Corrected Past

I originally have trouble dealing with gender swap-themed anime/manga. For some reason, it bugs me or rather, the image of a female character being transformed to the opposite sex bugs me, but for some reason, I appreciate the effort done with this anime.

If we take it on the perspective of hot-blooded men clashing their blades on the battlefield, I guess it would prove to be totally problematic (for me) to embrace the fact that Oda Nobuna is the female counterpart of Oda Nobunaga.

But as some researches show, males do have a feminine side. So what if these battle-hardened warriors have their feminine side manifest and created a character that contains their purest wishes and conscience? By seeing from that perspective, I came to appreciate this series more and have accepted the distinction between Oda Nobuna and Oda Nobunaga.

But then again, we can say that the cause of this distinction also came from Yoshiharu’s meddling. His admiration for the man that he encountered in his games led him to guide Nobuna down the path that may even be considered as opposite to Nobunaga’s. One where she retains the humanity he lost.

While this series does not ponder heavily on Yoshiharu’s circumstance nor does it even give a fuck about changing the course of history, I love the progression of Nobuna’s character development. This is the kind that makes characters lovable and considering my uneasiness with gender swap series, this is quite a miracle.

So far so good. With how things are going, I don’t see any reason to drop this series.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. x
    Jul 20, 2012 @ 00:59:54

    This is the surprise of the season for me (most of the anime in this genre almost always turn out the be either on my lowest priority or immediate drop :p). I guess the focus on comedy helps a lot. The character development is done better than most. Love the frequent comparison between this fantasy world the protagonist is in, the game he plays, and the “real history” he knows XD. Also helps that the protagonist is competent where he needs to be.

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  2. baka~
    Jul 20, 2012 @ 01:32:03

    Since I’m not really familiar with the Sengoku period (or history in general), it’s nice that you pointed out how the protagonist assists Nobuna from three key perspectives.

    And yes, despite the fact that he has yet to show combat proficiency, it’s quite a relief to know that the protagonist, as well as most of the characters introduced so far, are competent to an extent. Well, we sure know that the women here aren’t damsels in distress but it really helps that the male protagonist isn’t just a punching bag of sorts or a flat out moron.

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