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Review: Nobunagun, Episode 13: Nobunagun

Review:

Nobunagun must have decided to take a page out of Dan Brown’s book in terms of presenting absurd historical twists. I refer to the fact that Jack the Ripper is revealed to have actually been Florence Nightingale, who was actually killing people who were carrying some virus that would be catastrophic if released. She knew who to kill by some unknown power that only activated when the Earth was in danger. Er… yeah. Granted, Nobunagun’s whole premise is weird, but in this instance they’ve chosen to essentially change the historic character that’s being portrayed. I suppose it is easier to accept Jack the Ripper as a hero for humanity if you change his past to something of tragic heroics, but then again the angle of redemption could have been argued for keeping the historical figure intact. At any rate…

Outside of the absurd backstory, the final episode delivers everything you’d want to see (and some things you don’t). Evolutionary Invasion Objects are destroyed, killed, and otherwise defeated, humanity is victorious, and Sio gets the guy. On the other hand, there is some fanservice thrown in that really didn’t need to be there (and, really, does fanservice EVER need to be thrown in there?). I suppose the ending is fairly predictable, but it also goes the way I would have hoped, so in the end I’m satisfied.

A Christian Perspective:

The language is light this time around, and the violence is mostly what you’re used to seeing, although with Jack’s background being revealed we do see some human death. Blood is also more prevalent than it has been in the past. There is also a point in the episode where all of the E-Gene holders are shown resting, and the female holders are all wearing something that I’ll say are akin to sports bras. That’s kind of shaky in and of itself, but what’s worse is that Cyx is shown to be in her panties, and at one point she gropes Sio’s breast. Cyx and Newton also drag Sio off to the shower at one point, and while nothing is actually shown, we do hear sounds coming from the shower. Whether anything is supposed to be implied or not, I don’t know, but this kind of content really wasn’t necessary.

Content Guide:

Language: 1 “h**la”; 1 “h**l”

Alcohol/Drug Use: None

Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: The female characters are all shown wearing something akin to sports bras; Cyx is shown in said sports bra-esque thing and her panties; Cyx gropes Sio’s breast; Cyx and Newton drag Sio off while stating that they’re going to take a shower; there are sounds heard coming from the shower room, but nothing shown; in the end credits, Newton is shown holding Galileo by the face while Galileo blushe

Violence: An EIO has its tentacle sliced apart; a woman’s throat is slashed open; gunfire; the typical–EIOs shot, sliced, and blown up

Blood/Gore: A line of blood is seen running down a character’s face; blood squirts from the throat of a woman–her clothes are afterwards shown with blood on them; blood spreading below the bodies of other women; EIO blood is shown; a character gets a nosebleed; the same character has a bloody tissue stuffed up her nose

Review: Nobunagun, Episode 12: Operation Stone Forest, Part 2

Review:

Surprise! This isn’t the last episode! Well, maybe it was my fault for simply jumping to the conclusion that it would be. After a bit of a recap, this episode picks up where the last one left off, with Nobunagun in peril and the rest of the principle cast engaged in battle. I still don’t see the purpose of including content that is reminiscent of tentacle hentai, especially when it’s supposed to be a dire situation, especially when the one tentacle seems to be rubbing Sio’s face. I would think that the Object’s agenda would be to crush Sio/cut off her breathing/kill her in some way. I mean, it’s not like this is someone’s twisted fanfiction…

Well, that aside, the episode does kind of hit a lull about halfway through. After a bit of a cliffhanger in the first half, we are given scenes with the team inside Gaudi’s bubble as well as scenes involving Asao, two other girls from Sio’s class, and some other people on a train. The train scene kind of breaks up the flow, although seeing the other fighting group was interesting enough, especially as we see Hunter kind of go from wimp to hero.

The episode does eventually return to Sio, and more inappropriate tentacle stuff…. The ending is a bit surprising, though, if not a bit of a “deus ex machina” (I think I’m using that term correctly, anyway). We still have one episode left next week. I’m predicting a victory for the E-Gene holders and some awkward kind of love scene between Sio and Jack.

A Christian Perspective:

There is more perverse tentacle stuff this time around. Granted, you probably already knew that if you watched last week’s episode preview, but still it’s there, and while there is no nudity the content is suggestive, and Sio is shown red-faced and breathing heavy. While this content makes up a relatively minor portion of the episode, it may still prove to be a stumbling block to anyone who struggles with lust or anything similar.

Outside of the fanservice content is plenty of violence, and more blood than usual. It’s mostly monster blood, but it’s still blood all the same. A character is also seen handling an eye and an organ from an EIO, so overall this episode is a bit more gorey than usual. Vulgar language is also present, but not as bad as some previous episodes, although there is one use of blasphemy.

Other potentially offensive content includes two characters making a bet and a character communicating with the historical figure inside of him.

Content Guide:

Language: 1 “d***ed”; 2 “d**n”; 1 “s**t”; 1 “j**z”

Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: A character is tied up by some tentacles, which cut portions of her uniform–no nudity is shown (it’s just the outer armor that’s cut); the same character is shown with two tentacles wrapped around her breasts, and she is breathing heavy; the same character is bound by tentacles again, with one wrapping between her legs

Violence: Gunfire; an EIO is shown having chunks shot out of it; EIOs are cut apart; an EIO is pummeled by a character; an EIO is shot and its tentacle explodes; an EIO’s eye is destroyed; a character is engulfed in flame; there are various shots of other E-Gene holders engaged in combat; a character cuts open a dead EIO and pries into it; an EIO is kicked and breaks apart; an EIO clamps down on another EIO; EIOs attack each other; a character chops an EIOs tentacles apart

Blood/Gore: A character pummels an EIO and is covered in pink goo; more pink goo (blood?) is seen; a character has blood running down her face–it also looks like a little blood squirts out of the back of her head; a character fills a needle with EIO blood and it is seen running through some kind of tube; blood splatter from an EIO as another EIO kills it; a character is holding an EIO eye; a character pulls out another organ from an EIO; more EIO blood

Other: Two characters make a bet; a character communicates with the person whose genetics he holds

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

Review: Nobunagun, Episode 10: Dogoo

Review:

Well, this episode proved to be a good effort at teasing the audience. In truth, I had forgotten about the end of last week’s episode, which was probably a good thing, as that plot line doesn’t pick back up until somewhere near the middle of the episode. The first portion instead devotes itself to the Commander’s past, how she met Kyubey’s bulked up cousin and Saint Germain, and how she actually became the Commander. I don’t really feel like it added anything significant to the plot, and it very well may have been little more than filler, but it was interesting enough to not be boring.

When we pick back up with the present time and our main cast, we first get to see what’s happening between Jack and Sio. Elsewhere, we see characters observing the battleship class EIO while others strategize how to go about defeating it. Without spoiling anything, the episode kind of continues in this vein, becoming more intense as more realizations are made and as strategies are planned. The climax of the episode comes when everyone is in position, the plan is just commenced, and then it ends. That’s right. You’ll have to wait until next week to see this operation put into play. As frustrating as it is, I think it was well done. It built up the tension and prepared the viewer for the upcoming battle, leaving us eager for the next episode.

With the way things are going, I’m going to estimate twelve or thirteen episodes for this one. If this has been confirmed elsewhere, then feel free to ignore me. The current mission seems to be building towards a climax, and I’m not sure where they could go from here, especially if they manage to wipe out what appears to be the nest of original cells. I could be proven wrong, though.

A Christian Perspective:

In comparison to previous episodes, the content isn’t as bad this time around, but there are issues to be concerned with. A young female character is shown nude three times, although the degree of depiction never gets worse than, say, a Sailor Moon transformation scene (except without the sparkly lights). There are some violent depictions too, although that’s definitely nothing new for this show, and there are a few scenes with blood. Cursing is present this time, too, but not nearly as much as it has been before. There are some supernatural elements to this episode, too. At one point, a character cries, and her tears land on some kind of talisman that she’s holding, which causes another character to appear. Also, a different character seems to be immortal (and may very well be within the show, if he’s based off of the historical figure that some Crunchyroll users seem to think he is).

As for lessons a Christian could take from this episode: One character seems to get a burst of inspiration after tapping into the e-gene inside of them. Much like these characters possess the genes (and maybe the souls?) of deceased historical figures, so Christians possess the Holy Spirit. Of course, the Holy Spirit is obviously greater than any human being, but the purpose wasn’t to compare the two, but simply to say that as this character listened or tapped into or otherwise interacted with the e-gene inside themself, so Christians should be listening and responding to the Holy Spirit. Much like this character was inspired by the e-gene, so should we be inspired by the Holy Spirit. “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” (John 14:26, NIV)

Content Guide:

Language: 1 “p***es”, 1 “s**t”, 1 “h**l”

Alcohol/Drug Use: None

Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: A young female character is shown naked, though in a non-descript manner, three times, and her second and third appearances are a little more descript

Violence: Scenes of samurai fighting and archers firing arrows; someone is impaled; a village is destroyed; cannon fire; a pile of dead bodies; a container bounces off a character’s head

Blood/Gore: Blood spray can be seen coming from a character who is impaled with a sword; blood is shown running along the ground

Other: A village is shown littered with dead bodies; a character’s tears land on some charm-looking things, which seems to summon another being; some possible supernatural elements in regards to one character’s seemingly endless life

Review: Nobunagun, Episode 9: Sio and Kaoru

Review:

Okay, so this episode kind of made up for last week’s abundance of objectionable content. We pick up with the aftermath of last week’s battle, with Sio hospitalized and Dogoo strategizing. As you can probably figure, the battleship class Evolutionary Invasion Object has to be taken out, but the EIOs seem to have figured that out themselves, as they are keeping Dogoos other platoons busy throughout the world. It’s a tense situation, contrasted by… Sio and Asao playing catch up.

Now, that’s not to say it’s boring or ill paced, but just that the moods are a bit contrasting. This, at least, is the case until Asao starts filling Sio (and, by proxy, us viewers) in on what’s been happening in the world since the Objects showed up. People are fleeing and buying out food, with Japan apparently being a refuge. If you bothered to watch last week’s previews, though, then you’ve probably already figured out that this won’t remain the case for long.

In truth, this episode serves to pose more questions than answers. For example: How does a certain character survive what appears to be certain death? How does another character manage to attack? And, what does Jack have that he needs to discuss with Sio? Hopefully next week’s episode will, at least, answer that third question. What this all comes down to is this: I enjoyed this week’s episode.

A Christian Perspective:

Well, there were a couple instances of vulgar language, as well as some violence this time around, although I’m not telling you anything that you haven’t experienced from Nobunagun before. In terms of language, though, it is much more toned down than last week. There is, of course, that usual awkwardness of “what is Sio and Asao’s relationship supposed to be, exactly?”, but that seems to be resolved this episode, with the answer being nothing more than friends. Outside of that, there is the issue of a certain character attempting to communicate with the soul of the figure inside them (I guess that’s kind of like necromancy, although in this case maybe it’s more like finding the power inside you or some anime trope like that), as well as a certain character’s ability to use some form of unexplained energy to attack. In other words, a bit of a supernatural flare to the sci-fi setting, so let that be to you what it will.

In looking at the lessons we can learn this time around: the Japanese apparently weren’t too concerned about the potential of and EIO attack, as seen by one man’s disbelief at another’s claim to have noticed an EIO. That, of course, turns out to be true when Japan finds itself attacked. We, as Christians, can take this as a bit of a warning. In 1 Peter 5:8, the apostle Peter warns his readers to, ” Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (NIV) Much like the Japanese let their guard down and were attacked, so we Christians can (and usually, probably do) let our guards down and end up being attacked by the devil. Could Japan have stopped the EIO attack? Well, no, but they could have prepared. This is kind of where the comparison falls apart, because we, as Christians, have what we need to repel the devil, if only we will keep our eyes open. Let’s not get weak, then, and assume that the devil would never attack our little corner of the world, lest we end up like Japan after that EIO attack.

Content Guide:

Language: 1 “d***it”, 1 “s**t”

Alcohol/Drug Use: None

Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: None

Violence: Explosion in the beginning of the episode; a car explodes, and a man presumably dies; an EIO is hit by a car; a man is impaled by an EIO, and his car explodes; an EIO is shot; EIOs are slashed apart

Blood/Gore: None

Other: The usual Sio/Asao awkwardness, but the nature of their relationship seems to finally be clarified; a character calls out to the soul of the person inside of her; a character shoots an energy ball

Review: Nobunagun, Episode 8: Tunnel

Review:

Well, plot wise this was certainly a step up from the previous episode. Also, in light of the information discussed at the beginning of this episode, I suppose they added some deeper purpose to last week’s episode, although I still feel like there wasn’t a whole lot added to the series by that one. Before we get to the meat of this episode, though, we have to deal with an extended unsavory scene, from about 4:38 – 6:00, but more about that in the Christian Perspective section.

In particular, this was a pretty decent episode for character development. While Galileo’s devotion to Vidocq isn’t anything new, this episode shows just how far she’s willing to go for him. It also goes to reinforce how cold Vidocq can be. I still don’t have a good feeling about that guy. While he seems to be working for the advancement of Dogoo’s goal, I still think he comes across as suspicious. Maybe it’s just because he’s a cold character, but I wouldn’t be entirely surprised if he betrays the organization at some point. Of course, the true development was seen in our titular character.

Maybe character development isn’t exactly the most accurate term, but Sio certainly stepped it up this time around. At one point in the episode, her conjectures are quickly dismissed, but we see the value of her ability to analyze a situation come into play near the end of the episode. It’s a side of Sio’s (or rather Nobunagun’s) character that I don’t believe we’ve seen before, and hopefully it will earn her some more respect from the team.

As you probably expected from the last episode, First and Second Platoon are brought together this time, and we see how the two teams don’t exactly get along. I’m sure this will be the subject matter of a future plot point, or at least it should be. If the two teams continue in their rivalry (or just their general inability to get along), it can only serve to hinder Dogoo’s operations. That, or Nobunagun will just become an overpowered killing machine.

A Christian Perspective:

First, let me just say this: skip 4:38 – 6:00. Seriously. It adds nothing to the episode and is just pure, pointless fanservice. Sio is having a dream, in which we see her, Asao, and Newton in bikinis, all showing cleavage, with Asao’s top showing even more of her breasts (possibly about half). In the dream, Jack and Ghandi also show up, with the former in swim trunks and the latter in a speedo. In the dream, they’re gay. Newton also shows up and claims that Sio is her lover. She goes to kiss Sio at one point, though we are spared the visual of them actually kissing. There is absolutely no rhyme, reason, or purpose to this whole scene, so I feel no reservations about saying that Christian viewers–and indeed, any viewer with a measure of discretion–should simply skip this portion of the episode.

Beyond that, the use of vulgar language is certainly amped up this time around, especially when compared to last week’s episode. This may change based on how you view this episode (I watch Crunchyroll’s subs for those unaware); I’m not sure how translations work, so some translators may translate more or less curse words. Violence is, of course, present, as it has been in pretty much every episode of Nobunagun. There is some actual human blood shed this time around, too. It certainly isn’t the most violent entry in this series, though.

There you have it. My biggest gripe, as always, comes down to the fanservice. Violence in an action show is to be expected, and we could certainly debate about how Christians should approach violent media, but for me it’s not a particular stumbling block. If it is for you, then you should probably avoid Nobunagun. We could certainly do without the foul language, though.

Content Guide:

Language: 1 “j**z”, 1 “d***it”, 3 “b*st**d”, 1 “s**t”, 2 “h*ll”

Alcohol/Drug Use: None

Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: Asao is shown in a skimpy bikini, with her top showing ample cleavage (possibly more like half her breasts), and Sio is also shown in a bikini, thus cleavage (at least, that’s the term I’m using to describe it); Jack is shown in his swim trunks (so, shirtless) and Ghandi is shown in a speedo; Newton is also shown in a bikini (thus, again, cleavage); Gaudi’s picture of Sio in a bikini again makes an appearance

Violence: Three characters are hit by a tentacle; an EIO is sliced; an EIO has its tentacles sliced and stomped; exploding EIOs are launched at the E Gene holders; a portion of a ship is blown up; a character is hit in the face with a piece of debris

Blood/Gore: Blood is shown running down a character’s face; a character is shown with a bandaged face, and blood can be seen seeping through

Other: Sio has a dream where Jack and Ghandi are lovers, and in this same dream Newton pops up and claims that she is Sio’s lover; in the dream, Newton goes to kiss Sio (complete with the tongue animation), though we don’t actually see her kiss Sio (this is from about 4:38 – 6:00)

 

Review: Nobunagun, Episode 7: Musashi Wonder

Review:

Hm… that was a bit underwhelming. Not that it was a bad episode, and not that it wasn’t entertaining, but it didn’t really serve much of a purpose. It was pretty formulaic. Evolutionary Invasion Object shows up, Sio and team mobilize, plan is executed, minor (and I mean minor) snag is encountered, team is victorious, the end. Like I said, not bad, but not particularly ground breaking, either. It was average. Nobunagun is an action anime, and it delivered action, so at the very least it accomplished its goal.

I honestly have very few thoughts about this one. Sio geeks out a bit over the ship, and we seem to get a little bit of history, but that’s about it for what I would consider noteworthy. I guess if I wanted to go super patriotic, then I would complain about how they depicted the American military as prideful, but I didn’t really take any offense to it. So… yeah, that’s about all I have to say. If nothing else, they at least appear to be bringing together the two teams we’ve been introduced to (based on the end of the episode), but maybe doing that at the beginning of the episode would have made this one more interesting.

A Christian Perspective:

Well, it’s Nobunagun, so of course there’s human-on-monster violence, but that probably isn’t anything you didn’t already expect. There is a bit of fanservice, with a shot of Sio’s butt in her battle suit (which is pretty much skin tight), though it’s probably debatable as to whether this can be called fanservice or not. I include it here just in case it would be a stumbling block for a brother. At the end of the episode we see the team in their bathing suits: Sio in a school swimsuit, Galileo in a two piece, Newton in a two piece, and Jack and Ghandi in swim trunks. The worst we see in all of this is perhaps a bit of cleavage from Newton, who is lying down with the back of her top undone. Again, though, I include this in case it would be a stumbling block to a brother (or sister, as there are shirtless guys). Foul language only occurs twice, although one instance is of Jesus’ name in vain.

Content Guide:

Language: 1 “h*ll”; 1 “j**z”

Alcohol/Drug Use: None

Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: There’s a scene of Sio from behind as she is preparing to run–she’s not naked, but she is in her battle suit, which is pretty skin tight, and the camera is pretty much set on her butt; Sio is shown in a one piece school bathing suit, and Galileo in a two piece (nothing particularly erotic, though); Newton is shown lying on her stomach with the back of her bikini top undone, but I think the worst we see is some cleavage; Jack and Ghandi are shown in their swim trunks (and therefore topless); see previous episode note about new ending

Violence: Ships fire missiles and shots at another ship; more shots fired at a ship; missiles are fired at a ship; EIOs are sliced; eggs are smashed; EIOs are shot; an EIO is destroyed, followed by explosions

Blood/Gore: There is some kind of ooze that comes out of some EIOs when they are cut

 

Review: Nobunagun, Episode 6: Monster Meat

Review:

This week’s episode plays out more like a slasher flick than a show about fighting giant monsters. Oh, and it’s the first Nobunagun episode to not feature the titular character (outside of a picture). Instead, we get to meet the first platoon as they transport an Evolutionary Invasion Object (EIO) on a plane across an arctic area. Of course, the plane goes down, leaving them stranded and in need of assistance. Team members Geronimo and “Princess” (I don’t think we find out her historical person) set off to find help, and they find some kind of outpost, but something seems off…

So there’s your premise for this episode. Saying anything more would probably spoil some plot points. In all honesty, this episode did a pretty good job of entertaining me, although viewers would probably care a little more about the fate of these characters if it wasn’t our first time meeting them. Regardless, the slasher/mystery aspect of it was fairly well done, keeping you (or at least me) interested in what’s going on. The end of the episode briefly kicks back to the action we typically expect.

A Christian Perspective:

Well, like I said, this episode kind of plays out like a slasher flick, so there is violence, and there is blood. There is one use of Jesus’ name in vain, and one use of vulgarity, plus one of the Sio bikini pictures resurfaces, so there is fanservice in that regard. Another Sio bikini picture is shown near the end of the outro (admittedly I skipped most of it, so if there’s anything else in the outro, I don’t know). It’s kind of a dark episode, so if you’re not a fan of slasher/horror/murder mystery type stuff, then you may want to avoid this one. I mean, it’s not over the top, but there’s more blood than what we’re used to. There is also a typical fight scene at the end of the episode, although if you’ve been watching this far, then that won’t be a surprise.

Content Guide:

Language: 1 “j**z”, 1 “b*st**d”

Alcohol/Drug Use: None

Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: Cyx’s battle suit accentuates her breasts (although nothing is actually exposed); one of the pictures of Sio in a bikini is shown (cleavage included); I skipped most of the outro, but at the end there is another picture of Sio in a bikini top (and again, cleavage)

Violence: A video is shown with a man killing someone with a shovel(?); a portion of a plane is blown up; a man is shown impaled by an EIO; an EIO attacks with its scales, and explosions ensue

Blood/Gore: blood is shown on the ceiling of the lab; the video shows blood; a character is shown covered in blood, with blood splattered on the walls behind him

Review: Nobunagun, Episode 5: The Second Platoon

Review:

Well… I don’t have a lot of positive things to say this week. For the most part, this episode seems to serve for introducing a new (or perhaps, steady) locale for our hero, as well as something of a character introduction (or re-introduction). We get reacquainted with some familiar faces, sans-e-gene form (Newton, Ghandi, and Galileo), and we meet a few others for the first time. Honestly, it could have been a pretty good episode, but there was just too much perversion overall.

Let’s start at the top and work our way down. The first thing that set off an alarm was when Sio was heading to the base with Jack. She seems to have some kind of attraction to Jack, but then comments that it’s wrong because she has Asao. As someone with no desire to watch a yuri anime, I really hope this doesn’t go that route. Obviously this does not bode well for my desires, but maybe they’ll pull the “confused teenager” routine or something. Shortly after this, we get a scene where Jess (Newton) first french kisses Jack, followed by Sio, with Sio getting a lot of attention (she even comments on the feeling of Jess’ tongue). I’m sorry, but why was this necessary? I mean, I’m all for a little comedy to break up the action, but this is really just perverse. What’s worse is that they’ve made this her personality, so there’s a good possibility this will continue into future episodes.

The other thing worth mentioning is that Ghandi seemed to be hitting on Sio. It could have been him simply teasing her, but I’m not sure. Honestly, he only makes comments, making the scene with him the most bearable out of all my complaints.

So, was there anything worth seeing in this episode? Well, yes. There were certainly some questions raised (and answered) in regards to the Evolutionary Invasion Objects. I won’t say anything beyond that, because if you do watch this episode then I don’t want to spoil the only parts that are actually worth watching. If it wasn’t for these revelations about the Evolutionary Invasion Objects I would just say skip this episode altogether. Hopefully this was just a one episode hiccup, and not a sign of things to come. Also, I hope that the Sio and Asao’s relationship will ultimately be one of friendship, and that they won’t make it more than that.

A Christian Perspective:

Well, I sort of vented all of this above, but this certainly isn’t a very Christian-friendly episode. Hints of yuri (that will hopefully come to nothing), french kissing (including a female-on-female), and a male character hitting on a female character are all things that are featured in this episode. Of course, there is also the violent content in here, but by now you’ve probably come to expect that. I also don’t mean to downplay the first three issues here, it’s just that I’ve already vented in detail in the actual review, so to go into detail here would be redundant.

Content Guide:

Language: 4 “h*ll”, 1 “s**t”

Alcohol/Drug Use: None

Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: Probably not the most accurate place for this, but Newton (Jess) french kisses both Jack and Sio, with Sio giving a detailed description of what it feels like (apparently she does this to everyone); we see her do the same to Galileo, although the whole act isn’t actually shown; the same camera angle issue from last week when Nobunagun is calling her gun

Violence:
Bombs are fired at EIOs; an EIO fires something at a boat; an EIO is cut in two; shots fired at an EIO; an EIO is stomped on by Newton; an EIO is shot and it… explodes?

Blood/Gore: a bit of blood is shown on the end of a tissue; blood on the end of two more tissues

Other: The Asao thing… I really hope they’re not going there, but the fact that when Sio seemed to feel attraction to Jack she commented, “This is wrong, I have Asao” seems to suggest they are; on the other hand, Sio seems relieved to find that Jack and Newton aren’t dating, and when she’s confronted about liking him she blushes while denying it

Review: Nobunagun, Episode 4: Hurricane

Review:

Episode 4 begins with a quick montage of scenes from the previous episode, so if you were hoping to be launched right into the action, you’ll be slightly disappointed. Not to worry, though: it’s not a super long montage, although you will have to wait until after the opening sequence to find out what happens next.

One thing that strikes me in retrospect is that they didn’t play up the emotional plight of Sio losing her friends in the Hurricane Hunters. I mean, I know there were flashbacks to it, but I don’t feel like their loss played much of a role in Sio’s motivation for taking down the Object. Granted, harping on the point could have made it feel cheesy and overplayed, but it almost seems like her reaction to the news was just wiped away. If nothing else, I would think that avenging their deaths would serve as motivation for her to make the seemingly impossible shot that she has to make, but as far as I can remember, it doesn’t.

On the other hand, we did get to see a bit of team work on the parts of Sio and Jack the Ripper. It’s thanks to their combined efforts that the day is saved this time around, and if nothing else this episode seems to establish the nature of their relationship, or at least it begins to. Obviously, these two are going to be the ones who exchange banter (maybe not of the witty variety, though) towards each other, yet will ultimately be the best team. The latter is mainly assumption, though, as it’s completely plausible that future episodes will work on the team work between Nobunagun and the other E-gene holders.

To be honest, outside of the interaction between Jack and Sio, along with a particular revelation at the end of the episode, there’s not a whole lot here to speak about. It’s not a particularly action-oriented episode, nor is there a lot of tension (in my opinion). That’s not to say that it’s a bad episode, but it’s certainly not a stand out episode, either. There are some humorous parts, such as Sio thinking that she is the only “normal” E-gene holder, and we do get to meet a new holder (Galileo), but at the end of it I don’t feel particularly overwhelmed by the episode. Oh well, they can’t all be perfect tens.

A Christian Perspective:

Really, there’s nothing new here. I know there looks to be a decent number of entries in the N/S/F category below, but a lot of that is due to the suits that the characters are wearing when they fight. To put it simply, the suits appear to be skin-tight, and as such we occasionally see the suits clinging to their bodies. I don’t recall this ever being a focal point of the camera, though (save for the “transformation” scene that Sio goes through, and even that wasn’t graphic, it’s just how the camera was angled that makes it worthy of a note), but rather just something of note. Granted, there were a few scenes where the camera was behind Sio while she was lying down, but again, I didn’t get the impression that the animators were trying to draw our attention to her butt. And for our female viewers, we get to see Jack topless. Honestly, the worst of the N/S/F stuff is flashbacks from the previous episode. Everything else you can probably discard, unless the skin-tight suits will, in fact, prove to be a point of temptation for you (which, of course, is why I include them, just in case).

There is some foul language in the episode, including one use of our Lord’s name in vain, so be aware of that, and of course there is violence (although not nearly as much as in previous episodes). Honestly, if you’ve been watching the show up until this point, then nothing in this episode will probably surprise you, except maybe the blatant use of Jesus’ name in vain (and I wonder if that isn’t more the translator’s “flavoring”, if you will, as opposed to a literal translation of the Japanese, as I doubt the Japanese have much interest in using Jesus’ name as a curse word). Still, the foul language and violence in this episode have nothing on the typical Call of Duty game, so if you play those, then you’re already used to much more than what you’ll encounter here. Consider whether or not the skin-tight suits will cause you any problems (and if you were fine with Evangelion and its skin-tight suits, then you’ll probably be fine here), and go from there.

Oh, and I think we can rule out the chance of them making Sio and Asao homosexuals, based on Sio’s reaction to being carried by Jack.

Content Guide: EIO stands for Evolutionary Invasion Object

Language: 1 “h*ll”, 2 “a**”, 1 “s**t”, 1 “dumba**”, 1 “J**zus”

Drug/Alcohol Use: None

Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: The bikini-clad pictures of Sio are again shown (at least in part) during the beginning of the episode (approx. 0:50 – 0:54); Jack the Ripper is shown shirtless (this notification is for our female viewers); when Sio is summoning her gun, the animation goes through something like a magical girl transformation sequence, with the camera zooming around Sio’s body–at one point, the camera focuses in under her butt/between her legs, though she’s clothed, but I mention it because of the angle; Sio’s suit is kind of skin tight, and one shot accentuates her butt due to the suit’s cling–it’s not the focus of the shot, but I include it just in case; there’s a quick flashback to the scene of Capa unzipping the clone Sio’s top, as well as a flashback to one of the pictures of Sio in a very skimpy bathing suit

Violence: An EIO is shot; several shots are fired; an EIO is sliced in half (roughly); EIO eggs are destroyed; an EIO fires it’s scales, causing an explosion; an EIO is sliced apart; some fighting in the episode 5 preview

Blood/Gore: None