Anime Review

Anime Hajime Review: Nobunaga-sensei no Osanazuma

Original Run: April 6, 2019 - June 22, 2019
Episodes: 12
Genre: Comedy, Harem, Romance
Based on the Series Created By: Azure Konno

***Warning, the following may contain spoilers for Nobunaga-sensei no Osanazuma. Reader discretion is advised.***

Series Synopsis

Nobunaga Oda (voiced by Koudai Sakai) is a fresh-faced teacher who is frustrated over his inability to find a girlfriend. While lamenting his solitude, Nobunaga happens upon an old teacup in his parent’s shed. To his surprise, in a flash of bright light, a young girl wearing a kimono emerges from the cup.

The mysterious youth introduces herself as Kichou Saitou (voiced by Akari Uehara), and she claims she was set to become the wife of the legendary 16th-century military leader Oda Nobunaga. Since the modern-day Nobunaga shares the name and is actually a descendant of the famous general, Kichiou, who is only fourteen, demands the two start making babies right away.

Through some effort, Nobunaga convinces Kichiou she is no longer in her time period. Regardless, Kichiou is determined to seduce Nobunaga no matter what. That becomes even more complicated when it is discovered Nobunaga can summon the spirits of the many concubines known to have served the once-mighty feudal lord.

It would seem every erotic fantasy Nobunaga has ever conceived has suddenly become his reality.

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Series Positives

This was a mistake.

Throughout the history of this site, I have seen, what I think are safe to consider, some of the definitive worst-anime ever produced. The two which come immediately to mind are 2018’s Ladyspo and 2005’s infamous, Mars of Destruction.

With no exaggeration, those two titles were trash; utterly and truly trash.

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Be that as it may, I still found both shows to be incredibly entertaining; granted, for all the wrong reasons. Ignoring the quality of the characters, story, and other substantial elements (trust me, they were also quite awful) on purely a technical level, Ladyspo and Mars of Destruction were hilariously inept.

With that as our benchmark, something like Nobunaga-sensei no Osanazuma (Nobunaga-sensei) was decent by comparison. After all, this, at least, looked and was animated like a series made by a production company which seemed to have some idea of what it was doing. That production company being Animation Studio Seven (Seven).

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For a little background, Seven is one of the most awkward animation studios I have yet to come across while writing for this site. Before I continue, to its credit, Seven does have several outstanding shows to its name:

As such, I know Seven can release things that are not garbage. Unfortunately, they can also release Holmes of Kyoto and Ousama Game The Animation (the latter of which was one of the few anime that threw me into a fit of uncontrollable laughter due to its pure stupidity).

(As an aside, this studio is also known for producing hentai, and while I would typically say that is neither here nor there, that “expertise” can totally be seen in Nobunaga-sensei.)

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I have gotten sidetracked, but then again, I expected that would happen.

The short of it is, Nobunaga-sensei was terrible; like really, really terrible. This was without a doubt, the worst thing I have seen come out of 2019 (as of the posting of this review, and I’m hoping it stays that way).

The only positivity I can say about this show is that on a technical level, it was better than the bottom of the barrel. Congratu-f@#$ing-lations Nobunaga-sensei, you managed to pull that off – if only barely.

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Series Negatives

Nobunaga-sensei was the animated version of a person’s loli-filled, historical fan-fiction sex fantasy.

If the Series Synopsis section of this review didn’t immediately raise multiple red-flags for you, then I apologize. I clearly didn’t do my job.

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I already don’t like hyper-perverted characters who are teenagers. They are disgusting and all kinds of infuriating. So, imagine my unfathomable joy when instead of a high school student, we got a late twenty-something-year-old high school teacher who kept finding himself caught in – as well as wishing to be in – multiple sexualized encounters with:

  • The fourteen-year-old time-traveling wife of Oda Nobunaga.
  • A twenty-nine-year-old legal loli.
  • A high school student who had a personality which consisted of wearing glasses.
  • A T.A. with a set of comedically oversized boobs.

There was also a crossdressing student who was about to stick his member in the titular character’s bum. However, that wasn’t something said character was too thrilled about.

Yes, I am oh so happy to have watched this show.

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(To cover my bases, I should mention that I was being completely sarcastic. This was brutal to sit through).

That is what you can expect to get out of Nobunaga-sensei if you decide to ignore this warning – because, let’s be honest, this stopped being a review long ago.

I’m not delving any further into this mess. Thank everything that is everything this series was only an hour. Unfortunately – for me– it was an hour I will never be able to get back.

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Final Thoughts

Like I said at the top:

This was a mistake.

An unabashed, uncompromising, capital M-I-S-T-A-K-E mistake.

It is a rarity when I have absolutely nothing positive to say about a show. Don’t go fooling yourself, there was nothing good about this series. Being technically better than some of the worst anime ever is not much of an accomplishment when some of the worst anime ever were still a thousand times more fun to watch.

I don’t think I need to say it, but just so it’s on the record: Nobunaga-sensei no Osanazuma is one show you can skip.

But these are just my thoughts. What are yours? Have you seen this show? How would you advise Nobunaga-sensei no Osanazuma? Leave a comment down below because I would love to hear what you have to say.

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For Anime Hajime, I’m LofZOdyssey, and I’ll see you next time.

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