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Nobunaga Concerto
Nobunaga Concerto v1 manga cover.png
Cover of the first volume of Nobunaga Concerto
信長協奏曲 (コンツェルト)
(Nobunaga Kontseruto)
Genre Historical
Manga
Written by Ayumi Ishii
Published by Shogakukan
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Monthly Shōnen Sunday
Original run June 2009 – present
Volumes 14
Anime television series
Directed by Yūsuke Fujikawa
Produced by Noriko Ozaki
Written by Natsuko Takahashi
Music by Masaru Yokoyama
Original network Fuji TV, FTV, NST, TV Shizuoka, KTN, KSS, KTS, OHK
Original run July 12, 2014September 20, 2014
Episodes 10 (List of episodes)
Television drama
Produced by Ken Murase, Kenichi Hatori
Written by Masafumi Ishida
Music by ☆Taku Takahashi (m-flo/Tachytelic inc./block.fm)
Studio Fuji TV
Original network Fuji TV
Original run October 13, 2014December 22, 2014
Episodes 11
Live-action film
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Nobunaga Concerto (信長協奏曲 (コンツェルト), Nobunaga Kontseruto) is a Japanese manga series by Ayumi Ishii. It began serialization in Shogakukan's Monthly Shōnen Sunday from 2009. It was announced on June 2014 issue of Monthly Shonen Sunday magazine that the historical manga is inspiring an anime television, a live-action television series, and a live-action film. The anime television series adaptation aired from July 12, 2014 to September 20, 2014 on Fuji TV. The television drama aired in October 2014 starring Shun Oguri as Saburo and Nobunaga[1] and the live-action film was released on January 23, 2016.

Plot[edit]

The story centers around Saburō, a high school boy who time-travels to Japan's Sengoku Era. He must become Oda Nobunaga, the famed warlord who helps unite Japan.[1]

Characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

Saburō (サブロー)
Voiced by: Mamoru Miyano
Played by: Shun Oguri
Saburo is a high school boy who finds himself taken back in time to Japan's Sengoku Era. He then meets Oda Nobunaga who asks him to become Oda Nobunaga because of their same look. He occasionally uses his textbook regarding Nobunaga's life to guide him through the events he needs to create.
Oda Nobunaga (織田信長)
Voiced by: Yuki Kaji
Played by: Shun Oguri
The real Oda Nobunaga. Unable to withstand the political pressure as Nobunaga, he has the identical Saburo take his place while he travels around the country. He eventually ends up taking over the Akechi Clan after the previous leader had no heir, and now works under Saburō (fake Nobunaga) as Akechi Mitsuhide.
Kichō (帰蝶)
Voiced by: Nana Mizuki
Played by: Kou Shibasaki
Kichō is Nobunaga's wife
Kinoshita Tōkichirō (木下藤吉郎)
Voiced by: Yuichi Nakamura
Played by: Takayuki Yamada
Tokichiro was originally a spy from the Imagawa, sent to ruin the Oda. Tokichiro initially attempted to incite rebellion through Nobuyuki as well as acting as a stable boy for the Oda army in the Imagawa's advance. Both areas failed as Nobuyuki was betrayed by Katsuie and, due to a miscommunication, he sends incorrect info to Yoshimito, leading to his death at Okehazama. With no place left, he bides his time under Nobunaga, waiting for the perfect opportunity to kill him.
Oichi (お市)
Voiced by: Aoi Yūki
Played by: Kiko Mizuhara
Oichi is Nobunaga's younger sister.

Other characters[edit]

Ikeda Tsuneoki (池田恒興)
Voiced by: Kazuyuki Okitsu
Played by: Osamu Mukai
Shibata Katsuie (柴田勝家)
Voiced by: Rikiya Koyama
Played by: Masahiro Takashima
Originally a retainer of Nobuyuki, Katsuie was initially unable to understand Nobunaga's behaviour, and attempted to kill Matsudaira Motoyasu in order to show Nobunaga's incompetence. Years later, he soon realizes that Nobunaga not only has the support of the people, but also has the ambition to rule the land. Siding with Nobunaga instead, he is still often baffled by his lord's decision making.
Maeda Toshiie (前田利家)
Voiced by: Shintarō Asanuma
Played by: Taisuke Fujigaya
A violent man, he was found by Nobunaga fighting in the streets. As punishment for his rowdy behaviour, he was not allowed to serve in the army until after Nobunaga's first few battles.
Sassa Narimasa (佐々成政)
Voiced by: Kenta Miyake
Played by: Shinnosuke Abe
Niwa Nagahide (丹羽長秀)
Voiced by: Shinya Takahashi
Played by: Masanobu Sakata
Takugen (沢彦)
Voiced by: Kenichi Ogata
Played by: Denden
Tokugawa Ieyasu (徳川家康)
Voiced by: Jun Fukuyama, Nozomi Masu (young)
Played by: Gaku Hamada
Initially a young hostage for the Oda, Motoyasu becomes indebted to Nobunaga after he rescues the young child's life from Katsuie's assassination attempt. Being given Nobunaga's modern day pornographic magazine, he eventually forms an alliance with the Oda after the collapse of the Imagawa forces at Okehazama to repay the debt to Nobunaga.
Takenaka Hanbei (竹中半兵衛)
Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai
Played by: Naohito Fujiki
A strategist that initially served Saito Tatsuoki, he became dissatisfied with his lord's complacency over Inabayama Castle's victories against Nobunaga, and proceeds to take the castle for himself. Interested in Nobunaga's vision of the world, he eventually turns against the Saito, and joins the Oda forces.
Azai Nagamasa (浅井長政)
Voiced by: Ryōhei Kimura
Played by: Issei Takahashi
Azai Hisamasa (浅井久政)
Voiced by: Akio Nojima
Played by: Kunio Murai
Endo Naotsune (遠藤直経)
Voiced by: Takaya Hashi
Isono Kazumasa (磯野員昌)
Voiced by: Jun Hazumi
Mori Yoshinari (森可成)
Voiced by: Ryō Sugisaki
Played by: Yoshiyuki Morishita
Mori Nagayoshi (森長可)
Voiced by: Hiroyuki Yoshino
Played by: Takumi Kitamura
Mori Ranmaru (森蘭丸)
Voiced by: Ayumu Murase
Mori Bōmaru (森坊丸)
Voiced by: Marie Miyake
Mori Rikimaru (森力丸)
Voiced by: Nichika Oomori
Ashikaga Yoshiaki (足利義昭)
Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita
Played by: Keisuke Horibe
Matsunaga Hisahide (松永久秀)
Voiced by: Takaya Kuroda
Played by: Arata Furuta
Originally a Yakuza member before being transported to the past, Hisahide relishes the chaos of the Sengoku period, believing it to be a battle where only the strongest win. Meeting Nobunaga after his rejection of the Shogun's letter to attack the Oda, Hisahide offers his loose loyalty to Nobunaga until the time he can rebel.
Oda Nobuyuki (織田信行)
Voiced by: Kōki Uchiyama
Played by: Yuya Yagira
Nobunaga's younger brother, whom he spites to the core. Nobuyuki, while afraid of Nobunaga, was also tired of his brother's erratic behaviour. In his brother's youth, Nobuyuki had Nohime kidnapped, which was exposed by Nobunaga in front of their father. Years later, he is incited into rebellion by Kinoshita, falsely believing that the Imagawa would support him as the lord of Owari. Failing in his rebellion, he attempts to kill Nobunaga once more when he is sick, only to be betrayed by Katsuie. After his third failure, he commits suicide, but encourages Nobunaga to take the world without the permission of others.
Hirate Masahide (平手政秀)
Voiced by: Motomu Kiyokawa
Saitō Dōsan (斎藤道三)
Voiced by: Yōsuke Akimoto
Played by: Toshiyuki Nishida
The Lord of Mino and the father of Nohime, he was originally a policeman named Nagai Shinichi, who had a family with a daughter. Travelling to the past mysteriously like Saburo, he stays at the Sengoku Period for 30 years. Upon seeing Saburo's school uniform, he gives the younger man his uniform, and later his pistol and a letter to his original daughter and another to Nohime. Like in history, he is killed by his sons in the conflict at Mino.
Hori Hidemasa (堀秀政)
Voiced by: Akira Ishida
Hachisuka Koroku (蜂須賀小六)
Voiced by: Takashi Matsuyama
Played by: Katsuya
Yasuke (弥助)
Voiced by: Kōichi Yamadera
Saitō Yoshitatsu (斉藤義竜)
Voiced by: Kenji Hamada
Played by: Hirofumi Arai
Asakura Kagetake (朝倉景健)
Voiced by: Hiroshi Naka

Anime adaptation[edit]

The manga received an anime adaptation that started airing during summer 2014. Narrated by Shun Oguri.

Episode list[edit]

No. Title Original airdate
1 "Saburou Nobunaga"
"Saburou Nobunaga" (サブロー信長) 
July 12, 2014
2 "preparing to die in an effort to dissuade one's lord"
"Kanshi" (諫死) 
July 19, 2014
3 "Viper of Mino"
"Mino no Mamushi" (美濃のマムシ) 
July 26, 2014
4 "Battle of Okehazama"
"Okehazama no Tatakai" (桶狭間の戦い) 
August 2, 2014
5 "Love Letter"
"Raburetaa" (らぶれたあ) 
August 9, 2014
Saburou tries to take Mino by force and fails because of Inabayama castle. He's rejoined by Matsudaira Takechiyo the womanizer. Saburou is in need of a stratagem to scare Mino's people: Tokichirou comes up with the idea of building a fortress in one night. Saburou has also been sending letters to Mino's main retainers who then take Inabayama and side with Owari. Matsudaira changes his name to Tokugawa Ieyasu. 
6 "Mitsuhide Akechi"
"Akechi Mitsuhide" (明智光秀) 
August 16, 2014
The original Nobunaga contacts Saburou and enters his service under the name of Akechi Mitsuhide while keeping his face hidden. Through his connections, they enter Tokyo to petition Ashikaga Yoshiaki to be the new shougun, and succeed, Mitsu taking care of the court formalities in place of Saburou. He also convinces Oichi to accept Saburou's proposal of marrying Azai to strengthen the Oda clan. 
7 "Kill Nobunaga"
"Nobunaga wo ute!" (信長を討て!) 
August 23, 2014
Oichi, now married to Azai Nagamasa, has a daughter Chacha. Saburou names four generals: Shibata Katsuie, Niwa Nagahide, Mitsuhide and Tokichirou, who changes his name to Hashiba Hideyoshi for the occasion. Saburou orders Hideyoshi against the Asakura clan. Saburou meets Matsunaga Hisahide, also a time traveler. The shougun asks various daimyou to destroy Nobunaga: the Azai clan answers the call. 
8 "An Unthinkable Betrayal"
"Masaka no Uragiri" (まさかの裏切り) 
August 30, 2014
After conquering Kanegasaki during the Asakura campaign, the Oda forces are facing a pincer manoeuvre due to the treacherous Azai who attacks from Oumi. Saburou quickly decides to retreat to Kyoto: Hideyoshi volunteers to lead the rear-guard so he can finally exact revenge on the Oda. But Mitsuhide and Takenaka Hanbei from Mino accompany Hideyoshi, which leaves him no choice but to fight valiantly. 
9 "A Thorny Road"
"Ibara no Michi" (イバラの道) 
September 13, 2014
The Oda move out against Azai HQ, Odani Castle, but it's too well fortified so they target Yokoyama instead. Azai receives reinforcement led by Asakura Kagitake and sorties. Ieyasu's army comes to support Oda and defeats Asakura. Hideyoshi and Takenaka Hanbei win and occupy Yokoyama. Saburou goes to Settsu to subjugate the Miyoshi 3: he leaves the rear position of Usayama Castle in Mori Yoshinari's hands. Usayama is attacked by Asakura/Azai on their way to Kyoto. Mitsuhide is sent to Kyoto to strengthen their defense; Shibata handles the rear-guard of Settsu while the rest of Oda return to Usayama. Mori Yoshinari buys them time with his sacrifice. The Asakura/Azai army retreats to Enryaku Temple on Mount Hiei. 
10 "Two Nobunagas"
"Futari no Nobunaga" (二人の信長) 
September 20, 2014
The younger sons of Mori Yoshinari become Saburou's pages (including Ranmaru), the eldest son Nagayoshi becoming a general. Saburou meets another time traveler who becomes his bodyguard Yasuke. Several targets are available for the campaign: Azai's Odani Castle, Ishiyama Hongan Temple (Osaka), the Takeda, Mount Hiei (Kyoto). On the counsel of Mitsuhide, Saburou picks the Enryaku Temple of Mount Hiei. 

Reception[edit]

It won the 2011 Shogakukan Manga Award for Shōnen manga.[2] It was nominated for the 5th Manga Taisho.[3] As of February 19, 2012, the 6th volume has sold 73,877 copies.[4] As of August 19, 2012, the 7th volume has sold 92,838 copies.[5]

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