Sunday, 14 May 2017

Castle Sweet Castle, or when your favourite stronghold turns into a moe girl...

Irene gave me another hint for another post about our beloved pop subculture.
Today we're going to explore the world of browser games again, but this time rather than swords we'll focus on something more satisfying: castles.
Exactly, the Japanese entertainment had the brillant idea of turning popular castles (and they are not just Japanese castles) into cute pretty girls devoted to the well-being of their tono.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Weaving a Story

So, I'm in the process of moving rooms, so I'm taking my time to check out all the stuff that keeps coming out of my armoir (mostly 'cause I'm throwing away the most of it 😀 )... As I'm a compulsive t-shirts buyer, I couldn't help paying a moment to the souvenir t-shirts bought during my trips to Japan and dedicated to Nobunaga.
I call them "the Tenka Fubu Bunch", as all of them feature the famous motto, no matter where I bought them XD
Obviously they all come with a story to tell, and a fond memory of my travels...

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Nobunaga 450 Digest (二)

Here we are again, doing our best to keep track of the celebrations for the 450th Anniversary of Gifu city :)
This time we picked a picture of a fully Nobu-decorated Gifu Castle as a "cover" of this post because, if just for the "Sengoku Musou" invasion, it's pretty much the protagonist of current events... But let's go in order, for a complete overview of just past and future Spring events in Gifu--!

Friday, 20 January 2017

Nobunaga meets Takarazuka: "NOBUNAGA - Tenka no Yume"

Recently I started to collect Japanese pamphlets about my favourite anime movies... Since I found some for cheap, I also presented myself some dedicated to various stage plays featuring Nobunaga.
This is my first arrival, the pamphlet of "NOBUNAGA - Tenka no Yume", the recent show featuring the Moon Troupe of Takarazuka:
This refers to the show of Tokyo at the Tokyo Takarazuka Theatre.
Let's leaf through it together!

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

What Would Nobunaga Do?

The idea for this post came from fellow Nobu-enthusiast Davide who contacted me asking for an illustration about Nobunaga coming back to our age and dealing with current events.
What would be his reaction, what would he do to "fix" things..?
This isn't a new question, as we can see from the thousand time-travelling anime that feature Nobunaga in the present in various forms and situations. There's an anime where Nobunaga was revived in the body of a cute teenager girl, for example, or a manga where he is the current Prime Minister of Japan.
Even Les on his book about Okehazama wonders about Nobunaga's strategy against international terrorism that he feels so similar to Ikko Ikki dudes, and I can see the standard Japanese getting nostalgic about Sengoku Era and its genuine lifestyle, even if it meant dying young and in miserable conditions, maybe by the hands of their own kin.

So, you know, while drawing, I wondered. And going past the stereotypes of the ruthless conqueror and the demonic warlord, I seriously asked myself: "What would Nobunaga do?"
And I found my very own answer: he would enjoy himself.

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Nobunaga 450 Digest (一)

So, let's start the new year with a first report on Gifu 450th Anniversary!
Image coming from Nobunaga450 official website. The banners that celebrate the 450th Anniversary of the city foundation were placed by the exit of JR Gifu Station during the Gifu Nobunaga Matsuri of 2016.
As I said, since the celebrations are going to be strongly Nobunaga-related, I decided to offer some coverage of the various events happening around Gifu, digging around websites, blogs and other media as I find them quite relevant to our interest-- Since we can't be there all year around, at least we can use some informations, right?!

So, let's start with some recollection of past events, and a list of the upcoming events scheduled for January and February.

Monday, 19 December 2016

"Appunti di Bellezza" Exhibition

So, a few days ago I was visiting an exhibition of Japanese Dolls in Rome, when I noticed a flyer promoting an interesting event dedicated to the celebrations of the 150 years of diplomatic relationships between Italy and Japan-- My Nobu-radar blinked furiously as I recognized his kamon on the flyer, and so two days later I was in lovely Urbino to visit the exhibition and, fortunately, have a nice talk with one of the artists, Paola Ghirotti.

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Nobunaga Concerto (2014, 2016)

Today I'll review the series and sequel movie "Nobunaga Concerto", again your time travelling TV drama pimped by popular actors, lously based on mangas and fawning over great ideals but with a mediocre resolution.
The staff for both TV drama and movie is the same, featuring director Hiroaki Matsuyama and Ayumi Ishii as the original creator of the manga.

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Nobunaga by ACI on pre-order!

It looks like that awesome 1/6 figure of Nobunaga is on pre-order-- On SEVEN website there's also a sale available for a few days only.
This new line of toys dedicated to the Sengoku Generals is going to be titled Daimyoden.
There are two versions available: the "standard" version for 194 dollars, which includes a set of hands and the sword Heshikiri Hasebe, and a "deluxe" version for 220 dollars, which includes the extras of gun, haori and a "Tenka Fubu" banner.

I'm going to pre-order mine soon. The only uncomfortable bit is that ACI Toys is famous for its late deliveries, so I'm not so sure that I'll manage to get my beautiful Nobu within March 2017 September 2017...

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Nobunaga at the Movies!

--See that I'm not the only one obsessed with Nobunaga movies?
In the recent future two events will feature the adventures of our favourite warlord on the big screen:
The first, part of the pre-events for Gifu 450th Anniversary, is the special airing of the awesome Oda Nobunaga - The Lucky Adventurer on 17 and 18 December at the Gifu City Cultural Center; the showing will be followed by a talk show featuring two interesting guests: the first is Kyoko Kagawa, who acted as Nouhime in the movie, and the other will be a performer, the traditional singer Osamu Nagaoka. Here's the page with the details of the event.

The second event involves the city of Kyoto! Do you think that "the Capital" would keep still on 2017, and leave all the Nobu fun to Nagoya and Gifu? Hell no!
On January 14 the theatres will delight the audience with another time travelling adventure in the Sengoku Era, Hon'noji Hotel, where this time the protagonist is the young Mayuko (Haruka Ayase) who will have the chance to meet Nobunaga (Shinichi Tsutsumi) during his final days at Honnoji thanks to the weird location of the hotel where she's staying there in Kyoto.
On the website of the movie it's possible to watch the preview and check out further details of this work that looks like a huge promotion of Kyoto's tourism. --I hope that this will be subbed faster than Nobunaga Moyu!