It's the Sengoku Period, and there are heroes abound. A time of war, conspiracy, scheming, and love. There were many complicated issues in the Sengoku Period; this story is about the ups and downs in the lives of heroes who lived during these turbulent times.Tono to Issho
— Opening Narration
(My Lord and Me
) is a Jidai Geki
gag series which started out as a Yonkoma
and has since been made into two Twelve-Episode Anime
seasons, One Minute Theatre
and Eyepatch's Ambition
Each episode follows the exploits of a famous Feudal Japan
personage — such as Date Masamune
, Uesugi Kenshin
, or Oda Nobunaga
— as they go about their daily business, drawing inspiration from both historical facts and popular legends. However, it being a parody and all, flanderisation
kicks in and transforms the main characters into a bunch of nutjobs, morons, psychopaths, crossdressers, and otaku, whose eccentric behaviour causes their long-suffering servants and relatives no end of stress.
The anime is available to watch here
Provides examples of:
- The Alcoholic: Uesugi Kenshin has been drinking profusely since a young age. When drunk he slurs his words and thinks he's a rap star.
- All-Star Cast: Gackt for starters (there's even an omake describing the director's attempts to get him involved). Other names include Tatsuhisa Suzuki, Daisuke Hirakawa, Daisuke Kishio, Daisuke Ono, Kentarō Itō, Mamiko Noto, Yuu Kobayashi, Tomokazu Sugita, Nobuyuki Hiyama, Noriaki Sugiyama, Takaya Kuroda, Tomoaki Maeno and Wataru Hatano.
- Anachronism Stew: Some characters wear modern clothes, and apparently anime and microphones have been invented.
- Ax-Crazy: Everyone from the Oda clan. Also Komatsu, and quite possibly Naoe Kanetsugu.
- Bad Boss: Nobunaga has a habit of setting his retainers on fire.
- Bears Are Bad News: Azai Nagamasa fears that Nobunaga will send a bear in place of his sister, Oichi, as a bride. He then imagines Oichi as a dominatrix in charge of a bear army.
- Beleaguered Assistant: It could be called Beleaguered Assistants: The Anime, since 95% of all the retainers count. In particular, Kagetsuna and Shigezane have become so used to Masamune's bizarre behaviour they rarely even try to prevent it any more.
- Big Sister Worship: Kenshin can't say no to his manipulative sister Sento-In, who almost bankrupts the country due to her expensive tastes.
- Bishounen: Mori Ranmaru, Naoe Kanetsugu, Sanada Nobuyuki, Shimazu Toshihisa.
- Bishie Sparkle: Kanetsugu is followed everywhere by a cloud of purple sparkles.
- Blinding Bangs: Nobuyuki's sly, taciturn, somewhat sadistic younger brother, Yukimura.
- Butt Monkey: Akechi Mitsuhide amongst the Oda clan. It's implied this is what makes him eventually rebel.
- Casting Gag: This is not the first time Gackt has been cast as Uesugi Kenshin. He already played him in an NHK live action Jidai Geki drama Fuurin Kazan.
- Collector of the Strange: Date Masamune and his collection of absurd eyepatches.
- The Comically Serious: Most of the main characters just don't realise how insane the stuff coming out of their mouths sounds, and remain completely stone-faced.
- Daddy's Girl: Nohime has got her dad wrapped around her little finger, with pretty painful consequences.
- Deranged Animation
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Motochika, to the extent that he's voiced by Mamiko Noto and his servants refuse to accept he's a boy, making him wear a miniskirt and fantasising about marrying him.
- Even the Guys Want Him: Kenshin is just SO handsome! Motochika too, technically.
- Eyepatch of Power: Masamune seems to believe this makes him cool, but ultimately averts it since he's kinda incompetent.
- Foe Romance Subtext: Takeda Shingen acts like a Smitten Teenage Girl when it comes to Kenshin.
- Freeze-Frame Bonus: Most of the characters have ridiculous slogans hanging on their walls, which tend to change throughout the scene.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: Nobunaga all the frickin' time. Even before he became the Demon King.
- Hair Flip: Kanetsugu's trademark, usually when he says something dramatic.
- Henpecked Husband: Komatsu is called the "demon-bride" and historically kept her husband Nobuyuki firmly under her thumb. In this series, she uses wrestling moves on him.
- Heroic BSOD: Masamune every time someone insults one of his eyepatches, which turns his face into that of an ugly old man.
- Historical-Domain Character
- Humongous Mecha: Masamune comes up with a series based around one, called Guntain.
- Idiot Hair: Ranmaru's has a life of its own (it's even got built in radar). Also Sanada Masayuki and Yukimura. All three of them are tricksters rather than idiots.
- Idol Singer: In the second season, Motochika becomes one to recruit soldiers, changing his name to "Motochina".
- Instant Fanclub: Motochina has 90% of the country's population in his fanclub.
- It Amused Me: Nobunaga is prepared to make Mitsuhide do all sorts of dangerous and humiliating stunts, just so long as they're "fresh and interesting".
- Japanese Delinquents: Maeda Keiji, as the narrator likes to remind us, would be considered one nowadays. Which also means that he's a Jerk with a Heart of Gold who rescues stray kittens.
- Kabuki Sounds
- Man Child: Masamune especially. Lampshaded by his retainers asking him if he's a middle school student.
- Meddling Parents: Nobuyuki's father, Sanada Masayuki, likes to take Komatsu's side in arguments and deliberately get Nobuyuki into trouble.
- Megaton Punch: Shingen punches a retainer across the room for insulting his beloved Kenshin.
- Non-Action Guy: Azai Nagamasa, who is left bedridden after doing two push-ups.
- Older Than They Look: Motochika apparently, since his younger brother Chikayasu looks twice his age.
- Only Sane Man: There's usually at least one per clan.
- Perpetual Frowner: Uesugi Kagekatsu. According to Kanetsugu though, he's actually smiling.
- Pose of Supplication
- Pyro Maniac: Just about everything Nobunaga touches goes up in flames.
- Serial Escalation: In terms of sheer silliness. For instance, in season 1 Motochika looked girly, whereas in season 2 he's full on cross dressing.
- Shout-Out: Kenshin's character Bishaemon is such a blatant rip-off of Doraemon that they have to pixellate everything. Masamune's Guntain anime is a parody of Gundam, the Shimazu brothers are a reference to Power Rangers, and part of Keiji's episode mimics Heidi, Girl of the Alps.
- Sudden Video-Game Moment: The Azai episodes are designed like a Visual Novel come Text Adventure.
- Super-Deformed: Minor characters have a tendency to become chibi when the situation gets really weird and they start yelling at people.
- Trickster characters like Kanetsugu and the Sanada family also spend most of the time as chibis.
- "Super Sentai" Stance: This is the Shimazu brothers' speciality.
- Surreal Theme Tune: The second ending theme just consists of Masamune's voice actor saying all the characters' names in succession really fast.
- Talkative Loon: Kanetsugu when he goes off on one about Kagekatsu. They have to fast-forward through most of it.
- The Trickster
- Mori Ranmaru never misses an opportunity to put Mitsuhide in compromising situations.
- Masayuki and Yukimura make a game out of Nobuyuki's abusive marriage.
- Kanetsugu seems to enjoy meddling in the affairs of his retainers and pulling Kagekatsu's strings.
- Unholy Matrimony: Nobunaga fell in love with Nohime because she was prepared to stab her father in the face without hesitation.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: Motochina just wants to make his fans happy.
- Widget Series
- World of Ham: Generally when all hell breaks loose (as it inevitably does) the characters just revert to shouting.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Masamune's is blue, Motochika's is light pink, Nohime's is magenta, and Oichi's is green.