Manga Adaptation by Studio DEEN
Available on Crunchyroll
Premise: Two legends of the Sengoku era, Naoe Kanetsugu and Maeda Keiji, recall their meeting and subsequent adventures through this famous period of history.
Zigg’s Verdict: Ancient History
I’ve never been particularly indulgent for Japan’s endless fascination with the Sengoku and Edo periods and this did nothing to change my mind. The story is carved out of cliche, the characters are joyless stereotypes and the animation is poor, bordering on awful — check out how bad those constant CGI cherry blossoms are. Our main pairing are two comically exaggerated macho hunks who do nothing to make themselves endearing and the show’s occasional forays into JoJo-style silliness are half-hearted and never funny. In addition, there seems to be a huge amount of assumed foreknowledge about the period and while I’m not entirely clueless (I know who Oda Nobunaga is for example) the colossal amount of waffling about people and events I seem to be meant to know intimately was a real turn off. Not much interest in pursuing this one.
Lifesong’s Verdict: Cheese Incarnate
Kaiji Maeda is the perfect “historic” legend for this show. I was mildly amused by all the silly antics and extremely manly men, but my affinity for this type of EXTREME MANLINESS is pretty low. This first episode was good enough for what it was, but that isn’t something I care to watch.