Review: Nobunagun, Episode 11: Operation Stone Forest, Part 1

Review:

That was a pretty decent mix of strategy and action. At first, we’re forced to sit through a bit of a recap from the previous episode (well, okay, forced is a bad choice of words, since skipping is always an option) before we actually get back to the continuing plot. Post-intro, we get a bit of an ominous scene, hinting at something more powerful to come, before we get back to the plot at hand. Throughout the episode, we’re shown a mix of scenes, some of which take place in the present time and some of which are flashbacks, showing how Sio laid out the plan of attack. It all plays into the unraveling plan of defeating the Evolutionary Invasion Objects.

Part of the fun of this episode is seeing where things are going to go. Since they don’t lay the plan out all at once, we get to see how it goes step-by-step, and we get to see how the different E-gene holders play into the plan. Eventually, we switch over to more action than backstory (or drama or whatever you want to call it), all of which ends up showing just how clever of a strategist Sio is (or, perhaps, Nobunaga is). Of course, some of the seriousness gets wrecked right at the end, when a female character gets bound up by some tentacles. This, in and of itself, wouldn’t be so bad, except that they took it to the point of two tentacles groping her breasts and one tentacle appearing to worm its way into the crotch of her uniform. Of all the unnecessary things….

A Christian Perspective:

Well, you’ve already read about the tentacles, which would be the biggest issue this episode has from a Christian perspective (in my opinion, at least). Beyond what’s shown in the episode, there are also a couple scenes that show the same character still bound by the tentacles, with another scene showing her red-faced and seemingly breathing heavy.

Everything else is pretty much par for the course with this show. Of course there are violent scenes, along with a little bit of blood, and there are a few occurrences of foul language, with one occurrence of blasphemy. There are a few euphemisms sprinkled throughout, too, depending on how you feel about them. Also, three characters are shown playing Texas Hold’em while they wait for their turn to fight, so if you don’t like depictions of gambling, then that’s there.

For a more positive Christian perspective, though, how about this: This episode is a good example about a diverse group of people working together towards a common goal. Each one has a different ability, and by utilizing that ability in tandem with the other users, they are able to work together to accomplish the common goal. This is the same thing we are called to do as Christians: we each have different roles, abilities, talents, etc., but we are all part of one body–the Body of Christ–and we are to work together to fulfill Christ’s purposes here on earth.

Romans 12: 4-5 : For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. (ESV)

See Also:

1 Corinthians 12

Content Guide:

Language: 1 “j**z”, 1 “p***es”, 1 “d**ned”

Alcohol/Drug Use: None

Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: A character is shown getting wrapped up by an EIO’s tentacles, two of which wrap around her breasts and, one of which appears to make its way into the crotch of her uniform; the same character is shown still bound by the tentacles in the episode preview, and is shown red-faced and seemingly breathing heavy–the same character is shown from a bottom-up angle, with the camera showing between her legs (although she’s wearing her battle uniform, so you don’t actually see anything)

Violence: A compilation of fight shots after the opening; gunfire; EIOs are sliced apart; more gunfire; tank cannon fire; an EIOs tentacles explode; tentacle being shot and exploding; EIOs explode; EIOs are shot and explode; an EIO is shown being shot and having different bits of its flesh blown away

Blood/Gore: There appears to be some blood on the ground at one point; blood from a shot tentacle

Other: Characters are playing Texas Hold’em

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