Are you ready fools!?
The second mecha anime of the winter is finally out and damn I really excited for this one because I can kind of tell that Buddy Complex was not well received which leaves me to ask if Nobunaga the fool is going to be better or worse? Anyway I guess we will find out.
This isn’t anywhere close to being “season of the mecha” or anything, but there are more mecha shows out than I thought there would be. I also never thought I’d ever be shipping Jeanne d’Arc and Nobunaga (I mean, come on, that sounds like a terrible fan fiction), but here I am. Thanks again, anime.
Phew, there sure are lots of, um, unique mecha anime this season. From coupling system to legends fused into one, all is there in this season. I just hope all the fusion won’t screw up this anime.
History is messy
Nobunaga lives that hard life! Also Jeanne’s outfit wow….
With each passing anime season we are always seem to be sent back to the past to hang out with Oda Nobunaga and after a while those stories can be overplayed especially if they are gender-bent, but with Nobunaga the fool the creators for some unknown reason decided to throw in a huge batch of historical characters, space ships, alien horses and giant robots. So did it keep you interested the entire time or were you sitting there thinking whoa this is really dumb! I mean personally for me I like what Nobunaga the fool is trying to do by adding all these different elements together or is it a case of too much going on at once? I guess we need more episodes before we can say that for sure; however the one thing I did like was the introductions for Jeanne kaguya, Leonardo Da Vinci, Nobunaga, Magellan, Mitsuhide, Hideyoshi and a few characters kept mentioning King Arthur? I wonder if he is a villain in this messed up universe and I know Julius Ceasar and Alexander the great will show up later on and yeah that sounds completely crazy but I am actually excited to see all these characters.
Now I suppose I should talk about the mechs which appear to be completely CG like Nobunaga’s main robot that he gets at the end, but the entire time I was thinking back to Aquarion because I remember the original series had a ton of CG thrown in and of course it helps they are done by Kawamori Shoji who worked on Aquarion. The one thing I noticed right off the bat was the bishie character designs by leaving me to think that Nobunaga the fool is obviously aimed at the female audience because there are a lot of bishies running around, but of course there were lots of other girls shown in this episode so I could be completely wrong.
East and West
Riding dragons is so cool!
Well, this Nobunaga isn’t voiced by Wakamoto, but I guess he’s still rather impressive. It’s interesting that they’re starting at the point before he became a badass, and that nobody seems to take him seriously. That will (probably) be a fun transition to see as the series goes on. Maybe Nobunaga’s character isn’t anything special as far as hotblooded anime protagonists go, but the setting is more than entertaining at the moment (until character development kicks in… if there even is going to be any). Jeanne’s role in this seems to be that she’ll be helping Nobunaga with whatever because the voices in her head told her to. There’s not a whole lot to say about her character right now, but that will most likely change in the near future when the plot isn’t so concerned with exposition.
The setting was pretty different. I guess the west is a giant mashup of Europe and the east seems to be Japan (because obviously Japan is the only eastern country that matters ╮(´ー`)╭). There’s a lot of possibilities right now as to how the east and west will interact over the course of the series, so it will be interesting to see how that goes. It would be an interesting side-plot to the main one about Nobunaga uniting the east. …Or at least I assume that Nobunaga’s exploits in the east will take up the majority of the anime, considering the title of the anime. It would be fine if that wasn’t the main focus too, of course. Really, this anime has so many (strange) directions it could go.
Generic Plot with Potential
So many bishies so little time right Anaaga?
Though the setting might be a little bit, um, unusual, I don’t see anything special about the plot of this anime. Basically, this anime is about two different worlds, and one of the worlds happened to be messy with a bunch of lords and so on. Then there’s this one special guy from the lamest and most outdated province (because every hero in this world comes from the suckiest places ever) that will rise into power from the help of a super cute blond chick with the potential of being useless and some mysterious power from the other world. This guy, which happened to be Nobunaga, will not only save his world of course but also the other world since the chick, Jeanne Kaguya D’Arc has this premonition that something bad will happen to both worlds. And that’s probably the only useful thing from her. So yeah, ignoring all the setting, it’s just the usual hero plot with endless of predictable events and ending(s).
Thankfully, the setting balances the generic plot of the anime. Yes, the characters might be odd since they’re literally history and legends mashed up together, but the setting has everything that can make the generic plot looks less generic. It has the mysterious mecha whose origin can be dug further, the legend of the worlds’ origin can be used to max during Nobunaga’s quests, and so on. All of these things can be fused together to create this mind screw that can make the audience brim in excitement. Truth is, every anime and manga uses this formula. What makes this anime different is the setting though. It’s weird, and that’s it. But it’s a fact right that some people watch this anime because of it’s weird setting (at least, I do)? It’s so weird, it’s so messy, it’s so full of potential that can keep the audience’s interest. Of course, now it’s up to the studio whether they can use the setting’s potential to the max to make the plot more interesting.
I love this character already!
Ihave seriously missed hearing Mamoru Miyano~
Jeanne is not in the mood.
Well that was certainly a strange episode and a bit messy in terms of setting things up and just like every typical mecha the main character finds his giant robot, but it was different with Nobunaga jumping right into his robot with Jeanne on his lap? It sure is tough being Nobunaga right guys? Besides all the wacky things going on it was great to hear Mamoru Miyano, Yoko Hikasa, Yuuki Kaji and of course the best actor ever Tomokazu Sugita! So what did you think of this episode? Are you planning on giving it two more episodes or is one enough for you?
Well that was something. Apparently someone went “let’s combine absolutely everything and see what happens”, and thus, Nobunaga the Fool was created. Though with so many iconic figures from history running around, one really has to wonder how many historic events are going to take place. For example, just in case you haven’t been paying attention to history class (like I’m one to talk, everything I know about this part of Japanese history is almost entirely due to Sengoku Basara and otome games), Mitsuhide is the one who kills Nobunaga. Of course, the fact that mecha, dinosaurs, and intergalactic travel all seem to coexist in this anime doesn’t exactly give the creators the obligation to be historically accurate about everything. As for this opening episode itself, that was pretty entertaining due to how weird it was. Now let’s watch Nobunaga unite the east using the power of Europe(?)’s giant robots. …Yeah.
That was interesting. The setting, I mean, not the characters. So far the characters are meh, but it’s nice how the studio decided to add more depth into Nobunaga’s story by putting the reason of his ambition in the first episode already. With Nobunaga, I can put some hope in the characters, though I’m not so sure about the others since it seems that all of them will have little development. It’s all about Nobunaga, after all. Back to the setting. The setting is interesting, so I’m curious how the story is going to end up with that kind of setting. Will it be as good and plausible as Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon, or will it be another mecha train-wreck like Valvrave?
Nobunaga is itching for a mecha battle!