A Studio Deen show that is decent to good? Colour me surprised, since most of their shows are low quality garbage.
In the case of this series, as much as it is for the famous (and precariously overused) Sengoku era warrior Oda Nobunaga, it was a heck of a wild ride knowing his young life, and quite possibly the road and path to the great warrior of which we all know him by in long-lasting fashion of history footnotes.
The only seemingly "orígjnal" stuff that the production staff added into the mix was the BL aspect of the male characters that seemingly is the trial and tribulations
of followers and retainers of the central characters Nobunaga and his brother Nobukatsu. Needless to say, as much as it as for being otome-ish, being a straight guy watching Otome shows isn't my shtick, but it's full of loopholes and the uncomfortable feelings of manipulation. I'm sure the female otakus who love otome-style shows will dig this, but I'm fine and neutral about it.
As mentioned, Studio Deen's art and animation was QUITE exceptional (that is to their standards). I thought I was gonna see the same old Deen shitty stuff, but I'd have to say that I was pleasantly surprised at how good this series was fleshing out the historical aspects that don't quite come close to replicating the Sengoku Era, but for what it is, it's above average production.
The OST is particularly the most important element when it comes to historical anime, and this series managed to nail the seemingly very particulars of history, and without a doubt, it managed pleasantly too. Had fun with the OP, and it's so catchy that I couldn't skip this genericness of a song. May'n's ED was also plenty fine, though in declining quality as per her recent song repertoire.
Coming this close as an original take of Oda Nobunaga's young life ís quite the show to look upon, but at the same time, it's nothing to marvel about. If historical anime is your shtick, please check this out. Otherwise, as always with Studio Deen stuff, pass it up.
Kochouki might be yet another Oda Nobunaga anime, but it’s also a fairly unique one where the dazzling aesthetic can be misleading about its dry-ish tone. The series appears to have two objectives: to tell a non-fantastical story of young Nobunaga during the rarely explored time of his teens and twenties, and to deliver pretty boys with BL and BL vibes. While I’m far from a Sengoku expert, I enjoyed both elements and the mix of very domestic and very serious scenes.
It’s the subject matter of Oda Nobunaga, or rather, sticking to history (at least in broad strokes) and attempting to
cover 17 years of Nobunaga’s life that probably stifle the storytelling the most. How do we portray the two rebellions of Oda Nobukatsu found in the chronicles without making him too much of a villain, nor too much of a passive wimp? Can the series remain interesting knowing that a number of characters are almost certain to die not to mess with history? And what to do with Nobunaga’s concubines? In order to move both the plot and the character arcs and relationships forward, the developments and lessons taken out of them are, here and there, a bit too simplistic (e.g., the vague “power of bonds” at the Battle of Inou, without mentioning the difference of training and loyalty of the warriors on each side) or rushed, though the story is still engaging, maybe with the inherent eventfulness of the era.
The Nobukatsu arc contributes the most to the not-too-complicated theme of Sengoku people living and dying by allies and alliances. We see that it is the era of warring daimyos itself that makes Nobukatsu and Nobunaga suffer, pits them against family and brings power orbiters like Tsuzuki Kurando around them. Power makes enemies, so you have to make up with enough faithful allies. The series uses the last two episodes after the Nobukatsu climax to reiterate this, which was somewhat disappointing to me after hoping for a similarly good climax to the Kichou subplot, and expecting something more conclusively romantic after all the cute cuddling scenes before dampened my final impression of the series. Nobunaga and Kichou were likable as a couple and as individuals, and a few short but (surprisingly) effective, emotionally intimate scenes of couples in private taking refuge from the world and its pressures reinforce the period drama type theme discussed above. Nobunaga in Kochouki is also notably less of an eccentric superman than he's usually portrayed as.
Thanks to the steamy subplots and limited time, most battles and power shifts in Owari happen with infodumps from the narrator, which will disappoint anyone who picked this up for old timey warfare, although some strategy and battling does happen. My favorite historical content had to do with the foreign trade that opened in Japan for the first time when Nobunaga was a child. Due to this focus, the majority of scenes can do with talking heads and bodies, and the characters and the short action scenes are pretty well-drawn throughout the series. DEEN, being the studio behind most of the animated Rurouni Kenshin, doesn’t seem to cut corners with samurai anime, and the character designer Atsuko Nakajima personally as an animation director keeps the characters looking as cute and handsome as ever. The loosely translated title “Gorgeous Butterfly” describes the art direction well.
Kochouki: Wakaki Nobunaga was a bit too straightforward to discuss or speculate about during its season, but it didn't bore me even once.
This is sadly underrated. The animation is pretty good, characters also look very nice. Plot's intriguing as well, sticks to the historical events and great way to get a fresh overlook on Nobunaga's timeline.
There's some people set off by the BL? But there is none (as of now) nor would it ever be focused on from the current pacing; only people dumb enough to keep thinking a woman who got their breast cutoff equals man in the comments section. Rip all flat chested females by that logic.
It's a nice show to watch during break time, aesthetically pleasing and informs the brain a bit.
I'd recommend it for those who just wants to tune off their brain a bit, but not completely off.
This will be my favorite seasonal of all. Historical accuracy about a character I like a lot, even though Sengoku era is not my favorite I love Nobunaga. the first episode already shows his true nature of a skilled guy with a particular intelligence.
I was sure I was going to love it, and I was not disappointed. Love you Oda Nobunaga.
I watched the first 4 episodes currently and i'm not disappointed at all. i'm loving this show. it's perfect.
It shows Oda Nobunaga's life, our Lord of War and Demon King, since his childhood. Soon we see his adolescence and his capabilities.
watch his life until his battles when he gains the title he will be known.
Nobunaga's childhood was a diffucult upbringing, but in his adolescence n.e starts to show his capabilities as a leader of the Oda clam
From the Deen staff who created the masterpiece Hakuouki, I am not disappointed, This will be the best seasonal of all, this summer.
love you Oda Nobunaga