信長協奏曲 (Nobunaga Concerto) – the 2014 live action TV drama series based on a manga, told the story of a high school student who time travelled to the past and ran into the historical figure Nobunaga. Intending to run away from pressures of his responsibilities, Nobunaga offered the protagonist to take his place, which is possible because they look exactly the same. The protagonist, thinking he is in a theme park entertainment show, gladly accepted.
I like the argumentative relationship between the protagonist and his wife, and it’s rather pleasant to watch the protagonist resolving every crisis by luck and/or (prior) kindness – in typical manga style. The narrative that explains why certain historical events occur are sometimes not clear, perhaps that would be too boring for the focus of this TV drama. My major problem with this show is that there are too many things that are logistically impossible, such as finding a disappeared person out of nowhere, or travelling a long distance to attempt to save somebody whose life is going to end in just a few seconds. The second problem is the history textbook that the protagonist brought with him is not even underutilized – it is not used at all.
Nobunaga Concerto The Movie (Blu-ray release 2016-7-20) continues from the end of the TV series. Right from the start the protagonist is told his life will end very soon, according to the history textbook. We finally see the ultimate villain carrying out his revenge. Even the real Nobunaga is convinced to murder the protagonist and take back his rightful place.
With more budget the battles in the movie are clearly better. It also properly wraps up the story without surprise. Although I find it interesting in the series about meeting other time travellers trying to make a living in this period, e.g. the wife’s father, in the movie this is used as a plot device to achieve something that is again logistically impossible. While I respect the movie for sticking to its own rule about the impact of time travel on history, it is somewhat unsatisfying and anticlimactic.