English: Sengoku Collection
Synonyms: Parallel World Samurai
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 6, 2012 to Sep 28, 2012
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 6.571 (scored by 3117 users)
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SynopsisSengoku Collection revolves around many samurai who are accidentally removed from a parallel universe inhabited by well-known historic characters. Unlike the historical war period known to us, all inhabitants in this unique world look like high school girls. Coming from the medieval era and finding themselves totally amazed by everything they encounter in modern day Tokyo, the girls become best friends through their adventures.
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Despite some decent sales and a large number of fan art in pixiv of Sengoku Collection, this little show has gone relatively unnoticed. Practically no advertisement, unappealing art, and other shows taking the spotlight and it isn't too much of a surprise. That said I'd still like to make a decent review for people who might want to try it out.
The show is overall mediocre. One of the main problems of Sengoku Collection is that it lacks any appealing or interesting plot. Sengoku warlords come to our world; they live their lives, some wish to stay while others want go back to the old world, like Oda Nobunaga. A good concept lies here but it is not executed well. Each episode is centers around a Sengoku-period warlord and each episode deals with said character's problem and how they cope with their new life. The problem is that the episodes are very loosely related to each other nor do they serve much semblance to main story, leaving the viewer with a show that is practically just slice-of-life. And really, some people might be fine with that, but why even attempt a main plot when you choose to not properly work on it? There is a certain nagging feeling once you finish the show that tells you this show could have been much more.
The episodes and characters themselves are problematic as well. Some of the episodes are fantastic, some are mediocre, and some are just plain awful and a chore to go through. The good thing is that you might find a jewel of an episode you love while going through the muck; but you have to go through that said muck. The same can be said of the characters, some of which are horribly written and have so little relevance to their Sengoku image that they might as well not have been a Sengoku expy at all, while others are created with good thought and creativity.
You may notice a number of parodies throughout the show as this was the little gimmick the show tries to play out. Probably something a lot of people will recognize is the Bowling for Columbine parody, one of the fewer funny and good episodes of the series. A lot of the parodies however are Japanese-related media so the average English viewer most likely will not get references.
It probably doesn't need to be said that the animation and art is pretty low-tier. Just look at Kanetsugu Naoe's face and tell me you can actually take that seriously. It's even noticeable that in some episodes the production values and art drastically drop. Expect harsh disappointment for those who need grand visuals to keep you entertained.
The music is fair and good in most regards. Dependent on the episode and parodies the music will have different styles and ensemble, and diversity is always a good thing. If you bother with the character songs that are still being released, they are pretty standard J-pop.
Overall, Sengoku Collection is just average. There are episodes you will love and episodes that will having you sleeping from boredom. With poor visuals it makes it hard for an average viewer to be interested in finishing the whole 26 episodes. It really isn't something I can recommend to someone that doesn't have free time to spend.
I only saw about three reviews of this anime in which the reviewers had only seen three or four episodes and judged the anime based upon that. Having now seen the entire series, I feel I should give some proper insight as to what this anime is actually about.
At first I thought this series was going to be completely different from what it actually was - the first episode starts out with our main character, Nobunaga, a general from another universe, falling from her home world onto Earth. This event happens with every other general you'll see. As the episodes went on, the focus faded off of Nobunaga and instead focused on every single character in the series, each having their own story. I suppose Sengoku Collection's name makes sense - it's basically a collection of all of the generals' stories with no actual plot. You see hints of a "plot" in each episode, but for the most part there is none.
Halfway through this anime I really wanted to drop it. I wanted to see more of the underlying plot rather than an OVA-esque anime with side stories being in every episode, but I stuck with it until the end.
Story - 6/10. To put it simply, there was none. But I'm making my judgement off the side stories each of the generals had. Some were fun to watch while others were a yawn-fest.
Art - 7/10. At times the art of the characters got a bit odd looking (probably due to the artist's laziness) but it was new, different from the usual art you'll see. I was pretty intrigued by the generals' hair, a lot of them had ombre-esque locks that were cool to stare at while the dialogue bored me.
Sound - 8/10. I personally enjoyed the OP & ED of each season. The 2nd OP had to be my favorite - I'd leave that going on while I did other things because it was so catchy. The sound throughout the anime wasn't very memorable but the OP/ED made up for it. Not the most amazing ones you've ever heard, but catchy.
Character - 7/10. The anime did a good job at portraying each of the generals' lives on Earth with their different personalities. Some are cliche but with over 12 girls to show, I suppose some generic ones had to be thrown in there.
Enjoyment - 6/10. I was bored with some episodes, I'll admit. But some of the stories were cute and fun to watch. Some are not memorable at all but I'd say a good amount are still within my brain.
Overall - 6/10. It wasn't horrible, but it wasn't good. If you think you'd enjoy watching a bunch of girls with their boobs hanging out (which reminds me, tons of fanservice in this anime. Literally every episode has some form of boobage showing), give this a go. At times I was wondering how long I was going to wait until an actual plot revealed itself, but halfway through the anime I accepted there really was none.
Fun fact: Each of the generals' names are well-known historic characters. read more
Both of these Anime have female versions of the characters from the Sengoku time period.
Oda Nobuna no Yabou is a reversed version of Sengoku Collection so:
Oda Nobuna no Yabou = Character transported to the past
Sengoku Collection = Characters transported to the future
One difference is that Sengoku Collection is a compilation of stories featuring different characters with no specific plot while Oda Nobuna no Yabou is a anime with a great buildup and plot.
Oda Nobuna No Yabou: guy gets sent back in time to an alternate universe to see female!Sengoku warlords.
Sengoku Collection: female!Sengoku warlords get sent to the future in an alternate universe.
Well, as I'm watching these two series, I couldn't help but notice some of the similarities.
Both series features a main female character named Oda Nobunaga who has a strange yet tough personality.
Both series features the theme of dimensional travel (less implied so in Oda Nobuna no Yabou).
Both series has an ensemble cast of female characters with different personalities and ideologies. Both series also has comedy, action, and fantasy.
Opening Theme#1: "Me wo Tojite Gyuttoshiyo (目をとじてギュッしよ)" by ABCHO (eps 1-13)
#2: "back into my world" by Sweety (eps 14-26)
Ending Theme#1: "UNLUCKY GIRL!!" by Sweety (eps 1-13)
#2: "Darling to Madonna (ダーリンとマドンナ)" by Yuu Kikkawa (eps 14-26)
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