The premise of this show caught my eye... okay, I'll admit that Shun Oguri being the lead caught my eye first. Anyhow, I originally meant to do a short intro on this show but ended up with a full on recap, so that's a good sign.
As Saburo looks around in bewilderment, two men on horseback comes towards him. To Saburo's amazement one of the man looks exactly likes him, except the other guy is in costume. After the initial shock, the man introduces himself as Nobunaga Oda and asks Saburo to take his identity and offers his sword to Saburo as a token of thanks. Remembering seeing Nobunaga Oda's name on a cosplay poster, Saburo is excited to accept such a sweet deal since all he needs to do is to participate in a cosplay reenactment.
Before Saburo can even get comfortable shouts of war breaks out and when Saburo is asked to stay back due to his "weak constitution" (because the real Nobunaga is physically weak) Saburo laughing says he cannot miss something as big as a war. Thinking the whole war is just a large scale cosplay, Saburo is too busy taking selfies with his cell phone to realize people are actually dying.
The shock of the reality of what he is seeing quickly sinks in when Saburo starting seeing people being impaled by swords and to have men coming at him for his life.
Scared out of his mind at being pulled back in time, Saburo finally calms down when Tsuneoki Ikeda (one of Nobunaga's clan member) comforts him and assures that he will protect Saburo from harm.
Trying to get some of his husband benefits Saburo tries to act all manly with Kicho (Nobunaga's wife) but turns out Kicho has no love for Nobunaga and chases Saburo out when jeering words.
To make things worse, the clan members tell Saburo that Kicho comes from a very influential family (thus the marriage in the first place) so under no circumstance is Saburo to get on Kicho's bad side. Especially since Saburo is suppose to go meet Kicho's family tomorrow and if Kicho is to say anything negative, it could lead to a full on war.
Thankfully, Saburo was able to find Kicho and Kicho being moved by overhearing Saburo worrying for her safety decides to make an excuse for her late arrival.
Surprised by the amount of authority he suddenly have, Saburo starts implementing changes.
1. Introduction of a rest day... which makes the clan members think Saburo is saying they are not needed.
2. Changing two meals a day to three meals a day... which the clan actually doesn't have enough food to support.
3. The last change that shocked the whole clan. There is another clan that has been fighting with Nobunaga's for as long as they can remember over a piece of land. Saburo figures since the other clan would like the land then he should just give to them in order to avoid anymore fighting. And that's exactly what he did.
Ikeda (the one that comforted Saburo when he was scared) angrily confronts Saburo about all the changes he has made and tries to convince him of the wrong he has done. But of course Saburo and Ikeda simply thinks too differently to even communicate.
Sneering, Nabunaga's younger brother says "They are my servants of course they are grateful to die for me."
Furious at his callous words, Saburo yells "No one wants to die! Everyone has someone waiting for them. Someone that will cry at their passing. And that's why I won't kill you."
Kicho stands afar with Ikeda and mutters "Letting your enemy live. What a foolish man." Instead of agreeing with her, Ikeda wonders out loud if Saburo might achieve what he thought was impossible before.
Shibata saves Saburo from the assassination attempt and Nabunaga's brother performs ... you guessed it, the seppuku. Stunned at watching a man dying right in front of him, Saburo tries to get the people around him to help, but instead of helping, all the people compliments how precise Nabunaga's brother's seppuku is.
Puking his guts out after witnessing a man's death, Ikeda adds to the crisis by confessing to Saburo that he has been working for Nabunaga's brother all this time and is now ready to preform his own seppuku.
Shocked into action, Saburo grabs Ikeda's sword and wrestles it away from him.
I know, I know. Let's all just ignore the glaring fact how a high school student can wrestle a sword away from a guy who has fought in wars all his life. He is Shun Oguri... all thing is possible.
We end with the real Nobunaga standing with his man who asks him if he is ready to resume his identity now there is no threat on his life anymore. Nobunaga answers that he is not Nobunaga Oda anymore and he will have a new name.
Nobunaga Concerto delivers what J-Drama do best. Comedy with a healthy dose of moral and heart.
I will admit that it was a bit weird to see Shun Oguri playing a high school student. He seems a bit too mature to play a student but I guess we'll be spending the rest of our time in the warring state period and we can just assume people mature a lot faster back then.
Watching this show did get my thoughts churning on how different people back then must think differently than we do now. Saburo's idea are so alien to his clan members but underneath it all, human nature is still human nature. After all "No one wants to die" and "everyone has someone that will cry for them" will ring true to anyone no matter what age they were born in.
I am not sure if this show will make it on my watch list. After such a long J-drama drought I all the sudden have so many I am interested in so it will be hard to figure out what show I am going to follow and which show to put on the back burner.