Hey everyone! Welcome to the Anime review of Oda Nobuna no Yabou! As of right now, according to MyAnimeList, Oda Nobuna no Yabou, has an average rating of 7.62. So it’s sort of leaning towards an 8, but it’s also not quite there. To me personally, anything that’s between 7 – 7.9 is considered ‘meh’ by me.
But like I’ve said before don’t let my ‘meh’ discourage you from watching! If you want to check out this Anime, then, by all means, go ahead. All Anime should be watched, even if they’re extremely bad in my opinion – going for that no dropped Anime challenge.
Anwyho, let’s get on with the review.
The historical romantic comedy follows 17-year-old high schooler Sagara Yoshiharu who one day time-travels to the Sengoku period, where all the major Samurai lords are cute girls. Yoshiharu meets Oda Nobuna, the female counterpart of Oda Nobunaga, and begins to serve her as a substitute of Kinoshita Tokichiro, who was killed.
While the story itself isn’t really anything amazing, it well-managed to keep me interested enough to finish watching the series. Throughout the show, we basically deal with the different tasks Oda Nobuna has to do, or rather what tasks she has for the main character, Yoshiharu. It is a “historical” anime, but since I don’t know much at all about Japanese history, it’s hard for me to judge how accurate this is, really.
However, the fact that Yoshiharu needs to take care not to change too much (as he’s from the future and knows what’s “going to happen”) is quite an interesting element to the show, and adds that little extra as he tries to not reveal important bits of information to certain people, or how he takes from his historical knowledge to get out of situations.
There are however a few major plot holes around, like how Yoshiharu travelled back in time in the first place. All in all, it won’t leave you breathtaking, but it’s not like you’ll be bored out of your mind by the story, it’s just that I don’t feel like there’s anything that really makes the story stand out.
The art is overall pretty good, to be honest. It has nice visuals, pretty fluid animations throughout most of the series, and nice-looking backgrounds. While I wouldn’t say there’s a “unique” sort of style to it (thinking something like KyoAni) I also quite liked the character designs.
However, this brings us to the next point; Fanservice. Now, being a show where a majority of the characters are female, all surrounding this teenage boy then there’s obviously bound to be fanservice. Whether it be Oda’s regular outfit, the occasional fantasy or just overall moe loli characters, fanservice is certainly present throughout the series, however, it never really felt like it was overdone or anything (the majority of the fanservice probably appear in the ED, actually). Most of the time they managed to make it somewhat funny, actually, and who doesn’t love the occasional loli? (amirite?)
I quite liked the music in this show. The OP, “Link” by Aimi, is a bit more fast-paced or upbeat, which fits rather well with the series overall. It’s not really a slow show in any aspect, and all of it is certainly not lollygagging, so this song with a more action-esk feel to it is rather appropriate, in my opinion. The ED, “Hikari” by Makino Mizuta, is somewhat slower and feels like it better captures the “innocent” (or rom-com, if you’d like) side of the series. The background music was good, but again, nothing amazingly outstanding (then again, I’m not one to really pay too much attention to the BGM).
The voice acting was rather well done, and further added to the characters, well, characteristics. The voices are fitting for the characters, and some did a pretty great job at bringing out that little extra in their character (the stuttering of the ninja girl, for example).
Being the “romantic” (there’s not that much romance, to be honest) comedy, and harem (or well, reverse-harem, rather) that it is, there are some things you won’t really get away from in terms of characters. While the characters are well done, they’re never really fleshed out or developed in any way. There are also quite a few “typical” characters present, such as the Tsundere, the cute loli, the badass mysterious dude, etc. Thankfully, as I wouldn’t say this is really a story-driven series, it’s not really hurt by the lack of character development either. However, it is still important to note that this is a thing in the series, and since once again a lot of the characters are female you might see a bit too many “stereotypical” characters.
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