Winter 2014 First Impressions Part 2: Nobunaga and Nobunaga

oda_nobuna_no_yabou_image_2-1920x1080Contrary to the popular sentiment (in blogs I read), I actually think the shows have been increasing in variety lately.  From what I’ve seen from shows, I’d also say that production values of TV series on average are better now than 2-4 years ago. In my opinion, that was a period where the industry declined, but it has been recovering since the other year. The talent pool in the industry has also been promising, with many young and not so young people emerging as capable animators and directors. So what I’m trying to say is, anime definitely isn’t dying yet in my eyes.

Anyway, part 2 is here.

Nobunagun
Oda Nobunaga loves guns — and puns.

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Excellent first episode. The direction was superb. The cinematography was on a level not common in TV anime. The use of colors and other artsy stuff really helped their respective scenes. It’s using the medium to its full advantage. The timing of the music and the music itself were great. The pacing of the episode was perfect.

The action really benefited from the great music and camera work. The timing of the cuts and the music, and the use of colors — these things really made the action cool and filled with energy. This episode wasn’t particularly profound or filled with substance, nor did it hint at becoming one. But it doesn’t need to be. This show isn’t that type of show. We’re here for the adrenaline rush and the yuri vibes. The important part here is that the show knows what’s it’s doing, and it’s doing it impressively.

[HorribleSubs] Nobunagun - 01 [720p].mkv_snapshot_08.28_[2014.01.16_13.58.45]It’s quite clever with the details surrounding the world and the characters (I’ve watched episode 2 and it’s more noticeable there). The characters themselves are also characterized well. The protag especially, was really well characterized. She’s simple, but she feels human. The yuri friendship interactions were also good. It had the necessary depth to make us connect with the main character. The artsy flowery camouflage stuff looks pretty, but what’s more admirable about it is that it was put to great use by helping the characterization. It’s really great that we still get this considering that it already has plenty of excellent action, because more often than not, only one of those two is good. 

Nobunagun’s first episode was loaded with awesomeness. Let’s hope Nobunagun doesn’t run out of it before the series ends.

Nobunaga The Fool
Oda Nobunaga is a fool — and a bishie.

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 I was looking forward to this, and I was disappointed.

I like watching silly over the top shows that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Shows like AKB0048 and Aquarion EVOL were like this, and I liked them. Both those shows were made by Satelight. Producing shows like that has become somewhat of a Satelight specialty. That’s why I was looking forward to Nobunaga The Fool. It looked liked it would be the same type of show. 

Unfortunately, the show appears to take itself too seriously for the most part. That’s what I felt when I was watching it. As a result, everything about the show failed to entertain me, except Da Vinci’s personality. There’s nothing wrong with silly shows being serious. Aquarion EVOL and AKB0048 were pretty serious on many occasions, and has some serious major themes. But they knew when to be serious. Nobunaga The Fool doesn’t. 

[HorribleSubs] Nobunaga the Fool - 01 [720p].mkv_snapshot_09.47_[2014.01.16_14.20.58]Imagine having Da Vinci, Magellan, Jeanne D’Arc, and other historical figures mixed up with Nobunaga’s story. And to add to that, make the world one where there are spaceships and mecha (and an inferior Mooneyes). Will you be able to take that if the show is dead serious about it? The mishmash of things here also didn’t make any sense. It didn’t establish any rules or logic in its universe so that things would feel like they make sense. It might later, but nothing in this premiere made me inclined to care.

 I’ll probably stick with it for a few more episodes to see if it will continue being a disappointment (for me), or if it will become more like AKB and EVOL, which I hope it will. It’s still a Satelight series, so there’s a chance.

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