Beware! Tons of spoilers ahead!

Sorry, Kotaro; it seems like you’re the butt monkey of this series.

Summary:

Finally, it’s the big showdown between Nobunaga and Yoshimoto.  However, Nobunaga’s forced to deal with not only Yoshimoto, but So’un in battle as well.  Just as all hope seems lost, a familiar face comes to her rescue—it’s Mitsuhide!  But even then, are the two women strong enough to beat the fire and water duo?  Also, is Nobunaga really ready to leave the modern world to return home?  Although, as we find out, that choice may not be entirely up to her…

I didn’t notice this before, but Nobunaga’s and Yoshimoto’s color schemes are a nice way of showing off their rivalry. It’s red vs. blue!

SWORD BATTLE YEEEEAAAAH

Even now, Nobunaga refuses to admit how much she actually cares for Mitsuhide, sigh

The last half of the episode is devoted solely to cameos made by all of the Sengoku girls that have appeared; done as a montage while a summer festival is being held.  Both ending songs (“Unlucky Girl” and “Darling and Madonna”) and  are played to their full lengths during the entire sequence.

awwwww… ❤

Our space buddies have actually opened up a chicken restaurant! Kanetsugu and Kenshin don’t seem all that pleased about it though. xD

My Opinion:

This was a nice ending episode.  The fight scene felt really rushed, but I can understand why it didn’t go on for longer (making room for the montage sequence).  The ending to this series is ultimately left open-ended, but unlike other series, I don’t particularly mind it for Sengoku Collection.

The fight scene in this episode is probably one of the more elaborate ones we’ve seen in this series, and it’s for a good reason.  Sadly, it doesn’t feel as “epic” as the battle Shinku/So’un had with Yoshimoto in the first season.  It seems like the animators that worked on Sengoku Collection couldn’t animate more than two people fighting on-screen at the same time, which makes the fight seem almost dull to watch at times.  Sengoku Collection (even though it features war generals) has never been a big “action” series, and action/fight scenes seem to be their weak point, so I won’t rag on them too much about it.  Besides, it was the montage that really stole the show.

While I’m kind of “meh” on the fight between Nobunaga and Yoshimoto, I absolutely loved the big ending montage.  They really did include every general!  And they managed to sneak in a few cameos from some of the more minor characters also.  Even though we only see each general for a minute at most, it’s still a really nice “where are they now” thing.  I had a feeling Sengoku Collection would pull something like this to end the series off, but I wondered how they would make it work without seeming too “random.”  And they solved this problem with the characters all being at a festival.  Well, I think it worked!

Storyline wise, the ending seems pretty typical for this type of series.  Having Nobunaga leave to go back to her world would be too sad for a series like this.  But having her give up and stay in the modern world would be out of character for her.  So the episode writers resolved it in the best way they could think off—a sort of cliffhanger.  I had already predicted something like this since the first episode, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.  I think it’s rather fitting for a series that’s heavily based on a large multitude of characters.  There’s tons more characters that Nobunaga will likely meet in the future.  Will we, as the audience, be able to see it too?  Who knows?

Out of five for this episode:

      

Final Thoughts:

I admit; I took on this series mostly as a guilty pleasure.  But at the same time, I was eager to review this series in its entirety because of its episodic nature.  Obviously the one-episode story arcs gimmick has probably been done in anime before, but I was still interested in at least giving Sengoku Collection a shot.  And (even with the horrible episodes mixed in), I’m ultimately glad I stuck with this series.

The over-arching plot with Nobunaga’s quest to return home isn’t that great or all that unique of a story.  Even though she’s the designated “main character”, she mainly pops in randomly at the end of episodes just to “further” the series.  The more interesting stories are those of the other generals.  As can be expected of this type of series, a lot of anime/movie/story genres get explored; like mystery, slice-of-life, horror, drama, sci-fi, and so on and so on.

Also, scientist moe!

Of course, depending on your tastes, nearly half of them will be hit or miss.  It seems the writers for this series were more ambitious than they were skilled; as a result, most stories may be just kind of bland or uninteresting.  I can see what the producers were going for here, but many times they weren’t creative enough.  Although some story-telling tropes do get subverted, far too many of them stick to standard story cliches and that makes many episodes extremely predictable.  This is why episodes like 11 and 18 are so good, especially when compared to the other episodes in Sengoku Collection.  Due to this series’ episodic nature, you can at least rest assured that a story you don’t like won’t last more than an episode.

Another thing that drew me to this series was the large cast.  There are about 25-ish characters in all, all with unique designs and (somewhat) unique personalities. Like with the episode plot-lines, many of them will be a hit or a miss.  All of them put together roughly cover all anime character archetypes.  So one good thing about having such an enormous cast is that even if you hate a few (or a lot), you’re bound to at least like ONE.  The character designs tend to veer towards “sexy,” which may be offensive to history purists since these characters ARE based on real-world people.  (…Among the many other things that may piss historians off…)  Still, I personally think it’s interesting to see all the nice costume designs for each general.

If you forget that these characters are based on real-world counterparts and just look at them as original characters who just happen to share the same name, then it’s not so bad. And aaaah this scene was so cute.

Animation-wise, Sengoku Collection’s quality seems to vary greatly across differing episodes.  I think that’s a by-product of all the different artistic styles used in this series.  All the generals in Sengoku Collection seem to have been originally drawn and created by different artists.  Thus, the anime tried to mimic this, while still keeping all the characters looking similar enough so that their styles won’t clash if they have to be featured together.  It creates a rather interesting work to watch.  Then of course there’s just the general QUALITY ANIMATION stuff too, which happens… a lot.  But when the animation shines, it shines.  Still not to the same levels as anything by say Shaft or the like, but it’s decent.

Overall, I’d recommend this to others to watch.  With its broad range of genres, it can appeal to pretty much anyone.  Unfortunately, even then, this series is still only somewhat of an “average” series.  A big factor that determines how much you can tolerate Sengoku Collection is whether or not you enjoy the characters.  However, one of the things I did like about Sengoku Collection is that there’s actually not as much fanservice as you’d expect from a series with such a large female cast as this.  I am so, so glad that this didn’t go the easy route and become a harem series like that Oda Nobunaga one.  The writers actually attempted to make each character seem strong within their respective stories.  And even though the writing’s not always stellar, I appreciate the effort.  So if you want to see a lot of badass women doing silly stuff, then this is the series for you.

I’m so glad Yoshitsugu got a somewhat “happy ending” too… ;u;

If you don’t want to watch the whole series (you’ll miss a lot of the fun though), and only want to watch it for the over-arching plot, then watch episodes: 1, 9, 10, 13, 19, 20, 25, and 26.  That covers the main storyline.  My personal recommendations (basically my favorites) are episodes: 2, 6, 7, 11, 17, 18, 20, 21, 23, and 24.  If you want to sample the series before picking it up, I think the overall best episodes are: 7, 11, 18 (because of just how SOUL CRUSHINGLY SAD it is compared to the other episodes), 20, and 21.  And, oh yeah, you should probably check out the last episode for the great montage too.

I give, out of five for this series:

      and 1/2

~~~~~

Advertisements