Anime of Tomorrow
Oda Nobuna no Yabou Ep. 1
Summer 2012 (12 episodes) (title literal translation – The Ambition of Oda Nobuna) (more info)
Oda Nobuna gives me this weird impression that some narcissistic Japanese history buff wrote himself into his own historical fan fiction and managed to pass it off as the script for an anime. Yet another of Japan’s idiosyncrasies is on full display—gender bending. Following in the footsteps of such anime as Sengoku Collection, Samurai Girls and Sengoku Paradox; as it turns out, most of Japan’s historical generals were actually women.
Finding himself 450 years in the past, protagonist and RTS aficionado Yoshiharu just rolls with his new circumstances—giving the impression that the time traveling rules in this series are, “if you go back in time, you were meant to so that you can shape the future.” It’s nothing new or exciting. And naturally hero and heroine have some hollow chemistry between them that just has to be there by default because they’re the main characters and it’s what people would expect. Pretty much all aspects of the premise can just be written off as playing mix and match with ideas that have already been done before and better by other anime.
So Oda Nobuna is a historical fiction that’s so crumblingly insubstantial I can’t think of anything more meaningful to say about it. If you’re into ridiculous anime that feature female warriors in classical Asian settings and watching them do battle I say stick with Koihime Musou so at least you can get a few good laughs and don’t have to put up with half-baked romance.