Characters / The Ambition of Oda Nobuna
aka: Oda Nobuna No Yabou

This is a list of characters who appear in The Ambition of Oda Nobuna anime series. Most of them are actual historical figures who lived during Sengoku era albeit with different portrayals.

Name Order Confusion warning: Since this series happens in the latter half of 16th century, and most characters (i.e. except Yoshiharu) are based on historical figures of that era, this character sheet follows the "surname first" order.
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Sagara "Saru" Yoshiharu
"With no idea of how to get home, I'll have to survive here. It sucks that it's not Nobunaga, just some snippy little girl named Nobuna, but saving a pretty girl and conquering Japan doesn't sound so bad."

Voiced by: Takuya Eguchi (Japanese), Clint Bickham (English)

An Ordinary High-School Student who suddenly found himself in the Sengoku Era. As he got caught in the middle of battle, the person who is later known as Toyotomi Hideyoshi saved him at the cost of his life. He later encountered Oda Nobuna, a female version of the legendary Oda Nobunaga. Determined to bring history to the right course, he took Hideyoshi's place and worked under Nobuna who nicknamed him "Saru" (Monkey). This mirrors the real-life Hideyoshi's nickname of "Kosaru" (Little Monkey).
  • Animal Motifs: Monkey. Thanks to Nobuna.
  • Anime Hair: His uniquely shaped hair is there to reinforce his monkey imagery.
  • Ascended Fanboy: He's a huge fan of Oda Nobunaga, so he knows a lot about the events of this time period, even if its an Alternate History. Thankfully the situation is similar enough that he's able to predict with some reasonable success about the outcome of various events he encounters.
  • Badass: Not that he is a skilled combatant, but his ways of confronting big names like Saitou Dousan and Hattori Hanzo and his calmness even in the most mortal of dangers are sights to behold. In addition, it would be quite natural for him to survive in the Warring States Era as either a general or a merchant, or both, and be quite successful. This is due to his knowledge of the Era's tactics and technology as well as some basic yet effectively used knowledge in trading.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Nobuna.
  • Brainy Brunette: His role is using his knowledge about Sengoku History to help Nobuna realize her dreams.
  • Butt Monkey: Why does Nobuna make him her shoe-caretaker? Because it feels good to step on him! And that's only the beginning. Not to say he is indeed called "Monkey."
  • Can't Take Anything With You: Averted. He has his cell phone with him when travelled back 450 years in time.
  • Changed My Jumper: Averted by the light novel and manga by making him, eventually, wear period clothing. The anime plays this straight; he's always seen either in his school uniform or a yellow T-shirt, sometimes with period armour on them.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: He is quite agile in novels and manga: being able to dodge spears and arrows like a monkey, he was even mistaken for ninja by Imagawa Yoshimoto. The explanation of that feat is that he was good at playing dodge ball during middle school.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Pretty much.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Despite knowing that they might change the future and thus nullify his knowlege of his future, he keeps trying to prevent historical tragedies from occuring for the happiness of people he cares about. Especially for Nobuna.
  • Determinator: Not even injury dealt by Hattori Hanzo can break his resolve to meet Nobuna.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Despite planning various strategies that turn out to be fairly successful and winning over key allies such as Hanbei, several of the characters still treat him like dirt much of the time. However, a large part of that may be due to his actual or perceived pervertedness throughout the show.
  • Fish Out of Temporal Water: Not only did he travel back in time, but he's also in an Alternate History where major people he remembered in history games as old guys are young women.
  • Friend to All Children: Those lolis just keep flocking around him, don't they?
  • Genre Savvy: He doesn't spend his time worrying about going back to his era, he just keeps going with the flow and enjoying his adventures instead. It helps that he has plenty of knowledge and love for the era.
    • Hattori Hanzo lets him go because of this. He could have easily killed Yoshiharu, but Hanzo seemed to know something about Yoshiharu's "prophetic powers" and decided to let Yoshiharu go (and turn a blind eye to Oda's ambush) so that his lord Motoyasu could regain independence.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: He scratched a pillar once he realized that Nagamasa and Nobuna would indeed look good together.
  • The Glomp: He did this to Goemon in episode 4.
  • Guile Hero: Since he's not a fighter, he relies on his wits and knowledge of the Sengoku period instead, which helps a lot.
  • Harem Seeker: When Kinoshita Tokichirou asked Yoshiharu to carry on his dreams when he died in the latter's arms, Yoshiharu clearly understood "the dreams" to not only unite Japan, but also to have all 14 wives Hideyoshi historically had.
  • Heroic BSOD: In episode 4, as he realized that he is pretty much being arrogant by putting himself in danger with only his knowledge of history (which he changed himself) to rely on. It doesn't last long, fortunately.
    • When Goemon took the bullet for him. He then questions whether it was worth building the castle overnight or not. Fortunately it didn't last long either.
  • Hot-Blooded: It doesn't matter to him that Nagamasa is a daimyo, he still wants to hit the bastard for playing with Nobuna's heart.
  • I Know Mortal Kombat: How does he become so knowledgeable about history? Well, a lot of playing video games of course!
  • Impossibly Delicious Food: His fried takoyaki which was able to put Tsuda and Imai to tears. Maybe because he added mayonnaise in it?
  • In Universe Nickname: Saru (Monkey). It's often used by Nobuna, Katsuie, and Nene.
  • Kid with the Leash/Morality Chain/For Want of a Nail: He is this for Nobuna; Saitou Dousan mentioned in Episode 3 that he is the only person able to prevent Nobuna from becoming the same Jerkass Nobunaga is in our history. And it's shown in his interactions with Nobuna: he stopped her from killing her brother after he rebelled, and often keeps her from doing more potentially harmful things in battle, such as slaughtering their enemies once they've lost.
    • After his apparent death, Nobuna becomes more ruthless than ever, proving his position as her Morality Chain to be true.
  • Large Ham: Can go into this at times, particularly when excited about something, or arguing with Nobuna.
  • Le Parkour: Related to Charles Atlas Superpower above. Implied in the anime during his chasing game with Hanzo.
  • Lolicon: He's accused of being this due to all the little girls that hang out around him, such as Goemon, Nene, Hanbei, and Inuchiyo.
  • Made of Indestructium: His phone has gained the respect of the fans for saving Nobuna's life thrice: distracting Zenjuurou with sound effect, absorbing gunshot impact, deflecting sword thrust, and still remains intact after all that.
  • Money Fetish: Shows some shades of this in episode 2.
    Yoshiharu: "With this much money, the ladies will flock to me!"
    Inuchiyo: "You are so greedy."
    Nene: "I'm disappointed in you, Mr. Monkey!"
    Yoshiharu: "Say what you want! Money is power!"
  • Morality Pet: For Nobuna. He helped keep her from killing her brother after he tried to revolt against her, and its his words that calm her anger in episode 12 when she rode off alone to kill Konoe Sakihisa.
  • Nerves of Steel
  • Nice Guy: His perverted tendencies aside, he is quite a decent guy. Apparently this trait is the very reason why some of the girls are very loyal to him.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Mitsuhide's adoration of Nobuna is such that Honnouji is very unlikely to occur as it did in our history. However Mitsuhide's growing love for him ultimately culminates in her wanting to marry him. The jealousy she feels from Nobuna and Yoshiharu's relationship could easily boil over into the events of Honnouji Temple.
  • Non-Action Guy: He plays this role in the Oda clan. To be fair, he comes from a relatively peaceful era where being a warrior isn't the standard way of living like during the Sengoku period where he landed.
  • Oh Crap!:
    • Episode 1: "Kinoshita Tokichirou? Doesn't that mean you are Toyotomi Hideyoshi?!"
    • Episode 2: "I got so obsessed with making money that I forgot my original goal!"
    • Episode 4: "Okehazama is a mountain!?"
    • Episode 9: "Is history starting to turn in a direction I don't know?"
  • Off with His Head!: He almost suffers this fate because he carelessly hit Nobukatsu's head in episode 2.
  • Our Hero Is Dead: Although he gets better later. Twice. Hopefully.
  • Thanks for the Mammary: How he stopped Katsuie from killing Yoshimoto.
  • Trapped in the Past: Not that it bothers him much.
  • The Strategist: He eventually becomes this. Eighty-two points!
  • Took a Level in Badass: In the novels he starts learning to use spear. Anime keeps him a Guile Hero and increases his intelligence accordingly.
    • Cruelly Deconstructed by episode 11. Him taking a level in fame and badassery much earlier than the historical Hideyoshinote  had been heightens the danger and difficulty of the Retreat from Kanegasaki event, causing he, Mitsuhide, and most of his men's death.
  • Tsundere: Just like his BST partner below.
  • Unlucky Everydude
  • Would Hit a Girl: Though, to his credit, he doesn't know they're female.
  • You Already Changed the Past: He certainly did.
    • Subverted in Episode 9. The Takeda and the Uesugi signed a peace pact over Kawanakajima and formed an alliance, unlike in Real Life they fought over there for a whole decade. This is taken to be a joint effort to invade into Oda territory, but in fact it was a ploy by Asakura to distract the Oda forces away from Kyoto so that they can kill Yoshimoto. Yoshiharu's recommendation of staying put in Kyoto (based on what he knew) turned out to be right.
  • You Will Be Beethoven: Inadvertently takes Toyotomi Hideyoshi's place in history after the former gives his life to save him.

Oda Nobuna
"I'll destroy all the old systems that have wreaked havoc in Japan, and turn this land into a country that can compete with the barbarian nations!"

Voiced by: Kanae Ito (Japanese), Emily Neves (English)

A Gender flipped version of Oda Nobunaga, she is the daimyo of Owari Province. As quoted above, she has a great ambition of unifying Japan and eventually conquering the world. Despite their many similarities, she is notably more emotional and naive than her historical counterpart. She seems to harbor special feelings toward Yoshiharu due to him being the first person to ever understand her ambition (not that she would admit that).

     Oda Clan's Retainers 

Shibata "Riku" Katsuie
"Prepare to Die!"

Voiced by: Hitomi Nabatame (Japanese), Carli Mosier (English)

Oda Nobuna's mightiest (and bustiest) general. Officially, she is an aide to Nobuna's younger brother Nobukatsu but her true loyalty lies with Nobuna.

Niwa "Manchiyo" Nagahide
"Women are not tools of conquest!"

Voiced by: Rei Matsuzaki (Japanese), Molly Searcy (English)

The tactician of the Oda clan. A soft spoken young woman who often becomes the voice of reason for the group. She has a penchant of giving a score to everything, ranging from military tactics, political decisions, to... lame jokes.

Maeda "Inuchiyo" Toshiie
Voiced by: Misato Fukuen (Japanese), Caitlynn French (English)

A young girl who is the best spear wielder in the Oda clan and works as Nobuna's page. Her house is next door to Yoshiharu's and they often hang out together.


Hachisuka Goemon
"He is the trunk, and I am the vine hiding in its shade. Together we will make our way in the world. That's our promise."

Voiced by: Tomoko Kaneda (Japanese), Hilary Haag (English)

The leader of Kawanami Ninja Clan (originally a clan of thieves), she was Kinoshita Tokichirou's companion before his untimely demise. She then became Yoshiharu's aide in reconnaissance and also his personal bodyguard. She is not good with long sentences, often resulting in her stuttering.

Akechi "Juubei" Mitsuhide
"I'll do my best to catch up to and surpass Sagara-senpai!"

Voiced by: Sayuri Yahagi (Japanese), Krystal LaPorte (English)

A young military tactician who served under Saitou Dousan as his general. When Saitou Yoshitatsu rebelled, she, along with Kichou, sought refuge in Owari.

Takenaka Hanbei
"You are a dummy, Yoshiharu. Too big a dummy for me to leave you alone. I want to protect you and let you shine, too. Takenaka Hanbei will not serve the Oda clan, but Sagara Yoshiharu."

Voiced by: Yui Ogura (Japanese), Brittney Karbowski (English)

A young onmyoji girl who is also a genius military strategist initially serving under Saitou clan. She took a liking to Yoshiharu's kindness and sincerity, so swore to serve under him.
  • Anti-Magic: One of her spells nullified Danjyou's.
  • Badass Adorable: A (rather powerful) Onmyodo and The Strategist, her introductory acts in Episode 5 of the anime are 1) routing Nobuna's army using rocks and fog, and 2) blowing up a castle.
  • Body Double: Her summoned familiar, Zenki. He is also:
    • Battle Butler
    • Barrier Warrior: He protected Yoshiharu, Goemon, and Nagamasa from his fellow familiars' magic blasts.
    • Master of Illusion
    • Noble Wolf: Zenki can transform into one. In the Light Novel, he has a kitsune form while another familiar assumes the wolf form.
    • The Trickster: Utilizes this technique early on in the form of Zenki. After her proper introduction, she doesn't use it as much, though Zenki is still around to help her and Yoshiharu.
  • Ill Girl: Downplayed compared to many fictional depictions of the underlying Historical-Domain Character—she'd only have a fever after using too much magic, but is fine otherwise.
    • In the anime at least. In the novels, Zenki reveals that she's always had a weak body and wouldn't live long and at one point she gets so sick that only a really hard to obtain cure can help her. And even then, it's stated that the cure will only prolong her life by a few years at most.

     Rival Daimyos and Lords 

Imagawa Yoshimoto
"We will enter the capital elegantly and unscathed. That is how a noble fights."

Voiced by: Mamiko Noto (Japanese), Nancy Novotny (English)

The Daimyo of Suruga Province. Before her defeat at the Battle of Okehazama, she was the closest warlord to conquering Japan. She was spared the fate of her historical counterpart thanks to Yoshiharu persuading her to surrender. She later on became the Shogun, acting as the figurehead of the Oda clan.
  • Bad Boss: She ordered her closest aide to keep attacking despite their already exhausted force and then take the credit of the victory for herself.
  • Boisterous Weakling
  • Chekhov's Gunman: She later became the figurehead of Oda Clan (as in, Shogun candidate) during their advancement to The Capital.Historical Divergence 
  • Defeat Means Friendship: While not an overly active ally as some other characters such as Motoyasu, once defeated she works for Nobuna rather than try to go against her as Saitou Yoshitatsu does.
  • The Ditz: Several of Nobuna's retainers comment that she seems to be rather foolish. Nobuna however, prefers that she's air-headed, since it minimizes the likelihood of her attempting to plot things behind their backs.
  • Gender Flip
  • Hair Decoration: A dragon-shaped tiara.
  • Hime Cut
  • I Owe You My Life: The only thing stopping her from retaliating with the rest of her army is that Yoshiharu stopped Katsuie from killing her.
  • Keystone Army: Actually Justified. The death or surrender of the lord is the cue for the army to retreat during that period since there are no other reasons for them to keep fighting, especially with a self-centered leader like Yoshimoto. In particular many of these generals are only his/her vassals, who have their own agenda.
  • Noblewoman's Laugh: "Ohohohohoho..."
  • Pimped-Out Dress: She wears her multi-layered kimono all the time.
  • Regent for Life: Named Shogun in Episode 9. However, she's under the control of her own Regent for Life Nobuna... She clearly knows this.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Her real life counterpart was killed in battle, whereas she was spared here due to the last minute pleading, and groping of Katsuie from Yoshiharu.
  • Underestimating Badassery: She underestimated Nobuna so much that she never expected an ambush.
  • Upper-Class Twit
  • We Have Reserves: She tends to use her retainer's forces to whittle down enemy forces so that her forces will then be able to swoop in and claim victory. This tactic has earned a lot of ire from Hanzo Hattori.
  • What Measure Is a Mook?: In addition to the previous trope, she also has no concerns for her retainer's soldiers well-being or the difficulties they encounter while fighting enemy forces. This in stark contrast to Nobuna, who in episode 5 makes sure that all of her retainer's and their soldiers are well fed and relaxing shortly after a hard won battle.
  • Villainous Breakdown: "No! I don't want to die!"

Matsudaira Motoyasu

A meek servant of the Imagawa clan and the ruler of Mikawa Province which was under Imagawa's rules. In the future, she would become known as Tokugawa Ieyasu.

Saitou Dousan
"To do what others would never consider. That's what it takes to conquer the land."

Voiced by: Mugihito (Japanese), Carl Masterson (English)

The Daimyo of Mino Province. He is an ambitious but very perspective man. Thanks to Yoshiharu's efforts, he decided to make alliance with Oda Nobuna by making her his heir.

Saitou Yoshitatsu
"I will let none of the Oda survive!"

Voiced by: Kiyoyuki Yanada (Japanese), Chris Ayres (English)

Saitou Dousan's possibly adopted son. He was denied the land of Mino after Dousan made Nobuna (who he hates) his heir. He rebelled in response, determined to kill his father and take over the land.

Asai Nagamasa
"I pity all the women who try to rule during these civil wars. I'll take advantage of them all."

Voiced by: Mitsuki Saiga (Japanese), Blake Shepard (English)

The young daimyo of the northern Omi Province. Defeating him is required for another daimyo to reach the Capital.

Date "Bontenmaru" Masamune

The Daimyo of Oushu. An eccentric girl who takes a liking to Christianity and Western Culture. A companion of (and being cared for by) Louise Fróis.

Takeda Shingen Daimyou of Kai. She appears once at the last second of the final episode, leading her cavalry in a battle.

Konoe Sakihisa
Voiced by: Seiro Ogino (Japanese), Mark X. Laskowski (English)

The kampaku who has controlled the politics and nobility of the country from behind the scene. He staged a conspiracy against Ashikaga Shogunate involving Miyoshi faction and some other big names in order to seize control over Japan.

Matsunaga "Danjyou" Hisahide
"Distrust. Obsession. Ambition. The seeds will grow by feeding upon these feelings. I can't wait till they bloom."

Voiced by: Masumi Asano (Japanese), Shelley Calene-Black (English)

A female daimyo notorious for her treacherous nature. A practitioner of witchcraft, she is a part of the conspiracy behind the downfall of Ashikaga Shogunate.

Asakura Yoshikage
"The Fool Princess marching on the Capital? These are dark times indeed."

Voiced by: Ryohei Kimura (Japanese), Greg Ayres (English)

The great Daimyo from the famous Asakura clan ruling over Echizen Province. Appears as a flamboyant young man, he is also a part of the conspiracy behind the downfall of Ashikaga Yoshiteru.

     Other Characters 

Kinoshita Tokichirou

The original Toyotomi Hideyoshi, the (supposed) unifier of Japan. He died by stray bullet when trying to save Yoshiharu in a battle. In his last moment, he entrusted his dreams to Yoshiharu.

Hattori Hanzo
"I, Hattori Hanzo, never let my prey escape."

Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai (Japanese), Leraldo Anzaldua (English)

A highly skilled ninja working under Matsudaira Motoyasu. Although he also aids Imagawa Yoshimoto, his loyalty lies with Motoyasu and he always proritizes her interest above Imagawa's.
  • Badass
  • Bishōnen
  • Chain Pain/Sinister Scythe: He uses a kusarigama in melee combat.
  • The Dragon: To Imagawa while Motoyasu, his lord, was serving her. He becomes an Anti-Hero afterwards.
    • Dragon with an Agenda: He neglected to tell Yoshimoto of an ambush from Nobuna. It's for Motoyasu's sake.
  • Flash Step: Being a ninja, he's capable of this.
  • Flechette Storm: His main attack method.
  • Historical-Domain Character
  • Honor Before Reason: In episode 4, although he could have easily killed Yoshiharu, and thus ensured Nobuna's defeat, he lets him go after the latter promises that Nobuna would treat his master, Motoyasu, much better than while she was serving Imagawa. At the beginning of episode 5, Motoyasu, as well as her soldiers, are indeed being treated much better than when Imagawa was in charge of them.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: He doesn't like Imagawa ordering his lord Motoyasu around, and forcing the latter to utilize a Red Shirt Army for her. But he stays loyal to her and fights against whoever his enemy is at the time, whether its against Yoshiharu in episode 4, or helping him against Yoshitatsu later on in episode 11.
  • Ninja
  • Scarf Of Ass Kicking
  • Smoke Out: Whenever he needs to disappear.
  • Undying Loyalty: to Motoyasu.

"Ta-da! Nene, The prettiest girl in Japan!"

Voiced by: Natsuki Kitakata (Japanese), Allison Sumrall (English)

Historically speaking, Nene was the wife of Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Here, she is a young girl and Yoshiharu's neighbor. Her father had shown interest to marry her to Yoshiharu which he rejected. Later, Nobuna arranges her to be Yoshiharu's adoptive little sister to keep an eye on him so he won't act perverted to other women.

Oda Nobukatsu/Tsuda Nobusumi
"I'll be reborn and work for you, my sister!"

Voiced by: Emiri Katou (Japanese), Shannon Emerick (English)

Oda Nobuna's younger brother. Had Nobuna not been born, he would have become the heir of the Oda Clan. A conflict with Yoshiharu and persuasions from his advisors led him to rebel against her sister. Fortunately, because of Yoshiharu's wit, he surrendered and was later forgiven by Nobuna. He then changed his name from Oda Nobukatsu to Tsuda Nobusumi and strove to help his sister in her conquest.

Saitou Nouhime

Known by her maiden name, Kichou, she is Saitou Dousan's daughter, and thus Yoshitatsu's younger sister. During Yoshitatsu's rebellion, she, accompanied by Mitsuhide sought refuge in Owari.

"I wanted to see it for myself. I need to go outside to see how much the people were suffering. Regardless of the future, this hell is reality right now."

Voiced by: Sumire Morohoshi (Japanese), Luci Christian (English)

The head of Yamato court What? . Said to be an incarnation of the Gods who built Japan, she is worshipped and became a crucial part in Konoe Sakihisa's conspiracy.
  • Composite Character: She represents any number of Emperors that were on the throne in the period. There're exactly 3: Go-Nara, Ougimachi, and Go-Youzei.
  • Distressed Damsel: She willingly let herself be taken by Danjyou to protect Yoshiharu and Inuchiyo's lives.
  • Living MacGuffin
    • Truth in Television. Despite no longer has any real power at this point, Japanese emperors remains an important party of Japanese politics as they practically served as a living "Get out of Jail Free" Card for anything done in Japan.
  • Miko: Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
  • Mysterious Waif: She barely has any screen time, yet is considered to be quite a powerful figurehead. Even Konoe Sakihisa kisses up to her somewhat.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: She averted She Who Must Not Be Seen, below, because she was never referred as to the empress. While the description above would cause any reasonable Japanese to recognize her as the empress, nobody referred to her as such in-universe.
  • She Who Must Not Be Seen: Averted, somewhat: As a rule of thumb, The Emperor of Japan (the actual, historical or even fictitious ones) never appear or ever being mentioned by name in any Japanese media outside news stories and government propaganda. For avoid offending the Japanese Imperial Family, Himiko is a female emperor, not to mention being a Composite Character of many of them— and on top of all, she wasn't directly referred to as one (see No Celebrities Were Harmed, above). Even so, Japanese viewers found themselves not at the position to make fanarts of her, clean ones included; the number of art including her on Pixiv is in the single digit.
  • Telepathy: She is able to read Yoshiharu's mind simply because he held her hand when leading her to safety. It's through this that she realizes that despite being a pervert, he's a good person. As a result, she also feels that Nobuna would be the best choice to unite Japan as well.
  • Wise Beyond Her Years: She is quite intelligent despite her seemingly young age.

Louise Fróis
"To end the wars and make a nation where everyone can live happily. That is God's wish. And my dream."

Voiced by: Rina Sato (Japanese), Kasi Holowell (English)

A Portuguese missionary befriending (and babysitting) Bontenmaru.

Tsuda Soukyuu
Voiced by: Kanehira Yamamoto (Japanese), Scotty Fults (English)

A highly successful merchant from Sakai, he is said to be willing to do anything for profit. He is a part of Konoe Sakihisa's conspiracy.

Shoukakuin Gousei
Voiced by: Eiji Miyashita (Japanese), Rob Mungle (English)

The master monk of Hiei mountain temple who hates foreigners. Also part of Konoe Sakihisa's conspiracy.

  • The Fundamentalist: While it is not stated in anime, Gousai hates foreigners for spreading Christianity.

Imai Soukyuu

Leader of thirty-six merchants of Sakai who monopolizes takoyaki stands in the city. An old acquaintance of Oda Nobuhide, he helped Nobuna when she had to pay 120,000 kanHow much is that?  to Konoe Sakihisa for the kampaku to approve Imagawa Yoshimoto as the next shogun.

"Dearu ka!"

Alternative Title(s): Oda Nobuna No Yabou