A skilled, deadly ninja on the clock and an adorable, naïve girl off it, Chidori continues to pave the way forward for her master, Nobunaga Oda, in his conquest of the Land of the Rising Sun.
Though Nobunaga has made great progress in his quest, uniting a nation has not become any easier. Between vindictive former enemies and powerful new rivals, his stubborn adversaries have taken up arms to stamp out the warlord's ambitions. However, standing beside the ambitious general are his many close friends and supporters, including one loyal, capable shinobi. Ready to serve in whatever way she can, Chidori gathers key allies, infiltrates enemy castles, and duels against skilled warriors in the name of realizing her lord's dream: establishing a unified Japan.
3 minute shorts of warring states period comedy, with a dense but adorable and deadly kunoichi, a very friendly portrayal of Oda Nobunaga, and a cast of other zany characters. This second season is somewhat more serious and focused on history than the first, with the heroes in serious trouble on many occasions. Gags are still a major part of the series, but unfortunately the reliance on repetitive jokes from the first season is even more pronounced. Nobunaga's role also shifts from a serious tsukkomi to a funny-man, with practically every joke sadly based on his love of sweets (though those who don't laugh with
him risk getting shot).
A notable number of new historical characters are also introduced this season, often very briefly, though this a least provides some new gags. Mitsuhide may have been meant to take over Nobunaga's straight man role, but doesn't get a great deal of screentime. Overall, the humour is still okay, the story is quite decent for 3 minutes, and this is still a fun little historical adventure.
The same adorable gag humour, the same charm and creativity, the same colourful, bright chibi art/animation, without missing a beat.
Chidori, the shinobi, while still as adorable, naive, and kickass, keeps growing throughout as she learns more about the goings-on and tactics of war and war time from the people and events surrounding Nobunaga during his ongoing fight for a unified Japan.
Like Season 1, events move fast--as it should in 3 minutes--gaining more speed once it moves into more meaty affairs, each lovingly depicted with their own original, comic twists - watered down and in tune with history,
Many more characters are introduced, all as quirky and amusing as the next, leaving the viewer with much to root for, or laugh at, or both. Even not knowing the history/characters, it's all fairly understandable and still enjoyable.
Coupled with bg-music and inserts that never fail to excite, the series altogether continues to make for an exceptional 4-koma anime that, honestly, I wouldn't mind watching for ten more years. ;) It's a fun almost-necessary stress-buster of a ride.