The historical romantic comedy follows 17-year-old high schooler Sagara Yoshiharu who one day time-travels to the Sengoku period, where all the major Samurai lords are cute girls. Yoshiharu meets Oda Nobuna, the female counterpart of Oda Nobunaga, and begins to serve her as a substitute of Kinoshita Tokichiro, who was killed. – My Anime List
Based on 19 review scores:
Romance, Adventure, Conquest, Epic Battles, and an Unforgettable Ending! This anime is one of the best I’ve watched so far! My only regret is that it was only 12 episodes long. This made me want to read the manga which I’m doing right now! Long Live Oda Nobuna!
The Ambition of Oda Nobuna provides a refreshingly entertaining experience and perhaps the best take on the gender-bent history theme you will find.
Dazz’s Anime Stop
This show was such a surprise for me. I wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did, but this show was definitely worth my time. Though I do wish this had a more conclusive ending, I still would prefer this show over Sengoku Musou any day.
If you are not familiar with Japanese history, this show does a pretty decent job convincing you to get interested in it.
The rare show that is entertaining for history buffs and fan service fans alike, The Ambition of Oda Nobuna is an enjoyable and oddly sweet-hearted riff on the Warring States period that is, ironically, about as close to a Nobunaga’s Ambition anime as we’re likely to see. The most serious of serious cats might knock another star off for the fan service, but that’s probably not giving this series the credit it deserves.
We all know these anime – the harem comedy, the tsundere lead. A healthy dose of fanservice, and a solid injection of action. Add a touch of drama, and you get something really, really fun. That’s the best word I can use to describe this show – fun, along the lines of Black Lagoon, in the same way as Kore wa Zombie desu ka. It reminds me specifically of Demon King Daimao; Oda Nobuna never takes itself completely seriously, and can drop off into the zany at times, but is still capable of something a little deeper, too. Don’t come in expecting Ghost in the Shell, and you’ll have a blast. I’m looking forward to a second season!
World Without Horizons
The Ambition of Oda Nobuna is an anime that I did not immediately watch when it was airing. Little did I know that the series would soon become one of my favorites in that season, and that I would eagerly follow it weekly. Not only did the combination of story elements, attractive art, and action scenes click for me, they made me interested in the pieces of history scattered throughout the gripping narrative. Perhaps you would do yourself a favor by giving the series a try. Who knows, you might even find yourself becoming a fan of Japanese history in the process. Even if you are not interested in history, the show still manages to entertain on its own.
Anime News Network
The Ambition of Oda Nobuna is a genuinely funny series in both English and Japanese due to its physical and romantic humor that also has a strong dramatic element because of the relationship between Monkey and Nobuna. The series balances its tone between its light-hearted approach with its drama and melodrama while also having a helping of action.
The Ambition of Oda Nobuna just doesn’t cut it as a moe or history series. While there are some cool moments involving Yoshiharu trying to deal with the changes to history that his interference is causing but other than that, there just isn’t much here that will attract anyone but those who already have knowledge of and an interest in of Japanese history and even then they also have to really love moe character designs and lolis. This is ultimately a forgettable title that won’t age well no matter how long it sits on your shelf.
My Anime List
I haven’t finished the anime but the episodes I have watched have been great and its been getting better and better as the episodes go on. So don’t be discouraged to watch this anime just because it looks like another stereotypical anime because this is a good example of how “you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover”.
Overall, The Ambition of Oda Nobuna is a series that seems at odds with its own premise. Though set in a historically powerful time period, the events of this era are treated as a game by some and a triviality by others. Even when characters such as Nobuna focus on the war at hand, it seems quite shallow given her general demeanour and actions. For the most part, this series is a high school drama wrapped in the Sengoku period. Discussions of true love, a substantial amount of female characters falling in immediate love with the charming protagonist, there’s even a festival episode where Monkey feeds Nobuna (which is a super big deal in a budding relationship, according to anime at least). Though this youthful take on the Sengoku era is an interesting one, I feel that the constant reminders of historical detail confuses the vibe of the series, continuing as a bit of a goofball comedy until the final two episodes, when it leans heavily on the drama of battle. At the end of the day, this series is worth checking out if your all about the “will they, won’t they (but they’re obviously going to)” relationships of youth, with an ancillary interest in history…also cute girls.
It isn’t ground-breaking, but The Ambition of Oda Nobuna is at least colourful, fun and entertaining, which is all you can really ask of a show of this nature.
The Ambition of Oda Nobuna starts off on the right foot, balancing its historical pretensions with entertaining, if clichéd harem comedy, but towards the end it becomes bogged down in the lore of the period, making it less enjoyable than it could have been. It started off better than Battle Girls Time Paradox, but ended up worse. I guess that averages out to the same…
The Ambition of Oda Nobuna provides the perfect balance of comedy, serious battles, and romance in a series filled with colorfully charismatic characters set in a Sengoku era that the creators have made completely their own. It’s an involving series that is well thought out, and one that sometimes plays like the simulation game for which the protagonist is so obsessed.
The idea of throwing a teenager from modern day Japan into Feudal times where many key characters had been replaced by girls sounds rather original… unless you’ve watched ‘Battle Girls: Time Paradox’ which did it a year earlier and quite a bit better. Sagara is a fairly annoying protagonist; there is no explanation as to why or how he has travelled back in time and nobody seems too bothered by his arrival; he doesn’t even change his attire… I dread to think what his school uniform must have smelled like after all his adventures! The rest of the cast are somewhat better; Oda Nobuna made a good female lead and those around her were entertaining; I’m not sure why they looked so young though; some of them looked as though they were meant to be about six years old! As one might expect there is a moderate amount of fan service; some of it a little peculiar… one girl’s breasts bounce even though she is wearing armour and a young nun has a habit that shows off her ample cleavage! While this is far from a must see series it does have its plus points; it is fairly funny at times and there is some decent action. Overall this passed the time well enough but wasn’t as good as it could have been.
On the whole I have to say I enjoyed the twelve episode series, while some more emphasis on the time travel aspects and heroic acts of the individual generals would have been appreciated. I advise you to go and watch it.