Sengoku Collection at a Glance


Well, at least now I know why the hell the title is ‘Sengoku Collection’.

Alright. So, Oda Nobunaga was actually a woman! Which, honestly, could have made for an intriguing premise; when the bland male lead (distinguishing trait: he loves whales!) remarks that Nobunaga can’t possibly be Nobunaga since Nobunaga was a man, she points out that, well, how the hell would he know? It’s not as if he ever met the person! Bland lead admits that she’s right.

So, really, there’s a neat idea – strong warrior from the past was actually a woman, and history conspired to cover up that fact! Which isn’t the same as the person hiding their gender in their lifetime, a la Saber in Fate/Zero, I’ll point out. No, I mean that everyone knew they were a lady in life – because, come on, in that outfit Nobunaga isn’t fooling anyone. It isn’t at all unheard of for historical figures to be retroactively rendered male by later historians and writers; excellent example is Junia, an apostle from the Book of Acts in the Christian Bible. Medieval translators made up a fake name, Junias, to obscure that there were women apostles!

…well, of course, I call it an ‘excellent example’ probably in large part since this is the sort of stuff I studied when I was a college student. She isn’t the only example, just the one I’m most familiar with.

So, this could’ve been pretty cool for a premise. But, well, we knew that wasn’t the sort of thing Sengoku Collection was going to bother with, huh?

Sengoku Collection is… pretty dull. It’s entirely paint by the numbers, from Nobunaga falling from the sky, to the stupidity surrounding her reaction to modern food and shower nozzles, to the embarrassment bland guy displays when she starts stripping in his presence. The only surprise I felt was that the show is apparently a fetch quest, as three ~mysterious~ yet moe shrine spirits inform Nobunuaga that she must find the other warriors who fell into the present day in order for her to return to her own time. This also illuminated the meaning behind the show’s title.

The sole other thing of note were the backgrounds in some of the scenes. When the camera angle zoomed out completely a few times in the second half of the show, the viewer is treated to some fairly decently done backgrounds that look as though they were painted onto rough canvas. It actually reminded me of some of the wide-angle shots in Revolutionary Girl Utena, particularly the portions of the sky. Quite frankly, they were rather nice!

The OP was bland, I think the ED was decent although nothing special. Animation was shockingly low-budget, particularly coming from Brains Base… but, hey, the entire show coming from Brains Base is pretty shocking.

Sengoku Collection is a bland, inoffensive show we’ll all surely have forgotten by the autumn. Nothing to see here, folks, but I guess it could sop up some time if you had absolutely nothing else to do. But if you’re in that situation, at least Medaka Box would give you a few stray giggles, which I doubt you’ll find here.

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2 Responses to Sengoku Collection at a Glance

  1. thoughtcannon says:

    Fyi…don’t think the dude is a main or even minor character. He’s not on the website and ANN has him listed just for ep 1. Ep 2 seems to focus on Ieyasu’s character, Nobunaga doesn’t even show up to the end…which makes me more confused about this anime’s intent.

    • A Day Without Me says:

      Looks like a fetch quest. These gender-swapped Sengoku things have been dispensing with even bothering to have a ‘harem lead’ it seems anyway.

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