Oda Cinnamon Nobunaga – Anime Preview
Synopsis: Oda Nobunaga met his end at Honno-ji Temple, but not before proclaiming that he would be fine with being reborn into another life. Heck, even being reborn as a dog might be amusing. Unfortunately Nobunaga got his wish! Nobunaga finds himself reborn in the adorable form of an Shiba Inu named Cinnamon! Encountering other famous Japanese lords and warriors reborn as Dogs, Nobunaga must somehow rettain his dignity, which is hard to do when Canine instincts are taking over….
1st Episode Review (Warning: Minor Spoilers to Follow):
Linny: Let’s laugh at the once great and mighty Oda Nobunaga, now reincarnated as a dog, struggling to balance his pride as a great war lord with his more lowly canine instincts. That’s what Oda Cinammon Nobunaga attempts to present with varying degrees of success… of which there are few highs. The first ten minutes are basically Cinammon (Nobunaga) yelling “I am Oda Nobunaga” over and over, making you want to yell back “WE GET IT”. A lot of the overall comedy comes from seeing the adorable new forms of these once vicious and respected war lords, and of course the occasional, imagine if it were the actual war lord doing this as a human instead of a dog. These gags are not only repetitive but also predictable. Comedy is at its best when it takes you by surprise, but sadly this is a concept that nowhere manages to deliver on its possibly promising premise.
Tom: The concept of famous, highly lauded historical figures returning as dogs is rife with potential. It’s really just the execution that sinks these pups. ‘Look at the warlords! They’re dogs now!’ is simply not enough to go on. What’s maddening is that there’s brief glimpses of something better here. Once we get past the first ten minutes we get jokes about Nobunaga wanting a bath cap because he thinks it looks like the collars Europeans wore during his life time. Or we get goofs on characters like Mitsuhide turning out to be a Chuunibyou Dog named Boo-chan. These goofs defy expectations and surprise (Well, maybe not Boo-chan so much) but there’s too few of these peppered in what is otherwise twenty-three minutes of repeating the same “Look it’s Oda Nobunaga as a dog” punchline again and again.
Linny: There are moments when the episode lingers, pausing events for applause you could say, like they were there for those with deeper knowledge about these great Japanese legends to catch a more specific joke. This isn’t to say that you won’t enjoy the show without being a Japanese history buff because at the end of the day, most of the jokes are simple and basic. It’s more about me wondering if I missed some jokes in the episode. Sadly, even as a dog lover, I found it a chore to sit through Oda Cinnamon Nobunaga. There just wasn’t enough clever, innovative comedy to justify this being a 20+ minute watch. The credits and final few minutes seem to hint at there being a bigger story about Oda Nobunaga realizing the true reason for his demise but I cannot say for certain that it will be enough to keep viewers invested. I feel like you either need to really be tickled by the premise itself or into dogs/Japanese historical figures to truly and whole heartedly enjoy every minute of this show and that sounds like a tall order to me.
Tom: I think there’s potential for Oda Cinnamon Nobunaga to get better if it can just move away from the basic premise and explore Nobunaga’s life as a dog, and more of the misunderstandings that crop up from being thrust hundreds of years into the future. Unfortunately even when the episode did move on from that joke, it ran right back to it whenever it could, giving me the sense that it’s a stable punchline we will see often. Oh, but before I dish out a Not Recommended, the next episode tease and end credits are cute. They use real dogs to portray the reborn warlords and Nobunaga. It’s adorable. Maybe queue up the episode and skip to the last three minutes, if you love dogs anyway.
Oda Cinnamon Nobunaga is available for streaming via Crunchyroll.