It was around the point that Leonardo Da Vinci took Joan of Arc onto Magellan’s spaceship where the two of them served King Arthur and eventually crash-landed in front of Oda Nobunaga that my brain started to melt out of my ears. An obvious comparison would be to the Fate/Verse with all these historical figures re-imagined and pitted against each other, but that would imply that there was absolutely any logic whatsoever applied to how these characters appeared. I am no strong fan of the Fate/Verse but at least you know what the drill is. Heroes summoned from historical figures to fight in this all-out battle. In Nobunaga the Fool it’s random collection of heroes with completely variable technological capabilities colliding together into…something?
I was ready to jump all over Nobunaga the Two-toned hair with flowers and rainbows because it was by Shoji Kawamori. His last show that didn’t involve fucking idols so don’t talk to me about that AKB shit was Aquarion EVOL. As I may have made clear a million times before, I love EVOL. I mention that because I want to pitch my next statement about my dislike of the shiny artwork by contrasting EVOL and Nobunaga the Historically Inaccurate. EVOL is about a super school in a futuristic society with fresh faced teenagers discovering love and robots. Nobunaga the Accidental Mecha Pilot is about a black sheep warrior out in the wilderness on a scout mission with a sword. Why is he so shiny?
I got even more annoyed by Joan of Arc being all shiny and fresh faced with massive blinding boobs. She’s a downtrodden farm girl, why does she not have a speck of dirt on her? It feels like the artwork isn’t meshing well with the story. I know the story is nonsense, but nonsense can still be portrayed as such. Kill la Kill is nonsense but they camp that with its dramatic over the top art style. It sounds weird that I’m complaining about the art style, but it’s part of a larger problem that a lot of what Nobunaga the Eternally Clean Shaven does isn’t quite working.
The dialogue is stilted and not very well written. You can do cheesy dialogue that no human would ever say in a show as cheesy as this is evidentially trying to be, and they achieve that with Da Vinci. He is the string of hope I’m holding onto to believe this show might be able to pull together a narrative and vision to be entertaining. His eccentricities and extravagance are entertaining, well written and cohesive with what we understand about Da Vinci as a historical figure. My knowledge of Nobunaga is pretty sketchy but he was hardly a noble hero who cried on the battlefield. He was a total shithead who crushed his enemies with no mercy. Joan of Arc was an inspirational military leader with the voice of God on her side. Not some floozy damsel.