The 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.
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
[b]Oda Nobuna no Yabou[/b]
This anime was a big surprise for me, first because i saw this was a harem and i don't mind harem but i have seen a lot of them and i thought this was going to be like the other ones and i was really wrong in a way, second was because i didn't thought they were going to focus on the story and just in the girls but they made a great job focusing on both.
Well, the story was very good, it follows a 17-year-old high schooler Sagara Yoshiharu who one day time-travels to the Sengoku period and that is the why i didn't gave this a better score because you don't really get to know how he time-traveled to the Sengoku period not even through any episode, the reason was unknown but other than that it was great, the fact that he knew how to change the history and helped Nobuna to achieved a way to make her follow the good way and changing what he knew to an unknown result in the future was entertaining and you didn't know what was coming if everything changed and the fact that she wasn't corrupted (like the real Nobunaga was) was because she found someone that she loved and that one was Yoshiharu, the other thing i didn't like was that there wasn't enough romance, i was like ''kiss her'' or ''kiss him already'' don't expect deep romance but overall was very good.
[b][u]Art & Animation[/u][/b]
The animation was great even in the battles they look really well done and the art of the landscape and the cities were just great, and the character design was really good, overall great.
Sound was great with the voice acting, i can't picture them with other voices that could fit them that great, the music background was very good and the OP was really enjoyable i never skipped it, overall was great.
This was outstanding, i just loved every single character and not to mention Saru was really amazing, he is a real MC, he is not a wuss even tho he doesn't fight but he was really good in sports so he can avoid things and he was smart too and was never afraid of anything just to make Nobuna happy and the greatest part is that he has a Harem of lolis lol, that was hilarious when every episode a new loli was added to his harem when in reality he wanted girls of his same age was funny but they're really adorable specially Hanbee with that sweet voice, he has like five lolis and two of his age being Nobuna and other one that i won't spoil you, Sagara became one of my favorite characters, and the other ones are outstanding, they were really well developed, there're a lot of characters that were really great in this anime, so this was the outstanding part of the anime.
You won't regret watching this anime, this has almost everything, good humor, amazing characters, great art and sound, very good story, adorable and funny lolis, historical events, this needed more romance or a kiss to be even better but you will like a lot Oda Nobuna no Yabou.read more
Unlike the other review, I'm just going to start off with why I graded them ( ).
Main Male Lead, Sagara Yoshiharu, has been nicknamed by Oda Nobunaga ' Monkey ' or ' Saru '. No, I'm sorry. Main Male Lead, Sagara Yoshiharu, has been nicknamed by Oda Nobuna ' Monkey ' or ' Saru '. This anime is a historical, romantic and comedy with a large change of physical looks from the normal history (Gender swap). Plot twists are quite unpredictable. Main Female Lead, Oda Nobuna, is a blonde. I repeat. A blonde. I was quite surprised considering Oda Nobunaga had black hair. The story follows the history that we know with slight changes which was made when Monkey (Sagara Yoshiharu) time-traveled there. The story's pacing was good. Nothing was rushed. Ending was okay. Although the romance tag was unanswered that much and the girl in the end, it was fine. At least they finished the main part, the Historical tag. Comedy in this anime was as fine as any other anime. Although it didn't make me roll on the floor, it was fine. The story was appealing and drew me in.
When Sagara Yoshiharu was named ' Monkey ', it was no joke. The illustrators made him look exactly like a Monkey when it was needed. His hair style kind of looked like a Monkey's. Emotions drawn by the illustrators were conveyed well to us viewers. You could clearly see what the characters were feeling. The personalities were matched the best for Monkey. The rest of the characters I would say that it was great.
The VA's voice was matched to the character until the point that you could say that the voice itself belonged to the character itself. Sound effects of the action scenes, the monkey's monkey voice, everything suited it. The opening of the anime was relatively catchy which makes you want to hear it over and over again. Once you get a hold of it, that is.
The chemistry between the characters were great! I loved it. The characters were all well developed. They made an emotional attachment between the viewer and them. The physical looks of the new Oda Nobunaga were great. A few characters lost their show time at the next part of the anime. The number of supporting characters? A variety. Not too flat, the number was perfect. The villain's background was not clearly shown. Although it was clear that he had an ulterior motive. I loved all of the characters equally. Except for the villain since I was quite stupid and could not exactly comprehend what he was thinking and can barely remember what he said in the last episode. Look on the bright side, no spoilers! Overall, the characters appealed much to me, the viewer.
Oh, come on. There is nothing to doubt about this. I enjoyed it so much I was standing on my toes. The romance, what would happen next? When I thought that something bad was going to happen, it just decided to change for the viewer. Great, awesome anime. Definitely one which can make you hit that button which leads you to the next episode. I could barely pause watching it.
It was more like -
"Kiss already. Quickly, kiss. Faster plox." or just talking to the person in the screen. Obviously I know that I would never get a reply. -cries-
Overall, this anime was one that could be remembered by its viewers as one of the best types of anime which included the Historical tag.
As I said in the other sections, amazing. The anime just sucked you in like a whirlpool. 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