Nobunagun – 04

Getting past the jarringly out of place tunes of the OP we are met with a change in art style. I originally groaned at what I perceived to be Bridge dropping the ball, but in the end it turned out to be an intentional design choice that worked out pretty well for what I consider the heaviest episode of the series thus far.

I have to apologize, Bridge, Nobunagun, I really had no expectations for you. I left them at the door at the end of episode three. Perhaps I was bitter at the similarities it shared with Drifters. Whatever the reason, I never imagined the series would be able to entertain me. I have seen the errors of my way. With this weeks episode I realize now that you have the abilities to be interesting. You have just been shy these last couple of weeks. That is just fine, though. “Well, a woman who will kiss on the very first date is usually a hussy and a woman who will kiss on the second time out is anything but fussy.”

“Watch as I laugh derisively.”

I am pessimistic by nature so when I saw just how drastic the art looked from previous episodes my expectations plummeted. I am almost instantly declared the fourth episode of Nobunagun the worst episode of the week. It was only because of the promise of more Ogura, the only redeemable aspect of the show so far, that I ventured forward. I was pleasantly surprised when I learned that the change in art style was no accident, or at the very least was played off so well that it did not appear to be one.

The rest of the episode would follow in suit, the characters and scenery featuring heavy black borders. As a huge fan of Madhouse, and that being very much a part Madhouse’s style, I fell in love with the new visuals. I am excited to see if they will return in later episodes, but that is an issue for another time. The darker tones (referring to the art) matched perfectly with the darker tone (referring to the mood) of this weeks showing. Bridge really nailed it this week.

Nobunaga’s true ambition to be a pretty dancing girl revealed this week on Nobunagun!

Now looking back on last weeks post, you might recall my slanderous remarks that Nobunagun had less to do with historical figures and more to do with characters calling themselves the embodiement of historical figures. I felt Bridge did little to connect the two. Once again I am shamed by my impatience. They did a great job roping Nobunaga back into the story. With this I can only assume that we will be seeing much more of him as the series plays out. While his scene was enjoyable this week, it would be nice to see him interacting with the world through Ogura’s eyes. I can only hope we get something like that later on.

This makes me wonder, and this will most likely never been touched upon, what kind of messed up images Adam must see what with having Jack the Ripper running rampant in his mind. Obviously none do otherwise he would be rather unstable at the best of times. They definitely would not pair him up with a young lady like Ogura lest they wanted him to gut her like a fish. She may not be a prostitute, but Nobunaga does not seem to mind slaughtering Invasion Objects despite them not being Imagawans.

This is one spacious helicopter…

With the end of episode four I could not help but compare the Invasion Objects to the BETA. It would be unfair of me to say that nothing Nobunagun does is original, that they are simply merging the early Muv Luv universe with that of the Drifters universe. It really would be unfair. However, life is not always sunshine and roses. As it stands this series feels like a poor mans Drifter and Muv Luv on acid. That is not to say I am not enjoying it. With this most recent episode my expectations for this series have finally materialized. I can only hope they do not disappear with next weeks episode.

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