English: The Ambition of Oda Nobuna
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 9, 2012 to Sep 24, 2012
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or olderL represents licensing company
Score: 7.881 (scored by 27812 users)
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Aug 5, 2012
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
Apr 21, 2013
This anime is about Sagara Yoshiharu, who travels back into the Sengoku era where feudal lords fight among each other to expand their territory and to make Japan free from other countries. The anime opens with our main character, Sagara Yoshiharu, trapped in a battle field. He meets the leader of the Oda clan, Oda Nobunaga. He was really shocked to discover that the man who unified the whole Japan is actually a young tsundere blonde. She’s not Oda Nobunaga; her name is Oda Nobuna. Sagara then decides to serve under her and using his knowledge of playing video games to help Oda. Than he has proved to be a valuable weapon for Oda. He helps her to correct her actions and to predict the events to give Oda the advantage. He also vowed to make sure she’s alive after she conquered Japan.
In terms of character, the anime did a heck of a good job at it. There is a huge range of character design here from the cute kin of character up to the grown up old type adult character.
The animation is also one of the anime’s best parts. The fight scenes are
short but still, they are good.
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The anime’s OP is “Link” by Aimi. This really captures the anime’s theme and it nicely reflects the relationship of the two main characters.
The anime ED song is “Hikari” by Makino Mizuta. It’s a slow song with a romantic theme to it. It has a way too much fun service, but still, it’s good.
First of all I was like holy Neon genesis evangelion, famous Japanese commanders are GIRLS!?I was about to drop it, but that I found the idea pretty interesting. C’mon new is always fun!
Yoshiharu: He came as a harem lead and I fairly enjoyed watching his exploits and how he desperately needed his Loli Brigade to serve him. He’s potentially digging his own grave by changing the course of history as his knowledge of the events to occur are being skewed, and if that happens, he’s of no use. At least some things go right for him.
Oda Nobuna: If she’s not in her armor, she’s usually walking around with a coat and bra showing. Nobuna is the obvious gender bent Nobunaga, the great unifier of Japan. Not much I want to say about her, but she’s a pretty strong female lead and she’s the one who usually saves the day.
Katsuie: Katsuie doesn’t have her name changed and one of the big differences in actual history and this series is that Katsuie formally joins Nobunaga’s service after Nobukatsu’s execution.She so so over powered, little but amazingly strong. She was a simple character but I wished to see more of her.
Nagahide: She serves as advisor also has a habit to give people scores. Not much to say.
Toshiie: Better known as Inuchiyo in the series. She’s given monstrous strength and has great skill with a spear.
Goemon:Isn’t a version of some historical character She’s just amazing you must see yourself, so adorable.
Mitsuhide: In history he excited rebellion against Oda, however in this series the main tries his best to never let that happen.
Shigeharu: Hanbei in this case. Her role is similar to actual history, he initally served the Saito clan but then led an uprising at Inaba. This led to Hideyoshi asking him to join his forces. Just like that, Hanbei joins the cast and she greatly admires our main. Plus she is an Onmyōdzi.
Good show. Yes, they made famous Japanese generals to be girls, all that stuff with tsundere and loli, which I don’t like much, but the only thing why I do admire this anime is that they made all famous Japanese generals of Sengoku times to be a girls. Also it has a potential second season! Better watch before season 2 comes up, or you’re going to miss out on quite a bit.
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Aug 12, 2013
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
Nov 18, 2013
1)the story is about a boy who gets transported into the past and after a chance meeting starts fighting in a war but since its history he can now tell the future but by changing the future he also changes the past. and of course there is a fantastic rom-com theme.
2)the art work was clear and nicely done with a reasonable amount of detail.
3)the sound effects are good and the dubbed is in scinc.
4)the characters are very likable you will at least like or relate to one of them the only thing i did not like was the main males hair but after a few episodes i didn't mind it so don't let his hair turn you away. as for the other characters you will find there is more to them than you think.
5)the reason i gave the anime 10 out of 10 is because i loved it. it had small amount of romance a lot of comedy and the fights were not bloody but entertains and interesting. the whole thing was amazing.
on a last note i read that the anime received enough viewers and sales to make a season 2 but there has been no word about it yet so if you like the anime keep a look out for it but don't get your hopes up. read more
Feb 11, 2013
So, Oda Nobuna no Yabou, first glance, you'd think "Oh usual guy meets girl after girl until a harem is made", well sorry to burst your bubble, but there's more to this anime than it looks.
Okay, so maybe some people don't enjoy this, but personally I like the concept. Time travelling guys arrives at an alternate past where all the "Leaders" are girls, could have been better, but it's not overused. Usual progression for the story, girl meets guy, they fall in "love" and it builds up from there, and I mean both their feelings and his harem.
In Short: Not going to win any massive awards for the story, but definitely deserves an 8 for it's creativity.
Compared to other animes, I'd say the artwork in Oda Nobuna is pretty GOOD, not as good as something like Hagure Yuusha no Estetica (Personal Preference, replace with some other title) but it's definitely nice to look at.
In Short: Not the best, but still amazing
The opening of Oda Nobuna is worth listening to, and that's coming from a person who skips most intros after hearing it once, it really fits the anime. Now, the sound effects etc. as you'd expect from an anime with sword fighting and the like is pretty good. I think you'd be able to immerse yourself in the sounds of the ongoing battle while listening to a few mc's chatting pretty well.
In Short: Amazing sound effects, great voice actors and a good intro, deserving of a 10
Some of you may argue, but I felt that the way the characters acted and are portrayed fits the time line of the show. They're proper "ladies", they get embarrassed when they're supposed to, trust each other more after some experience, and doubt each other when it's proper to do so. I'd rather not go into detail of the characters themselves, so I'll say this: The wide array of characters provides various choices favor. (Personal favorite is Goemon)
In Short: The characters act correctly according to the happenings, there are no weird attitude changes.
Okay so, it may not average to a 10, but I enjoyed it so what the hell, give it a 10. I loved the concept, the characters and the harem development (compared to other harems), I enjoyed watching the battles and how each character played an integral part in their victory.
In Short: WATCH THE SHOW DAMMIT
Worth the watch, worth the time, I won't ignore the fact that some people might not like this anime, but if you're fine with a few not-so-funny jokes, or getting angry at how disgusting a person looks (it was obviously on purpose) then get your ass off that chair and give Oda Nobuna no Yabou a try! read more
Oct 25, 2013
It has been a long while since I ever felt like this about an anime series because recently, I have been watching so many 12 episode anime's I started losing that sense of getting attached to the characters, and the wanting of seeing more of them, but thanks to 織田信奈の野望(Oda Nobuna no Yabou), I have come to gain those senses again! Well, at least until I finished watching it... It doesn't matter! When my heart gets broken again from watching more 12 episode anime's I will come back to Nobuna! As a matter of fact I am re-watching this series right now to see more of her... I mean to write a more accurate review of course! So here it is!
After the continuous strikes of recent anime which reach the final conclusion in twelve episodes (with no second season in sight)...
I have gotten really attracted to anime that:
1. Has a straight-forward focus and goal, that the characters are striving to achieve.
2. Doesn't include people having overpowered abilities, and/or (points 2 & 3 tend to come hand in hand):
3. Doesn't have an extremely complex and messy plot that does not have a solid ground as I hate ambiguity in anime.
-Of course, not all of my favourites are structured as above and there are many exceptions, but Oda Nobuna no Yabou has nicely fit the three criteria I have listed above.
Main heroine 織田 信奈(Oda Nobuna) is in her teens, and has an ambition. To conquer all of Japan: in order to unite the nation once and for all. This is made very clear in the first episode having later episodes giving time for Nobuna to further speak of her goals, explaining them even clearer to the audience. Once she conquers all of Japan, she will strive to re-create a country strong enough, to be comparable to that of the Europeans; As only the larger, stronger countries, capable of defending themselves against others are the only ones who can acclaim peace. Her ultimate goal, is to end the age of war within Japan and create a stable, wealthy, peaceful country. This is as simple and as straight-forward any anime plot could get without the loss of tension and excitement!
Although with just this, it would just be another simple rip-off gender bended version of the many Sengoku era stories/anime's with "some" creative insights. What gave this anime its originality, and in my opinion changed this anime's average rating from a probable 5~6 to a strong 7 (almost 8), and in my eyes a 10, is the implementing of a "modern teenage boy", Sagara Yoshiharu. By bringing him in as the main protagonist, the audience receives a very easy character to relate to. The fact that he is a typical 17 year old teenager, and not some super-over-powered-cyborg with the power to destroy the earth -makes him a much more likeable character, and at the same time gives the audience ease to picture themselves in his situation, allowing happiness, sadness, humour, and anger, resonate through him, to you.
What I am loving about the first twelve episodes of this series, is that the story completely pushes aside the fact that Sagara is a time traveler, and never focuses in on this issue. Some people may consider this as a plot hole, but please consider this:
Usually in any anime that has a time traveler, questions such as:
"Why am I here?"
"How do I get back?"
"Am I going to have to stay here forever?!"
Screws around the main protagonists head, ending up using more than 50% of the show time the anime has, making plot development very difficult, and painstakingly slow. What's even worse for these kinds of anime is that at some point, the method used for time travelling will have to be explained scientifically... And as of today's science, unfortunately time travelling is impossible, so if you could explain how one could time travel in words that the audience of the anime could understand (not some retarded mathematical equation or theory that doesn't make sense at all -which in the end cannot be applied to reality), you would be awarded the novel prize for inventing the worlds first time machine. But obviously, no-one can. It's impossible. So what is the best way to get away with time travelling in anime? Ditch the explaining because F#CK YOU!!! Which is exactly what this anime did. Explaining or trying to prove something that is impossible, is just a plain waste of time and a scenario that over complexes the plot often giving ambiguity and hypocrisy to the anime. -Something I hope this anime will avoid until the end, ideally with having Sagara choosing to stay with Nobuna, instead of dealing with these pathetic and pointless issues.
Episode twelve beautifully wraps up, neatly ending with the foreshadowing of a second season. I want more, and my excitement for the hopefully soon-to-come second season is pumped -which is exactly what the end of a first season should be doing in any anime!!! Overall score for story: 10/10!
The art is VERY GOOD. Not amazing with implemented computer graphics and what-not but never during the anime sessions did I see any odd facial expressions, odd background images, or anything noticeable. I saw good use of special effects (I especially liked the ninjas swishing away), and I can assure you the beauty of all the girls in this anime series ъ（ ＾vﾟ）. Long haired girls, short haired girls, blonde, black hair, large breasted girls, small breasted girls, mature, loli, you name it. You will at least find one girl that matches your eyes needs. I decided to be strict here because this is pretty much the only one out of two areas I can give this anime a score lower than a 10. I gave this section a 9 simply because I have seen better.
Sound: 8.75/10 (rounded to 9)
The opening theme song is called 「Link」by 愛美(Aimi), "Giving pain and receiving pain. What is right and what is wrong? What do I have to prioritize/protect?" The thought's that go through the mind of all of the soldiers are poured onto the lyrics. And thanks to the rock style of the song, the sense of fighting spirit is ingrained. I will rate the song and it's relevance: 9/10.
I fell in love with the voice acting of 伊藤 かな恵(Itou Kanae) through this series. Her voicing fits Nobuna's character so perfectly, not once did I think of another seiyu being able to replace her. I am so, so very glad that she was chosen as the voice actor for her. I love the expression and emotion put into the phrase 「であるか」("de-aruka")(*1), especially when the phrase is said in an extremely happy tone, as if she is about to cry tears of joy. Every time this phrase was said in the above manner, I could not help but smile! She is one of the very few voice actors that I love to hear with their teary voice, and it's not just with happiness, but even with anger, and sadness as well. She is extremely skilled with her falsetto (also known as head voice), or would most people understand if I said voice flipping? Anyhow, the voicing of the main characters is extremely important in any anime, and in my personal opinion Itou Kanae is the best person for voicing Nobuna, and her voicing definitely took part in me giving this anime a top score.
Now, 江口 拓也(Eguchi Takuya)... I first noticed him after watching the anime: Gosick. He is another member of the crew that did a fantastic job in the series. His voice acting skills are undeniably evident thanks to the nature of this anime, giving him more opportunities to display his greatly melded vocal skills. When he shouts out to pain, when he shouts out to will power, when he speaks as if he is out of breath. There is absolutely no sense of incongruity. He knows how to sound cocky, and he knows how to sound confident. I am very glad that he got selected for Sagara's role.
I do not plan to comment on each and every characters voice actors performance, as I have extreme doubt the people reading this review will be wanting me to do so, so I will end it by stating that most of the other voice actors also performed just as well as the above two, and that they did a superb job. Besides the last voice actor who I thought I need to mention. Which is 生天目 仁美(Nabatame Hitomi). I believe Katsuie's voice acting was weak at times, and it was noticeable enough to make me feel awkward watching the anime (I am pointing at her battle shouts).
Having this being the case, the overall rating I would like to give, considering and taking into account every single voice actor in the twelve episodes is an unwavering 10/10.
I found none of the background music to be off-putting at any time and if anything, they always fit the scenery. Although that being said, there was no particular combinations of background music + scenery which made me especially impressed, or make me take special notice of either, so it didn't quite give the final push for me, so I will rate it 9/10.
The ending theme is 「ヒカリ」by みずた まきの. I understand the singer was trying to make this song emotional, and desperate and breathless, but I think her voice was too out of breath at times and her voice isn't stable, you can literally hear when she slips in her second recording of the song at around 1 minute and 4 seconds into the song.
On the other hand, the lyrics are really easy to understand. I believe it is the feelings that Sagara has for Nobuna, or what he sees within her (*2). I really didn't like the song, but because relevance that the lyrics have towards the anime, I will rate the ending theme song as 7/10.
Nobuna is going to be my favorite female character for a very long while. She is an innocent girl, dreaming and striving to give her country wealth and peace, where everyone is happy, and where everyone has an opportunity to succeed. And even with this innocent little heart, she deserves her name and fame as the one and only counterpart of Oda Nobunaga in this production. Throughout the series she takes up risks and is evidently a strong leader. She was determined and focused on her ambition to the point that she was able to even kill people so very close to her heart. Although this may be perhaps considered the strength a leader requires, Sagara saw this as a threat to her own well-being. With the help of Sagara and the other sub-ordinates, she slowly but surely changes into someone who places more emotion and more compassion in her actions. This is evident as her methods of war and claiming land changes from battles to negotiations wherever possible, trying to minimize bloodshed as much as possible. She is a very straight forward character most of the time, but does take a tsun-dere attitude towards Sagara. More importantly, Nobuna develops and becomes a much more loveable character by the end of the 12 episodes. I believe she shows the most character development throughout the course of this anime. -Even more so than main protagonist: Sagara. To top it off she is a beautiful girl. What more can you ask for?
It is really hard to judge Sagara Yoshiharu's character as his actions are unlikely (according to my values and beliefs), but the fact that he is a sengoku fanatic and a beauty lover to the core, perhaps his self-sacrificial actions for the sake of Nobuna who he just met, is justified. This is probably the only part where the audience may find it hard to relate to Sagara, well, I did anyway -Lol. The fact that he was willing to die for someone who he has basically just met, may be a point where the audience will find difficulty in relating to him. I don't know. Would you willingly sacrifice your life for the sake of the character of your dreams? -Especially if it was a beautiful girl, or a handsome man? Maybe Sagara's actions have been justified through this anime, I mean, during this series you will see just how much of a Nobunaga fanatic Sagara is. He very well knows all of the events that occur within Japan during the years of Nobunaga’s life. I could say he already had a one sided love, or an obsession towards the character of Nobunaga, so again, perhaps his actions have been justified, but your view on this issue will obviously depend on your own values and beliefs so my views on this character are on hold.
The third and last character in which I would like to focus on is Hachisuka Goemon. She was the partner of Kinoshita Toukichirou who gets killed in the first few minutes of this anime as the synopsis explains, and Sagara takes up the role in which Kinoshita was supposed to play. Having this being the case, there was absolutely no signs of Goemon grieving. Like, at all it's almost hilarious. It was as if she didn't give a sh#t about her partner Kinoshita departing from the world. I understand that the grieving process would slow down the plot development, but not showing even a single sign of sorrow, from her, is very strange. She just happily partners up with Sagara and completely forgets about Kinoshita lol. Perhaps this is justified in a country with an on-going war, where anyone could die at any moment. Perhaps she has already had countless partners die without her already, making her somewhat immune to grieving, but is that even possible? Again, I will leave your own values and beliefs to be the judge of this. (*3)
*Takes deep breath* So, including all of the other characters, I believe this anime is full of attractive characters –both looks, and personality wise, and has accomplished more than enough character development besides the two main characters in just twelve episodes. One special mention I would give would be Akechi Mitsuhide, and there were only a few I believe that were just "thrown off the series and forgotten after only one episode" like that of Kinoshita, so I am more than happy to give the character section, a score of 10/10.
To me, enjoyment is everything in an anime, manga, or game, or anything that I take up into my hands, so my enjoyment rating, is my overall rating. Which is a 10/10 for this fantastic anime,
「織田信奈の野望」(Oda Nobuna no Yabou)!!!
I loved the characters and their spirits, they were all drawn so perfectly well with undoubtedly the best matching seiyus! Followed by the very straight forward, simple but fun to watch storyline with plausible background music, opening and endings, I don’t know what more to ask of!
I will definitely be re-watching the series when the promising second season comes out, to replenish my mind with Nobuna... I mean this anime's circumstances! And I am already doing so right now, simply for the joy I feel from just watching this anime!
I hope this review has helped in you figuring out, whether you should watch this series or not. And if it did, であるか！（ ＾ω＾ ）
(*1) であるか(de-aru-ka) From my own interpretation the direct translation of this single phrase is: "Is that so" but the way Nobuna uses this phrase is in a non-questioning tone, so the actual meaning to this phrase is more similar to: "So it is" or "That is how it will be".
(*2) My understanding of what the song was saying: Unable to stand up to the ways of your era/society, laughing while being in pain. I can see the tears you try to hide away, and I can hear you crying out for help. I will get over countless storms, and I will become the light that tears away the darkness from you. I will not lose my way anymore, I want to live with you, no matter how hard it is going to be to achieve our dreams. Just don't forget that there is a place where you belong, with people who believe in you, right here.
(*3) I try not to leave insights "one-sided" so I am sorry if my style of placing arguments followed by counter-arguments has annoyed you （´･ω･`）
I recommend this to people who like action, good art, good use of background music, solid characters and a solid, smooth running plot!
Thank you for reading this review until the end, I hope this has helped you in one way or another! ъ(＾vﾟ) read more
May 1, 2013
Genres: Comedy, Historical, Romance
Story: Where a 17- year old boy named Sagara Yoshiharu who travels back in time to Sengoku period where all the major Samurai lords are cute girls. There he meets a princess named Nobuna Oda. He saves her life and for that she tell him that she'll let him work for her and that's were the adventure begins. They face so many obstacles on the way to reach her dream and conquer japan and make it a free and great place. Along the way they meet new people with different abilities and make friends to help them follow her dream.
Art: the artwork for the characters are really nice, they look amazing. Also the design of the whole anime is great.
Characters: Main Characters are Oda Nobuna, Yoshiharu Sagara. Supporting there's to many to list sorry.
Sounds: opening song is called "Link" and the ending song is called "Hikari".
Overall: i give this anime a 10 this was very fun to watch i loved i hope you guys will too. I hope there will be a second season for this. Just like always let me know how you like my review and let me know how i can improve :) read more
Feb 21, 2013
The art and animation is well done, Voice acting is cute at times and can be serious. A fan of Nobunaga since he reminds me of Cao Cao, but a Japanese Version.
Nobuna is a interesting Character, but the interesting part is the story, as a fan of the Nobunaga games, I enjoyed reading and playing the battles, Kessen was definately fun.
But anyways, Guy who loves the games ends up in a paralell world, where Nobunaga is a girl, and he helps her conquer Japan, While using his knowledge to ensure the Demon Legend never occurs, while still ensuring she survives.
It has Echi harem bits, but it never strays from the story and tension.
Heart felt moments are there including the Manly feelings of brotherhood that can be found in one piece or FMA no matter how brief.
I am interested if this becomes a game though.
Short Review, its good, watch it and enjoy it. read more
Jan 6, 2013
The anime has done great about Artwork, characters are drawn very well, unlike some other drawings that make you go sick.
Also the OST are very well made from the opening song all the way through the episodes until the end with some minor letdowns.
You should watch Oda Nobuna no yabou if you enjoy a good soap opera read more
Sep 24, 2012
So there you have it.
Not quite. Its the historical time frame that separates it from your usual harem comedy. The story is very loosely based on the life of Oda Nobunga, the hero of Japan's Sengoku period, through the eyes of Sagara Yoshiharu a 17 year old boy from the future who replaces Toyatomi Hideyoshi, and includes most of the key characters of the period except in this version Oda Nobunga is actually called Oda Nobuna who is a teenage girl as are the rest of the main characters in the anime.
As a result we have an anime which is a lot of fun likable characters and lots battle and action scenes which are based on real events in Oda Nobunga's life with some very good artwork.
I would recommend swatting up on Japan's Sengoku period and Oda Nobunga's life a little to get the most out the anime as it will help to understand the plot. read more
Sep 23, 2012
Not exactly original. You gain allies and keep on conquering and make mistakes. The only twists are the fact that there is a "monkey" trying to win women ( his harem of friends haha), the fact that all the key historic figures and cute little girls and the fact that Sagara, our monkey, knows the future and the past but not with all the new twists.
It's absolutely stellar. Except for the people who are meant to be disgusting but other than them I love nearly every character design and the surroundings. It is what 2012 art should be like.
The opening song really fits with the type of genre this is ( conquer japan) and I love the ending song.
There are not many "steriotypical" characters. Everyone is quite fun and a bit different and all have their own reasons for fighting. the characters with notable personalities would be Sagara (monkey) who is fun and trying to get the most beautiful women in Japan and help Oda Nobuna conquer Japan. There is also Nobuna who has to prevent herself from being overcome by crazyness, anger or greed like many other rulers.
I loved every single episode. It was full of fun and did not have a single dull moment. I wouldn't exactly say this is great for rewatchability but its a fun filled ride as long as you don't know the rythm.
A great story. Fun, exciting and a great story. It's basically a codegeass but without a badass main and the make you think aspect. You should watch it or at least give it a try. Some reasons I've heard that made the story awful would be "it's a harem" or "it looks like it has no plot". Yes, it is a harem. However there is one girl that stands out and the rest are basically just friends so there is progress. And I assure you, the plot is quite nice for it's genre. It would be a 10/10 if only it were a bit longer but the 12 episodes I watched were spectacular. read more
Jan 21, 2013
"What will you do if heroes that you know is different from what are you thinking and studying?" Like Oda Nobunaga is a blonde girl?
WHAT? ok, since its anime i think thats fine.
First of all, some event that occur in this anime is based the REAL history of oda nobuna (except the gender of course), well, Oda Nobuna replicates many Oda Nobunaga event, or we can said its same as the three kingdoms was replicate by Dynasty warrior. You will enjoy the anime and studying about japanese history, interesting isn't it?
The story involves about Sagaru, a highschool guy which is unknownly stranded into the era of Oda Nobunaga where ALL the major samurai was a cute girls. and he promises to Oda Nobuna (Not Nobunaga) that he will helps her to achieve her dream to unite japan. as far as go, the story really interest me, since its rare to see some harem anime (well, i always thought this anime is a harem), which have a strong plot and nice development between the two main lead. and love that happen (harem typical) wasn't exaggerating , they (the girls) didnt express their feelings in any weird way, and later, the twist in nearly the end of the series was really suprising me. "i never really thought that" thats what i said.
I cant said too much on this section, for me as the story was good, i dont really mind about the art. well, for this anime , i thought the art was really nice, especially when the battle and war scenes, it looks realistic. i really enjoyed it. and for the character, i think they are really well-made, and again not exaggrating in "Boobs" section like any other harem anime. thats a good point!
Again, i cant said too much on this, but surely the opening song was nice (really nice, even i searching for this song) and really fits with the story and the anime itself, it represent on what will hapen. and the voice actor really did a good job, especially loli girls voice. the voice was so childish and it really fits with the loli character. Not just the loli voice, but the other character voice wasn't really bad too.
i think this was the weakness for this anime, so many questions in my head about this, like how can that highschool boy can do time travels? is he a john titor? and since the story was focussing on the conquest of Oda Nobuna, i think thats acceptable if the each character didnt get any own story. and more, its just 12 episode. its too hard to expand and explaining for each character. and i think there will be a season 2 for this, and hope they will fill "the holes" in the season 1.
I am really glad i found this anime, i am not just enjoying this anime but in the same time, its feeling like studying japanese history. i am not japanese, but with this anime, i think i am interest in Oda Nobunaga era like i interest in three kingdoms. A totally great anime to watch!
Sep 3, 2012
That's all. Have a nice day!
(I dislike writing a long review so let just say this length is acceptable)
Aug 22, 2012
To begin with, the show presents a number of fan service that can only be appreciated by the Sengoku, Three Kingdom fans. From the events of Nobunaga's meeting with Saito Dousan and rifle lighting, to the glorious Okehazama, and to the Zhuge Liang reference of Hanbei, the show throws a number of fan service and interesting references that may go unappreciated by a viewer that has no knowledge of these events and history.
The plot progresses from the beginning of Nobuna (Nobunaga) as the fool of Owari and her gradual rise to power with the help of someone from the future who has distinct knowledge of the era. Because it mainly goes through her campaigns, it should be noted once again that enjoyment and interest stems from knowledge of some of these campaigns and to see how they will turn out. Yes, while the story tries to stay true to the main events of history, there are enough little events and subversions that allow the viewer feel anxious on what will happen next. An obvious flaw is the blatant ignoring of how the main character ended up in the Sengoku era. This however helps to alleviate the usually sidetracking of the main story in typical time travel/other dimension travel stories where excess time is spent on trying to get back home. It is somewhat refreshing to see this ignored for a change and see the focus on what is at hand.
In terms of art, people who watched Highschool DxD may recognize Miyama-Zero and his distinct drawing style. It probably goes without saying that the art is wonderfully done if you take a few minutes to watch the show or see Zero's artwork. The production values are high up there, not ufotable status of course but you can definitely see the effort the animators have put in this show.
As an Aimi (Ben-to OP) fan, I instantly fell in love with the opening song to the show. She is one of the more underrated stars out there and I definitely urge people to try and check some of her songs out. But to not digress, the soundtrack of Oda Nobuna is superb as well. It does a fine job of setting the mood and evoking the feelings from the situation at hand. From the wacky song that plays throughout the comedy scenes, to the touching melodies during the drama, and to the war-like drum fashion when the troops are preparing to go to war, each song plays a suitable role.
However, the greatest compliment I have to give to Oda Nobuna no Yabou is it's characters. The typical thought of someone who first sees this show is the thought that the main character is your generic harem man and the characters are but breasts to fill on TV for the ogling otaku. This is not so.
The main character, Sagara Yoshiharu is a refreshing character. He is someone that actually uses his knowledge of the era to the benefit, actively participates in every episode instead of sitting around behind his harem of women, even to the point that he is the reason for Nobuna's success, and is overall competent except for a few comedic moments.
The rest of the cast is mature and you can see the many qualities they have underneath their exterior. Nobuna herself goes through a series of touching and good character development. She, like many of the characters of this show, are subverted in such creative and unique ways that I must bow in respect to the author. It really really helps if you know the typical media representation of these historical figures and want to see something different and twisted in many different ways. They are not just your typical gender-bent shameless body flaunting character, though there is quite a number of skin-ship.
If you are a Sengoku fan, have played KOEI games, and love history in general, then I 100% recommend this show. If otherwise, I still ask for someone to try it out; if not to start learning about the Sengoku period, then for some delicious females, the hilarity, and romance. read more
Jan 6, 2013
I can guess what most of the people thought when they read the synopsis...
"Is it a harem / ecchi show with crappy story?"
No, it is not.
Whole plot is build around what sounds to be a generic harem cliché with a little bit of a history thrown it for a good measure. Well, ok, it is technically still a harem show, but not entirely a generic one. Not all female characters are falling for the lead male (only two from maybe a dozen) and main male character actually have to try hard to win at least a little bit of their respect, not mentioning the affection. Actual ecchi-ness of the show isn't that big and most of the fanservice included is found in end subtitles.
Story however is surprisingly very good, especially when you originally expected there will be no story to speak abou. I know, it's not so original, not very deep, but not a shallow or boring one either, it is carefully balancing between enjoyability and seriousness.
"It is historical?"
No, it's not. Don't expect this to be too much historically realistic, it's rather "pseudo-historical" or "loosely based on historical events". You know, almost all main characters of that era turned to a cute girls, so you can't except this will try hard to be realistic, female counterpart of Japanese hero is actually a blonde tsundere chick and generally most of important characters is changed in similar way ( in two episodes, instead of Emperor we have Empress which is now a cute loli, genius strategist of that times is also a loli and even a sorceress etc etc...) so don't expect to be much realistic. Most of the events are however based on actual Japanese history, so it's not complete fiction or complete crap.
"Short summary, will I enjoy the show?"
Give it a try and watch, don't expect too much and you can be surprised. Main problem this anime ever had is it was suffering from too high or too low expectations of the viewers, many either skipped the show and other were disappointed since it turned to be something else than they expected. For me personally it was one of the best shows and it's quite sad it won't most likely get a second season. read more
Jan 17, 2013
The Ambition of Oda Nobuna (Oda Nobuna no Yabou) is an anime inspired by the manga of the same title by Mikage Kasuga. Dare I say, it’s listed in the historical genre, but truly nothing is historical about it other than all the namesakes of the characters involved are real men who fought in the civil war. Did I say “men?” I’m sorry. I totally forgot this is Oda Nobuna we’re talking about.
The series takes place when a teenage boy from the present day gets stuck in an alternate (and past) universe when Japan was in a civil war during what we know of as the 16th century; only this time, both men AND women were allowed to rule as feudal lords and military personnel. In this mess of literally gender-bending history, the boy known only to his fellow comrades as Saru (literally “monkey”) meets a rather promiscuous Oda Nobuna(ga?), a lower Japanese noble who desires to unite Japan and extend its diplomacy to the coming European nations. Together with her clansmen and retainers, Oda Nobuna and Saru plan to conquer Japan with the least amount of bloodshed while having a typical anime romance sequence.
Overall, nothing is terribly wrong with the series, considering it obviously plays to an audience of the typical male otaku who enjoy seeing women playing sexual warrior roles. However, I can’t help but wonder why anyone would decide to write about a gender-bending of a truly historical figure like Oda Nobunaga. That has the same effect as if an American novelist decided to say Abraham Lincoln doubled as a vampire hunter as well as President of the United States (oh wait, that’s already been done). I just hope that fans of this show appreciate that this is totally FICTION and not actually real; and therefore has nothing to do with historical fact. read more
Aug 13, 2013
Art (8/10): Splendid very good, not many flaws I can think of at all. Just spectacular :D!
Sound (6/10): Soundtrack was amazing, OP/EDs were okay. Balances the rating :D!!!
Character (9/10): Okay here is where we get down to business. The characters were what made this anime unique and fantastic. The supplied every single type of character, loli, busty, you name it. Also, the characters progressed very well throughout the story, good job!
Enjoyment (9/10): I really liked this anime a lot! It had a solid plot, great characters, great sound, worth watching!
+Included pretty much every type of character
+Sound was great
+Art was amazing
+Characters are likable
-Left you hanging, needs a second season
-Story was bland, solid, but it was just like every other harem (boy meets girls, all girls like him, boy pretty much a pervert, tsundere, etc) but just with a different setting and characters
-Some plot holes read more
Jul 30, 2012
What i like about it so far is they took a old idea and gave it a fresh twist. Standard time shift backwards but the twist is when you meet all the greatest male figures in Japanese history, they are girls. The whole concept seems somewhat cheesy but they actually do this well.
They keep the strong character types while somehow making them a little cute. Character designs a i found interesting, when i look at Nobunas standard clothing it just seems so unique for anime. The colors of Gold/Black as always compliment each other but they gave her such a unique clothing choice that i think was just very imaginative.It may be based off of a standard historical style but it looks unique how they have altered it just a bit.
Anyway the art and sound i give a solid 7, art is fairly standard but the sound effects and voice acting is tops. I think they did a fairly great job casting voice actors for this show. Some stronger than others while others being slightly more sweet and childish giving the show a nice balance.
The thing i loved most about this show is that they actually use the fact the main character knows whats going to happen in history effectively. I mean they don't leave that big open plot hole in this show. A lot of similar story lines complete neglect facts like they should know or even could know. This show really embraces the whole reality of the situation and uses it effectively as a story mechanic.
I really enjoy watching this show, its exciting and it actually teaches you a bit about Japanese historical moments and people. I also like how the beginning they skip the cliched 2 part introduction to the gimmick. They just drop you right into the middle of the action without really feeding you 10 minutes of pre time travel setting/dialogue.
I think anyone who gives this a good 2 episode watch is gonna watch more, its funny and the plot is solid. The characters are very likable and the show is just well done all around. Solid 9, this is a Great anime. read more
Feb 27, 2013
Historial: Shows key battles of the Sengoku period, and characters who have been changed, but still hold true historical facts
Romance: Its a "Key" sub plot of this series, The romance between Oda and Sagara "Monkey" And the romance is done well, Better than i expected, Felt like a proper "Romantic" series.
Comedy: Changing all key characters to be Cute female girls is an interesting twist, It never took it self too seriously, but also it didn't put a lot of Comedy, There is a few moments, but it is more an underlining feature.
Unique blend of genres, which for me sets this apart from other series, the way they executed each genre, was very good as well, Nicely balanced.
I liked this series, More than i probably should have or expected to do, One aspect wasn't too overpowering and the episodes flowed nicely, 12 episodes is a good length for this series.
Sound/Art is very nice, Has a feel of a "classic" anime style to it but with a modern twist, which somewhat sums up this unique series.
This series knew when to be a comedy and then something informative or serious (Romance Parts) Also enjoyed the array of characters, each one bringing something to the table.
And the ending was satisfying, Not many Negatives to say, For some this may be a little silly, or for the most part predicable, its Clan vs Clan time after time and doesn't stray much for this predicable formula, but i really enjoyed this series, for its Uniqueness alone, i would recommend you to check this out.
Ending (Kind of a Spoiler)
Ending left me satisfied, but one key part of the story was not solved, The part about "Monkey" How did he get to that period? Is he immersed in a Video Game, Or is this something more, I know its a "Comedy" and maybe this wasn't something to take too serious, which i respect. Just wonder with that teaser at the end, will their be another series to show this? read more
Feb 23, 2013
-This isn't a strong point of the series, as many would claim.
- Linear and boring plot
- Uninteresting developments. Battles are vague and don't make sense. How on Earth is Nobuna a Samurai Lord?!
- Character designs are very good.
- Scenery and backgrounds are nice to look at.
- Fairly nice OP and ED that set the tone well for the series.
- Voice acting is very good and suits the characters very well.
-I suppose that this series gets praise because all the girls don't lust after the male lead as one might expect looking at this title. Nor is he some generic, pervy loser.
-The main female lead is a tsundere, but surprisingly this doesn't result in her being a generic one dimensional character. She is portrayed as (for the most part) a strong female character, much like the other girls in the series.
-The development of the characters was lacking and once a couple of episodes go by, they quickly became uninteresting.
Character development and plot was unsatisfactory.
The humor which is one of the primary reasons people may watch this is this is also boring. Despite what I said earlier, I think it would have been better if Yoshiharu (the male lead) was a complete perv
because there really was no other source of enjoyment.
Fans of the harem genre will enjoy this. Those of you who don't usually watch this genre of anime and come into this expecting a good series will probably be left disappointed past the first few episodes.