Nobunaga no Chef c16

Series by Nishimura Mitsuru and Kajikawa Takurou


Nobunaga emerses himself in new refined pleasures with some new friends! But what’s the meaning behind the latest meal? Read and find out the ending to volume 2!!

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22 responses to “Nobunaga no Chef c16

  1. I thought that this chapter was a bit of a stretch. So if the Shogun ate something from Mikawa or Mino then those places can be attacked too? Just somehow feels a bit like weird. I don’t know much about japanese history but i’m guessing that a state tends to eat produce grown from the locals and rarely imports from other states? If that is the case then the symbol with the meal made from echizen produce wasn’t too far of a stretch.

    • Judging by Toyotomi’s reaction inside the manga, it was a bit of a stretch, since he didn’t notice the symbolism immediately himself. However, if you think of the Japanese arts and all the subtle implications in them, I don’t think it would be too far of a stretch to make a big show of a small implication, though I doubt in Azuchi Japan they would have used food to make these symbolic gestures. It was a funny scene though, and a good use of the food. Also brought out Inoue’s cooking~

  2. Thank you so much for this chapter! I love it!
    After starting to read this manga, now I’m starting to be interested in the history of Nobunaga’s life (his life was a permanent drama everyday!) and I’ve also started to watch Japanese historical dramas in general after that lol
    Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi or Tokugawa Ieyasu are important historical figures, but may I ask who is the one among these three men who left the strongest impression and influence in the Japanese minds nowadays (and in the Japanese pop culture too)?

    • Oh, sweet! Glad to Nobunaga no Chef (and our releases~) inspired you!! Japanese history is a great topic!

      Oda might have left the greatest impression just because he was the one who got everything rolling and in Japan, he’s the big middle school history name. However, Tokugawa and Hideyoshi are equally famous for all sorts of reasons.

      I’m sure any Korean would think of Hideyoshi first, considering they hate his guts… (Hideyoshi invaded Korea in the late 1570s) and Tokugawa was the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate as well as the leader who expelled a lot of the Europeans from Japan, so he has a huge claim to fame as well. All three of them are all over the place in popular culture and have lots of books about them.

      Sorry if that doesn’t really answer your question, haha ^_^;

  3. Thank you for the chapter!

    Although, I didn’t expect the plot to use the food to convey such a deep meaning. Maybe because i’m not japanese, but i find the flow of the story in this chapter a little bit awkward. It’s like at some point there are too much information that need to be given to the readers in a matter of a few panels.

    • You’re welcome Chef~ Hmm, there is quite a bit to absorb, as you mention, I guess we have to remember that this is meant for a Japanese audience who already know the context pretty well, so it’s a bit different when we read it in english >_<

    • You’re welcome littlestar!! Yeah… he’s not really the strongest personality… but I guess he lived a hard life too, so we should have some pity…

  4. Can someone please explain what happened? I’m a little confused on the underlying meaning of what happened, aside from the fact that the Lord is truly powerful and the Shogun is puny…..

    • The history that every japanese person is expected to know… and that we aren’t… is that Asakura Yoshikage, the person who Nobunaga is about to attack, is the Shogun’s ally and regent. In fact, before going to Nobunaga for help getting restored to power in the capital, the shogun had been hoping Asakura would do it.

      The other subtext is the conversation they had about the letters. The shogun was known by this point to have been sending letters to other daimyo, including asakura, asking for assistance in getting rid of Nobunaga.

      So Nobunaga is basically saying that he’s going to go kill the shogun’s best friend because the shogun had been conspiring to overthrow Nobunaga.

      The shogun can’t really give permission for nobunaga to go defeat his regent, so the meal is the symbol that allows Nobunaga to make the shogun do it anyway.

      I hope that helps a bit…

      • Thank you. This really helps clear things up a bit. So the Asakuras are just friends of the Shogun, and now, since the Shogun realizes that Oda is better than him, he wants to get rid of Oda with help…is that right?

        • Well, it’s a bit more complicated. The shogun Ashikaga Yoshiaki was never really meant to be shogun. He is the younger brother of the 13th shogun who was deposed. The 14th shogun was just a puppet of the Rokkaku family who had placed him there so Yoshiaki left the religious life (he had become a monk in youth) and went to live in Echizen under the protection of Asakura Yoshikage – this is mentioned briefly on page 5 (on batoto) of chapter 10.

          The Asakura family didn’t have enough military power or expertise to restore Yoshiaki to power, however, so Yoshiaki started looking around for other people and Nobunaga was, at the time, trying to expand his power out of Gifu. They never really liked each other, but they both thought the other was useful, so Nobunaga defeated the Rokkaku and seated Yoshiaki as the 15th Shogun – this is actually alluded to on Page 28 (on batoto) in Chapter 1, though the mangaka assumes we know this…

          Instead of accepting a position as minister, after restoring the shogun, however, Nobunaga just leaves kyoto and continues acting on his own, which makes the shogun very insecure – this is why Yoshiaki is offering him a court position. Nobunaga instead sends him a letter saying that the shogun will not do anything without Nobunaga’s permission – an unprecendented move – I don’t actually remember which chapter this was mantioned in, but I remember translating it somewhere.

          Yoshiaki is a bit desperate though, because he failed in restoring the shogunate’s power, and he goes against Nobunaga’s letter and starts contacting all sorts of lords, including Asakura who Nobunaga thought was going to attack him (I’m not sure if he actually was or not, but it’s true that he didn’t show up in Kyoto when Nobunaga summoned him through the Shogun). So Nobunaga now goes to fight and his later campaigns begin!

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