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Oda Nobuna no Yabou

July 27, 2012

Adapted from the light novel series “織田信奈の野望“ written by Mikage Kasuga with art by Miyama-Zero, the story centers around modern era high school boy Sagara who finds himself transported to Japan’s Sengoku era where he meets that era’s historical figures.

With the added twist that most of these legendary people turn out to be attractive young girls, including Nobunaga Oda, who in this reality is the attractive and feisty blonde warlord Nobuna.

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Having gimmicks like historical people being female and a modern day person being transported back to a bygone era, this show could seem akin to other Sengoku era series like “Sengoku Otome: Momoiro Paradox“ or even shows based on the ‘Romance of the Three Kingdoms’ like “Shin Koihime†Musou”.

From the first episode on though, “Oda Nobuna no Yabou” starts off much stronger, it makes a solid impression with great balance between action & fiction based on historical events, terrific romantic comedy and a plethora of cute girls convincingly lead by the irresistibly cute Nobuna.

Luckily, the possible harem element is not as prominent since a major pillar of the story is the developing romance between Nobuna & Sagara, who regardless of other possible relationship candidates do form a fated pair right from the start.

Although not quite the level of some epic couples like Holo & Lawrence from “Spice & Wolf” or Senjougahara & Araragi from “Bakemonogatari”, there is plenty of chemistry and excellent verbal banter between Nobuna & Sagara.

Animation by studios Gokumi and Madhouse is strikingly good, with fluid action sequences, elaborate costumes, overall animation of the various female characters is really top notch, especially the eyes are rendered with a terrific signature style.
To contrast the darker color tones of the historical settings, most characters have vividly colored outfits or hair, giving a splash of lively colors onscreen.

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Nobuna is voiced by Kanae Itou, one of my favorite seiyuu, she also voiced Saten in “To aru Kagaku no Railgun”, Sena in “Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai”, Nana in “To Love RU” and Ohana in “Hasaku Iroha”.
Nobuna’s little brother is actually voiced by Katou Emiri, she previously voiced Kagami in “Lucky Star”, Hideyoshi in “Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu”, Sakuya in “Candy☆Boy” and Sakurako in this season’s “Yuru Yuri ♪♪”.

Nabatame Hitomi voices busty Katsuie, she has tackled roles like Kanade in “Candy☆Boy”, Mayoi in “Acchi Kocchi”, Kan’u in “Ikki Tousen” and Mikoto in “School Rumble”.
Mitsuhide is voiced by Yahagi Sayuri, who voiced characters like Suzu in “Seitokai Yakuindomo”, Haruna in “To Love RU”, Ranko in “Sankarea” and Noa in “MM!”.

Mamiko Noto voices haughty Yoshimoto, she previously voiced Ai in “Jigoku Shoujo”, Shimako in “Maria-sama ga Miteru”, Nodoka in “Mahou Sensei Negima!” and Youko in this season’s “Rinne no Lagrange 2”.
Inuchiyo is voiced by Fukuen Misato, she voiced Rika in “Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai”, Yoshika in “Strike Witches”, Yumina in “So-Ra-No-Wo-To” and Golden Darkness in “To Love RU”.

Really enjoyed “Oda Nobuna no Yabou” so far, it is a great mix of historical action and romantic comedy without being too over the top like “Shin Koihime†Musou” or a caricature like “Sengoku Otome: Momoiro Paradox“.
Highly recommend this entertaining show to all!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Devastator001 permalink
    July 31, 2012 4:25 am

    *Crosses Fingers for Figs* ^_^. The designs really lend themselves well for conversion into figures 😄

  2. July 31, 2012 7:59 pm

    @Devastator001
    Definitely! With their character design and outfits, we could some terrific figures. Though do hope in that case then that a top tier figure creator picks up the license.

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