I tried really hard to come up with a title pun for Oda Nobuna no Yabou. But then I gave up and realized the show is largely a fanservicey show, so a word that obviously alludes to giant boobs is fine. RAMdisk will no longer show up in the rest of this entry.
Oda Nobuna no Yabou ended up being far more enjoyable than I anticipated. The first three episodes felt far too familiar to a generic action show. Sometimes, however, all it takes to convince me to watch something is that little bit of extra production polish to show off. Yes yes, it’s a very superficial reason to watch a show. But there’s been far too many occasions where judging a book by it’s cover lead me to interesting contents, in both figurative and literal senses. Aside from very specific scenes where it seems to dip in art quality, it’s a very visual feast from the first to the last byte. I also realized something far too late after finishing the series. I watched all of it on my computer monitor before I decided to test the first episode on a plasma TV. Dammit. Should have watched it on the plasma first.
To sum up my general feelings for this show, I’d say it’s a good watch. There’s really no emotional baggage or hoops to jump through just to watch the show. But it’s also the series’ very weakness. Since it’s relatively easy to watch without needing to be in the mood for it, it may perhaps feel too generic. A generic, but good show? They’re not rare. In fact, I’d say that we’ve had a glut of these kinds of anime in the last 2 years. And they’ve mostly been in the extremes. Shows that are hundred of meters deep into Awkwardville, a la Jinrui wo Suitai Shimashita; and the over-the-top comedy of Binbougami ga!. Another interesting pair of shows were Rinne no Lagrange and Joshiraku, in which they are both about girls, but one of them has robots, and the other has nothing in the way to obstruct the activity of watching cute girls talk. Before I start derailing into other .. objects, the gist of it is that this show is a Sengoku era show that plays it’s cards well through solid art and characters well enough, that I think a single episode is good enough to test your palette. Yeah. It’s one of those shows.
Speaking of cute girls talking, that’s part of the reason I started watching Oda Nobuna. Once I noticed two voices, I just had to keep watching. I’ve ended up enjoying nearly every show Kanae Ito and Yahagi Sayuri happen to be a part of. It’s hard to tell if I’m watching shows purely for listening to seiyuu, or for the actual content of the show.
If you’ve managed to read as far as down here, and don’t know why I picked the above image, the girl to the very left is voiced by Yahagi Sayuri. She also voiced Hagimura Suzu from Seitokai Yakuindomo. She’s quickly becoming a favorite seiyuu. There’s already been early hints of her ability to play characters that perform as the straight man.
There’s 1080p files of this show through fansub and official channels. After testing an episode on a 59 inch plasma TV, it really does look good. Additional fact I learned late was Oda Nobuna no Yabou was adapted from a light novel. LN to anime adaptation success rates have been skyrocketing lately. Kinda interesting, to say the least.