It’s happening! Ladies and gentlemen, it is finally happening. Ever since Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure ended, I have been offering constructive criticism to every anime since then. That advise is that they need to be more like Jojo’s. Now we have something with Nobunagun that very clearly is trying to ape the aesthetic David Production used for Jojo’s. The colour filters, the solid blocks of smoke, the framing of certain shots. Nobunagun is taking cues from Jojo’s and that’s what makes it stand out. Not that it does it as well as Jojo’s but I’ll take it.
I like the artwork tricks used by Nobunagun. Not everything works. I don’t think the naming of everything is used terribly well. It could be used to add humour to scenes but instead it points out the obvious like a lazy episodic anime blogger. Look at her sitting at the back. That means she’s alone. She had water coming out of her mouth when she was asleep. That means she drools when she’s asleep. I see what they’re going for, but it doesn’t work. I did like the Gankutsuou-esque flowery filters over characters, particularly when I realised what they were going for with the not-fitting-in motif. I like it because it’s using animation to do something other mediums can’t. What qualifies as actual movement animation is rather limited, but it was also the case in Jojo’s so it works well enough here.
Storywise it’s very competently told and executed, if admittedly rather bland. Girl is alone, suddenly aliens appear, she has hidden power all this time, blah de blah de blah. Maybe my lowered expectations are showing after how poorly the weirder Nobunaga show of the season fucked up its first episode that I’m willing to praise something as simple as the ability to tell a story competently and coherently as being a big plus point. But hey, this might be a sign of a great new dawn. For the first few years of the 00s anime was going through a bit of a post K-ON phase with cute girl 4-koma adaptations everywhere. After that it was the My Light Novel Can’t Have Imouto In The Title, which is still ongoing and prevalent. Now though it’s time for the series inspired by Jojo’s. Nobunagun may not be amazing, but I choose to believe it’s a sign for a greater tomorrow.