Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Nobunaga (w)as a Woman: "Onna Nobunaga"

I'll continue with my intrusions in the world of stage plays, focusing on the works related to Nobunaga.

This time we take a look at the pamphlet of "Onna Nobunaga", the stage version of a popular novel by Kenichi Sato, known because of it tanpatsu version directed by Hideki Takeuchi, even if this stage play is actually older than the TV adaptation.
The pamphlet came with a nice chirashi/mini-poster with a nice picture of the protagonists of this strange love story, pretty-girl-of-many-talents Meisa Kuroki as Nobunaga, and pop idol Akinori Nakagawa as Mitsuhide.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Nobunaga 450 Digest (三)

Better late than never, finally here I am to take a look at what's happening there in Gifu city for the celebrations of the 450th anniversary of the city's enstablishment!
This time as the "cover" of this post I picked the stunning real life size statue of Nobunaga inspired by the taiga drama of 1973 that decorates the entrance to the Nobunaga Gallery-- But let's go in order!

Friday, 30 June 2017

Oda Nobunaga Tour 2017

It took me almost a month, but I'm finally done with the reports of my last trip to Japan :)

The last days were dedicated to my third Nobunaga Tour, and finally I posted the articles online on my personal website :)


Kiyosu, Komaki, Gifu;
Arimatsu vs Toyoake (Okehazama Battlefield pt.II), Konan;
Azuchi Nobunaga Matsuri;

Enjoy!

PS: Also, sorry for the technical troubles with the previous posts but Photobucket decided to become a bitch T_T I'm in the process of migrating all the pictures over here, but it'll take a while... Meanwhile expect more updates in the next days, I'm far behind with my schedule ^_^; !

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.