"Who cares about what happened in Japan's past? It has nothing to do with my life."
With these words, carefree high school student Saburou finds himself unceremoniously thrown back in time to the Sengoku Era, landing directly in front of the legendary general Nobunaga Oda. Nobunaga, on the run from his retainers and wishing to rest due to his frailty, beseeches Saburou to take his place, as the two bear an uncanny resemblance. Although Saburou is still confused by his surroundings, Nobunaga hurriedly provides the boy with the necessary items to prove that he is the bona fide feudal lord and makes a hasty getaway.
Now a stand-in for someone he doesn't even know all that much about—though his modern experiences and knowledge are sure to help him—Saburou begins his unexpected quest to pose as the man who attempted to unite all of Japan.
As said by many already, this anime was the hidden gem of the season. While, as it seems, the art style was a big reason for many to not watch it, I found it quite fresh and that was certainly one of the biggest selling points for me. In fact, I only started watching this anime because of how the cover seemed out of place amongst so many animes looking the same.
That being enough deviation from the main subject, the take on the storytelling is brilliant - no cliches, no harems, no love triangles, it's all about Oda Nobunaga and his quest to unite all
of Japan. The sound is absolutely amazing too (listening to the ED as I write this), making you cry at times - from sadness and happiness alike. Character development is subtle yet clear, you might even end up cheering for the once-disgusting guy. As I said already, the animation is exquisite, with even the minimal details being paid attention to. Unlike what I've seen in other reviews, I enjoyed the season finale the most. It's really emotional and a reflection of all the changes every character went through.
In conclusion, it's something I can easily recommend to anyone, because I know anyone anywhere can enjoy it.
It is truly an underrated anime this year even though the story were told impressively and was written amazingly. The art, yes, it was the very reason of why people including me wanted to just drop the series or even delete it from our anime list. Anyhow, i gave it a try and i'm very glad to the core of my heart that i've decided to watch the anime. Okay, enough talking and let's go to the point on why you need to watch this anime!
Story - 10
I can see that many people was so bored of this Nobunaga stuff
but please, make this exceptional. Yes, the synopsis speaks the truth but don't bother about it because i know you guys might gonna think that it was rather cliched when the fact that this is about time slip but just no, ignore it. Nevertheless, it shows no plot holes even though it skips some minor thing that happens throughout the Japanese history but meh. The ending though, might left you unsatisfied and wanted more, you'll see what i meant if you watch it. Anyway, the flow of the story is just really amazing.
Art - 7
Guys, don't be mistake that it is not the animation that is poor, rather the character designs. Yeah, the character seemed stiff at certain angles and it might be the only flaw that appears in the whole series but else, how the background were drawn is simply beautiful but i won't say it was drawn with details. They colored everything in the anime harmonically that leaves you in awe for awhile. To put it simply, the character designs are just fair while the background is outstanding.
Sound - 9
I have no trouble with the soundtrack as it really suit the best for the series. The soundtrack really manage to pull the mood really well to the point where i wanted to just cry at a certain event. Unfortunately, there's no opening for the anime and fortunately, the ending is so epic that you would want to repeat it over and over again. And little did we know that the narrator is the famous Oguri Shun from Crow Zero drama. As for the voice acting, well, it's great how all of the voice actress put their all for the series especially Saburo's, i don't know you guys but i have a feeling that it's the same voice actress as the blue haired french dude in TG...
Character - 9
I find that all the character were loveable and some are carefree like Saburo and her sister, Oichi. Well, that is if you exclude a certain someone but other than that, nope, i really find it hard to hate the character throughout the series. There's not really much of character development for Saburo but at least he has the charm to make people don't care about it and of course it works on me too. There's not much character development in here because anyone who learned Japanese history will surely know what is what. So i have no complain for the characters.
Enjoyment - 10
I don't know what the director do but miraculously they never did bored me, the series that is. Every single scene are worth watching because it is so, so, so amazing. I have mixed feelings and emotion watching it. Some episodes are carefree and some are serious and again, they never ever did bore the hell out of me and i really did enjoyed watching every episode of it. The series may lack of actions but that won't be an obstacle. All of it worth all the praises.
Overall - 9
I so wanna put the whole score as 10 but if i were to reconsider it, the art, as i said was the only flaw of this series and for i who really is picky about art (character designs) can only say that, well, it's a so-so. But eventually, you'll get use to its arts and you won't see it as a bother anymore. So, to sum it all, watch and you'll enjoy it unmistakeably,undoubtedly and certainly.
Actually this is my first review and i do appreciate that you've took your time to read it. I recommend this series to all and i hope that someday this series will get more attention because it should.
Nobunaga Concerto, this anime is probably the most underrated anime this season, perhaps even this year. The reason why? The art. I'll be honest, I am one of those shallow people who judge the book by its cover, or in this case, one who judges anime by the art. If it wasn't for the suggestion of a friend, I wouldn't probably watch it, much less read the synopsis. I told him that I do not like the art, but he kept on insisting that I watch it, so I did, just to keep him off my back, and, oh god, I am so glad I
watched it. The story was great, the sounds were amazing, the characters were fun and lovable, and somehow, the art fitted in. Like in One Piece, the art was, well, not so good, but it fits in well with the quirky characters and mood. Well, since this isn't a One Piece review, I'll go back to talking about Nobunaga Concerto.
Story - 9
From reading the synopsis, I thought that it's gonna be another Oda Nobuna no Yabou, which I think was a funny anime, but Nobunaga Concerto isn't just funny, there is also drama, where I cried a few times. Not bawling, just a few tears. What happened in this anime was more realistic, well, except, maybe, the time travel part. And no harems. Not gonna give any spoilers, so just take my word.
Art - 6
I repeat, the art was awful, but it was tolerable because it got carried by other elements such as the story, sounds, and characters. Now that I finished all 10 episodes, I'll be honest again, I still don't like the art. My overall score for an anime is 30% art, which is probably why Nobunaga Concerto will never get more than an 8 from me since I think that anime is a visual medium and if I just want a good story, I'll read a book. Well, usually, animes with poor art can never get a score above 7 from me, but I repeat, this section got carried, and it got carried hard.
Sound - 10
The sound is was remarkable, the OST creates the mood, not fits in, creates. And don't get me started on the ED, simply put, it is sound porn. There was no OP but the ED, "Fukagyaku Replace (不可逆リプレイス)" by MY FIRST STORY, was the best ED I ever heard this season! It was, how do you say it? AH. MAY. ZING. I downloaded it and is now on my playlist, 5 times. (People from the government, please don't arrest me!)
Character - 9
Ahh~ the characters~ This is hard, I'll try not to spoil. The characters were lovable and because of the art, no one really looked the same, except the two main protagonists, so it's easy to tell who is who. The character development in this series is good, however, if I were to write a review for all characters, it would take too long, so I'll just focus on the MC. The MC, Saburou, was funny, carefree, and contrary to the beginning, he is kinda smart, maybe not book smart, but street smart. If he were drawn with a different art style, maybe I would have dedicated a folder full of his pictures just to show how much I love him, sadly, he isn't. (*sobs) The other characters, to summarize, have their own charms, and it's easy to love them, like I said, their development was good.
Now the voice acting. Since this is my first review, I don't know if this goes in the sound or character section so I'll just put it in a separate paragraph. I think the seiyuus completely captured their characters' character. I think that sounded weird, but you get what I mean, I hope. It felt like the characters were really alive, like they really have those kinds of personalities. I especially love Saburou's voice, I don't know why, but I just love that voice.
Enjoyment - 9
I enjoyed this series greatly. Great story, amazing sounds, and fun and lovable characters. The art was not that bad I guess. Nah, I still don't like it. Anyway, this series is worth the watch, if you don't like the art, give it 1 or 2 episodes, and if you still can't stand it, then it's your lost.
Nobunaga Concerto - truly an epic blast which deserves more attention.
Nobunaga Concerto is a forgotten anime. When people read the words "Nobunaga" they are generally put off from even touching this anime due to the endless amounts of disappointing and predictable anime which have tarnished the name. However, even if you do manage to give this anime a chance, you will be frustrated by the unique looking art. Some may say the art is absolutely horrible but I beg to differ - it begins to grow on you and it is but a minor blemish to this epic series.
First off, Nobunaga Concerto is an Adventure
anime with a twist - you follow the life of Saburo and his attempt to live the life of the legendary Japanese warlord, Oda Nobunaga. That being said - it can hardly be classified as an action anime, as there is very little action and the main appeal to this anime are the characters.
The story is beautifully simple with elements of romance, loyalty and friendship. Nobunaga Concerto has a character driven story line as we follow the main protagonist, Saburo. Throughout the 10 episodes we see how Saburo evolves as a character and is obviously the most relatable due to the fact that he is from modern day time.
-Each episode adds value to the progression of the story and helps give Saburo and the supporting characters more depth. This gives the watcher more emotional impact - we share the joy and sadness of Saburo, making this anime an "emotional rollercoaster" (sorry, i know it's cliche)
-As stated before the story line is quite simple. There is a decent amount of plot twists but none of them will have you saying "what the f*ck was that?" or "hooooly sh*****it that was so unexpected". This may be seen as a downside but it plays it safe and it works beautifully.
-Gripping - every episode pulls you into the world even more (start marathoning it now XD)
-Clever alterations to the actual history which are very quirky and act like easter eggs for the people who know some of the basic history of the Sengoku Period
-Nobunaga Concerto has a very compelling story, nevertheless that does not mean it is perfect.
-Due to this anime being a short 10 episodes, there is no explanation of the time slip which resulted in Saburo entering the Sengoku era.
-the anime ending is a read the manga type ending and the manga is not even translated to English - so you can't really read the manga after. However, this should not discourage you from the anime as the ride from episode 1-10 was truly amazing. The ending does not tie everything in a knot, but it doesn't leave you on a gigantic cliff hanger. It is better than most anime endings, despite ending in a rushed state.
Personally i did not mind the art too much, especially because i managed to watch Kingdom - a fantastic series both anime and manga. However, if you certainly detest the CGI art you need to endure about 2-4 episodes before it begins to grow on you. If you are planing to marathon it, it will certainly grow on you a lot quicker.
The story and the sound will make you forget about the art fairly quickly. I highly recommend that you give this anime 3 episodes before you make the decision to drop - the art is just a minor blemish.
I find sound one of the most important qualities in an Anime. A perfectly placed track at the exact time can amplify the experience so much more. The sound in this anime is amazing. It is a masterpiece. The soundtrack accompanied with the story makes this anime very entertaining and occasionally gives you chills. The beautiful sound of the Japanese flute playing whilst Saburo rides out to war - wow, it seriously is an epic moment.
Not much to say here - Nobunaga Concerto is peppered with great characters. Honor, loyalty, humor , friendship , romance - the characters allow this anime to have such an enticing appeal.
It is a thoroughly griping anime that is very underrated and definitely worth a shot. It is an anime which deserves more attention so hopefully they can make a sequel, but i doubt it. I would not say it is on par with titles like Steins;gate, but it is still a very well made anime which can leave you entertained for a while and hungry for a sequel - that is if you can get past the art.
*note:first review - constructive feedback appreciated
note: apologies for grammar mistakes and badly constructed sentences - haven't thoroughly proof read it.