Has anybody heard of Oda Nobunaga? Well, here’s a little description of him:
Oda Nobunaga (1534-1582) was a Japanese warrior chieftain who undertook the first stage in the military unification of Japan in the later 16th century after nearly a hundred years of disorder and disunion. He was credited as being the first of the Three Unifiers of modern Japan and was one of Japan’s most successful warlords. He started as a son of a minor daimyo (and earned the nickname “The Fool of Owari” due to his childhood and teenage antics), with a number of factions within his own province opposing him, eventually he would not only crush those factions but also proceed to conquer over a third of Japan, with the rest well positioned to fall to him.
Which leads us to the first anime of this double feature…..Nobunaga the Fool.
Director: Eiichi Sato
Animation Studio: Satelight
Licensor: Unlicensed (as of the time of the review being written)
Plot Summary: The planets of the East and the West were once connected by the Ama-no-Hashidate. The culture that built it was destroyed countless years ago, and the two planets have had separate histories ever since. On the Western planet, ancient culture is experiencing a renaissance after a long period of war. Jeanne Kaguya D’Arc, a girl from the Western Planet, was prophesied to be the Savior of the World at her birth. With Leonard Da Vinci, she lands on the Eastern Planet, where Nobunaga “the Fool” longs for the power to change the world, as his planet is still locked in a war where many heroes vie for supremacy. When these two people meet, the culture of both worlds will be transformed.
Thoughts on it so far: Ehhh…….Well, I’m not going to write this off as a bad as it’s really not. I just seemed……mostly disinterested at the moment. I’m not really a history buff and I couldn’t get into this show as much as it never did garnered that much attention from me (and the same goes to another show unrelated to this first impression). The plot and storyline appears marginally interesting as it does have comparisons of what the real Nobunaga did in his life only with mecha robots. Yeah, add mecha into something and you got a guaranteed hit. Animation-wise, it is very high quality visuals from Satelight, who’s becoming a very well-known anime studio in the making. There isn’t really nothing much to say about this show except it’s “meh” and you’ll like it if you’re a history buff.
And now for the show that also has Nobunaga worked in there. Plus, it has a kick-ass theme song.
Director: Nobuhiro Kondo
Animation Studio: Bridge
Streaming: Crunchyroll, FUNimation.com & Hulu
Plot Summary: Shio Ogura is a Japanese high school student, who is visiting Taiwan on a school trip when she is suddenly attacked by monsters. Agents known as “E-Gene Holders” from the government agency DOGOO also arrive, who wield weapons infused with the spirits of historical figures. Shio is revealed to also be an E-Gene Holder when the soul of Oda Nobunaga awakens after she tries to rescue a friend.
Thoughts on it so far: Well, isn’t this a coincidence? Another series relating to Oda Nobunaga to a certain degree, as well as some other historical figures like Isaac Newton, Jack The Ripper, Galileo Galilei, Mahatma Gandhi among others and I’m not afraid to say it but this is actually the more interesting anime related to Nobunaga and you’re probably going to say because the main character is a military gun otaku girl and I like the girls-with-guns genre, I might be more into it………well, you’re only half right, but only because I like the main character Sio Ogura. I got no idea why the soul of Nobunaga is within her but hey, I went with the flow. There is also that while it is generic (and believe it, it is), I can have a bit of fun with that and can get my full attention; something The Fool didn’t do. It does have a normal pace for a 13-episode series although I hope it doesn’t end too fast or leave something out. If it does, well, fuck it, that’s the industry. Plus Bridge, the animation studio, is relatively a new player in doing their own anime and they did one show last year but while it is low budget as I can sense most of it in the animation, it was okay.
So yeah. Nobunaga the Fool gets a WAIT TO MARATHON while Nobunagun gets the grade of BI-WEEKLY WATCH.
NTF is rather something to marathon rather than do weekly and Nobunagun is rather fun but I wouldn’t be pissed if I skipped it out.
And until then, this is MAK2.0 aka The Blue Hybrid, bringing Oda Nobunaga into your anime, so show some respect for the dead man!!!
Next time, it’s Hozuki no Reitetsu!!!