Post Reply Nobunaga the Fool
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Posted 3/23/14
Written by Onymous

If you are expecting a historical fiction about Oda Nobunaga, then be prepared for something a little different.

Just what the series is doing is a bit hard to describe. Essentially, it tells the story of another world populated by a cast of extremely attractive characters each bearing the name and some aspects of historical figures from different eras of history.

The world is divided into Eastern and Western stars. The Western star is representative of a high fantasy Europe. The many nations of the Western Star have been united under the Rule of the conquering King Arthur, advised by his Round Table of lords and advisors with familiar names such as Caesar, Machiavelli, and Alexander. Meanwhile the Eastern Star is separated by warring kingdoms and without unified rule.

Although they are called stars, each fantasy world is a separate planet floating in the sky above the other. Airships piloted by the likes of Magellan (if he was a one-eyed male model with pink hair) travel through the space between worlds. Mechs (War Armor) are as common a feature in warfare as swords and bows, with one special mech meant to be piloted only by a “Savior King” falling into Nobunaga’s hands.

The series begins with prophetic dreams shared by Nobunaga of the Eastern Star and Jeanne d’Arc of the Western Star. Jeanne is a peasant, thought to be demon possessed by her village. One day she is approached by Leonardo da Vinci who is aware of her dreams and asks to travel with her to the Eastern Star to explore their meaning.

As it turns out, the powers that be do not approve of Leonardo’s ambitions and wish to retain him as the worlds greatest creator of advanced technology such as flying vehicles and War Armor. On the way to the Eastern Star, their ship is attacked and the pair crash land while pursued by Western mechs.

On the Eastern Star, Nobunaga is busy avoiding his brother’s birthday party and the celebration of adulthood. Using scouting enemy movements as a justification for his absence, he accidentally succeeds in discovering a Takeda attack against Oda holdings. On his way home to report his findings, he discovers da Vinci’s crash site and Jeanne d’Arc along with his savior king’s War Armor.

Nobunaga, with his retainers and unlikely alliance with Jeanne and Leonardo, suddenly finds himself in a position where he must defend his home against a foreign invasion while dealing with deceit from within and attention from the West.

This sets the stage for a series with all the drama of real historical conflict. Much like their real life counterparts, each of the characters has individual schemes, which creates fertile ground for intrigue. Meanwhile the foreboding prophetic dreams hang over all the events of the story, promising a dark future.
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Posted 4/15/14
Good review!
It is complex and if people are more into watching a series for the action at times then the complicated politics and deliberations of the charaters will bore them. For others who like some thought provoking anime series it should be fine. Lots of scheming and intrigue with this one.
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Posted 4/16/14
Sound like it might be somewhat like Codename Geass.

Is that accurate?
Posted 4/23/14
Wow... what a review! The title of the series kept me from wanting to watch the series, but your review made me feel like watching it. Excellent job well done!

In actual history, Oda Nobunaga was an interesting person, who helped Japan in many ways... from uniting the country to modernizing its structure and systems, introducing the country to the rest of the world, and promoting many types of arts. Those were some crazy times he lived in, and he did what he had to do to survive. The title of calling him a "fool" may not be appropriate, even if it does not refer to the man himself, who was perhaps moreso a brilliant person than a fool.

But I am just a modern anime fan... I am not affiliated with Nobunaga... and I don't know why I even felt like defending the guy... so weird....
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