Ninja Girl and Samurai Master is an historical comedy that follows the exploits of a Shinobu, a kunoichi (female ninja) that was saved from being drowned by Oda Nobunaga and from there, decides to serve him alongside her partner, Sukezou to help Oda and his forces unite Japan by force.
As the intro implies, this series is loosely based on Oda Nobunaga and his cohorts' conquests in the Sengoku Period and as it goes, the antics of the characters within said events can be very silly while also having a serious side off and on, especially as Oda and company's battles get more difficult and even deadly with most of their equally as quirky opponents. Despite the main subject being very prevalent in many other anime series, this takes a very comedic and breakneck-paced spin on them and also shows Shinobu's growth within the missions she and Sukezou end up in alongside some growth within Oda and some of his forces, especially his family members and when things take more serious turns. As of this point, this unfortunately is open-ended in case of the purely fictional characters, but it tuned out to be a very fun and punchline-heavy spin on a well-told legacy.
As stated before, most of the growth ended up with Shinobu with her missions, despite her hilarious (and rather genuine) flaws and Nobunaga with his more major battles and his running gags ending up being a bonus to go alongside his serious attitude as a leader and warlord. Most of the characters, including Sukezou end up being a bit more to themselves alongside their own quirks, due to Sukezou's antics (including his feelings towards Chidori) and the history behind interacted characters that mesh mostly well with the comedy like Kichou's flightiness and Hideyoshi being an airhead to name a few, but some gimmicks like Nyoshunni's nasty personality and Matsunaga Hisahide being a "gentleman" may sour some. Overall, this department is plentiful, but doesn't muddy the quality of the show on the most part.
Pros and Cons
The show has a chibi-based art style, which isn't for everyone, but does happen to sport good animation, especially with the battle scenes. While the background music is very limited to two -to-three themes at most, depending on if anything major happens, the opening themes throughout the seasons turned out to be amazing and fits better with the show. It is at a breakneck pace due to the short length of the episodes, but it ended up being a strong suit on the most part because it helped with the comedy antics' executions and doesn't mess with the story's comprehension. Some of the antics do involve some pretty questionable fanservice, to warn those that aren't into such things. The show also has no shortage of fighting whatsoever, but this will turn away those that don't like bloody battles. Some dismemberment is also within some fights, but it is kept to a minimum.
After a world of writer's block, some loss of dignity, and a while of breaking down to watch this whole anime, I ended up having a world of fun with it, especially with the shockingly blood-soaked battles, and for that, I personally recommend this to those that want to have fun and don't mind short lengthed episodes or that happen to be history buffs, looseness aside. This anime is an example of an Absolute Beauty if I haven't seen one already.
Current Situation: It's too late. They drank all the chocolate milk.
I think I finished this anime. The anime started out funny but damn I didn't expect to see death and people getting killed off screen with this art style. If I knew my Japanese world history, I wanted to see what were differences. All I know is Chidori is definitely not a real person. She's very OP. I had a lot of fun with this show. It's best to binge this show given its short length.
You remember rhe characters better than me. Awesome review!
Old Man Dream: Yeah. After Tenchi Muyo, Masaki Kajishima dabbled into several other harem titles, some of which not being based in the Tenchi timeline, which all have the same resolution of where the male lead "has them all." But they aren't really as popular.
Jul 8, 2020 14:20:06 GMT
Taka: I need to finish Geminar and GXP. Just cancel FUNimation which leaves me until July 23rd unless there are at least 3 shows that catch my eye from this season.
Jul 9, 2020 3:27:17 GMT
Old Man Dream: Believe GXP was pulled from Funi's streaming site last year because their digital rights to the series expired. But you should still be able to stream War on Geminar on their site.
Jul 9, 2020 13:36:38 GMT
Taka: Darn, for some reason I thought it was still there. I finished Geminar. Well, I guess I proceed and watch the rest of those OVAs on CR.
Jul 10, 2020 1:37:08 GMT
Taka: I think I can write a review on Geminar. I wished I made a discussion thread and kept notes on it. I tend to forget small details and make mistakes when interpreting character actions.
Jul 12, 2020 17:34:16 GMT
Taka: How strange, when I log in, the colors via Fire Fox disappear. If I log out, I can see the color for hyperlink words. Anyways, been noticing God of High School has been the talk for WWE folks.
Jul 28, 2020 1:35:11 GMT