What’s it about ?
Adaptation of an action manga series that defies any kind of one-line summary.
Shio, our protagonist, is a quirky high-school girl with hints of chuunibyou. At the very least, she’s a military nerd, and has no friends whatsoever. Also, she gets weird dreams where she’s Oda Nobunaga (as a middle-aged dude with a mustache), which she’s completely nonplussed about.
Kaoru is the one girl in her class that makes repeated attempts at befriending the weird loner during the class trip to Taiwan. (Why do I get the nagging feeling there’s more to her than can be taken at face value ?)
A giant monster invader from space, who suddenly interrupts all this riveting high school drama by landing close by and killing tons of people.
“Jack the Ripper”, or at least one of his distant descendants who’s part of Earth’s first response team, and somehow can channel the bloodline of his ancestor to summon a super-weapon. Unfortunately, he’s underestimated the Invader (what do you mean there were hundreds of smaller ones inside ?), and his backup are still on their way. Oops.
Fortunately, it turns out that Shio is a descendant of Nobunaga, and can use Jack’s macguffin to summon her own weapon : the Nobuna-Gun. Witness her glee as she coins that so-terrible-it’s-awesome pun ! She’s going to enjoy this.
Very fun to look at ; the first half has scores of random annotations that quickly set the scene and are funny on their own right, and the second half makes some great use of colour to enhance the atmosphere and underline the action.
Well, this is definitely a series that knows how to build up its rampant insanity. It knows what it’s doing, and how to make it as impactful as possible.
… On the other hand, I have a hard time caring ; I can’t connect with anyone but Shio, and even then that’s not enough for me to stick with the series. I’m sorry, it’s not you, it’s me.