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Nobunaga the Fool episode 1 – Useless damsel

Nobunaga the Fool - 01 - Large 20It 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?

Nobunaga the Fool - 01 - Large 25I 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.

Nobunaga the Fool - 01 - Large 38The 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.

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  1. Posted January 7, 2014 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

    This reminded me of that Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere show. There’s probably some intricately schemed world and back story going on here that explains this mess, but the only reaction I can muster is an apathetic shrug. At least Horizon had slimes.

    • Scamp
      Posted January 7, 2014 at 8:17 pm | Permalink

      Well shit, you’ve gone and summed it up way better than me

    • Posted January 7, 2014 at 9:40 pm | Permalink

      I think the beginning scene with those maps was supposed to explain some of the shit going on, but it was such a lazy method of exposition and I am cursed with an inability to read maps, so I tuned out and never really got back.

  2. Rait
    Posted January 7, 2014 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

    When that weird haired dude screamed out of frustration, my mind instantly added “HYOOOUUUUIIIN KYOOUUUMAA”

    Ah the voice actors…

    All in all I agree. I didn’t like it at all. It was nonsensical and not in a good way, with logic completely abandoned. I’m not sure if I’l be watching this for long.

    • Scamp
      Posted January 7, 2014 at 11:30 pm | Permalink

      Kawamori has earned enough goodwill off me after EVOL that I’ll give it at least one more episode. Not much more than that though.

  3. Posted January 7, 2014 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, Escaflowne except told in that godawful Horizon style of storytelling is a perfect way to sum up this show based on the first episode.

  4. luffyluffy
    Posted January 7, 2014 at 11:23 pm | Permalink

    Yeah but the robot is sexy as hell

    • Scamp
      Posted January 7, 2014 at 11:33 pm | Permalink

      I guess, but less impressive after Geass Akito

  5. Aethelwulf
    Posted January 8, 2014 at 3:28 am | Permalink

    If all the characters were given original names this show would make infinitely more sense….
    Also, the Akechi Mitsuhide guy looked uncomfortably like the male lead from “Say I Love You.” Same voice actor too, for extra added creepiness.

  6. jherb33
    Posted January 8, 2014 at 5:32 am | Permalink

    why was da vinci speaking into that tuba?

    • Posted January 8, 2014 at 5:44 pm | Permalink

      Finally we get to the important questions!

  7. jherb33
    Posted January 8, 2014 at 5:34 am | Permalink

    this show is going to teach inaccurate history to the kids!

    • Ken
      Posted January 8, 2014 at 6:42 am | Permalink

      Hey. We learn allot of good history from anime. Galilei Donna tough me that Galileo fell in love with a half japanese loli girl.

      • Posted January 8, 2014 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

        Who was his great to the n-th power granddaughter.

  8. jherb33
    Posted January 8, 2014 at 5:44 am | Permalink

    the kids are going to learn all wrong!

  9. Ken
    Posted January 8, 2014 at 6:36 am | Permalink

    I would like to see some interesting world building for this story. When the ship was falling from the sky and all those people from different places responding to seeing it, that showed a glimpse of a greater fantasy world that might be interesting.

    Apparently this story had it’s original incarnation as a Japanese stage play. Maybe a bunch of actors got together and started to improvise. Hey I want to be a ditzy Joan of Arch, and I want to be a tuba playing Da Vinci.

    If this doesn’t get better I think I’ll re-watch the Twelve Kingdoms instead.

    • Scamp
      Posted January 8, 2014 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

      Nah, the stage play was created alongside this. Not quite the same. I believe the stage play ran at the end of December sometime?

  10. Kiraly
    Posted January 8, 2014 at 6:38 am | Permalink

    To be fair, there’s a lot more to the historical figure of Oda Nobunaga than the go-to characterization of Hitler-voiced-by-Wakamoto would imply. His wikipedia article is very interesting.

    He kinda reminds me of Dracula / Vlad Tepes, except the other way around. When we reach his chapter in history lesson in Romania, he’s always presented as a noble and very progressive leader who won out against overwhelming odds – if you read up on actual history, he seems more like a bloodthirsty despot. Oda Nobunaga, according to wikipedia and some other things I’ve read actually was very progressive, and had downright modern ideals about how many things should be run (trodding on plenty of toes in the process).

    (Of course, he also burned down villages with women and children in them, but who didn’t back then.)

    • Ken
      Posted January 8, 2014 at 6:48 am | Permalink

      Maybe Vlad the impaler will show up in the next episode.

    • Scamp
      Posted January 8, 2014 at 8:58 pm | Permalink

      He was forward thinking yes, what with his thoughts on gunpowder and so on. That doesn’t stop him from being an asshole though. Genghis Khan was pretty forward thinking too, but was also an asshole

  11. Ken
    Posted January 9, 2014 at 7:23 pm | Permalink

    I would be interesting if Bluebeard (from Fate/Zero) was to show up to fight for Joan of Arc.

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