English: Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings 2
Synonyms: Sengoku Basara Ni, Sengoku Basara 2
Japanese: 戦国BASARA 弐
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 11, 2010 to Sep 26, 2010
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 7.901 (scored by 12960 users)
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SynopsisThe second season of Sengoku Basara.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Sengoku Basara Ranse Ranbu, Sengoku Basara
Prequel: Sengoku Basara
Side story: Mini Sengoku Basara Two: Tsukiyo no Katakura-kun, Sengoku Basara Two: Ryuko, Itadaki no Chikai! Atsuki Mirai e Kakeru Tamashii!!
Sequel: Sengoku Basara Movie: The Last Party
Characters & Voice Actors
Look ! There ! Up in the sky ! Is it a firework ? A shooting star ?
No ! It's Yukimura Sanada and Date Masamune in their red and blue laser form, returning for the second installment of Sengoku Basara.
Ah Sengoku Basara. What can I say ? It is an example of videogame adaptation that really deviates from its source material with a fresh, original story that is even better. It is also known as an Anime that completely throws laws of physic and reality out of the window. What's that ? Your character is a martial arts master that can take down 10 people at once ? Masamune Date laughs at him and proceeds to flatten entire armies using his six swords and the secret arts of Shounen-Anime no jutsu given by Capcom, all while shouting ENGRISH BATTLE CRIES !!!
A Sengoku era Anime spearheaded by mindless action, that's what Sengoku Basara is. But this mindlessness and complete ridiculousness is its charm. It is a must watch for Anime fans who thirst for more testosterone filled action scenes without any thinking whatsoever. This overly manly feel of the Anime was preserved very well throughout the series and continues to prove that Sengoku Basara is one of the most Shounen Anime ever. But still, how does this sequel fare compared to its prequel ?
Sengoku Basara 2 while being nearly identical to its prequel, as one would expect, possesses a bit of ups and downs and depending on how significant one views these differences determine the difference of enjoyment between the two.
Sengoku Basara 2 returns our warriors into the warring state of Japan. As the threat of the Demon King, Nobunaga Oda had passed, surviving warriors continue to battle for the supremacy of the land one more time, initiated by a great three way battle consisting of the Date, Takeda and Uesugi. That is, until the Toyotomi army shows face.
The first main problem with Sengoku Basara 2 can be seen not even ten minutes into the first episode. Hideyoshi Toyotomi himself and this is a problem that stems from the composition of its source material. As witnessed by viewers along the course of the first Sengoku Basara, information in the warring state of japan is substantial. If so, then why is Toyotomi Hideyoshi who apparently had amassed an army possibly larger than all three main "good" forces combined are not mentioned anywhere during the first Sengoku Basara.
The second main problem that plagues Sengoku Basara 2 is the ending. While the first Sengoku Basara's ending can be a bit anticlimatic for some, the second one pulls the plug. It is a very disappointing and cliched end. Which is a shame because almost everything else about Sengoku Basara 2 is made better. Though it can be said that these two flaws seem to make space to fix the concerns that is usually raised in the first Anime. Namely the lack of character exploration.
The first Sengoku Basara is plagued by a problem caused by how ambitious it is, seeking to include more characters than it can handle and in the end, most of the less important characters receive next to no screentime. This problem is gracefully addressed in this second installment as less time is spent on introducing characters. By removing build up for for the main villain, both quality and quantity of the characters and their interaction is achieved (excluding Hideyoshi), allowing for some interesting twists in the story and giving a much broader scope of the whole war. Sengoku Basara 2 still sticks to the spreading of characters across Japan formula used in the prequel and the fix they made transitioning when from the prequel really give that formula a chance to display its full potential.
In addition, Sengoku Basara managed to deal with both the tactical needs of the warring state and the drama revolving the tragedy of war in a well fashioned way, which again, stems from its handling of character interaction. It really shows how much this single change mean as it gives the plot a more solid base and adds more substance to Sengoku Basara. While still keeping the ridiculous, over the top action scenes, this single change had managed to keep non Shounen action fans somewhat satisfied.
While the sequel had a rocky start in the start and end, the majority of the Anime which is the middle portion is enough to cover them. Plot wise, everything else is pretty much the same. Both series still relies on a more superpower oriented action rather than real martial arts that is definitely cooler than seeing Sengoku era lightshows. Fortunately, the interesting personality of its characters are retained in its full glory. Date Masamune still retains the Engrish-Japanese glory and is still a total bro, Yukimura Sanada is still a hotheaded young man in search for true enlightement in the way of the Samurai. This, in addition to the emerging as well as the returning characters create a more solid interaction between the characters and from this, the pillars that support the plot are built.
However, when it comes down to the characters, there is another major flaw that plagues this second installment. Again, stemming from Hideyoshi Toyotomi.
The problem with Hideyoshi is that he is unknown before the second series began. But as soon as he made his first appereance, it seems that a lot of our characters suddenly know or remember him. Hideyoshi is simply a terrible antagonist whose backstory and intentions seem to be crafted at the drop of a hat. While Nobunaga Oda in the first season are somewhat unexplainable beyond "He is a bad guy that does bad stuff" at least he can be seen as some sort of inhuman Demon that seeks to rule the land under fear. Hideyoshi is an antagonist that is driven by human emotions stemming from his backstory, but it was too far-fetched and underdeveloped it's not even funny. It might be the reason why the introduction and the climax revolving this character is so anticlimatic, they just didn't know how to make Hideyoshi memorable in any way other than to resort to Keiji Maeda and even so, it ended up developing Keiji's character more than Hideyoshi himself, which remains relatively untouched.
Aside from some differences, the story and characters in Sengoku Basara are practically the same. Heroes fight, bad guy introduced, good guys (and not so good guys) unite, some fight each other and it goes from there. The visuals and the sound are also not so different either, especially the visuals since it's practically the same as the prequel. We still have some good superpower displays and the Sengoku era constructions are still in full glory. But the Anime still suffers from inconsistence when dealing with characters farther away. There really isn't much to say about the Sengoku basara series' visual quality aside from : "It works. Not impressive. But it works."
Music works got some improvement in both quality (which is rather subjective, but I'll give my reasons) and quantity. The only opening theme is "Sword Summit" by T.M. Revolution which, when compared to jap, wins hands down. Though I do miss the dancing soldiers, Sword Summit is a much more energetic song that is performed by one of the most hotblooded group of musical genius out there and the accompanying opening credits are amped up to keep up with the tempo. The combination turns Sword Summit into one of the most upbeat Anime openings out there. Moreover, there are more characters in display which is a way of telling that the Anime also widens its horizon to include more characters, which is true. There is also an insert song, "Ruisen" by Ishikawa Chiaki that is a slow and sad tune that is played during one of the dramatic scenes in the Anime. I have to say that, there are some decent amount of improvements added here.
Unfortunately, the two ending songs (yes, two ending songs for a one season Anime, unusual indeed) cannot catch up to the prequel. They pale in comparison to "Break and Peace" by Dustz in the first Anime due to the deepness of the vocalist's voice. Here, Angelo with "Fate" and "El Dorado" are rather lackluster. I still find those two okay songs that goes well with the Anime, but I rather dislike the vocalist's voice which, I have to admit is because I compared it to Dustz. Though I also have to admit that the two credit rolls are much more colorful and lively when compared to the prequel. The rest is pretty much the same. Similar background music is used and the "keep music when shifting viewpoints" concept is still in. Voice acting are still top notch, with Engrish battlecries and yelling contest still in its full glory. There aren't much room for development in these two areas.
All the changes from the two installment shows that this release seek to address some of the problems lie in the first Sengoku Basara, but story (mostly) and character wise , it has to sacrifice something to compensate. There are some differences between the medium of enjoyment between the two, the first one is more straightforward action while the second installment seem to shift some perspective into the basis of character development and deeper interaction. This is a simple conclusion to determine which sequel that you might prefer. Personally, as a more drama hungry Anime fan, I prefer the second one, although completely not by far.
But still, Sengoku Basara is all about the ridiculous superpowered fights. To all viewers who expected adrenaline pumping fight scenes, get ready to get your expectations overachieved for the second time. It is still brainless and devoid of logic, but if you have watched the prequel, you would pretty much guessed that this will be the case.
Story : 7
Characters : 8
Visuals : 7
Sound : 8
Enjoyment : 7.5
Final Score : 7.5 read more
ARE YOU READY GUYS? PUT THE GUNS ON! LET'S PARTY~!
Season 1 of the Sengoku Basara anime over a year ago was my first foray into the Sengoku Basara franchise. I've never played any of the games up until this point, though I have pre-ordered the North American version of "Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes" (known in Japan simply as "Sengoku Basara 3"), as well as the first season of the anime on BD. I'm surprised this series got licensed, but you'll hear no complaints from me!
Sengoku Basara is a rare gem. Although I haven't played any of the games yet, I do know that most video game-based animes tend to dilute the original content, and merely seek to milk the successes of the franchise in the anime market. You know, a cash cow. However, I and many others who have witnessed the glory of this and the still-airing second season can say without a doubt, that this is an anime everyone should be watching. It's too bad it seems to fly in fairly low under the radar in comparison to most of the other shows airing this season. However, maybe this review will help to get it some well-deserved attention.
STORY: 7 (Good)
This isn't a show you watch for the story, or at least, not for a deep plot. The most you'll get plot-wise from this anime is the development of the war between the various feuding nations, some strategic insight into what each of the various groups plan to do, and some twists and turns involving the outcomes of said plans. However, the best part of Basara is that it doesn't attempt to complicate itself or force the viewer to have to remember specifically what's going on; you'll find yourself more than content just going with the flow. As such, the plot falls short of anything more than average, but it makes up for it by remaining concise and to the point. Don't worry about it too much: You're not meant to.
ART: 10 (Outstanding)
Very few shows get a budget so big as to allow them to really shine. In Basara, you'll see no cheap backgrounds, no long runs of still-frames; you'll see nothing that's not breath-taking at least once every couple of minutes. The battle scenes are top-notch, over-the-top, fluent, and extremely well choreographed (as far as any anime can be choreographed). Watch it and see for yourself. There's really nothing more that can be said. Think Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, only much more polished and elegant.
SOUND: 10 (Outstanding)
The music fits the mood and represents the time period in which the story is supposedly set (that is, the music is "traditional" most of the time), yet Basara is not afraid to whip out the odd rock track and turn it up a notch when the situation is appropriate. It's the perfect blend of music when the time calls for it that immerses you in the traditional period of the samurai, and of simpler times, but it calls you back to the action when necessary with blood-pumping, high-tempo riffs that fire up the man inside of you. Simply amazing.
CHARACTER: 8 (Very Good)
In terms of individual character development, there isn't anyone that really starts at a point and grows. I suppose Yukimura Sanada would be the closest thing to a character who starts out young and inexperienced, and the one we see grow the most to become a leader in his own right. However, in a show like Basara where you have a myriad of original characters, all extremely different and unique, it's hard to give the spotlight to just one or two and grow them up in only 12 short episodes (per season). But it didn't bother me much at all, I still rooted for Masamune Date whenever I could get the chance. The characters are all so likable, and well positioned in their respective roles that you feel like you know them already. So while Basara is technically a little weak in the "development" department, it remains strong in presenting a wide cast of original, likable characters in such a short episodic run. This is no simple feat, and deserves credit. You'll even find yourself rooting for the enemy sometimes because they're so damned cool.
ENJOYMENT: 10 (Outstanding)
Basara is all about enjoyment, really. This is where it shines. There's nothing more fun than seeing two opponents jump off their horses, shoot up into the sky in a blaze of colors, and engage one another in a battle of epic proportions, completely blowing away any nearby bodies in their vicinity. There's nothing more epic than seeing a lone samurai get so fired up that he PUNCHES THE OCEAN AWAY with his bare fist. Does it sound ridiculous to you? Of course it does! That's what it's all about: Ridiculous, epic, over-the-top, hot-blooded manly action. You thought Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann was at times enjoyable, even if it made no sense? Then if you're not watching Sengoku Basara, you're missing out. You really are. There are many more epic moments you'd find yourself pausing the episode to re-watch, even before moving on because you thought it was so awesome. That's a quality essential to any good anime: One that leaves you wanting even more. It's really a rare trait in today's industry of "security", where companies know that all they have to do is put out generic moe garbage, and their business can... Well, stay in business. Thank goodness for taking risks, Basara. It's what makes you stand out above the crowd.
OVERALL: 9 (Great)
I wanted to give this a 10 pretty badly, but it does have it's flaws. I'm not going to dwell on them, but if it has one single-biggest flaw, it would be such a short episode count. If each season were able to hold up a solid stack of 26 episodes each, then the characters and the plot would have more time to be fleshed out more appropriately. It's not bad for half that count, and arguably the show would be degraded if it ran on *too* long, but that's my opinion on the matter. Otherwise, it's a great watch.
This is definitely the most underrated show of 2010, and it's too bad it's not getting more attention, at least in terms of outward appreciation. I'm sure there's a lot of people who simply watch it every week and don't bother to discuss it much, and I can sort of understand. It's not the type of show you spend a lot of time discussing, you mostly watch it for the thrills, and repeat week after week until it's over. Then move on. While there's nothing wrong with that, it's unfortunate that mediocre shows such as K-ON! seem to attract much more attention than rare gems such as Sengoku Basara. I would even go so far as to say that Highschool of the Dead (airing along with this show in the same season at the time of this writing), a show that doesn't come nearly as close in terms of production values and has even less of a plot, is somehow apparently able to cast a popularity shadow over Basara. It might just be that Basara doesn't appeal to as many people as HotD does, but if that's the case, then anime really is in trouble in the coming years. Let's hope the fanbase realizes that shows such as Basara are worth watching, and worth supporting. Basara at least reminds me of a time when anime was original, when studios and producers weren't afraid to step outside the known formulas and mix things up. Sure, it's based off a video game, but in my eyes, the fact that it can be this good with that being the case means that the execution was probably about as flawless as one could hope for, given the challenges of creating such an entertaining product from another product's already existing formula and ideas, and managing to add it's own spin on the materials while remaining original in it's own way. No easy feat, and unquestionably deserving of high regard within the anime fandom.
If you haven't seen this show or the previous season yet, do yourself a favor as a fan of the anime genre: Go and watch it now. Dip your feet in, you won't regret it. And if you do, well, then stick to your precious K-ON! and keep wishing for a second season of Angel Beats. YOU JUST DON'T GOT YOUR GUNS ON.
To the rest of you, GET YOUR GUNS ON. read more
Historical is fiction
SWORDS! SWORDS! SWORDS!!!
Ninja fights, action strategy, has a whiny girl
For some people the whiny girl in SB was Ichi
Both have a character named Sasuke
Opening Theme"SWORD SUMMIT" by T.M.Revolution
Ending Theme#01: "El Dorado" by Angelo (eps 1-6)
#02: "FATE" by Angelo (eps 7-11)
#03: "SWORD SUMMIT" by T.M.Revolution (ep 12)
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