Nobunaga no Shinobi

Nobunaga no Shinobi (信長の忍び, lit. "Nobunaga's Ninja") is a Japanese four-panel manga series by Naoki Shigeno, serialized in Hakusensha's seinen manga magazine Young Animal since 2008. The series is about a fictional shinobi named Chidori who aids the real Japanese general Oda Nobunaga on his journey to the unification of Japan, so that he may bring peace to the land. It has been collected in nine tankōbon volumes. A spin-off manga titled Nobunaga no Shinobi: Owari Tōitsu-ki began serialization in Hakusensha's seinen manga magazine Young Animal Arashi in 2012, and has been collected in a single tankōbon volume. Other spin-off manga series include Gunshi Kuroda Kanbee Den, Masamune sama to Kagetsuna kun and Sanada Tamashii.

Nobunaga no Shinobi
Nobunaga no Shinobi volume 1 cover.jpg
Cover of Nobunaga no Shinobi volume 1 by Hakusensha
信長の忍び
GenreComedy
Manga
Written byNaoki Shigeno
Published byHakusensha
DemographicSeinen
MagazineYoung Animal
Original run2008 – present
Volumes9
Manga
Nobunaga no Shinobi: Owari Tōitsu-ki
Written byNaoki Shigeno
Published byHakusensha
DemographicSeinen
MagazineYoung Animal Arashi
Original run2012 – present
Volumes1
Manga
Gunshi Kuroda Kanbee Den
Written byNaoki Shigeno
Published byHakusensha
DemographicSeinen
MagazineYoung Animal Densi
Original run2013 – present
Volumes2
Manga
Masamune sama to Kagetsuna kun
Written byNaoki Shigeno
Published byHakusensha
DemographicSeinen
MagazineComic Ran Twins Sengoku Busho Retsuden
Original run2013 – present
Volumes1
Manga
Sanada Tamashii
Written byNaoki Shigeno
Published byHakusensha
DemographicSeinen
MagazineYoung Animal Densi
Original run2015 – present
Anime television series
Directed byAkitaro Daichi
Music byToshio Masuda
StudioTMS/V1 Studio
Original networkTokyo MX, TV Aichi
Original run October 4, 2016 September 29, 2017
Episodes52
Anime television series
Nobunaga no Shinobi: Anegawa Ishiyama-hen
Directed byAkitaro Daichi
Music byToshio Masuda
StudioTMS/V1 Studio
Original run April 6, 2018 September 28, 2018
Episodes26
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An anime television series adaptation directed by Akitaro Daichi and animated at TMS Entertainment aired between October 4, 2016 and March 28, 2017.[1][2][3] A second season aired from April 8[4] to September 29, 2017. It was simulcast by Crunchyroll under the title Ninja Girl & Samurai Master.[5] An "Episode 0" was screened at the AnimeJapan 2016 event between March 25 and 27. A third season aired between April 6 and September 28, 2018.[6][7]

CharactersEdit

Chidori (千鳥)
Voiced by: Inori Minase[8] (anime), Kana Hanazawa (Sengoku Taisen)
An extremely skilled shinobi that is also very clumsy. She was saved from drowning by Nobunaga as a young girl, and thus wants to serve him with all her strength. She is shown to be so skilled that she is able to easily take on one of the leading male ninjas from Koga who has had years of training (though is defeated through her own idiocy). She is also able to persuade many political leaders to Nobunaga's side.
Oda Nobunaga (織田信長)
Voiced by: Wataru Hatano[8] (anime), Tsuguo Mogami (Sengoku Taisen)
The first leading unifier of Japan since the collapse of the old shogunate, who throughout the series works to defeat other daimyos to bring peace to the land. He saved Chidori from drowning when she was young, thus earning her loyalty. He is a very skilled commander, beating out many other daimyos and gaining the support of the Shogun. His three weaknesses, as listed by Chidori, are Oichi (his younger sister), alcohol, and sweets.
Sukezou (助蔵)
Voiced by: Ayumu Murase[8] (anime)
Chidori's friend and fellow shinobi. He seems to have a crush on Chidori. His skill is currently unknown, but he is shown to be an inventor of sorts; Chidori uses a smoke bomb designed by him.
Kichou (帰蝶)
Voiced by: Chiaki Takahashi (anime), Maaya Uchida (Sengoku Taisen)
The wife of Nobunaga. She is very airheaded, and as such Nobunaga doesn't trust her with doing anything. However, he still loves her.
Kinoshita Hideyoshi (木下秀吉)
Voiced by: Kappei Yamaguchi[8] (anime), Daisuke Ono (Sengoku Taisen)
One of Nobunaga's most trusted generals, though he started out as an errand boy. He seems to be unable to die (getting shot multiple times with arrows, among other things) and is extremely clumsy and dense.
Nene (ねね)
Voiced by: Rie Kugimiya[8] (anime)
Hideyoshi's wife, who was friends with him from childhood. She has an extreme Tsundere personality and is terrible at cooking, but loves Hideyoshi very much.
Oichi no kata (お市の方)
Voiced by: Suzuko Mimori[8] (anime)
The younger sister of Nobunaga. He loves her very much, listed by Chidori as one of his weaknesses. She is married to Azai Nagamasa, who finds her extremely cute and beautiful, essentially having love at first sight.
Mori Yoshinari (森可成)
Voiced by: Tomokazu Seki[3] (anime)
Nobunaga's retainer, a gallant spear fighter.
Honganji Kennyo (本願寺顕如)
Voiced by: Ryotaro Okiayu[9] (anime), Hisayoshi Suganuma (Sengoku Taisen)
The wealthy head of the Ikkō sect.
Nyoshunni (如春尼)
Voiced by: Ayane Sakura[9] (anime)
Kennyo's irritable wife.
Mochizuki Chiyome (望月千代女)
Voiced by: Atsumi Tanezaki[9] (anime), Yukari Tamura (Sengoku Taisen)
Ashikaga Yoshiaki (足利義昭)
Voiced by: Wataru Takagi (anime)
Hachisuka Koroku (蜂須賀小六)
Voiced by: Nobuyuki Hiyama (anime)
Akechi Mitsuhide (明智光秀)
Voiced by: Shinnosuke Tachibana (anime)
Matsudaira Motoyasu (松平元康)
Voiced by: Ryōtarō Okiayu (anime)
Matsunaga Hisahide (松永久秀)
Voiced by: Kazuhiko Inoue (anime)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Naoki Shigeno's Nobunaga no Shinobi Manga Gets TV Anime". Anime News Network. February 25, 2016. Retrieved February 25, 2016.
  2. ^ "Nobunaga no Shinobi TV Anime Premieres This Fall". Anime News Network. May 23, 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Nobunaga no Shinobi TV Anime's Additional Cast, October 4 Premiere Revealed". Anime News Network. August 25, 2016. Retrieved October 5, 2016.
  4. ^ "Nobunaga no Shinobi TV Anime Gets 2nd Season in April". Anime News Network. February 2, 2017. Retrieved April 16, 2017.
  5. ^ "Crunchyroll Adds Ninja Girl & Samurai Master/Nobunaga no Shinobi Anime". Anime News Network. October 3, 2016. Retrieved October 5, 2016.
  6. ^ "Ninja Girl & Samurai Master Anime Gets 3rd Season in April". Anime News Network. Retrieved January 18, 2018.
  7. ^ "Ninja Girl & Samurai Master Anime's 3rd Season Previewed in 2nd 'Serious Edition' Promo Video". Anime News Network. March 17, 2018. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
  8. ^ a b c d e f "Nobunaga no Shinobi Anime's Cast, Staff Unveiled". Anime News Network. March 24, 2016. Retrieved March 24, 2016.
  9. ^ a b c "Ninja Girl & Samurai Master Anime's 3rd Season Adds 7 More Cast Members". Anime News Network. Retrieved 23 September 2018.

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