English: The Ambition of Oda Nobuna
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 9, 2012 to Sep 24, 2012
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 7.851 (scored by 38372 users)
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SynopsisThe historical romantic comedy follows 17-year-old high schooler Sagara Yoshiharu who one day time-travels to the Sengoku period, where all the major Samurai lords are cute girls. Yoshiharu meets Oda Nobuna, the female counterpart of Oda Nobunaga, and begins to serve her as a substitute of Kinoshita Tokichiro, who was killed.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Oda Nobuna no Yabou
Summary: Oda Nobuna no Yabou Soushuuhen
Characters & Voice Actors
When you look at the cover Oda Nobuna no Yabou, you would immediately think "oh, its just another cliche harem series", I wouldn't blame you if you did as it does look like one and I myself thought of it as one, but when you actually watch it you realize that there is simply more to it than that, its definitely not a tasteless cliche and although it has many female characters, it doesn't present itself as a stereotypical harem where they are all attracted to the male lead.
I won't bother with the introductions because I know you are smart enough to have read the synopsis first, so I won't repeat anything you already know. Instead I will get straight onto the review.
The thing that most other cliche harem/romance animes out there fail at is the story, they continuously throw in unneeded fanservice and ecchi scenes to please the viewers instead of telling the story. However, unlike them ONnY cuts the ecchi short and focuses more on giving the viewers a good story and plot, which is commendable. However although i say this, they put in all the fanservice in the ending credits lolz XD but its much better than putting it in the episode itself where it will ruin the storytelling and the serious aspect of the anime
So far the storytelling has been superb and the plot has been interesting, its based on real historical events that happen in the Sengoku Era where Oda Nobuna (female version), the leader of the Oda Clan has an ambition of conquering the whole of Japan, but in order to do so she must take on rival clans and handle internal affairs, the one who helps her on her conquest is Sagara Yoshiharu who is a huge fan of the original Nobunaga Oda, he uses his knowledge from the game he played "Nobunaga's Ambition" to assist her by telling her what she needs to do and how she must do it. It gets more interesting as the story goes on where you learn more about Nobuna, alliances are made and as other characters are introduced.
The only plot hole that I've encountered so far is how Sagara was able to time travel back in time and how all the major samarai's turned into girls. However its an anime, so there's no point nitpicking on these small points when its purely fiction and doesn't really need to be explained.
There isn't much to say about this, the characters are nicely drawn and the vibrant colours and costumes suit the characters really well, its based on clothes of the Sengoku period but its been altered and changed slightly to suit the characters wearing them, which is a good point about this anime because it gives off a unique feeling to them. The action scenes and fighting aren't too shabby either and are nicely animated.
The opening theme is fine and suits the anime, the voice acting is also done pretty well, the characters that have a mature voice aren't too husky and the characters that have a sweet and childish voice aren't too high pitched and loli-like. The voice acting in serious situations are done well and doesn't feel forced and the same can be said for the comical situations where there is a bit of comedy.
Yes the characters are a bit clichéd but they don't act as if they are in a cliché harem anime, instead of the girls falling for the male lead like they should, they have no respect for him and call him a monkey ("saru") which is taken from his name *S*agara Yoshih*aru*.
The main Heroine Nobuna is a tsundere character but isn't an annoying kind of tsundere, more of a cute and pleasant tsundere unlike all the usual clichéd bitchy tsunderes. She can also handle herself just fine, she isn't a weak character who relies heavily on the male lead, although Yoshiharu is from the future and knows exactly what Nobuna should do, she makes it pretty clear to him that she doesn't want to be told what to do and can make her own decisions. As time goes by you also start to learn more about her character and more about her ambitions.
However what surprised me the most was the main male lead Sagara Yoshiharu, his character is pretty unique, he is a weakling but he isn't weak-willed, even though he acts like a bit of an idiot he helps out using his knowledge and takes command in battle. Although he is a pervert, he isn't overly horny that it ruins his character. He is a sort of pleasant and funny male lead that you can't help but like.
There really isn't much of a harem aspect in the anime where the female characters fall for Yoshiharu one by one, the only romance that is hinted is between him and Nobuna, unlike the usual overly tsundere female and normal male relationship that occurs frequently in anime, this is one of those rare cases where they are both tsunderes, the best example that i could give you that is similar to this is okabe's and kurisu's (steins gate) love-hate relationship. They both ridicule each other and argue but they actually care for one another but they refuse to admit it.
Its very entertaining to watch, the story isn't boring and actually teaches you about Japanese history, Yoshiharu is hilarious and its interesting to see him in action, its also quite funny when he and Nobuna argue, the comedy doesn't ruin the seriousness of the anime and it does well in changing between the comical moments and serious moments.
I haven't finished the anime but the episodes I have watched have been great and its been getting better and better as the episodes go on. So don't be discouraged to watch this anime just because it looks like another stereotypical anime because this is a good example of how "you shouldn't judge a book by its cover". read more
As many have already said, at first glance this show appears to be just mostly your standard harem rom-com, however I was quite surprised when it turned out to be more of a reverse-harem, especially since most of the cast consist of females.
Story: (7 / 10)
While the story itself isn’t really anything amazing, it well managed to keep me interested enough to finish watching the series. Throughout the show we basically deal with the different tasks Oda Nobuna has to do, or rather what tasks she has for the main character, Yoshiharu. It is an “historical” anime, but since I don’t know much at all about Japanese history, it’s hard for me to judge how accurate this is, really. However, the fact that Yoshiharu needs to take care not to change too much (as he’s from the future and knows what’s “going to happen”) is quite an interesting element to the show, and adds that little extra as he tries to not reveal important bits of information to certain people, or how he takes from his historical knowledge to get out of situations.
There are however a few major plot holes around, like how Yoshiharu traveled back in time in the first place.
All in all, it won’t leave you breathtaken, but it’s not like you’ll be bored out of your mind by the story, it’s just that I don’t feel like there’s anything that really makes the story stand out.
Another major problem is also the fact that there’s never really any real conclusion or anything, and thus this series is in dire need of a second season.
Art: (8 / 10)
The art is overall pretty good, to be honest. It has nice visuals, pretty fluid animations throughout most of the series, and nice-looking backgrounds. While I wouldn’t say there’s a “unique” sort of style to it (thinking something like KyoAni) I also quite liked the character designs.
However, this brings us to the next point; Fanservice. Now, being a show where a majority of the characters are female, all surrounding this teenage boy then there’s obviously bound to be fanservice. Whether it be Oda’s regular outfit, the occasional fantasy or just overall moe loli characters, fanservice is certainly present throughout the series, however it never really felt like it was overdone or anything (the majority of the fanservice probably appear in the ED, actually). Most of the time they managed to make it somewhat funny, actually, and who doesn’t love the occasional loli? (amirite?)
Sound: (8 / 10)
I quite liked the music in this show. The OP, “Link” by Aimi, is a bit more fast-paced or upbeat, which fits rather well with the series overall. It’s not really a slow show in any aspect, and all of it is certainly not lollygagging, so this song with a more “action-y” feel to it is rather appropriate, in my opinion. The ED, “Hikari” by Makino Mizuta, is somewhat slower, and feels like it better captures the “innocent” (or rom-com, if you’d like) side of the series.
The background music was good, but again, nothing amazingly outstanding (then again, I’m not one to really pay too much attention to the BGM).
The voice acting was rather well done, and further added upon the characters, well, characteristics. The voices are fitting for the characters, and some did a pretty great job at bringing out that little extra in their character (the stuttering of the ninja girl, for example).
Characters: (7 / 10)
Being the “romantic” (there’s not that much romance, to be honest) comedy, and harem (or well, reverse-harem, rather) that it is, there are some things you won’t really get away from in terms of characters. While the characters are well done, they’re never really fleshed out or developed in any way. There are also quite a few “typical” characters present, such as the Tsundere, the cute loli, the badass mysterious dude, etc. Thankfully, as I wouldn’t say this is really a story-driven series, it’s not really hurt by the lack of character development either. However, it is still important to note that this is a thing in the series, and since once again a lot of the characters are female you might see a bit too many “stereotypical” characters.
Enjoyment: (8 / 10)
I quite liked the show. The story is decent, it was pretty funny, and most of the characters are rather likeable, but it wasn’t really anything more than that. A big problem is ofcourse also the fact that there’s no conclusion at all to the story, and we’ve yet to hear anything about a second season.
If you’re a fan of harems (or reverse-harems in this case) or just want a rom-com with a slightly less “typical” story, then this might be for you, however I’d avoid it if you’re in dire need of having closure.
+ Decent, interesting story.
+ Pretty funny overall.
+ Music was good.
+ Great visuals.
+ Likeable characters.
- “Stereotypical” characters.
- No closure to story (needs a second season)
- Plot holes
- Doesn’t really excel in any category (in my opinion) read more
If at any point through the 50+ eps of ZnT you got bored, you might wanna check out Oda Nobuna - the concept's kinda similar, but Oda is much more intense and has no filler-like slowdowns...
...and if Oda Nobuna no Yabou leaves you craving for more, there's this pretty good 4-season show called Zero no Tsukaima that has a lot in common and is really worth watching :)
-Both feature the male protagonist being transported from present day Japan to an alternate world. In Oda Nobuna, the protagonist is transported back in time to the feudal age of japan. In ZnT, he is transported to another world filled with magic and monsters.
-Both male MCs have strong beliefs and want to protect others.
-The main female lead both have tsundere personalities. In ZnT, she is constantly hitting, scolding, and at odds with the MC. In Oda Nobuna, she has the same traits but the tsundere is turned down a notch.
-Both have a harem feel to it. The harem is more apparent in ZnT while in Oda Nobuna, it takes a little bit longer to develop.
-Both have romance. Main female leads fall for the MC.
in both animes the heroine is tsundere and are underestimated.. the boys are also similar- they both come from a different world or time, and their character the same ..
Both shows have a lot of similarities.
For one thing, both shows are Tsunderes, meaning that they have a dominant female over the male. In both cases the girl is a short and cute person with high standards who always bosses the main character around, calling him insults like Monkey or Dog, even though they really care for that person.
The second similarity would be that both main characters are from a different world(modern japan), having accidentally fallen into the world they are now, thus giving them knowledge that helps a lot through the adventure. The only difference here is that while in Zero no Tsukaima, the main character is from a different world completely and has landed into a fantasy world with 2 moons, in Oda Nobuna no Yabou, the main character comes from the future and has landed into the past during the wars in Japan.
Both animes are VERY similar. Though I can promise you you'll enjoy Oda Nobuna a lot more as it does a lot of things a lot better then Zero no Tsukaima. That's my personal thought anyway.
Sucked into another world, the protagonists use their knowledge of modern technology to help their tsundere counterparts succeed.
Oda Nobuna and ZnT share the same type plot and the characters are relatively similar. The obvious similarity between the two is that the male leads are transported/summoned to an unknown world, where they must fight alongside their "masters" Both female leads are tsunderes that treat the males as dogs.
Does two animes are to similar. Both protagonist come from modern world to medieval one than they both become servant of noble girl and they both eventually become heroes they both start to hawe filings for that girl but they refuse to admit it and both protagonist are nearly same caracters as well as that girls both protagonist are suraunded with prety girls that are in lowe with him both animes are Action/Comedy/Romance/Harem and both are very good animes.
Both are romance where a male protagonist protects the female protagonist. The main MC female is tsundere. Both have harem and the characters are stuck in another world.
Both have somewhat of a Tsundere female lead protagonist, I found it to be very similar to Zero (vice versa too) but Oda is way shorter than Zero, but all in all both are very enjoyable. If you liked Oda, then watch Zero and if you liked Zero, go watch Oda.
This one is a girl going to the sengoku period but nth much...
Oda Nobuna no Yabou is still the best!!
For both: Protagonist time travels back in time to an all-female Sengoku Era filled with busty babes and moe-blob. Now they get wrapped up in the warring states with battles amongst the typical Sengoku leaders.
Both have the same characters who are the female version of historical figures from the Sengoku era.
Both have the same main characters who found themselves in a parallel Sengoku period.
Both have the same historical, action and comedy genre.
Both have an eechi element in it.
Both main characters are of school age individuals.
In one anime the main character is a boy who uses his wits to either survive or to get around the parallel era he is in, while the other is a girl who is a bimbo and relies on her luck (too much) to get around her predicament.
The boy in the other anime is treated like crap, while the girl in the other anime is treated the same way her master treats her subjects.
The Oda in one anime acts the same way that a traditional Japanese would be, while the Oda in another anime looks more like a cosplayer and acts like guy.
Though boy in one anime is treated like shit he was able to be of big help to his master, while the girl somewhat finds herself being a damsel in distress and ends up being a burden to her master.
One anime has yuri and josei as it extra genre, while the other has romance, shoujo and shounen as their extra genre.
main character is from modern-day Japan but is suddenly sent back in time and becomes the Sengoku era's new Hideyoshi Toyotomi (aka "Monkey") and then develops a relationship with Nobunaga Oda
Time travel? Oh it's there. In both series, that's one of the themes along with action, drama, and comedy.
In both series, there is fan-service present that are often mixed in with comedy and action. And of course, historical themes comes into play as well with the backgrounds.
Both series' main protagonists has an amusing personality that is outgoing but at times lacks the initiative to do things.
Both series' supporting characters all have techniques in martial arts and swordsmanship.
Both historically based anime.. both Historical Characters(mostly) turn into girl
But Oda Nobuna no Yabou is a great anime hehehe coz it has a romance stuff
Same story about the main character going to another dimension and altering the history. not really the same feeling on watching it but still it`s very similar!!!
Sengoku Otome: Momoiro Paradox or Battle Girl: Time Paradox is also an anime about a girl time-traveling back to the warring-era and Oda Nobunaga. I enjoyed it very much. There is a lot of humour involved in the story.
Opening Theme"Link" by Aimi
Ending Theme"Hikari (ヒカリ)" by Makino Mizuta
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