Well, Nobunaga-sensei no Osanazuma could never be accused of lacking creativity. It’s premise quickly defines the tone of the first episode as the real wife of legendary feudal lord Oda Nobunaga, Kichou (Uehara Akari) is accidentally brought into present-day Japan by a teacher who happens to be named Oda Nobunaga (Sakai Koudai). Because this is an ecchi series and the real Nobunaga married Kichou when she was 15, she has the full intention of having sex with Nobunaga as they celebrate their upcoming marriage. It’s a concept that is definitely meant to raise eyebrows and, to the anime’s credit, Nobunaga is immediately put off by the fact that she’s 15 and coming onto him, but your mileage may vary on whether it’d be easy to stomach some of the more erotic scenarios that feature Kichou.
One thing about the anime that I have to give it credit for is how it uses its time. Rather than overstaying its welcome for too long, the anime constitutes as a short with only seven and a half minutes to keep the viewers immersed into Nobunaga’s life as he avoids the advances of Kichou. On top of this, it manages to use its time well by actually giving us a gist of key plot points. The story might not be complex or rich, but it cuts to the chase and gives us enough information to go off of that is sorely missing from a lot of shows that you’d wish would sometimes just get to the point. The short length does help with that, but the staff did a great job this time around with underlining who the characters are and what the crux of the plot will be. The animation did look very cheap and sloppy at several times, but at the very least, the storyboarding was on-point.
It has to be said that Nobunaga is a strange protagonist considering how he straddles the line between being morally sound yet completely immature for a 28-year-old teacher. When he’s told that two of his students have been leaving early because they’re dating, he goes on a downward spiral as he is extremely jealous of two high school kids dating. I mean, he might be in the same camp as many of the female teachers in rom-coms that are treated as a joke cause they rant to class about not having a date for Christmas, but it’s still weird how he has to whine to one of his students about how he wishes he had a girlfriend and how touched he is that she offered to date him if he was still forever alone by the time she graduated. His desperation for a relationship leads him to be ecstatic about Kichou dropping in his lap until the harsh reality crept up on him that she was 15. He should be an interesting protagonist to follow with his contrasting personality between his desperation for a girlfriend and his efforts to stay away from Kichou’s attempts to get him arrested by the lolice.
But as funny as the premise seems, there are still quite a few hurdles to go over. For instance, the fact that, even after learning about Kichou’s age, we’re still going to be seeing quite a lot of nudity on Kichou’s end. There is the promising possibility of this being overshadowed by older, more mature women considering that there is a busty teacher character who will more than likely end up carrying the torch, but it’s still hard to swallow for viewers who will have her age at the back of their minds as we see her bare backside and her censored crotch. There are also fundamental problems with the fact that Nobunaga is a direct descendant of the Oda family, meaning that Kichou is Nobunaga’s great great great great great great+ grandmother. From a time-travel standpoint, this is going to create a huge time paradox if Kichou ends up staying in the future considering that, at the point in time she was sent from the past, she had yet to meet her real husband. Not only would it probably rewrite their family tree for Kichou not to end up with her time’s Nobunaga, but it could possibly rewrite a huge chunk of history if the real Nobunaga were to go about his rule without his wife. The real-life Kichou might not have been able to produce offspring so she couldn’t have the teacher Nobunaga be the father of his great great great great+grandfather, but imagine how different history would have gone if an entirely different woman who might’ve been able to produce children was in Kichou’s place.
One other factoid of note is how different language is between the 1500s and the present day. The present Nobunaga family might be well-versed in classical Japanese because they are invested in the feudal era side of their family as descendants of such a memorable figure in history, but Kichou only knows Japanese from her time period. She’d naturally have a difficult time understanding contemporary Japanese if she’s still going off of what she could understand from her time period, and most of the conversations she has with the present day Oda family should have more confused glances from her perspective. It might not be logical or ethical, but there is a sense of charm to Nobunaga-sensei no Osanazuma. Whether it’s your cup of tea or not might be subject to debate, but the pacing and ridiculousness behind the story does make it an interesting watch, and it certainly doesn’t help that it’s short enough to digest in smaller portions.
ED: 「恋せよみんな, ハイ!」 (Koi Seyo Minna, High!) by Pyxis