Hey guys, today I wanted to a first impressions review on Nobunaga the Fool. Initially this was not on the list of selections in my list of winter anime, however, it was suggested to me by another anime exec at the club as well as screened during our seasonal winter anime night… and it is just. Amazing.
Nobunaga the Fool is a really unique mix of action, history, mythology and even mecha. There are two worlds – The Eastern Planet and the Western Planet. In the western world, Joan of Arc has dreams and visions of the Saviour of the World who will bring salvation. In the eastern world, Nobunaga Oda is lamenting the violence and ware that plagues the land and so episode 1 brings these two characters together in a little twist of fate.
I’ve given the First Impressions of this episode so high not only because the unique and refreshing premise but also because of the spectacular cast, animation and character designs. Absolutely gorgeous in so many ways. East meets west in this prophetic tale and it’s brought to us through the wonderful voices of Mamoru Miyano, Yoko Hikasa, Tomokazu Sugita, Minori Chihara Nao Toyama, Yuki Kaji, Takahiro Sakurai, Yuichi Nakamura and more. There is a really big cast and some really great sounds to us from the bits of score that accompany the first episode. The opening song is sung by Minori Chihara while the ending is done by Stereo Dive Foundation (the same paring of artists as Kyoukai no Kanata)
Can I just say that I have no t seen as dynamic character designs as the ones in Nobunaga the Fool for a very long time. There are a lot of eastern Japanese styles in the costume designs mixed with a technological futuristic stylishness that makes the characters really captivating to watch. It’s really hard to sum up everything that happens in episode 1 because it jumps back and forth between the Eastern Planet and the Western Planet quite a bit so you pick up tidbits of the plot premise along the way. Apparently all the characters are historical figures so I strongly recommend any of you with an interest in feudal Japan or medieval studies to make connections. I know a lot about Joan of Arc’s era in European history but less so of the east so I’ll have a little side research to do. Love the reference to tarot cards as well.
Produced by Satelight, Nobunaga aspires to be one of the top animes this season and the number of episode has yet to be decided. I am super excited to have this on my review list this season. Let me know what you guys think of this series opening and more First Impressions will come soon!
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