By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)
Sentai Filmworks, one of the fastest growing Japanese animation distribution companies in North America, announced yesterday they have acquired Nobunaga the Fool. Nobunaga is a 24 episode sci-fi fantasy produced by Satelight (AKB0048, Bodacious Space Pirates) with direction by Eiichi Sato (Slayers Next, AD Police) and character designs by Yone Kazuki (Hakuoki, Hiiro no Kakera).
The synopsis from Sentai Filmworks’ press release:
It was once said that time and tide will wait for no man, but that was before the legendary heroine Jeanne d’Arc had a vision of a Deliverer – a champion who could save the future of the planets connected by the Dragon Stream. Now the fate of two worlds hangs in the balance as, at the order of King Arthur and in the company of Leonardo da Vinci, Jeanne travels from the West to the East in search of their long awaited savior. But will Nobunaga Oda be the kind of man they are expecting? Or will history’s greatest heroes find themselves choosing not a liberator, but a destroyer? Or is Nobunaga’s role that of the Fool from a deck of Tarot, the wild card whose purpose is to invoke change, at whatever cost? Expect the unexpected as super-technology and giant robots collide with samurai warriors and a pantheon of characters drawn from across history wage the ultimate battle against the forces of Chaos in NOBUNAGA THE FOOL!
This latest acquisition is one of five by Sentai. The other anime announced this past week were Magical Warfare, Super Sonico: The Animation, Wizard Barristers and Sakura Trick.