Review: Nobunagun, Episode 1: Oda Nobunaga


Well. That was a ride. Let me start by saying this: if you do not like violence, do not watch this show. Don’t let the “Japanese school girl going on a school trip” thing fool you–the opening scenes are more along the lines of what you can expect from this show. That being said, let me introduce you to the world of Nobunagun!

Our main character, Ogura Sio, appears to be a military arms nut, and an outcast at school. Her class takes a trip to Taiwan, and while everyone else is going around in groups, she is off having fun by herself. What? That doesn’t sound like action to you? Well, how about this:

The world is apparently under attack by beings calle Evolutionary Invasion Objects, one of which attacks during the aforementioned field trip. How do you fight aliens/monsters/whatever that can easily rip apart miliary machinery? With the re-incarnations of historical figures like Jack the Ripper, Ghandi, Newton, and Nobunaga, of course! Does that sound crazy, zany, and over-the-top to you? Good, because it is. The show is somewhat remniscent of Kill-La-Kill (yes, I only watched one episode, but I’m not the only one to make the connection, so it’s a valid comparison).

Beyond that, there’s not much to say. That’s about as much of the concept as I can currently tell you. Is it Christian-friendly? Well… I suppose it’s not the worst thing. Part of it depends on how you feel about violence, because there’s a lot of it, although not nearly as much blood as you would expect. One thing that remains to be seen is what, exactly, they do with the relationship between Sio and Kaoru. Kaoru takes and interest in befriending Sio, and surprised Sio by taking a picture with her. Afterwards, we see Sio blushing. This could very well be simple embarassment, or they could be going for something more. Let’s hope it’s just embarassment from the fact that no one seems to actually interact with Sio. Beyond that, there is the fact that the whole theme of the series revolves around reincarnation, so if that makes you uncomfortable, then you may want to skip this. There is a bit of language, though not a whole lot. All-in-all, it’s an action series, and I am certainly curious to see where it goes from here

A Christian Perspective:

Let’s start with the obvious: this is obviously going to be a violent anime. If you don’t like/are opposed to violence, then this is not going to be one for you. At the very least, I’d guess we’re going to see a lot of monsters getting sliced up, along with some blood. The other thing that may raise a big issue is that the show’s plot revolves around people being reincarnations of historical figures. Obviously the concept of reincarnation is in direct opposition to the teachings of Christianity, so you may want to take that into consideration. There is also some language within the show, some very light fanservice in the beginning of the episode, and there may be some yuri undertones between Sio and Kaoru, though it could simply be case of Sio being embarrassed because she has no friends, and someone has finally decided to befriend her. Only time will tell, but I’m hoping it’s just the friendship/embarrassment thing.

Content Guide:

Language: 1 “j**z”, 2 “cr*p”, 1 “d*mn”, 1 “b*lls**t”

Alcohol/Drug Use: None

Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: Our main character is shown lifting her shirt up, and we can see a very little bit of what I think is her bra; the same character is shown bent over from behind, wearing short shorts (not really a sexual scene, but if you’re extra-sensitive you should be aware); Sio blushes after Kaoru takes a picture with her–whether this is meant to just be embarassment or something more, I don’t know (hopefully just embarassment)

Violence: Scenes of sword fights and flaming arrows; a man cuts down others with a sword, though it is bloodless violence; a man impales another man with a sword; a man is shown to be stabbed in the stomach; a boat is shown to be broken in two; a fighter jet fires missles towards a city; a monster hurls two tanks in Ogura’s direction; the monster steps on a tank; tanks fire at the monster; a missle hits the monster and explodes; more missles are fired; a plane is destroyed; the monster shoots scales, one of which crushes a man; the monsters scales explode; Jack cuts off one of the monste’rs legs; the monster fires a scale at Jack, which he cuts in half, flies past him, and then both pieces explode; Jack continues to fight the monster, repelling scales, which hit a statue of a man and explode; Jack catches a scale on his blade and hurls it back at the monster; the scale hits the monster and explodes; Jack cuts the mosnter in half; Jack is impaled; Jack cuts down a small monster; Jack kills a monster; monsters are shot; Ogura is steadily firing her gun

Blood/Gore: Blood is scene spurting from an impaled man; blood is shown on the floor under a man who has been stabbed, and he has blood on his hand; blood splatter is shown when a man is crushed by a monster’s scale; a line of blood runs from Jack’s mouth; blood is seen on Jack’s stomach from his wound; blood is seen coming from a monster Jack kills; blood is again seen running from Jack’s stomach wound; the bloody scene from the intro is shown again

Other: Reincarnation is a theme within the show

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