Nobunaga the Fool – Who needs Historical Continuity Anyway?
January 7, 2014 2 Comments
There are numerous anime series and films which take the historical past and twist it around certain ideas and concepts, adding steampunk aesthetics, robots, and even swapping the gender of important, and famous historical figures. Nobunaga the Fool does just this, splitting the world in two in a way that reminded me a little of Aquarion Evol, although at the moment one of the worlds isnt trying to abduct the women of the other. What is particularly interesting about this setting is its ability to have numerous historical figures appear at the same time (although Jeanne d’arc did live about 100 years before Oda Nobunaga, so there are certain liberties taken) on worlds that are both similar, and different to the historical past. We also have an injection of Kawamori style madness that manages to take the grand, the incidental, and the plain silly, putting them together into something immensely entertaining.
The idea of Oda Nobunaga riding around on flying dinosaurs, and samurai fighting in giant robots that appear to be in traditional samurai armour is both mad and amazing to watch. Similarly, we see Jeanne d’arc and Leonardo da Vinci steal a spaceship and crash-land right near Nobunaga apparently in an effort to fulfil some sort of prophecy. This series looks mad, the sort of madness that should be expected from Kawamori, the mind that gave us Macross Frontier, AKB0048, and Aquarion Evol. While the characters are certainly entertaining, and the worlds look fascinating, with a wonderful blend of futuristic, historical, and fantasy elements, there are certain clunky aspects to this first episode. We have a significant amount of exposition and world building, both arguably essential for what appears to be a pretty complex story about two interlocking worlds, and various factions vying for supremacy. Previous series by Kawamori have had similar issues, taking a number of episodes to get characters introduced and the world explained, and I feel that in this case the exposition and world building are entirely justified.
Overall the first episode looks promising, presenting us with a suitably insane story where Oda Nobunaga walks into battle in a big robot while also carrying Jeanne d’arc in his arms. Yes it’s a little confusing, and perhaps a little messy in places, but I feel the world and characters are strong enough to pull through and help create a fascinating, and entertaining series.