The Ambition of Oda Nobuna

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Creator’s Comment (Q&A with original author):

Q1: Tell us what inspired you to make this series.
A: I was sitting in a coffee shop with my editor when one of us came up with the idea. But I never thought I’d actually write it.
Q2: What are some of the difficulties you’ve had when working on it?
A: Keeping the balance between my original ideas and historical reality, and between comedy and seriousness, is a constant struggle. Sometimes when I run against a wall, I’ll actually go to a historical site from the period and see what kind of merchandise I can find.

Q3: What did you really think when you heard they were going to make an anime out of this?
A: Oh no, what do I do? When I was writing this I never thought they would animate it!
Q4: So now that it’s getting animated, what are you looking forward to?
A: Seeing Yoshiharu and Nobuna moving around on a TV screen is amazing enough, but I would say specifically…
Nobunaga’s doing the “Atsumori”, the opening and ending, the cover jackets Miyama-Zero will be drawing, and “The boss bit it!” perhaps.
Q5: Who is your favorite character in Oda Nobuna’s Ambition, and why?
A: It’s so hard to choose, but if I had to pick one I’d say Bontenmaru. They say the worse a kid is, the more you love them. (Laughs) But I suppose you could say that for everybody in the book.
Q6: So what merchandise would you like to see made for the show?
A: My hobby is collecting stuff about the period from when Oda Nobunaga lived. So I’d buy anything, but if there were a Nobuna trading card came I’m sure I’d put a lot of money into it.
Q7: What’s your favorite anime genre?
A: Historical films… aren’t anime, are they? I like my anime relaxing and light-hearted.

Q8: Let’s have a word for the fans about your book, and the anime. (If you have any special information about the books, now’s the time!)
A: The manga version was released, and I think it won’t be long before the anime airs. In the books, it’s now volume eight and Yoshiharu is now the commander of an army. Kanbe and Hanbe are on the cover. Also, and this is something I’ve been planning for a while, I’m planning on doing a side story starring *****. (Laughs)

Q&A with Series Composition

Q1: So brought you to work on the anime project?
A: Perhaps it’s because I always play “Nobunaga’s Ambition” on the PSP so much. I thought it was perfect when they asked me to work on it.

Q2: Tell us about any difficulties you had making the anime version of the story.
A: The joy of the work lies in the fact that it’s a serious historical story where the characters are all cute girls. Keeping the balance between those two factors was difficult.

Q3: What do you feel is the most interesting part of the anime?
A: I would say the fact that it accurately represents the events of that period in time. We put a lot of work into that, so I think history fans will be pleased.

Q4: Who is your favorite character in Oda Nobuna’s Ambition, and why?
A: Nagahide Niwa. I prefer older sisters to little ones, so I would love to be lectured at by her. I suppose you could call that being M?

Q5: Is there something you always keep in mind when you work on an anime? (Not necessarily this one)
A: The character’s emotions. What were they thinking when they did this? And what did they feel? I think that’s where the drama lies.
Q6: So what merchandise would you like to see made for the show?
A historical simulation called “Oda Nobuna’s Ambition”, of course. I seriously asked the producer if it would be possible.
Q7: What’s your favorite anime genre?
A: I like complicated dramas. I enjoy seeing everyone’s plans and actions finally converging into a single thread.

Q8: Let’s have a word for the fans about the anime.
A: I think you could make a serious live action show about it. Let’s all make it really popular and see if we can’t get a live action version airing on Sundays at eight!

Q&A with Director

Q1: So brought you to work on the anime project?
A: I had worked on other Madhouse projects in the past. I was interested in working on a historical project, so I took the job.
Q2: Tell us about any difficulties you had making the anime version of the story.
A: I would say the keeping balance between a historical show, and one with pretty girls. An anime is pictures on a screen, and so simultaneously maintaining the tense air of a historical drama while keeping the girls cute was very difficult.

Q3: What do you feel is the most interesting part of the anime?
A: How cool and cute the characters are.

Q4: Who is your favorite character in Oda Nobuna’s Ambition, and why?
A: Oda Nobukatsu. She’s a wonderful character in many respects. She’ll start showing up in episode two, so look forward to that.

Q5: Is there something you always keep in mind when you work on an anime? (Not necessarily this one)
No matter what position I’m in, I always want to live up to expectations.

Q6: Is work on the anime going well?
A: I think so, yes…
This is my first time as a director, so I can’t really say.

Q7: So what merchandise would you like to see made for the show?
A: A historical simulation. There are a lot of different types of characters in the show, so I think it could make for a very interesting game.

Q8: What’s your favorite anime genre?
Serious ones, I suppose. I don’t really enjoy one genre more than any others, but it’s a genre that I would like to try.

Q9: Let’s have a word for the fans about the anime.
It has lots of very charming girls laughing, crying, and trying their hardest to survive in a very dangerous period. I hope you’ll cheer them on.
The staff are all working very hard on it. I hope you’ll watch.