Rescued from nearly drowning in a river, a young Chidori yearns to pay back her savior's kindness. Though her cute and innocent appearance might not show it, she is actually a highly skilled ninja, so years later, Chidori and her friend Sukezou come to serve under the man who saved her—the ambitious warlord, Nobunaga Oda.
As Nobunaga fights off invading forces and sets his sights upon neighboring lands, Chidori is assigned vital tasks to assure victory, such as gathering information or assassinating key figures. Between taking on these important missions and dealing with the colorful cast of Nobunaga's family and servants, the young ninja is always ready to do her best to lead her master toward greatness.
So what happens when a cute ninja helped with Oda Nobunaga's conquest?...
Nobunaga no Shinobi is one of LA's favorite anime shorts of Fall 2016 and with a 26 episode run spanning 3 minutes each, LA enjoyed this little gem all the way through.
Nobunaga no Shinobi comedy core element is the use of "defying expectations" mainly in the case of punchlines. Be it from a cute girl who happens to be an excellent ninja who can kick ass, to Hideyoshi Kinoshita being a bumbling errand boy turned commander of an army for Oda Nobunaga, to the most unpredictable character of all, Kichou, Oda Nobunaga's wife
voiced by Chiaki Takahashi thinking up nonsensical things. If there is anything Nobunaga no Shinobi does right in the comedy department is it's greatly timed punchlines (be it running gags or even in serious situations..you know...WAR, they even manage to make great quips in the heat of battle!).
In terms of animation by TMS Entertainment, the animation has this traditional Japanese scroll effect to it from it's character designs being somewhat chibi sure but the backgrounding makes it like your reading a scroll of Oda Nobunaga's exploits. The character designs albeit chibi, it makes their designs rather noticeable, like you'll never confuse Nene for Kichou and that's usually due to appearance and their accessories they usually wear and with a HUGE cast for an anime short, they did a good job even on that front.
In terms of voice acting, with such a greatly timed comedy anime, the majority of the voice cast did rather well. Special props to Inori Minase as Chidori (our main protagonist), Kappei Yamaguchi as Hideyoshi Kinoshita. Also nice voice cast of Rie Kugimiya as the tsundere Nene..because tsundere.
Nobunaga no Shinobi is a definitely LA's favourite anime short of Fall 2016, it's a perfect mix of comedic timing, historical and moe all in one and LA can't wait for it's second season!
Nobunaga no Shinobi is a short comedy anime focused on old japanese history and people, and jokes that probably we are not going to fully understand since we don't make part of their culture. However, I'm pretty sure this show can be enjoyable to some and the fact its episodes have 3 minutes makes them very accessible, so why not check them out?
The story is about this ninja called Chidori whose dream is to help the general Oda Nobunaga to bring peace to Japan. What's interesting and called my attention was that despite seeming to have an episodic nature, in reality the continuity is constant,
with every episode connecting to the next in some way. Since a lot of shorts I see don't put enough effort to create some line of narrative, the anime inevitably made me more satisfied since I knew that what had happened really mattered in the end, and that everything would lead to some future event. I think that's enough to count as a plus.
I'm not gonna lie, it's silly most of the times and you can predict the jokes from miles away... but sometimes not. I must say that sometimes some answers given and actions realized actually surprised me and captured some slight smile here and there. One thing that I personally liked was the fact she kills people without mercy in the most childish way imaginable. It's weird to say that, so allow me to explain. In shows where something serious is transformed in chibi characters doing 'funny' stuff is very common to just skip things like violence for convenience purposes. I'm more than used to that and to see war actually happening, it increased my interest a bit. It's not like if there wasn't those classic 'we will not kill you Mr. villain', there's for sure, but it was good to see that despite the jokes, they didn't betray the nature of war that, being comical or not, is inherently bloody. It's not also like if there was some sort of carnage, it's simple red ink floating around once in a while and it happened to catch my attention.
The resolution of conflicts is purely based on comic relief and historical reductionism, and in the end the main characters manage to control great part of the Japan and departs in a new journey (that will be followed in the second season). This is not a spoiler since it happened in real life, and also, anyone couldn't expect anything else from a series like this. So, if you happen to not care about anything that's happening on the first episodes, just drop because things don't get different over time, the structure remains exactly the same since episode 1.
Chidori is a great ninja, murderer and spy and has basically no struggles. She has a strong feeling towards the general, but it's more a huge respect than anything romantic or alike (honestly, I don't remember or wasn't informed about her age anyway, lol). She doesn't change, remaining the same gentle but assassin young lady from the first to the last episode, even though sometimes she says some stuff I really got slightly intrigued by to be honest. For example, one time she was asked to die for the general if necessary and I couldn't expect any less, even more from a character that has such a great admiration for him to begin with. However, she just says that as a Ninja she'll never die for him, but live for him, because a Ninja is not like a Samurai and her service wouldn't be possible if she died. Ninjas have a bigger sense of self-preservation and duty in life, and that was interesting to see, even though it was just a catch phrase from a japanese comedy short.
The other characters are just comic reliefs that appear as the story goes on and most of them were real people from japanese history, but written in a full joke mode for this series. They still hold the main characteristics that are historically attributed to them, but I can't go further since I did no research about Japan's feudal period and its figures. Nobunaga's manga is published in a seinen magazine, so I imagine the main purpose of its characters is to be a constant and effective cultural joke. They may don't have that much of charm to me, but maybe knowing the history and the details of it might help a bit on that.
The character design is extremely simple, exactly the same of the manga, and the animation is compact but efficient. It doesn't have elements that burden your experience while watching, even though some scenes are basically stopped characters taking to each other. In the end, everything from the character design, to the camera angles and usage of colors to animation and interaction is as basic as you can already guess. Don't expect something special of it, it's just another slightly better than others short anime.
If you search 'Nobunaga no Shinobi OST' on youtube, you'll most likely find the openings and nothing more. That's the level of the soundtrack. I strongly believe that there was just one track playing all the time throughout the entire series. I think this is the weakest element, even though the voice acting is normal and sound effects are fine as well.
Once I started the show I thought it was better than most shorts I had seen so far, and I still think the same. I'm not a big fan of japanese comedy nor shorts, but this one called my attention. I simply didn't see many like it and I think it's not harmful and even fun if you watch it with the proper mood. It's not thought-provoking or extremely well produced in any aspect. It's just a combination of animation in a short amount of time that I believe is enough to carry itself out of the giant and flooded pool of 'whatever shorts' that exists and it's HUGE. Summarizing, I personally found it to be fine and if you want to watch it for curiosity of any other reason, I believe you will not waste your time.
It did something and it didn't fail miserably. Therefore, it can't be 5. I don't consider it to be as pleasing as Barakamon for example (that's a 7), because of its length that is ridiculously small and the fact it's just a comedy without any ambition in any other form. It's easy to becoming boring and extremely annoying with time when based solely on comedy and failing at it (Teekyuu cof cof), so this one is what I would call a succeeded ambitionless comedy short. I don't exactly recommend it, but if you want to watch, I guess you'll not get upset or regretful about it. Good luck!
Nobunaga no Shinobi tells about the exploits of a shinobi called Chidori who works for Oda Nobunaga, a prominent (or rather, the most popular) warlord in Sengoku era (16th century). Basically it revolves around the things Chidori do as summoned by her lord.
The episodes are short yet sweet. Characters are in chibi style and as such, it is comedic in nature and viewers should not expect serious historical accuracy in the series. However, those who appreciate Sengoku era history will probably enjoy this series better because they are familiar with the names and the character traits.
The humor is lighthearted and it's rather manzai styled in
my opinion, which I enjoy very much. The plot moves fast due to the length, but it doesn't deter the comprehension of the story at all and there is no time to get bored.
Overall I give it a solid 9. Definitely recommended for casual anime watching to relax.
If you're looking for cute, relaxing comedy series with short episodes and a dose of history sprinkled in, you should add Nobunaga no Shinobi to your list.
The show revolves around Chidori, a shinobi, who's in service to Oda Nobunaga. Each episode is a skit done in the manzai style, often about a mission assigned to Chidori by Nobunaga. However, underneath lies a loose, exciting, fast-paced plot based on Nobunaga's battles in the Sengoku period (16th century). The historical references in the episodes, while not entirely accurate, were enough to make me revise my knowledge of the period.
The art of the show matches its comedic nature:
the characters are done in a chibi style and the backgrounds don't have too much detail. I especially liked the exaggerated facial expressions and Nobunaga's missing mouth. The character and background designs match the period.
I'll proudly say I never skipped the opening for the show because it's beautiful and soothing. The music of the opening coupled with the little story bits make it irresistible. The background music often fit so well with the events, especially the action scenes. The sound and music of the show is one of my favourite aspects and I always look forward to hearing the exciting voices, especially Hideyoshi's.
Overall, the show has been enjoyable so far and I don't see that changing. I'll definitely recommend it for a relaxing anime viewing.