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.