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Review: Nobunagun, Episode 3: Capa’s Island


High school girl Sio Ogura (or Ogura Sio, for the purists out there) has officially entered her new life as a member of Dogoo, and it doesn’t take long to realize that it isn’t going to be an easy ride. Combat training, physical training, classroom education and, possibly worst, no cell phone or Internet! Sio’s life as a simple high school girl is indeed over, but you probably knew that already.

As a whole, the episode was fairly light-hearted, at least until the end. The labels make their return (a girl who drools, for example), which provides for some amusement, and Sio gets beaned in the head with quite a few pieces of chalk. Possibly the most amusing is when Sio finds out that she basically has a fan club on the base, in the form of an international group of soldiers who appear to have her back at one point in the episode.

We also get to meet a new E-gene holder in this episode – Robert Capa. Wheelchair bound, he is no longer combat capable, but he serves as Sio’s trainer. Maybe it shows my lack of knowledge, but he seems like a fairly insignificant historical character to include (apparently he was a war photographer, according to Nobunagun), when you consider the historical figures we’ve met previously. Whatever the reasoning, he is shown to be rough, gruff, and a bit of a pervert. I’m sorry, but what is it with anime and making the old trainers perverts? Master Roshi, anyone? Granted, Capa isn’t nearly as bad (it’s at least not the focal point of his character), but there was some stuff in the episode that, frankly, didn’t need to be in the episode. I think the justification was to make Sio mad enough to concentrate, or something like that, but they could have done it in a classier way, and by that I mean no fanservice.

If the content of this episode isn’t up to your liking, don’t worry–it seems we’ll be returning to the action next week. Maybe we’ll get to see if any of Sio’s training actually paid off. Capa’s perversion aside, I found this episode to be pretty enjoyable and amusing.

A Christian Perspective:

In case you haven’t figured it out, I am not a fan of fanservice. At all. As such, my biggest complaint with this episode was when Capa took one of the Sio clones and began to unzip her top. The animators even felt the need to expose a portion of her breasts. It’s nothing more explicit than you’d see on a Barbie doll, but it was still uncalled for and unnecessary. If you want to skip it/look away/cover the screen/whatever other approach you may prefer, this part occurs roughly between 17:40-17:50. Beyond that, the soldiers that Sio befriends are also shown to have pictures of Sio (or rather, her clones) in various bathing suits, some of which are rather skimpy (again, courtesy of Capa). We won’t even discuss how creepy it is that grown men are ecstatic to have pictures of a high school girl in bathing suits. Thankfully it’s a very small portion of the overall episode, so it doesn’t ruin the whole thing, but it is certainly a point of annoyance. I don’t see any point in fanservice at all, and especially in a show like this.

Other than that, there is some language in this episode. Sio goes on a tirade at one point (see the first note under language), and some other words are used. Also, there is a use of Jesus’ name in vain (I’ve been told that j**z is basically a form of taking Jesus’ name in vain). It probably goes without saying that there is, of course, violence in this episode, though maybe not quite as much as in previous episodes.

Content Guide:

Language: at least 7 “d***it”, 1 “p***ed”, 1 “j**z”, 1 “bada**es”

Alcohol/Drug Use: None

Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: In order to anger/motivate/whatever Sio, Capa takes one of the clones and starts to unzip her top, exposing part of her breasts (about 17:40-17:50); the soldiers have pictures of Sio in various types of bathing suits, some of which are extremely skimpy

Violence: Fairly early into the episode, a fight is shown with EIOs; a character is impaled; a man is slapped; a character is hit in the head with a piece of chalk – multiple times; a monster is shot; a character is shot (no wounds, though); lots of gunfire; a clone is shot and destroyed

Blood/Gore: Blood appears to be shown when a character is impaled

Review: Nobunagun, Episode 2: Evolutionary Invasion Objects


We begin pretty much where we left off in the previous episode, and spend about half of the episode wrapping up the battle that had started during the pilot. In this time, we are finally introduced to Ghandi and Newton, both of whom appear to lend more of a supporting role inbattle, as opposed to Jack and Sio’s combat roles. I wouldn’t exactly call the battle tense, but there was plenty of action to be had nonetheless, so if you’re here for the action then you’re likely to be pleased.

Afterwards, we get to see the aftermath as Dogoo goes public with the existence of the Evolutionary Invastion Objects. We also get a little bit (emphasis on little) of information on what the EIOs are. Within all of this, we watch as Sio deals with the public finding out about her existence as an E-gene holder, and we are shown her struggle about what to do with hernewfound powers. Honestly, it’s nice to see that we’re getting some realism here, instead of simply seeing Sio jump into a position that puts her very life on the line. Of course, you can probably surmise what she will ultimately decide.

At one point, the big… lamb… thing expresses a sentiment that is very Christian in nature. He mentions that Sio would have to give up the life she had built thus far, and even her very life. This is reflective to me of what we as Christians are called to do–that is, to lay our lives down in service to Christ, even being willing to die for Him. Granted, Sio isn’t being asked to die forChrist, but the idea of laying your life down for something bigger than you is still there. Maybe I’m reaching a little too hard for a connection here.

All-in-all, if you liked the first episode, then I think you’ll like this one. Heads up, though: it appears that a bit of fanservice is coming our way, as the episode 3 preview showed Sio (at least, I’m guessing it’s Sio) having her top unzippered, and the sides of her breasts being exposed. Hopefully this will not become a regular thing.

A Christian Perspective:

Violence remains the biggest factor here. How you feel about violence in media will probably affect how you feel about Nobunagun. Beyond that, there is some language used (a total of four utterances of profanity this episode), and there is the scene from the episode 3 preview that was mentioned at the end of the review. The interaction between Sio and Asao does lead one to question just what the creators intend their relationship to be, though it does seem to be staying on the safe side of friendship.

Content Guide:

Language: 1 “d***it”, 2 “s**t”, 1 “h**l”

Alcohol/Drug Use: None

Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: During the preview for episode 3, a female’s top is seen being unzippered, with the sides of her bare breasts exposed

Violence: a man is impaled by a monster right off the bat; a character shoots and destroys several monsters; another man is impaled; a character stomps on a monster’s head; more scenes of monster blasting; various scenes in the episode 3 preview, including Sio being hit in the head with something and Sio being blasted with some kind of beam

Blood/Gore: some blood can be seen on a character’s back

Other: It still isn’t entirely clear what they intend to do with Sio and Asao’s relationship, although from their comments, it seems more likely to stay safely within the realm of friendship

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