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Posted 1/8/15
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It is natural to experience regret. As humans, it is inevitable that we make mistakes, which leads us to wonder what we might have done differently, if given the chance. The possibility of changing the past become especially compelling when you look beyond the span of your own life and back to history. How might the present change if event of the past had occurred differently? As a beneficiary of the knowledge of those who came before us, how might we use our modern understanding of science and knowledge of the past to change the course of history?



Saburo is a modern day student in Japan who, through some unexplained event, manages the impossible and finds himself transported back to time Sengoku Era of Japan. Upon arrival, he encounters none other than Oda Nobunaga who, as it turns out, looks nearly identical to him. Not quite the historical figure he is remembered to be, Nobunaga wishes to abandon his life of politics and asks Saburo to take his identity. Thinking this all some sort of joke, Saburo accepts but soon learns that he has truly traveled through time and the world around him is very dangerous.



This provides Saburo with the unique situation to which the rest of us may only futilely wonder. Not only does he find himself in a transformative era of Japanese history, he has been put into a position where he is able to reshape history as an individual who becomes a powerful political force of his time. What modern tools of science and engineering or secrets known only to one with centuries of historical hindsight might Saburo employ to change the course of Japan’s technological and political development? As it turns out, not a whole lot.



We quickly learn that history is one of Saburo’s worst subjects. Worse, he doesn’t seem to excel in any area of academia and has developed the temperament where he avoids all conflict by fleeing. Rulership material he is not, so instead he has to focus all his time and energy on not being discovered and summarily executed as an imposter. Meanwhile, he does bring one aspect of the present day to the past, a modern understanding of morals and ethics. What we are left with is an extremely odd comedy in which Saburo must overcome his culture shock while his retainers try to cope with their masters sudden moral opposition to seppuku and the idea of a world without weekends.



As the story progresses we learn, perhaps, that Saburo’s situation may not be so unique. History may also not move in the linear path we once believed as Saburo’s well-intentioned fumbling somehow manages to set the Oda clan on its famous historical conquest through Japan. We are left to wonder if the exploits of Oda Nobunaga were nothing more than a modern day teenager who got really, really lucky. Meanwhile the actual Nobunaga seems to be up to something, creating some real questions about whether he might live up to his legendary wiles or if Saburo accidentally left him a very flattering legacy.



At its core, Nobunaga Concerto is an odd but charming comedy which reminds the viewer that even the most dramatic historical figures were only human and just as awkward, inadequate, and unqualified as the rest of us. The cast struggles to make their way through a violent world while trying to cope with their lords bizarre behavior while Saburo tests the limits of how far he can push the cultural boundaries without getting beheaded. As a dramatic lead, he believes in a world where all conflicts can be ended without violence, which confounds his enemies whose one and only tool for problem solving is war. Despite the dark era and some dramatic themes, the series keeps things playfully light-hearted. If you pay close attention, you might even learn something about history.
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