May 26, 2016
Despite the dumb and cliched premise of this novel, the author manages to put his unique spin on this genre and develops a surprisingly interesting setting and plot events that captures the intricacies of both moe and history.
In my opinion, the author achieves a very well balance between the true history and fantastical parts he adds, which I've rarely if not never seen in other time leaping novels. Unlike other time traveling themed fictions, the MC in this novel can and does let many characters know about his origin and how he can tell their future. He uses his knowledge, secretly or not, to
push forward historical plot events, guide the growth of Nobuna, and attempts to "correct her" when she falls into some historically predetermined shithole. You can see how those corrections accumulate and how they slowly take away his ability to fortune tell. Even if you know sengoku history very well, you will still be often surprised (in a good way) by how the author tells its story.
On the other hand, even though the story contains future telling drama, it's really not a story about that. I believe the overarching theme is embedded within the ultimate goal of Nobuna. Though the dream itself is extremely beautiful, its elegance truly shines when she were trapped between pursuing it or giving it up for her romantic relationship with the MC (and yes, unlike some trash harem novels, legit romance DOES happen and Nobuna IS the clear heroine.) Most notably, the MC tries very hard to help Nobuna fulfill her dream, but ironically he often employs methods that neglect her feelings. This creates a strange paradox where even though the MC is the only person who can truly understand and acknowledge her, he often serve as the most unforgiving character contributing to Nobuna's internal sufferings.
Overall, if you can temporarily forget about the stupidity of transgenderism by which this novel is based, you can expect a fair share of moe, history, and fantasy combined with nice writing and lots and lots of awesome pictures from Miyama sensei.
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