Status: Currently Airing
Aired: Jan 5, 2014 to ?
24 min. per episode
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
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Score: 6.931 (scored by 4815 users)
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SynopsisShio Ogura is a Japanese high school student, who is visiting Taiwan on a school trip when she is suddenly attacked by monsters. Agents known as "E-Gene Holders" from the government agency DOGOO also arrive, who wield weapons infused with the spirits of historical figures. Shio is revealed to also be an E-Gene Holder when the soul of Oda Nobunaga awakens after she tries to rescue a friend.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Nobunagun
Characters & Voice Actors
When deciding what shows to give a look this winter anime season, Nobunagun stood out immediately to me for the simple reason that I very much enjoy seeing a female character in the central role for a shounen action anime. It's just a refreshing thing for me, and I find it hard to pass up an anime that chooses to go this much less favored route. Other than that, however, I really had no expectations when it came to Nobunagun. Seven episodes later, I'd say I'm certainly enjoying the ride.
Nobunagun comes to us from a studio Bridge, a newer anime studio with very few credits to their name thus far. They are most familiar to me for last year's anime adaption of the video game Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2, a series which was perhaps barely spared from being a totally misguided frustrating mess of wasted potential by fairly slick and appealing production values. It doesn't surprise me then that their next big action anime project would be very technically sound. The art direction in fact, is quite superb, with lots of interesting flourishes I wouldn't have expected that keep it visually interesting.
It doesn't do much to stand out in terms of sound, for bad or for good. The voice actors do fairly well with their roles. Music isn't something I ever really noticed much while watching, save with the opening and ending themes. The themes themselves, are okay. The choice to go with an English language metal track for the opening theme is certainly a way to stand out, though the song itself is not something I'd choose to listen to on its own.
But putting aside the production, what is Nobunagun and is it any good? Well, at its very essence, it's the story of a force comprised of special individuals from across the world who are the only ones who can combat the threat posed by alien invaders that only they can fight. In other words, it's the kind of thing we've seen in anime countless other times. With a near identical special individuals vs alien invaders plot, Strike Witches came to mind a lot while watching it, especially since both series also have a noticeable fixation on military hardware and feature characters inspired by historical figures. Of course, this time around the cast is co-ed and not quite as fanservice friendly.
Additionally, while Strike Witches featured cute girls inspired by famous WWII pilots, Nobunagun instead opens the gate to all history, featuring characters who are the reincarnations of famous persons from across the world and time. It's a pretty good variety too; you got Gandhi, Geromino, Galilello, Isaac Newton and of course Oda Nobunaga, among others. if you have any interest in history, it's kind of cool to see who they decide to reference and what abilities the reincarnation manifests.
The characters themselves, minus the cute references to history, are a mixed bag. Most are likable if thus far kept fairly one dimensional. The show does get points for that female main character who drew me in though; Shio Ogura, reincarnation of Nobunaga and main character of the show is pretty delightful. She really seems just like a silly, but fairly normal girl who comes across as very human in the quieter scenes. Then when she flips on the Nobunaga switch in the heat of a battle and she gets pretty badass.
Speaking of which, the show has some pretty cool action. I mean, it's not Kill la Kill or anything mind blowing, but as far as shounen action anime go, I thought it was pretty cool. Shio just looks cool blasting away with her over sized canon, and the expressiveness of her and the other characters makes it pretty engaging. Ultimately it can be pretty fun to watch.
Which is what is important with a show. The plot is really pretty rote and the characters are kind of lite on development at this point in the story, but it's just a fun show to watch. Quality production, a likable lead, lots of good action and cute references to history make for a fairly engaging watch. Recommended. read more
+ Over-the-top action with gradually upgrading weapons
+ The main protagonists are similar (though the protagonist of Nobunagun is kind of like a combination of Ryuko and Mako from KLK)
+ Strong friendship aspect
- The settings are very different (KLK is an intense school setting, and Nobunagun involves an organization fighting on a global scale)
- KLK has much more fanservice, but also better characters
Have the same Shonen-style action and friendship. they earn their weapon from an item, in this case Kill la Kill is a Kamui, Nobunagun is an AU Weapon. My opinion is Kill la Kill have a better action than Nobunagun, but that is simply my opinion.
Opening Theme"Respect for the dead man" by Pay money To my Pain (featuring Ken & Teru from Crossfaith)
Ending Theme"Chiisana Hoshi (ちいさな星)" by Shio Ogura (Shiori Mutou), Newton (Yuu Asakawa), Galileo (Sumire Uesaka)
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