Sengoku Collection simply won’t let up – the series shifts into something entirely fresh this episode, which not only satisfies through its display of cute females, yet simultaneously innovates through original story.
After Sengoku Collection’s first episode, the series followed along with a format it self-devised – centering around a single, or a pair of females from the sengoku period, and show how well they’ve managed to adapt to the modern world, if at all, before they’re then confronted by Oda Nobunaga, a feisty feminine version of the legendary real-world Japanese war leader of the same name who was seen in all her voluminous chested splendor within episode one.
Yet only an episode ago, the series started splinting away from that mode of delivery – as if waiting until just the right moment before a sense of repetition would have ensued, and then escaping it with another portrayal of something so “series-exclusive”, or truly unseen elsewhere. Note that every event in Sengoku Collection is highly cutting edge – yet, the story of this episode is particularly contemporary.
Rather than a single female, multiple take focus this time around – with an adorable childish loli serving as the lead.
A loli akin to a toddler in personality, yet a true samurai in fighting philosophy, seems to be the head of a dojo – and as she’s training her pupils, a shady fellow with a pompous appearance comes to meet her. This dubious man requests her participation in a documentary he’s working on – and she agrees excitedly like any loli would, thrilled at the thought of being on TV.
At this point, the episode strikes both as odd due to the surprising character actions and words – yet also extraordinary as part-way through the ongoing scene, one will realize that the episode has branched far away from its own standard, and in a manner which in itself is quite inventive overall. We’re shown the documentary which was made – assorted scenes are showcased in something of a chronological pattern, impressively being laid out exactly as a legitimate documentary.
For each scene, the egotistic man is constantly asking questions throughout – the fellow goes to a variety of people from a katana shop owner, to several historical figures who we’ve not met before. Some crucial details to note – in his documentary, he describes the aspect of the heroes coming into modern times and attempting to fit in, implying that the peculiar time-traveling phenomena is something known throughout the city.
The truth of that is left to our imagination for now however – and looking at other key facets of the documentary, the documentary itself is attempting to portray the samurai newcomers as misleadingly violent. Bafflement arises here as the dojo loli is shown to be villainous, and even admitting herself that she apparently “loves to kill” – with others chiming in similar sentiments.
Once the documentary concludes however, we see the actuality of it – lies. The suspicious film director edited almost everything to fit a sensationalized fib which makes it appear as if the loli, and other samurai for that matter, promote needless atrocity. That’s of course a definite falsehood – and we’re shown the truth, the loli actually made an incredibly intellectual stance as to why practice of the blade is important, something which was scrambled along with a line of her saying she “loves chocolate” to sound as if she “loves murder”.
There’s no way the samurai will accept their name to be sullied – and the loli in particular, being a mere child, is upset that now no one wants to play with her. And so, the samurai team together to execute a scheme to restore their name, all without any violence on their part to ensure that they don’t do what their enemy desires. They manage to expose the film director on live broadcast television for his petty actions – and further, they teach him an unforgettable lesson.
Shimmering brilliance from this episode comes from the inclusion of many a sengoku era female, all of whom we’ve not before seen – and one of them hilariously is a girl who, earlier in the episode, is gossiped about by our loli heroine and her leading friendly rival. They speak of how “Ittousai” has been going around attacking anyone who appears strong – and that she’s coming their way. To actually see “Ittousai” make a debut however was humorous.
Ittousai plays an inadvertent part in showing the director the errors of his way – and as a comical side-note, she’s stopped nonviolently before killing him by our leading loli who is apparently the strongest being on the planet.
Fantastic an episode indeed – mainly through a creative slice of life affair. However, this spectacle did also leave us with several critical points of thought – the first being how Nobunaga didn’t make a physical appearance this episode. She never showed up aside from a few flashbacks or intermittent scenes – nothing about treasure was shown. Secondly, having seen all these lovely ladies of the sengoku period, it’s become clear that there’s truly a lot of them.
However more riveting an idea is that assuming society does in fact know that among them are a handful of sengoku era figures, how exactly do they view them? We’re shown how a different one of our girls see modern society every episode – yet what of the opposite point of view?
This series is unlike most exquisite titles in that it’s not simply “good”, but fascinating as well as the outcome is truly uncertain, and every episode features an adventure one wouldn’t be able to foretell. With this latest chapter specifically, it feels as if a whole new layer of mystery were added to the already captivatingly enigmatic tale.