Nobunaga the Fool

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Japanese: ノブナガ・ザ・フール
English: Nobunaga the Fool
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Type: TV
Episodes: 24
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 6, 2014 to Jun 23, 2014
Premiered: Winter 2014
Broadcast: Unknown
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Studios: Satelight
Source: Other
Genres: ActionAction, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Themes: HistoricalHistorical, MechaMecha
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)

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Score: 6.641 (scored by 3828938,289 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #60692
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Popularity: #2077
Members: 99,210
Favorites: 169

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Synopsis

Guided by her visions revealing the location of the King of Salvation, Jeanne Kaguya d'Arc flees with the polymath Leonardo da Vinci from the West Star to the East Star. There, she encounters Nobunaga Oda—the son of a local feudal lord who, following a brutal defeat dealt by an enemy clan, has sworn to conquer the world with his friends.

Quickly convinced that Nobunaga is indeed the King of Salvation, Jeanne pledges allegiance to the Oda clan. Meanwhile, King Arthur, the ruler of the West Star, sends his ruthless general Gaius Julius Caesar and his combat machine army to conquer Nobunaga's planet and seize the Holy Grail. Although Kaguya believes that Arthur is the King of Destruction, the reckless behavior of Nobunaga "The Fool"—who named his own combat suit after his nickname—on the battlefield sows doubt in his capability as a leader.

With the help of Himiko, the Yamato Queen, Nobunaga and his clan must unify in order to overcome tragedies, recover from betrayals, and eventually save the world.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Background

Nobunaga the Fool is a part of The Fool multidimensional project by Shouji Kawamori. Stage productions of the series featured a combination of live action and animation by Satelight, where onstage actors and the voice cast work in tandem to enhance the performances. Three acts of the play were performed from December 8, 2013 to July 20, 2014.

The series was released on Blu-ray and DVD in Japan from April 25, 2014 to November 26, 2014, and in North America by Sentai Filmworks from April 28, 2015 to September 29, 2015.

A smartphone video game based on the series titled Nobunaga the Fool: Senran no Regalia was released by Bank of Innovation on June 30, 2014.

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1: "FOOL THE WORLD" by Minori Chihara (eps 1-13)
2: "Breakthrough" by JAM Project (eps 14-24)
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Ending Theme

1: "AXIS" by STEREO DIVE FOUNDATION (eps 1-13)
2: "Ran (蘭(RAN))" by ASUKA  (eps 14-24)




Reviews

Apr 14, 2014
"It was inevitable!" - Oda Nobunaga.

Nobunaga The Fool is a pleasant surprise of this season, a very curious yet enjoyable mix of many genres : Mecha, Sengoku Period, Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Romance, which may raise many brows given the unique sense of history of this anime, but that flamboyant extravagance has many charms, just like the main protagonist, Oda Nobunaga, a foolish and persistant man who aims to conquer heavens and earth as he is said to be the Savior-King by his allies, Jeanne d'Arc and Da Vinci. His resolve and potential steadily draws other characters to him, allies and enemies alike. Gaius Julius Caesar, ...
Jun 25, 2014
Mixed Feelings
Nobunaga the Fool is a jack of all genres, master of none.

It has an awesome premise—a reconstruction of Oda Nobunaga’s rise to power within a mecha-filled, pseudo-historical setting. Anachronism definitely has the potential to produce beautiful things (e.g. Gintama or Samurai Champloo), and going into this show, I was excited to see how its producers would handle a historical/mecha fusion. Now that I’ve completed it, I’m disappointed to say that it felt more like a disjointed mishmash of genres than a smooth blend.

When I say that NtF was a mishmash of genres, I don’t just mean historical and mecha. It was often fantasy, occasionally supernatural, ...
Dec 8, 2014
*Spoiler free*

There are generally two kinds of anime that are difficult to follow. The first is the likes of classics such as Texhnolyze or Serial experiments Lain, where the show was intentionally made convoluted by the authors in order to leave interpretation up to the viewer. These are shows that are purposefully made with the assumption that the viewer must decipher the plot for a philosophical reason.

The second type are shows that are convoluted not in order to convey anything special, but because the writers of the show have absolutely no idea what they are doing and couldn't write a good story to save their ...

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