Best Japanese TV Shows to Watch: Nobunaga Concerto

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Nobunaga Concerto is the perfect drama if you like Japanese history and historical figures such as Oda Nobunaga, Tokugawa Ieyasu, etc. Even if you don’t know anything about Japanese history though, it is definitely still possible to enjoy watching the show (I personally know very little about Japanese history, but still found Nobunaga Concerto very interesting to watch).

Nobunaga Concerto is based on a manga, which I found kind of surprising (as I didn’t know historical fiction manga was a popular category). I have never watched the anime version of Nobunaga Concerto, but I would be interested in watching it.

Nobunaga Concerto is a combination of both a comedy and a drama; the premise of the show is a commoner from current times is teleported back into the Warring States period in Japan (hundreds of years ago). The commoner looks exactly like Oda Nobunaga, who is set to become in charge of a large clan in Japan; however, Nobunaga doesn’t want to become in charge so he tells the commoner to pretend to be him and take over his position. The drama then goes on to show this commoner adjusting to the feudal period, as well as finding his voice/thoughts as a leader.

While the characters in Nobunaga Concerto are based on real people, the story itself is not entirely accurate. Some parts/battles of the show do actually happen in real life, but there are some parts that were simply made up for the sake of the show. Still, watching Nobunaga Concerto is a great way to learn more about Japanese history and historical figures in an entertaining drama.

Nobunaga Concerto Recommendation Rating: 4

1: Something worth checking out if you have time

2: Something that is a hit for some people, but not a must for everyone

3: Something worth prioritizing if interested

4: Something worth making time to check out

5: An absolute home run, worth going out of your way for

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