Saburou is a high school student who travels back to the Sengoku period. He meets a man who introduces himself as Oda Nobunaga. The man, who looks exactly like Saburou, asks him to take his place. Saburo, believing that he's taking part in a theme park attraction, accepts the offer only to learn later that he now became the eldest son of the Oda clan -- the family of the feudal lords. From now on, Saburou is forced to live in times very different than those he was used to live in.
Saburou is your normal school kid from the modern times, who ends up jumping back to the Sengoku period - the period of 100 years of war - while he visits a historical town with his class. There he instantly meets Oda Nobunaga, who looks exactly like him! And since Oda Nobunaga wants to escape his duties, he asks Saburou to take his place. Not knowing that the prerson in front of him is really Oda Nobunaga and that he is in fact not in 2014 anymore, he agrees. He soon realizes that he can't just go back to his time and has to take on all the responsibilities of Oda Nobunaga. In the time of war, where every part of the country fought against the other, it's not easy to accept all the dangers and betrayals.
Time-slip dramas always have their problems. Actually, this one was pretty nice, since it was no mysterious time jump and nothing strange happened before it. He just jumped there, by accident or anything, and there he is. Deal with it. I like that this time it's not about him finding a way back and the stress of it all. He just lives there as Oda Nobunaga and that's where the awesome part starts. I love how we get taught all the history through the drama. We see the fights he had to fight, get to know other important characters and even if you don't want to study japanese history, it just is exciting and interesting. But that's also a bit where the bad part lies. I mean, Saburou, come on! If I would slip into another time, I'd probably at least TRY to fit in. I know I can't change all of my habits, but how can he be so ignorant? Suddenly, Oda Nobunaga doesn't speak properly anymore and nobody cares!? Really?
But aside from that, I think this was done nice. I wouldn't even conduct a star for Saburous non-existing talent to fit into the old times. But I do have an issue with Japan saving the big final for it's own cinema movie. That comes out 1 year later. I mean...what? Do you really need money THAT badly? Liar Game was already horrible, they also made the final a movie. But why did the conclusion here have to be put into a movie? They could have left out 1 or 2 episodes, that didn't really help the story (I'm looking at you episode 6 and 7!) and instead make the conclusion there. But no, we have to wait. That really is worth deducting a star. And maybe because it dragged a tiny bit around episode 7.
What makes me like this show (aside from awesome history!) are the girls. Not your usual ancient ladies, that look nice and shut their mouth. They are powerful and strong and lovely. You can see how great they are by what they are doing, even if they are not the center of attention. Kichou is such a cute wife of Nobunaga and Oichi was so cute! I loved her story! These girls really feel special to me.
Aside from that, I really like all the other actors, too. Yeah, Oguri Shun in a student role is debatable. But he only is seen as a student in the first episode, after that he is Nobunaga and that role definitely fit him. A special shoutout also for Yamada Takayuki, who is a brilliant actor anyway but plays another great character here. He is a good actor.
4 of 5 stars from me and I suggest you watch this, if you like the actors or history. I also think you'll like it if you like revenge stories! It's weaker than korean revenge dramas, but it still has a good story around it. Don't watch it for romance, watch it for epic wars and fights and strategies!