Nobunagun: A Quick Review

They even take selfies in anime. They are only 2 years behind popular culture now.
They even take selfies in anime. They are only 2 years behind popular culture now.

From the very start, Nobunagun is pretty much obsessed with one thing. Inflicting as much violence on the screen as possible. It doesn’t matter if it is mental violence, violence against the color palette, actual grim deaths on screen; there’s no holding back here. But is it actually any good at it?

This is the second consecutive show I’ve looked at that involved a series of historical characters centered around Oda Nobunaga. This one is more about a weapon otaku who is the reincarnation of Nobunaga and with it carries the exact same penchant for violence and reckless abandon that is required for the role.

The protagonist Shio isn’t a character that really stands out on her own. She’s pretty weak when it comes to having friends to the point where I’m pretty sure Asao is the first person to have actually noticed that she existed. The fact that she turns into a crazy gun wielding superhuman is actually a plus since it forgoes the need to establish her character at all independent of the plot.

As for the other characters in the show, the only ones we get to see are a largely ineffective Jack the Ripper reincarnation and reincarnations of Isaac Newton and Gandhi who spend their short time on screen arguing with each other. The episode felt like it was directed by someone who is borderline insane in the best way possible. I don’t know if it will have the guts to stick to the insanity; which would require amping up the violence further and forgoing any character development of the side characters, or if it will eventually fall in line and become a mediocre violence series.

Shio represents the new moé.
Shio represents the new moé.

Finally, what I really want to say is that this is the type of show that should be airing late night on Western television. Unfortunately, this will end up in the wasteland along with fabulous Oda Nobunaga and his giant mecha in bizarro land.