Dec 13, 2017
10 of 10 episodes seen
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Nobunaga Concerto is good example of anime that tried to do new things and failed.
This review contains spoiler, so if you don’t want spoiler, don’t read this.
I tried my best to avoid spoilers, but I couldn’t explain why this show is bad without giving spoilers.
Synopsis of this anime is great. People from current time Japan replaces generals in senkoku era.
However, the problem is that the plot and execution is very poorly written and done.
“anything below may contain Spoilers”
Let me set incompletion of story aside and talk about the story that happened in anime.
Saburo is kid who doesn’t care about history, but he manages to
keep history as it is.
The problem here is that the anime doesn’t explain how Saburo achieved to keep history as it is.
We only know it happened and he succeeded.
I felt like reading history text book that only lists the name of event.
Other problem is the textbook that he bring with him.
He got little help from textbook, but not significantly.
Most of time, he just realizes that he did right things in term of history after he accomplish it.
I don’t even know what is the point of making the setting of history textbook in first place.
Later in story, Hashiba burns the textbook, but Saburo seems to be unaffected by it.
Again, what is the point of textbook.
Now, let me talk about incompleteness of the story.
There is one very interesting thing that is done in the story.
Original Nobunaga become Akechi. If you know Japanese history, you know that Akechi is the one who betrays Nobunaga and kills him. It is very interesting to see why original Nobunaga would kill Saburo, the replaced Nobunaga. I was hoping some serious conflict between two that prevents Nobunaga from getting advices from Akechi. Then, Akechi recognize that Saburo got strayed from right path, and kills Saburo with tear or something like that. I was hoping this, but anime didn’t even get anywhere close to this. Very disappointing.
Also, I don’t get the direction that this show is going.
Is this show supposed to be comedy or serious historical anime?
I honestly can’t tell.
Art except for characters is actually pretty good.
I was satisfied by background and art style for castles and other buildings.
The problem is characters.
Character design looks pretty bad, but it’s not bad to the point that I give it 3/10.
What made this category 3/10 is animation.
Movement of characters are very robotic and unpleasant to watch.
I listened through entire OST and I thought the music is 4/10. Not bad, but just not anything good.
But, the opening music was very memorable, so I gave this 5/10.
Saburo is very uninteresting MC. I don’t see him get mature in the story, which several years are passed. No character development. His goal is clear, but I just don’t understand why he chose that way. It just doesn’t make sense. A teenage boy who didn’t care anything about history suddenly feel like keeping history as it is. I’m fine if this is straight up comedy anime, but I don’t think this anime is supposed to be comedy.
Other problem is, if Saburo wants to keep history as it is, then it just make death of Saburo very uninteresting. He seems to be accepting the fact that he will die in Honnou-ji, so burned textbook will not change anything. If he just try to keep history, then Saburo will intentionally make Akechi kill him, which just destroy the only good part of the anime.
And other characters are bad, too. All characters seem to be character from bad comedy anime. All with one characteristic and just act foolishly. Since this anime go in the direction of serious history drama for some moments, all characters just feel so out of place.
I just didn’t understand what is the intention of creator. Everything is pointing at random direction and it was painful to watch all the episodes, despite of shortness. This anime just failed to go anywhere, and those type of anime is usually very boring to watch. This bored me so much.
It is very sad to see anime with new idea fails miserably. This anime definitely has some interesting points to look at, but overall, it is horribly made anime.
I would not recommend this anime to anyone.
Dec 6, 2017
12 of 12 episodes seen
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I assume you read synopsis of the show, so I’m not going to write about it in this review.
This kind of comedy show doesn’t have “plot”, so only factor in story is the quality of gags. I think joke-telling can be stretched to storytelling.
The quality of comedy in this series is what make this show boring. Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou is kind of show that characters do stupid things without any reasons. I call those chaotic comedy (I made this term up to make writing easier). I’m not saying those kind of shows are bad. What I’m saying is that execution of characters doing
stupid things without any reasons is poorly done in this show. Chaotic comedy is kind of genre that heavily relies on uncertainty. Viewers should feel “what just happened, that’s so messed up and funny”. (Example for good chaotic comedy would be Bobobo. Everything in Bobobo is unpredictable and hilarious.) I don’t get this feeling when I watch Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou. Almost every single jokes in the shows is predictable. It just defeats the purpose of the show.
Also, chaotic comedy is very widely used style of comedy, especially in Japanese comics for very young male kids, such as Koro Koro Comic. Japanese kids are exposed to chaotic comedy all the time even before they enter elementary school. The point I want to make here is that chaotic comedy is very competitive genre in Japan and mediocre chaotic comedy cannot make Japanese people laugh. No wonder, I’ve never seen any Japanese mentioning about this show. (Oh, I forgot to mention that I’m Japanese. I’m pretty sure kids outside of Japan have decent amount of exposure of chaotic comedy, too, but I can’t talk about it because I grew up in Japan. I don’t have experience as non-Japanese kid.) Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou is not even close to mediocre chaotic comedy. It’s just horrible. Punchlines in Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou are all the copies of most generic jokes from kids comic like Koro Koro. Manga for six-year-old, such as Dangerous Jii-san, has better punchlines than Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou. Watching Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou makes me feel that I’m watching anime for five-year-old.
And also, depiction of female characters in this show is just bad. I wonder if those female characters have characteristics other than violent tendencies.
There’s not much to criticize or praise about art in this show. I think art in this anime is good enough, considering this is a comedy show.
Sound is the only praiseworthy part of Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou.
When I heard the music in this show, I immediately understood this is the comedy anime about male characters. Melody feels like somebody is fooling around, and energetic guitar feels like several male characters are the one who are fooling around.
I think the music in this show did great job of creating right atmosphere for viewers.
Characters doing stupid stuff without being funny is kind of unpleasant to watch.
Also, as I mentioned in “story“, girls is this show is pretty boring.
Violent tendencies is only characteristic that they have.
Core of enjoyment in comedy anime is the quality of gags.
As I mentioned in “story”, jokes in this series are horrible.
I couldn’t enjoy this show at all.
Nothing great about this show, except for music.
I would recommend to avoid this show.