to face Hideyoshi.

Episode 12 –


Keiji enters the audience chamber wearing a ridiculous topknot! And he makes a rude formal bow just as Usugumo had made. That was quite the battle of wills, and Hideyoshi lost.

Episode 13 –


At least Hideyoshi is a graceful loser and will “allow” Keiji’s eccentricity. He also gives up on Echigo as well, and that works out just fine for Naoe. But Naoe still has to deal with the Chief Advisor’s page. And that turned into righteous drinking! LOL This would have been a good last episode, but I’m glad another story is about to begin. I’ve become very fond of these righteous men!

Episode 14 –


Mosuke and Jirobo take over the story telling. Good to see that they can get together for a drink once in a while as well. But it was funny to see Mosuke fall into the pond. They can’t quite sit on the rocks the way that Naoe and Keiji do! LOL Mosuke even went so far as to take some of Keiji’s pipes, which he now loses to the pond, and he sets Jirobo on fire. LOL Still, it was a good recap episode.

Episode 15 –


Naoe and Keiji are back in their places on the rocks, telling the story once again. This time, Naoe meets with the Justice Minister, who wishes to determine the Uesugi position on the Odawara matter. Of course this means another battle!

Episode 16 –

[details=spoiler]Naoe found the water supply for Matsuida Castle, so they have a good chance of winning now. But the other side has a rumor of the truth of Naoe’s birth.

Winning might go to the side that the Date clan chooses to fight with. But the clan is torn between sides. However, an assassination solves that little problem.[/details]

Episode 17 –


Matsuida Castle has fallen. But now the enemy might have a clue about Naoe’s birth and who his father really was. However, getting the proof may be a bit difficult. LOL Naoe can hold his liquor a lot better! Still, Naomasa did see Naoe’s eyes after all, so the evidence may be coming together.

Episode 18 –

[details=spoiler]Hideyoshi still wants Hachioji Castle to fall and wants Kanetsugu to hurry up with it. LOL Date Masamune is certainly an interesting character. I do agree that he’s just a big kid and has no head for playing this game of politics. But the bath scene was enjoyable at least. LOL

Can these guys get any bigger? I thought Naoe and his friends were huge compared to everyone else, but now there are giants! LOL Or perhaps this guy is a titan? Anyway, Date is forgiven by Hideyoshi, but I’m sure Hideyoshi will be keeping an eye on him.[/details]

Episode 19 –

[details=spoiler]Masamune was forgiven, but Hideyoshi confiscates some of his territory, and makes an offer to his strategist that can’t be refused. However, Katakura refuses it anyway, claiming that he is his lord’s right eye. Hideyoshi likens him to Naoe, but I’m not sure if it’s a compliment or an insult.

Naoe knows now that Ieyasu knows the secret of his eyes and also about the Jizo Bodhisattva. He reports this to Uesugi and Uesugi is not pleased with the thought that Tokugawa wants to attack them. However, Naoe has sent Jirobo to protect the statue. I just hope he gets to it first.

Just in case, Naoe also has a backup plan. If the truth of his birth comes to light, he wants Uesugi to execute him as a criminal. With this, things don’t look good. Jirobo has been captured by Sagen and his group of ninjas. But Sagen doesn’t know exactly where the statue is and tortures Jirobo to get its location. When that doesn’t work, he prepares to kill Jirobo. But Jirobo has an ally with him. A demon![/details]

Episode 20 –

[details=spoiler]The demon turns out to be a dog that is used for hunting and fighting battles. It rescues Jirobo with no problem, but the animal is enormous! Jirobo looks like a flea on its back. LOL But without its armor, the dog is really cute. The dog actually belongs to Naoe, but remains hidden, always guarding him, but Jirobo had raised White Cloud. The dog looks upon Jirobo as his father and is faithful to him.

It was nice to finally see the story of how Naoe’s parents met. Nice sake bowl. It could have been used for the dog. LOL I hope the enemy doesn’t figure out that Naoe’s aunt has the statue![/details]