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Offline shiijin

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Sengoku Collection (Parallel World Samurai)
« on: April 05, 2012, 05:37:00 PM »
1: first off, i suggest going into this with very low expectations. i could tell that the animation budget was lacking... also, if you don't know Japanese history, you're gonna have a bad time. i only happen to know about Oda Nobunaga from the 3DS game "Samurai Warriors Chronicles" in which Nobunaga pretty much conquers half of japan. i did not read the synopsis on this series so it was a huge surprise that a highly regarded Japanese warlord was represented by a large chested, pink haired girl. other than the obvious low budget backgrounds, the characters themselves were very interesting, which is a good sign.
I'm going to stick around to see how it develops.

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Re: Sengoku Collection (Parallel World Samurai)
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2012, 03:32:55 AM »
I saw the blurb, thought "this looks like Samurai Girls: Time Paradox", remembered I hated that show and it's one of only 3 shows I've ever dropped, and thought "I think I'll give this one a miss".

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Re: Sengoku Collection (Parallel World Samurai)
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2013, 09:55:50 AM »
Hello! As you can tell by my recent review, I liked Sengoku Collection quite a bit. I realize, however, that folks may be a bit skeptical about it despite the praise. So I figured I'd put together a quick episodic guide for the show so that people can sample the best episodes if they wish; they are, for the most part, standalone, so you don't have to worry about missing out on the larger storyline. (And the larger storyline isn't that great, anyway.)

Episode 1: Nobunaga gets flung to our world. A decent episode that is probably worth watching because it sets up the premise. Also has some charming visual references to Roman Holiday.

Episode 2: A warlord trains to become an idol like her hero. Better than I thought it would be since it's a bit cynical but not oppressively so.

Episode 3: A warlord becomes complacent in the modern world while her companion is frustrated at not being able to return home. Aside from some neat visual stuff, I thought this episode was rather boring.

Episode 4: A warlord gets caught up with the yakuza and is framed for drug running. One of my favorites in the series. It's quite stylish and is basically a mini-yakuza/prison break film.

Episode 5: A warlord is interviewed for a documentary about the dangers of swords. An amusing send up of Bowling for Columbine and documentaries in general.

Episode 6: A warlord tries to build a time machine so that she can see the future. A sweet episode, though I didn't get into it as much as I hoped I would.

Episode 7: A warlord who speaks only in haiku changes the lives of everyone at a family-owned motel/cafe. A thoroughly charming episode that stops just short of saccharine.

Episode 8: A warlord falls into a bizarre dream world filled with rice people. A crowd-pleasing play on the Alice in Wonderland episode. I'm not quite as big a fan as many people, but that's mostly because I've seen similar concepts play out a million times. There are some amusing twists, though.

Episodes 9-10: A two-parter where a warlord scales down her ambitions for world domination. I liked this for the comedy more than the serious stuff. There's a nice battle at the end of episode 10, as well.

Episode 11: A warlord helps a woman bankrupt a casino through a clever scam. Tries to fit in juuuuuuuuust a bit too much into one episode, but I can't help but to applaud the effort to fit an entire heist movie into a single episode of anime. It's no mean feat!

Episode 12: A warlord is a silly store clerk by day and a badass motorbike vigilante by night. A fun episode.

Episode 13: Nobunaga befriends a strange girl while a sniper warlord is tasked with assassinating Nobunaga. A goofy episode that basically takes one joke and ramps it up throughout to great effect.

Episode 14: Three members of the Shinsegumi fritter the day away. Other than a gag involving board games and the novelty of the Shinsengumi as women, I thought this episode was utterly dull.

Episode 15: A warlord spends the night at a haunted mansion with her friends. Very simple, but quite funny.

Episode 16: A warlord tries to get revenge on another warlord; then, they must fend off Nobunaga. A ridiculous episode that is well worth watching for the silly method of revenge. I laughed a lot.

Episode 17: A warlord is hired to help an aging actress out around the home. A sweet episode.

Episode 18: A warlord plagued by bad luck sends a letter hoping to get a response. Maybe the best episode in the series; it's definitely the most emotional, at any rate. It broke through my stone cold heart and made me cry. ;-;

Episode 19: A warlord is a detective trying to solve a murder. Pretty good, with some nice twists at the end.

Episode 20: Builds off the previous episode and explains how everyone was flung into the modern world in the first place. A decent tale of jealousy.

Episode 21: A warlord is asked to save a space station. Basically an excuse to riff on 2001: A Space Odyssey, which is fine by me.

Episode 22: A warlord partners with a cop to catch another warlord. A decent episode that plays a bit off episode four.

Episode 23: A warlord gently asserts her will on a daycare playground. If episode 18 isn't the best in the series, then this one is. A hilarious homage to Legend of the Galactic Heroes, though it's still quite funny even if you don't get that.

Episode 24: The idol warlord from episode 2 continues her career and becomes involved in an intricate plot. A solid episode with a great twist at the end.

Episode 25: A warlord is taken fishing as a way to prepare for battle. I didn't care for this one too much, but I also watched it when I was super sick, so I may be a bit unfair to it.

Episode 26: Warlords battle to determine who gets to go home. I enjoyed all the fighting. The ending is predictable, but nice nonetheless.

So there you go. Happy watching, everyone! Sengoku Collection is available on Crunchyroll, so it should be easy to access for everybody.
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