What They Say:
The final battle is now, but a new warrior will change everything.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With so many characters introduced throughout the series and so many stories told about how they managed to adapt to this parallel modern world, Sengoku Collection has been an uneven delight to watch. Though it wasn’t clear at the start the direction it was going to take, once you got into its sense of rhythm, it proved to be a lot more engaging than I thought it would be, especially aided by some really appealing character designs and animation in general. Some episodes were more stylish than others, but as a whole it’s a work that left me craving to see it with full resolution and not streaming compression even on the 1080p stream that’s been available.
While the show has worked to explore all these different characters, it’s also held the background threat of the fight that’s to come. Which has now arrived as there are several of them that have found Nobunaga, enjoying some time in a hammock of all places. This turns a large part of the episode into a fight sequence, set against a simple green space with lots of blue sky and white clouds, it’s a simplistic setting but one that lets the action stand all on its own. Obstacles are practically non-existent and that leaves the focus on the attacks and moves, which is really nicely handled as Nobunaga goes at them one on one for awhile and we don’t get a lot of quick cuts or awkward placement. What we get is a strong if understated sequence of fights.
Amusingly, as close as she gets with all the treasures she’s acquired through the fights, it’s the one she values the most that ends up stopping her. Mitsuhide’s arrival comes at a beautiful moment and shifts the plans a bit in an emotional way, but it also decides to run with the comedy angle as well. Which is, amusingly enough, appropriate for the show and the situation. What this also allows for is a lengthy epilogue with the vocal piece from the series as we get several minutes dedicated to showing how all the other characters are living out their lives at this point. Which is, by and large, happily as they’ve found their place in the world. It’s simplistic to be sure but there’s a really pleasant and enjoyable side to this in seeing how it’s a happily ever after ending overall.
Famous Japanese warriors redone as women, either in the past or present, is a dime a dozen concept that we seem to get every season. And over the last few seasons, we’ve seen several of the come down the road and a few released to home video as well. Sengoku Collection plays with the familiar concept but avoids some of the usual elements by making it individual stories with an overall trapping to hold it together, though it doesn’t really do much with it. Instead, it plays an odd slice of life feeling in how it shows the women adapting to life in the modern world while playing upon their personalities and the places they end up, and whether they’re with anyone else. The show is hugely uneven sometimes, largely owing to whether a particular character and their story is interesting or not, but there were some fantastic episodes in here overall with striking and appealing animation throughout. I really enjoyed this show thoroughly and hope to explore it again some day.
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