Anime Review: Nobunaga The Fool – 01 [Pilot]

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In an alternate universe where East and West are two separate worlds, one man will be drawn by fate to enter a bad-ass mech that surpasses all others.

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RECAP:  Two worlds completely unalike.  The West World, a land with evolving technology, prosperous land and people, on the verge of being under the control by one governing ruler.  The East World, a land still at war, many vying to rule it all.  But there is a prophecy that deems one man worthy of being the True King of both worlds.  That is what young Oda Nobunaga and Jeanne Kaguya d’Arc continuously have a mysterious dream of.  On one fateful day, Nobunaga attempts to warn an allied fort of enemy forces inbound, but his reputation as “The Fool” bar them from taking him seriously.  Because of this, he witnesses how battles and war really are like on the front line.  Meanwhile, Jeanne Kaguya d’Arc follows Leonardo da Vinci on an expedition to the West World.  It is then that these two have their chance encounter.

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I got to say that the premise of this really has me interested from the get-go.  The East vs. West thing has always existed as a theme for various series, but to separate them into two worlds and put a sci-fi, historical twist on it is really cool.  Nevermind the fact that this is practically a historical re-enactment anime, they got mechs and spaceships involved!  Ahem!  Anyways, the story of Oda Nobunaga is a tale told many a time, so I wonder how this twist will make it differ from others.

In this story, Nobunaga is still a young man that has yet seen the tribulations of the battlefield.  But that changes today.  To others, especially his family, he is but a fool (thus the titular name of “Nobunaga The Fool”).  But is he really an idiot or just too easygoing?

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On the East World, we follow Jeanne Kaguya d’Arc, a young woman labeled “Demon-possessed” by the rest of her village, including her parents.  When Leonardo da Vinci seeks her out and requests she tag along with him on his expedition to the West World, she is barely hesitant as she seeks answers behind her mysterious dream of a “True King” of Prophecy.

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All the events going on here aside, it really intrigues me when series do alternate retelling of historical figures.  It’s pretty obvious that Oda Nobunaga never REALLY met Jeanne d’Arc in reality.  But twisting history and making it a story of its own is a way of storytelling in itself.

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Now, I’m just still trying to wrap my head around how mobile suits fit into all of this.  Don’t tell me Nobunaga’s mech, which can only be piloted by the “True King,” is supposed to turn into a Chou-Ginga Gurren Lagaan tier or Demonbane tier of mech.  We’ll see as the show goes along.

Rating:  3.5/5

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This is the most fabulous looking representation of Leonardo da Vinci I’ve ever seen in my life.

 

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2 responses to “Anime Review: Nobunaga The Fool – 01 [Pilot]

  1. zztop

    Historically, the real Nobunaga was also called ‘Fool’ due to his various eccentricities in his youth(ex. mingling with peasants)and his righthand man Hideyoshi was called Monkey due to his monkeylike facial features and thin build.

    I think the character artist captured the monkey look perfectly.

    • Haha! I immediately yelled out in my mind “SARU!” as soon as Hideyoshi showed up. That is definitely cool to know that one of the most powerful men in history was like that in his younger years.

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