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!

Friday, 9 December 2016

Nobunaga no Hitsugi (2006)

Here I am again!
Today I'll review this movie, that despite the title is not focused on our favourite warlord, but rather on his vassal, Gyuichi Ota, and his compilation of the glorious Chronicle of Lord Nobunaga ("Shichoukoki"), our favourite biography of Oda Nobunaga.
The movie is based on the historical novel of the same title by Hiroshi Kato, dated 2005. It was a huge bestseller, as you can guess by the movie rendition in the span of a year!
The direction of the movie was entrusted to Haruhiko Mimura and the script was adapted by Shoukei Nagasaka.

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Nobunaga no Chef (2013, 2014)

Ok, I got a few days off from work, so I'm profitting to catch up with some TV drama and movies to review.
Doing anything else would be waaay better in terms of quality time, but you know how dutiful I am, so here's the review for the two seasons of Nobunaga no Chef, a recent seasonal TV series based on the homonymous manga by duo Nitsuru Mishimura/Takuro Kajikawa.