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.
Every so often Japan gets around to creating something truly unique. I am referring, of course, to Drifters. Historical figures from all around the world are snatched from their own time and brought to another world to fight an evil force that threatens to overwhelm the entire planet. We see the likes of Oda Nobunaga, Hannibal, Butch Cassidy, and the Sundance Kid become unlikely allies as they pool their strengths together to fight new unworldly foes.
Wait a minute, I was supposed to be writing about Nobunagun, not Drifters. You know, the show where historical figures from all around the world are snatched from their own time and stored so that they might face an evil force that threatens to overwhelm the entire planet in the future. My head must not be screwed on right. How could I mistake the two for one another? Especially considering how subpar Nobunagun is in light of Kouta Hirano’s work.
Bitterness aside, while Drifters is incomparably more entertaining, this weeks episode of Nobunagun leaves little to be desired, the exception being a couple more photos.
Nobunaga’s greatest weakness, scary things.
I have always been a stickler for historical figures coming to the future. I have never cared for their reincarnations or anything like that. What I enjoy is having these men of greatness simply floored by modern day technology and culture. Nobunagun robs me of that pleasure. Our cast are historical figures only in name. We have not yet seen the spirits residing within them interact with the world they have been cast into and I am worried we never will.
However, I can not criticize Nobunagun for this. Never was this going to be a show about historical figures lending their strength to the current generation as they fight monsters. That our cast gets their strength from the spirits of those long since passed is simply a hook. Sure, each character will have powers expected of their historical figure, but after their initial introduction the excitement over that concept will start to wane. When Ogura first got her gun we squealed because we knew that it was the kind of weapon Nobunaga would use if he was in an anime. However, it did not seem that special the next episode. Now she is just a character with a gun that happens to have Nobunaga’s spirit. The appeal is wearing off and Nobunagun now has to rekindle that flame or wow us with something new.
Imminent death approaching.
I apologize that this post was particularly short. The whole Drifter business really got to me. Either way though, I am eager to see how bat-shit insane Ogura will get next week as she faces down the creature that killed all of her new buddies. I am personally upset with the beast for destroying such a wonderful picture of Ogura.
It also seems that we will get to meet a new cast member, or more importantly a new historical figure, which is always interesting. I do not think we can expect much of them, though, considering how shafted everyone but Nobunaga, Jack, Newton, and Gandhi were in the OP. Still, it will be interesting.
Oda Nobunaga, snatched from his own time, finds himself in a mysterious land.
As an aside, read Drifters.