Takeda Shingen's story
As a member of the samurai class, Takeda Shingen decides that it is his duty to investigate Ashikaga Yoshiteru's behaviour. But then again, he repeatedly asks himself whether he will even be capable of recognising the scale of Yoshiteru's 'vessel'.
(Raindrops' note: By someone's 'vessel' I mean their measure as a person. In Japanese when you say someone has a large 'vessel' you mean that they're magnanimous and capable of great things, but as the original meaning of 'magnanimous' and its antonym 'pusillanimous' aren't so well known in the English-speaking world, I used a literal term instead. Essentially Shingen is worried about the possibility that Yoshiteru is on a completely different level, far above regular people.)
Takeda Shingen's drama route
After evaluating the shogun's power, Shingen sets about trying to determine what Uesugi Kenshin is thinking to be working beneath him willingly. Shingen takes his army and heads towards the battlefield where the warriors of the Ashikaga faction are assembling.
Maeda Toshiie's story
Passing the seat of the clan head to Maeda Keiji, Toshiie supports him and battles to protect the Maeda family along with his wife, Matsu. However, there are times when he's also troubled by the movements of his former master, Oda Nobunaga.
Maeda Toshiie's drama route
To bid farewell to the past where he fled from working under his former master Oda Nobunaga - feared as the 'Demon King' - and save those who were left behind, Maeda Toshiie decides to subjugate Nobunaga.
Together with her husband Toshiie, Matsu supports Maeda Keiji, who has become the head of the reborn Maeda Army. Keiji introduces her to the shogun Ashikaga Yoshiteru and their resulting interactions bring about the 'Turbulent Times of Food'.
(Raindrops' note: This is obviously the cooking contest we've seen in clips.)
Matsu's drama route
After receiving a secret message from Oichi, the Maeda family hurry to Sengenji in Kyougoku-Azai Army territory. As they speak to Kyougoku Maria at their destination, the situation develops in an unexpected direction.
A few other miscellaneous observations:
- I've corrected the name of Matsu's first R1 special in the previous post, as they confirmed the Japanese reading and my assumption was completely wrong. The meaning is unchanged.
- Matsu's Giga Basara artwork shows all of her animals; hawk, boar, mole, wolf and bear. Her two-character phrase is 馳走 ('feast').
- It's hard to tell but it's been officially confirmed via magazine article that Toshiie's Giga Basara art is supposed to be a wolf. His two-character phrase is 犬千 ('dog' and 'thousand', but obviously a direct reference to his childhood name of Inuchiyo).
- Takeda Shingen's Giga Basara illustration is a tiger (obviously) and his phrase is 虎翁 ('venerable tiger').
- OneSanitarium noticed that Matsu seems to have something written on her arm in white when she's wearing her new pink outfit. I can't see it clearly from the screenshots, but it looks as though it might say 'Inuchiyo-sama' with a picture after the last character? That would be disgustingly cute...
- Toshiie has a drawing and text on his back too. They both look as though they've been on holiday and soaked up the sun.
- Speaking of the new pictures, all of the shots on the character pages are great. I love the teasers of Matsu's animal-filled new Basara attack.
- With this update we've had confirmation of four characters with two medal costumes: Masamune, Yukimura, Kojuurou and Naotora. Each of them has had one proper costume (or recolour) and one with a small aesthetic change, such as glasses, a helmet, a mask and a different hairstyle. Assuming that all forty characters have personal inscriptions, revised skills, costumes and limit-breaking inscriptions, this leaves just three slots unaccounted for in the list of rewards. Given that there's also a Medal category for audio rewards I'm not expecting many more extra costumes to be revealed for characters who have already been seen wearing a Tenka Medal costume.
There are samples of the small art book (inside and out) on the same page.
Finally, the first Bokesuke promotional video is now online too, but it's not all that great. Fans of Japanese comedy might enjoy it, I guess?