Nobunaga the Fool: Episode 18

“The Emperor”
“Koutei” (皇帝)

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War has descended on the Eastern Planet and Nobunaga’s allies seem to be falling like flies. In the midst of all that, Mitsuhide has made it back home and is in search of his beloved Ichihime. But where is Caesar in all this?

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Nobunaga the Fool: Episode 17

“The Hermit”
“Inja” (隠者)

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Some pretty interesting stuff happened this episode that had me both irritated and having to restrain myself from sticking my hands through the computer and throttling Caesar. He’s…so abysmally irritating and grating and yet at the same time he has these moments where I can’t help but think about what a badass he is. *huffs* But, alas, I managed to get through an entire episode without feeling the need to turn the whole thing off and give up.

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Nobunaga the Fool: Episode 16

“Ace of Cups”
“Seihai” (聖杯)

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Whoa, it’s been ages since I’ve worked on Nobunaga the Fool and to be honest I’ve forgotten quite a lot that’s gone on so I suppose I’ll have to refresh myself as we go. Nevertheless, it was kind of interesting to go through an entire episode once more so we’ll see if my thoughts on the show change this time round.

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Nobunaga the Fool: Episode 15

“The Hanged Man”
“Tsurusareta Otoko” (吊るされた男)

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Yet another interesting episode and it seems to me like Nobunaga the Fool is on a roll! While I’m silently and unwittingly anticipating a pear-shaped turn of episodes, so far the second half has yet to disappoint. It also doesn’t hurt that the soundtrack continues to be awesome and that the new OP and ED are fabulous and utterly fitting for the semi-ridiculous-semi-seriousness of this series. I do believe Nobunaga the Fool has a terrible case of bipolar disorder because no two episodes are alike and the flow of emotion and action and drama from one episode to the next is just so drastically different, which is probably why the first half of the series was a mixed bag of good and bad fruit. Nevertheless, this was a decent episode – a little cheesy at times – but the action sequences are always pretty well-done so I didn’t have too many issues this time.

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Nobunaga the Fool: Episode 14

“The Empress”
“Jotei” (女帝) 

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I’m beginning to see a trend in last seasons 26-episode long shows. Nobunaga, a little bit like Nagi, started out pretty meh with a whole lot of up and down episodes and then really kicked off in excitement in the second half of the series. Granted, we are only on episode 14, but the last two episodes have been relatively interesting and this one in particular was actually really good in terms of action, suspense and drama. When it first started I was quite sceptical and resigned myself for another dull episode but it surprised me by jumping into the action a quarter of the way in. Well done, Nobunaga the Fool; you’ve managed to catch me off guard, for once!

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Nobunaga the Fool: Episode 13

“Ace of Swords” (剣)

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This wasn’t an entirely entertaining episode, as it felt like the end of an arc and the beginning of a new one – which is appropriate considering it’s episode 13 and we’re about due for the second half of the series. I am, of course, posting this the night that episode 14 comes out, in the hopes that perhaps we’ll get a new OP and ED. Not sure if they’re sticking to the same ones for the rest of the series, but I’m thinking they’ll follow the route of other 24/26-episode series.

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Nobunaga the Fool: Episode 12

“The Fool” (ばか)

Nobunaga 12a Nobunaga 12b Nobunaga 12c Nobunaga 12d Nobunaga 12e Nobunaga 12fThis was a semi-interesting episode because it was more informative than some of the previous action-based episodes, but it wasn’t exactly boring either. What I liked best about this episode was the insight into the relationship between Nobu and Ichihime, which is a relationship that I’ve been interested in for a while now. Sibling relationships, when written well (the best one of all being in Fullmetal Alchemist and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood) are a real winner in my books. So many series focus on romance or friendship with a passing mention of kyoudai but when we really get an inside look at the sibling dynamics, there can be something really heartwarming about it, so I enjoy it a great deal. This was one of those episodes.

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