English: Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 2, 2009 to Jun 18, 2009
Premiered: Spring 2009
Producers: Production I.G, Dentsu, FUNimation EntertainmentL, Shochiku, Mainichi Broadcasting, Movic, flying DOG
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or olderL represents licensing company
Score: 7.631 (scored by 36,125 users)
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It's very simple and easy to understand, it's far from being complex and it doesn't try to be. Characters are introduced in a battle with minimal background information.
However, the timesetting and some of the elements that appear are a bit odd but they were added to make it look even better. You shouldn't think of this as a historical anime or you won't like it.
I liked the art, it looked nice, and the effects used during combat scenes added an extra touch to it.
Intro and endings were nice and I was never once disturbed by the background music meaning they did a good job. Use the music to magnify the events that are taking place and focus your attention on that and not on the music playing.
I have no idea how well they match the historical people that they were based on but each was interesting in its own way. Also the fact that while they all liked and respected each other, they still fought each other was something refreshing. They somewhat match the general idea one would have from that time. And some of them were given elements from the current time to amplify their personality. Like date's horse that looked like a motorcycle, the yakuza like army...
The whole show wasn't made to improve your knowledge of that time or anything like that. It was made for pure enjoyment. If you like some epic battles without complex background information and such, this might be the show for you. Since the series is only 12 episodes long, the story doesn't have time for sidestories, detailed backgrounds,.. I liked this series so much because I could just watch and enjoy without having to think over some things.
I liked the series, If you want a good short action serie. This is your thing. Don't be fooled by the historical tag, It might've been based on that but I wouldn't study for a history exam with this or you will fail. If you ever liked bleach, naruto,.. but you hated the fillers, the dramatic flashbacks in the past to explain something and just wished they'd get on with the battle. Then watch this for a few hours of simple enjoyment. read more
However, the storyline is not without its faults. In its twelve-episode lifespan, you get characters galore, yet little to no character development whatsoever. What I feel is a kind of minor setback is that for the viewer to get the most out of the anime he/she must be at least acquainted with the Sengoku period. However, it still manages a comprehensible storyline that, while often times easy to decipher, still makes you interested to see the outcome until the end. It definitely feels rushed, and it was kind of expected. The ending, while good, gave me a feeling of "That was it?" But admittedly, I would be lying if I said I wasn't satisfied, especially after seeing the credits at the ending.
The art style in Sengoku Basara is what I'd consider to be at least above average, though people may say that it is about as good as any other shounen series, but to that I say: xP The combination of high-action scenes with clearly super-human capabilities, combined with the sheer amount of bodies flying about as well as a touch of 3D here and there and you'll know where a good portion of the budget went.
The sound is very, well, manly. It sets itself up as an anime where there will always be some form of inspiration or epicness, and that is definitely prominent in this show. With beautiful works such as dai roku tenma ou to give you that sense of dread and fear for the protagonists and the absolutely inspiring vocal cues of BLAZE -Crimson Lotus- (especially its full, final version), it's definitely one of the parts of the show that really pull it off the ground, if not at least its saving grace.
The characters are a bit cliche, but for series based on a fighting game, that was to be expected. You will always have your naive, young protagonist (Yukimura), the cool, calm, collected, yet human rival (Masamune), a master/father figure (Takeda), and your all-evil, all-powerful enemy (ODA NOBUNAGA!!! (yes, you have to say it like that)). Oh, and don't forget the ninjas, other lords, the vagabond, the other soldiers, enemies, retainers, but to be more specifically, the Date 4 (you'll see what I mean).
All in all, Sengoku Basara is the kind of anime you would watch just for the sheer enjoyment of it. Like Gurren Lagann, it isn't something you ponder over, and like Gurren Lagann, it does try to make a more serious storyline, which is eventually thrown out the window (perhaps not as radically?) and brought back to what its good at: Old-fashioned Blades, Guns, and Explosions. It's an anime that is there to make you feel good, and make you feel like you want to be awesome, and in that respect, it succeeded, giving it an overall score of 8. Sure it may not be for those who want a serious amount of storyline and character development, but it is definitely worth at least watching, and for those who like watching anime for the sheer thrill of fighting, you will not be disappointed. read more
There is nothing really spectacular about the plot and characters, it's another one of those shows that are set during the Sengoku Period in Japan (having Nobunaga Oda as the villain and all), having some of the actual generals and captains that were involved in those battles as characters in the story, but changing a lot of it to make it more "anime" and digestible to the public, and as far as the characters here go, they basically kept only their names and affiliations, but again, that's not a bad thing.
Sengoku Basara is the Dynasty Warriors anime that never came to life (maybe because the game it was based on plays so much like DW). Characters are one-dimensional war machines that can tear through waves of men as easily as they can shout their enemy's name or say "MY LORD!", and it's surely fun to see them interact.
For the most part they're just talking to each other in order to get some exposition about the plot out or just explain the characters motivations, but here and there you'll see some fight scenes, and in my opinion the show is at it's best during these fights. Every fight in this anime is comparable to the fight between Superman and Zod in the new Superman movie, as in they don't really give a fuck about logic or collateral damage, just throwing everything they have at each other hoping it kills whoever is fighting, and it is glorious.
Other than the fight scenes and the characters, the show has some pretty good animation, nothing that will make you impressed, but nothing as bad as the latest episodes of Naruto. The same goes to the sound section of the anime, none of the songs are really catchy or worth listening to in your free time, but you'll probably not skip 'em until the latter episodes.
OVERALL RECOMMENDATION: If you're a selective type of guy or just doesn't have that much time to watch anime, than skip this if you don't have anything better to watch, but, if you're willing to give it a try, you will not be disappointed.
Basically this anime is about samurai war lords fighting continuous battles as it relates to territory and military dominance during the feudal era of Japan.
There are a few famous samurai names and characters in this anime for anyone who's into the historic aspect of japan as it relates to there samurai.
In my opinion this anime has a good amount of action with lot's of flashy over the top battle scenes.
The animation is also great as it relates to how the characters look as well as the actual fight scenes.
This anime also contains a wide array of likeable characters that are completely different from one another as it relates how they look, fight and of course there personalities.
There is also a deep story to be found in this anime as well if you pay attention to everything that is said by the characters and the events that take place.
Personally one of the things I enjoyed the most about this anime is infact the story as well as the character interactions.
I won't spoil anything but this is the type of anime that presents lots of character ideals.
For everyone has their own goals, ambitions and there own reasons for living and why they fight.
Not to mention why they each believe that there cause is the most justified in why they should be the ruler of the country.
in some cases there are actually characters who do not wish to rule at all and have their own views as to how the country should be.
Guess you can say this anime is similar to fate zero as it relates to the characters all having there own views and reasons for the actions they take.
There is also a nice amount of drama and plot twist to be found here as well.
Over all I highly recommend this anime to anyone who likes good action mixed with good characters and a compelling story
Or, as described by Sengoku Basara. A land where punks are warlords, mighty generals can turn into laser beams and Engrish is the coolest language on the planet
For those who are not familiar with the name, Sengoku Basara, which is also known as Devil Kings, is originally a videogame made by Capcom. Set in the wartorn Sengoku era Japan, players can choose their character and conquer Japan under their rule. Later sequels also provide story modes that takes on different perspectives and different timelines for different characters. It is regarded as a very fast paced beat-em-up game where mistake can prove very fatal under higher difficulty.
Under normal circumstances, videogame based adaptations are not perceived very well. The main reasons behind this is either :
A. The adapted material strays too far away from the original story or,
B. The adapted material seeks to adapt as closely as possible. But unable to do so due to time constraints.
Sengoku Basara however, is a unique case. As the source material are not heavy on the story, the adaptation can freely craft its own material using the general concepts of the source while adding some references. By its massive overhaul during the transition, Sengoku Basara adapts this method and managed to create its own story while still keeping the brand name and feel of the videogame under its sleeve.
Sengoku Basara starts off straight away with a multi way conflict between the large forces figting for control of Japan. The Date, Uesugi and Takeda are the three most powerful forces fighting for supremacy against each other and against other forces such as the Tokugawa, Azai-Asakura and many more. However, as the powerful Oda army shows face, the warriors of Japan must unite and battle the man known as demon king, Nobunaga Oda in order to save Japan from his iron grips.
Sengoku Basara takes a rather unique twist in Japanese history as monotonous adaptation of real Japanes history would mean that most viewers already know how the story would turn out. Which is fine although there are are some major issues raised by this decision, one of them being Oda Nobunaga. Firstly, Oda Nobunaga is potrayed as a demon or some sort that is not only very cliched, but his ambition to conquer Japan is simply too unrealistic. I completely understand that Nobunaga is known as demon king, but Sengoku Basara went overboard in trying to make him one. Secondly, how others react to Nobunaga is also rather unrealistic. Most of the other warlords see Nobunaga as a threat that encloses in on Japan, which might be fine, if we are talking about the 21st century where Japan had already been united under one rule. But in the Sengoku era, any enemy should be as threatening as their strength, not whether said enemy poses threat to the land or not, the land is already threatened with war for god's sake.
The thing is, that Sengoku Basara seeks to cater so much to the Shounen audience that the plot is often filled with Shounen cliches. But it really took it far with its action scene, truly extraordinary it is. Sengoku Basara is filled with superpower fueled fight scenes and very little actual martial arts display. But it was amplified so over the top and seemed overly ridiculous. It would be better if the fight scenes were a bit smarter, that is, utilizing tactics in an one on one fight. Similar to Fullmetal Alchemist : Brotherhood for that matter. But what we get is simply sengoku era lightshows and earth shattering explosions caused by a tip of one's sword. How unexplained these superpowers are may leave more mature audience scratching their head.
While the antagonist is handled poorly and the action scenes over the top. The remaining characters are what makes the show worthy to watch. These are a very diverse cast of characters with their own very unique personality. For instance, Yukimura Sanada is a hotheaded young male that are very eccentric and energetic in his approach, but highly respect other Samurais. Date Masamune dons a cool persona and a very distinct Engrish battle moves and shouts. Aside from these two main characters, there are still many more to come, so many that unfortunately, there are some characters that aren't getting enough screentime even though they play an important role.
What managed to impress me in the execution of these characters is how they interact with each other. Different characters possess different ambitions and act differently. How these different sets of actions collide with each other opens up interesting twist in both individual personalities as well as the story itself. The story covers a wide array of these characters by constantly shifting the viewpoints to different parts of the land and in doing so, manage to get as much content as possible from all these characters combined. Ultimately, these characters and how the play out within the story is what allows Sengoku Basara to redeem its cliched Shounen ways.
Being a very action oriented, dynamic and filled with superpowers, the visual department must be able to deliver these effects in its full glory. Thankfully, Sengoku Basara did a decent job at potraying these effects. Another thing to mention is the setting, which is potrayed rather well on the screen. It is a good break from the usual modern Japan look seen in most other Anime. There are still some flaws though, mainly the inconsistence when dealing with character that are distant in the background and the overall quality is not so impressive, but it works.
The audio department didn't fail to deliver, Sengoku Basara did everything right. From the voice acting, background music and opening / ending themes, everything clicks in perfectly with the Anime. Which is not surprising as Audio is the part that is the hardest to fail in but still, there are some unique soundworks that Sengoku Basara utilizes in order to deliver the full essence of its Shounen goodness.
For the opening theme, we have "jap" by Abingdon Boys School, an upbeat tone accompanied with great visual works that work well in introducing some of Sengoku Basara's character while being an eye candy at the same time. The ending theme "Break and Peace" by Dustz, another upbeat J-Rock theme that accompanied with still images slideshow of some sort, which is commonly used in other Anime as well albeit boring and unoriginal. Still, it doesn't detriment any enjoyment value whatsoever.
Both the opening and ending theme, while works, is rather bland. Keeping no surprises whatsoever. The voice acting and the background music is where it's at. Background musics are very energetic yet can be very calm and slow at times, all while seeping in the essence of Japanese traditional musical instruments. These tunes are used uniquely in Sengoku Basara as they are sometimes kept when shifting to another viewpoint. This is so that the audience didn't lose the feel of the action packed scenes and it really worked. Also, the unique characters of Sengoku Basara are expressed well through the voice of their Seiyuu and it really seems that everyone gets comfortable with their characters very well.
Voice acting is quality work across all the cast. But Masamune and Yukimura takes the cake for being the two best performances in this Anime. Masamune's Engrish lines are delivered in a spectacular manner that makes him seem like a hothead although he always keeps his cool and Yukimura's constant yelling contest (which is hilarious by the way) with Shingen is noteworthy. These voice acting performances are one of the largest factor in making the cast the strongest aspect in Sengoku Basara and it also manages to amplify the MANLINESS of the Anime itself, a quality that a battle Shounen Anime brandish.
However, Sengoku Basara is a rather different kind of Shounen. The over the top action and the overall manliness, for the lack of better word, makes Sengoku Basara a series that is very heavily oriented towards the Shounen demographic. This is a show that mostly favored by young or teen males, while other demographics might dislike, despise even. Why ? Because the plot is chock full of Shounen cliches and filled with very unrealistic fight scenes and story.
So before considering watching Sengoku Basara, ask yourself these questions first :
1. Do I want to watch an Anime with less plot and more explosions ?
2. Do I want to watch an Anime with less realism and more Shounen stuff, such as explosions ?
Some if not most people would say no, in which case, they may want to step away. But for those who wants a manly show with no realism and completely ridiculous fight scenes without any thinking whatsoever, you will get more than what you asked for.
Story : 7
Characters : 8
Visuals : 7
Sound : 8
Enjoyment : 7.5
Final Score : 7.5 read more
Sengoku Basara is a fairly typical tale of good versus evil. Initially it may not seem so simple, as we are presented with many factions fighting for control over Japan. Eventually though, they come together to fight a common enemy; namely, Oda Nobunaga. As in Capcom’s Onimusha franchise, he is presented as some sort of demon. Overall, the story certainly isn't anything to write home about. Spanning a total of 12 episodes, the series does a decent job of wrapping things up within its time limit, although it can feel rushed at times.
As you can probably tell from the poster, there are a lot of characters in Sengoku Basara. For an anime of its length, this isn’t something that works to its advantage. Perhaps inevitably, character development is not one of its strong points, and this is one area where the anime can seem rushed. This is a shame, as we are introduced to several interesting characters such as Chōsokabe Motochika, the so called 'Demon of Onigashima', only for them to receive almost no screen time whatsoever (other than as forgettable reinforcements during the final battle). Equally disappointing is the fact that some of the characters that do feature heavily aren't given any significant fights of their own. You may find yourself waiting for a confrontation between a pair of characters, only to be disappointed when it never happens.
The characters themselves are a varied bunch, with Date Masamune being perhaps the most interesting. Arrogant with the strength to back it up and full of ridiculous one liners like ‘put ya guns on!’, it’s no surprise that he has been likened to Dante, the protagonist of Capcom’s Devil May Cry franchise. He also incorporates English into his speech, which is refreshing. Other characters, however, don't fare as well. Listening to Yukimura as he constantly reminds us that he’s burning with passion, for example, can quickly become tiresome.
An anime set during times of war, it's no surprise that most of the enjoyment from this series comes from its many over-the-top action sequences: one swing of an axe causing a tornado; a robot samurai with a jet pack and a massive drill for a weapon; and so on.
One final thing to note about Sengoku Basara (for you blood and gore enthusiasts) is that the violence is pretty modest - even by shōnen standards. However, this doesn’t mean that there aren’t any deaths! Of course, if this sort of stuff doesn't bother you in the slightest, you'll be fine.
+ Interesting presentation of the Warring States period. If you know a thing or two about the period, you're likely to squeeze more enjoyment out of it (unless historical inaccuracies put you off).
+/- Series is short in length but has a large, varied cast of characters. As a result, character development isn't a highlight.
- A few annoying characters that you'll have to tolerate (subjective, depending on what you're definition of annoying is).
+/- Rather modest levels of violence.
Overall, Sengoku Basara is OK. Some of its characters may be annoying, character development isn’t great, and the final confrontation arguably leaves much to be desired. However, I'm sure many will find it entertaining. Generally speaking, if you think the idea of a guy wielding six swords simultaneously (only two hands!) is just plain awesome, you should probably give this one a try.
Final Score: 7/10 (Reasonable) read more
Sengoku Basara is yet another action anime series taking place in ancient Japan that is targeted at young teen males, almost insultingly so. I don’t normally review shows at all, much less after only watching 2 episodes, but in this case, I felt it was my obligation as a member of the human race to try to stop people from making the same mistake I did, watching 2 episodes of this crap.
Huh there is a story? There is no obvious overall story or plot of any kind. Characters have no motivation to do anything from the story. Just because you’re in ancient Japan, doesn’t mean you can just ignore the story and say “everyone is fighting, that is the story!”
Art is in general is good. Then you might ask why I gave it a 6 and not higher? It is because often in battle the artwork severely degrades and at times looks more like two people throwing neon paint at each other more than it does two people fighting. You can show various types of super powers without just splashing bright colors randomly together so that is NO excuse at all. I personally found it funny how after the first episode some of the higher ups apparently watched the show Noein (a significantly better show by the way) and for the second episode decided to copy the same style of art where in battle the drawing of the characters becomes less detailed and more basely furious. I wasn’t really a huge fan of that in Noein though either and Neoin did it better and had other elements vastly superior (hello Sengoku Basara, I’d like you to meet my friend story) to make it so I didn’t care about it so much. Sengoku Basara NEEDS to take a lesson from shows like Berserk or Claymore that showcase both above human fighting (a lot above in Claymore’s case) without turning in neon paint tag.
Nothing especially good, bad or memorable.
None of the characters have any character. For one, the show moves around so much that you don’t really feel attached to any one character as “The Main Character” and the ones that are shown the most screen time also have dialog that seems to have been designed to make you hate them. Yukimura Sanada is probably the closest thing to a main character the series has, but sadly, his dialog is split between a doglike (literally) devotion to Takeda Shingen and some of the worst C grade Samurai movie honor banter I have ever seen. Then we have a female assassin who has some sort of puppy love for her lord, some six sword wielding lord who has to be constantly held back by his friend because his character contains nothing deeper than “BATTLE BATTLE BATTLE” and of course Yukimura Sanada’s lover/owner who has the same C grade Samurai movie lines and is the most stereotypical Japanese Feudal lord ever in the history of animation.
In case you missed the hint, the characters are one dimensional and their dialog might as well not exist for all the good it does.
I was trying to force myself to watch a 3rd episode in the hopes of it getting better, but the fact that I couldn’t shows very well how much enjoyment I took out it. The battles were dull and lacked any detail while the dialog made me want to travel back in time to kill the characters they were supposedly based on so that the world would never have to know this travesty.
This show is bad. There is no other way for me to put it. People talk about how it is “manly”, “Garr” and other crap, but what you have is a show targeted at very young teens in much the same light as Dragon Ball Z or narutu that is simply of poor quality. If you want to watch a “manly” show, watch berserk or something else that is actually good.
There are many areas of this anime that are severely under what one would call decent and there is also nothing to make up for those missing areas. My recommendation is you don’t watch this unless you’re looking for Dragon Ball Z: Japanese Feudal Era. read more
Instead of just seeing a "slash, slash, dash, blow!" we'll see "draw six swords at once, super speed, slash of EXPLOSION!" For more information about people in the game type in "Sengoku Period/Sengoku Basara" in wiki for better understanding why "this" or "that" happened in the story.
Easy starting, we started in a battlefeild scence, then there comes the main character, then the fight, then the talk, then the fight. Think of it as "What do you think will happen when you're in war", the story just goes like that and I think (for people who played the game) the story won't change much from the game.
Art is Awesome! The fighting scene is really SUPER HUMAN, but it draws you to watch it until the end even though it seems so unrealistic. The backgrounds pictures (grass, building) was done very good and not complaints in that. One weak point is that sometimes the art goes into "I'm GONNA spin myself 180 degrees without moving" style, which makes the art look too much Inhuman.
The OP "Jap" really does go with the anime and the ED is also the same. Since it's a action kind of anime you can expect good sounds from the fighting scene. Their sounds draw you to watch the scence more and more and their OST does go with "what is happening" in the story.
There is not much good point about their Character here. There's a BAD GUY, two almost good guys, Bad Guy armies, Good guy armies and they will fight each other...that's all. One good part about their character (which adapted from the game) was how usually the nickname of the generals sometimes go along with their looks and behavior (e.g. "The Tiger of Kai" of Shingen Takeda we'll see him wearing a tiger look-alike cloth with superb power and leadership")
For an action anime, this series does give a lot of enjoyment. Even though they're not much story to follow, but the "Maliness" and the Over Human fighting scene will kept you on your chair and made you watch it until it finished.
Too bad that this series does not have any creativity at all. Since it was an adaptation from the game PLUS most of us will know the story already it will pull away our interest in watching Sengoku Basara a lot! However, it's still kinda interesting to see how will they adapt the game into an anime without ruining the story. read more
The thing is, he is depicted as an evil lord doing evil things in this time of evil, but everyone else are the same. They all want to fight eachother and some of the "good" guys actually look forward to fighting eachother for no apparent reason other than that they respect eachother, atleast the devil king of the sixth heaven does it for his own perverse enjoyment.
You might have been able to think that was cool, you might have been able to think any of the characters were cool, if they had possessed anything worthy of being called cool. They were all overplayed, not your regular overplayed, this was really bad. The producers insult the viewers and furthermore insult the main target audience which in this case would be shounen (teenage boys).
I've seen this anime been compared to TTGL. This is an abomination of epic proportions. Where TTGL knows how to play the characters for maximum entertainment this anime fails miserably.
Still, the art and animations were good. Some of the fight scenes were well made and for this it retained some entertainment value which saved it from a rating of below 5.
If you want a short shounen that insults you with its characters but tries to entertain you with fairly well made scenes of fighting then you should definitely watch Sengoku BASARA, if you want a good samurai/historical anime go watch Samurai Champloo. read more
The storyline and plot development of Sengoku Basara is barely worth mentioning – it is barely developed whatsoever, and the skimming over of the events of the period made trying to follow such an unexplained story fairly confusing for someone like me, who does not know much about the events of the Sengoku Period themselves. It becomes obvious that the bare threads of story only serve to connect the fights of the series, and this in turn contributes to the rushed feeling of the series itself. The basic time-worn concept of good vs. evil presents the main plot of the series, a very stereotypical goal for the demographic.
The cast of characters for the series is quite large, surprising considering the fairly short length of the series itself, and because of this large cast/short series imbalance, character development is practically paper thin. Some characters only show up for one episode or so before being offed, or in some cases, only appear for two or three moments in the series, despite being seemingly interesting characters (prime suspects for this being Mouri Motonari and Chousokabe Motochika, the latter only being revealed at the end of the series and basically has around 5 minutes of screentime in total). Also, opposite to the above point, several characters that are featured prominently in the series have barely any interesting fight scenes or development whatsoever (prime examples being Sarutobi Sasuke and Kasuga). This presents a very ‘half-finished’ view on the character development of the series, which is never a good thing. Despite this, however, there are some characters that are developed more than others, such as Date Masamune or Yukimura Sanada, for example, but these characters still are not developed very much, and their dialogue mostly delves into a sea of predictable phrases later on in the series. Interactions between characters are fairly unremarkable, unless they are fighting between each other, and many of the ‘gags’ that occur throughout the series (such as Yukimura’s exchanges with Takeda Shingen, or Kasuga’s interaction with Uesugi Kenshin) are very repetitive and don’t really add much whatsoever, they just end up being fairly silly and irritating as time goes by.
It is clear from the very first episode that the primary focus of Sengoku Basara is with its action scenes, something which the war-time setting caters to greatly. However, many battles simply degrade into one of the main characters using some kind of absurdly powerful attack to tear through legions of nameless weak soldiers, and this does become repetitive quickly. Despite this, the majority of the battles take place between the main protagonists and antagonists of the series themselves, and these battles can sometimes be fairly fun to watch, but most delve into the limitless vault of shonen series tropes such as powering up/energy blasts etc., which really hampers the uniqueness of the fights, even if interesting elements are involved.
Visual direction of the series is quite well done, the fight scenes are fluid and transition well, and generally in itself the animation is quite detailed. Frequent splashes of colour and sketching effect are used very liberally throughout the series, to highlight the flashy special moves that the characters exhibit, which is somewhat interesting at first but is not particularly explored. There is a surprising lack of blood, even for a shonen series of this kind, which does make the battles somewhat disappointing to watch.
Audio wise the series does not present a particularly memorable soundtrack, most of the series’ background music consists of either stereotypically created hard rock tracks for the fight scenes or somewhat traditional sounding music for the scenes that were not taken up by fighting, which is not very many whatsoever. The opening and ending themes are also fairly unmemorable rock pieces which contributed to the series’ tone itself in principle, but really were not notable in any other merit.
In conclusion, Sengoku Basara is a very average and overrated series. A lack of coherent story beyond an excuse for characters to fight, poor overall character development due to a large cast and not enough screentime, subpar and derivative action sequences with too much incessant energy blasts/special attacks, a fairly unremarkable soundtrack and a lack of veritable historical accuracy for the period translates to a measly 5/10. Some may find this entertaining as merely a baseless and flashy piece of media, but these features should not be treated as compliments.
Attention anime fans! Are you tired of your anime not having enough action? Do you want to get the feeling of becoming totally empowered by watching an anime? Or are you simply bored and looking for a series with good fights, likeable characters, and a feeling of manliness so powerful that it would even make some women grow a pair? Then look no further than Sengoku Basara, one hell of a lesson in manliness.
Based on the games by Capcom that put both Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors to shame, Sengoku Basara is a hugely enjoyable over the top anime that whilst probably not that historically accurate (if someone can prove to me that sengoku period samurai really could fly and generate powerful aura's I will gladly give you all of my life savings) provides a really interesting take on the period.
It doesn't take a rocket scientist or a degree in quantum physics to figure out what Sengoku Basara is all about. The action. Indeed, anyone expecting to find out about the complex political problems that went on at the time will be disappointed as Sengoku Basara ditches the politics to focus mainly on the characters trying to stop the devil king of the sixth heaven Nobunaga Oda himself.
What follows is one of the most deliberatley cheesy, tongue in cheek anime's I have ever seen. The story does not attempt to take itself seriously at all, rather focusing on the rivalries between certain characters and there overall attempt to stop Nobunaga Oda once and for all. It is these rivalries that are probably the most interesting part of the story as the fights against Oda's minions and the man himself are ultimately disappointing and feel rather rushed especially the final fight scene itself.
Ignoring the problem with the central story itself, the best part's of the story are always when the two key players in the series, Yukimura Sanada and Masamune Date, enter the stage. The rivalry between these two characters is what drives the series forwards, the story is always at its best when these two characters are near each other and almost constantly attempt to fight each other. It's just a shame that this rivalry is tucked away to focus on the impending fight with Oda.
Two words. Production I.G. Anyone who has seen their work will instantly know what to expect here, very high quality animation, everything the characters do is animated fluidly and natrually, and it all looks great. The special attacks in particular are brilliantly animated and pack a lot of visual punch. Granted it isn't the best work that Production I.G have done and it isn't as stylised as say Ghost Hound or xxxHOliC but it still looks great.
Granted, for a manly anime, you will expect a manly soundtrack and manly is what you get. T.M Revolution's opening theme JAP is a very intense piece of music that really compliments the over the top feel that Sengoku Basara gives off. The rest of the soundtrack by Hiroyuki Sawano is packed full to the brim with songs that really make you understand the feeling of empowerment, yes it may be the stereotypical heavy metal orchestral themes that you may expect from a series like this but honestly if you don't feel excited by tracks such as -BLAZE- Crimson Lotus or Heaven's Door, then check your heart beat, it may have stopped beating...
The voice work is outstandingly solid despite the cheesiness of the script itself. Robert McCollum makes an excellent Masamune Date and even though its a role you'd expect from Johnny Yong Bosch (for those of you who don't know, there is a lot of shouting and loud battlecries involved for it) Yukimura Sanada is a part that he voices to the full extremes, from the "Your Lordship!" or any other mentionable lines that he has (I won't spoil it for you, there are a lot of good lines after all) Travis Willingham also manages to give a solid performance as Kojuuro Katakura aka "The Right Eye of the Dragon". Michael Sinterniklaas and Greg Ayres are also worth mentioning for their roles as Sasuke Sarutobi and Kenshin Uesugi, Sinterniklass managing to capture that almost arrogant cockiness you'd expect from a so called perfect ninja like himself. And Ayres pulls off a role that one wouldn't expect from a man so used to voicing insane characters whose voices almost begin to grate, approaching Uesugi with a soft tenderness.
Character wise, Sengoku Basara has one of the craziest cast's I have ever seen, you have The One Eyed Dragon of Oshu Masamune Date himself who far outshines any other character in this show, get's some of the best lines (look at the start of the review) and makes itself clear that when he means business, he MEANS business. Yukimura Sanada is hilarious, his naivetey shining through in all that he does and his burning passion obvious from the get go. Sasuke Sarutobi, Shingen Takeda, Kasuga and Kenshin Uesugi also manage to have their moments in the spotlight (prepare to laugh as you see Kasuga moan in ecstasy as Kenshin compliments her) and despite the stereotypes that they fulfill, they all manage to be interesting in their own right.
Less forgivable however is the rest of the supporting cast. At only 12 episodes long its understandable that certain characters are not as well developed as you may have liked; what this doesn't mean though is that you can randomly chuck in characters at your disgression. Keiji Maeda for instance, whilst being a major player to start with soon vanishes off into nothingness to the point that you may forget about him until he later reappears towards the end. Also annoying is the way characters are introduced at the end of the series, I understand that there is a second season however when you go and introduce characters like Motochika Chousokabe and Motonari Mouri for absolutely little purpose at all so late in the series it seems like your trying to fill vacancies while complaining about a lack of budget.
Another annoyance is the antagonist's themselves. As the primary antagonist, Nobunaga Oda should probably command more of a prescence when he's on screen, instead what we get are scenes of little to no action with him and he becomes so underdeveloped that he could be just as easily passed off as a normal enemy were it not for the fact that the characters are so eager to stress how much of a pain he is. Mitsuhide Akechi is probably better off as the main antagonist, anyone who know's anything about the Sengoku period will probably know about Mitsuhide's betrayal so its no big spoiler to actually mention it. He makes a better bad guy than Oda, however he is such an annoyance and arrogant piece of trash that he too is forgettable.
And then we have the worst character of the show, Ichi. She does absolutely nothing for the series and spends most of the time weeping about how pathetic she is, so pathetic is she that in fact her husband even tells her that all she knows how to do is apologise. It's a wonder she isn't killed earlier in the series and many people probably wouldn't care if she were to vanish completely from the show.
I realize I may have been a bit harsh on the characters despite the score, if it wasn't for the main characters the show could have easily scored a lot lower on this section.
The main joy of Sengoku Basara, is just how damn enjoyable it is,being only a meager 12 episodes after all. Enjoyable it is though and hugely at that, its hard to find a show that's so fun these days and it know's its fun. True the cheesiness does present some issues for the story (the emotional scenes don't manage to pack the punch they obviously intended) and there's no prizes for guessing how the story ends, but Sengoku Basara manages to take enjoyment to an entirely new level and when it wants to go epic, it really goes epic, taking manliness to the extreme and not caring who get's in its way. Almost like Masamune Date himself.
Yes, Sengoku Basara has issues. Issues that will present a problem and be a turn off to certain viewers there is no denying it. The story is predictable yes, certain characters are annoying true, and anyone looking for a realistic lesson on what the Sengoku period was like should look elsewhere. But when a show manages to be this enjoyable and so manly, it's almost like its a love letter to anyone who loves action, insane fights and people who are just looking for a good time.
Get your gun's on guys, its gonna be one hell of a ride.
Story: Takes place in war-torn feudal Japan, in times of warring feudal lords all struggling for power. Sounds like a great historical anime right? well.... you'd be wrong. Its got a "modern" flare thrown in. and by modern i am referring to the presence of guns or crazy weapons or the Tank guy with a jet pack; Honda. This anime focuses on throwing the viewer into overly-epic (to the point of disgust) battles, while the overall story (which there isnt really that much of one) is more or less thrown to the side.
Art: Quite nice artwork actually: Vibrant colours, crisp artwork, and i rather enjoyed the few seconds worth of frames that revert to a more sketch-like portrayal of events.
Sound: I quite Dislike the opening. I am a fan of most of Abingdon Boys school's other songs but this one just irked me. wasnt a fan of the ending but it seemed to fit more or less the theme of the series. Good seiyu, but way too many over the top cliched english lines. Every time something was said in english i cringed.
Characters: Basically the characters look more or less exact compared to the ps2's image of them. so i guess theres no place for complaint there, however each personality is way too far over the top. every character (at least the males) tend to be over the top GAR and it just gets to a point where it is hard to watch. personalities are stretched to no longer believable levels.
Enjoyment: Well i had high hopes for this series, perhaps that is why I am quite let down with it now. about halfway into the second episode i couldnt stand it. now I am trying to complete the series based on spite. If you were just looking for a series with a bunch of fighting scenes, weak dialogue which you really don't need to pay attention to, and extreme cleavage (I think she shows up pretty early) then this may be for you.
Overall: I personally just want it to be over. Im scared to see how a second season could be made from this.
SO...Sengoku BASARA review.Note that this review is ANIME only , as it says , no connection to the games , cause personally I hate when people compare 2 things that have SOMETHING in common as if they should be identical twins. Well no..this anime is BASED on the game , so we should compare them separately.
Story: Not something outta the ordinary , like a big BOMB etc but , heck , it doesn't even need to be that way.It's simple and clean , and still manages to be pure enjoyment , but you'll only understand why if you watch it yourself.You probably met these characters in different forms in other media cause, Date Masamune,Sanada Yukimura,Sarutobi Sasuke,Oda Nobunaga etc really DID exist [ except most of them are bishons here ...yep..i'm a girl..:X ] So the story is 8/10 for me . Even if it wasn't something twisted it had the spice that I liked .
Art: well, no flaw here.Production I.G. made it superb.You'll love it.One of the best things about this series [ + eye-candy for fangirls ] 10/10
Sound: Another big 10/10.Sengoku BASARA OST is just EPIC.I'm not talking about what you hear in the background on the anime.You have to listen to RED and BLUE .It will definitely go to your taste.It is a beautiful combination between modern and traditional rhythm plus a lot of orchestral instruments that just sound amazing and beautiful .Some songs like BLAZE ~CRIMSON LOTUS ,mastermind ,ZIPANGU,Heaven's Door ,SHUT UP~GO TO HELL ,Peaceful Days and others don't even need vocals ,that's how nice they sound [ ok except that the main theme songs for characters have one song with just instrumental and the other featuring the character; example: Heaven's Door is an instrumental and Heaven's Door feat Date Masamune is the song with Date's voice in it [ yeah..fangirls candy ] Also some songs on the same notes but in different tonalities or different instruments sound superb and offer a different taste [ ex: that's part of being a hero ]
So basically the OST is an absolute plus.Give it a try , you won't regret it.
Character: Not very deep characters ,but heck , they don't even need to be deep to be cool . Date would get emo if he gets deep.He's just Date , and that makes him cooler than cool :)) Same goes for other characters.The way they interact and the way they are portrayed , cause they are individualized , is enough . 9/10
Enjoyment: I enjoyed this series very much and can't wait for the OVA and season 2 . Some people regard this series as a FAIL, because they try to compare it to the game , but i kinda punch those ppl in the face .This anime is still , as individual , something really good.
Overall: It gets a 10 from me.It's a series to watch when you don't feel like stressing your brain but still be able to watch something good.Simple and good, that's the recipe that describes Sengoku BASARA.
Main Characters: Date Masamune, Sanada Yukimura, Katakura Kojuurou, Sarutobi Sasuke
Story: 8/10 - nothing deep, really... it's just about power struggle and uniting against one really evil ruler... i liked that they were able to give a background of the characters/rulers involved... at first i thought that the fight scenes were a little exaggerated since the closest samurai i know would be Kenshin Himura - he has his style but not like this... once the story progressed, i've learned to accept that these guys are not your normal samurais...
Art: 8/10 - love the details and the colors, though sometimes it got too dark and too bright... but then again, i guess it was needed in the scenes... fight scenes are there but what we will usually see are blue and red lightning-like-streaks... i'm not complaining...
Sound: 9/10 - now i'm not sure how this goes - rock 'n roll maybe? i liked it from the first time i heard it... OP/ED are very catchy... gotta love those dancing samurais in the background... BG music here really helps the scenes...
Character: 9/10 - bias again? of course! Masamune reminded me of my fave character Hijikata Toshiro and I think i like him just as much... from his motorcycle-like horse to his penchant for saying English phrases (i so love it whenever he says "Shit!")... Sanada Yukimura - hmmm... i like him, yes... but when he said something like "my heart is burning", "climactic end", "aroused feelings", "entwined together" while referring to or with Masamune, it did not really sit well with me... maybe it's just how it was subbed or is it just me? Kojuurou as the dragon's right eye is very protective and i'm glad he got his screentime... Sasuke for me provided the comic relief... the rulers/leaders here also have their stories, though sad to say, they were outshined by their subordinates... Kasuga, the ninja-girl, is as sexy as she is useless and annoying... and i'm not going to mention Ichi... As for the villains, they are ruthless and effective... Akechi Mitsuhide is one masochistic bastard...
Enjoyment/Overall: 9/10 - Entertaining? you betcha! it's been a while since i've watched an anime that had action from beginning to end...
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The entire story focuses on dominance and territorial war. The plot is very simple and straightforward. All episodes are filled with ground-breaking battles with generals as the main center of the battle.
The second season (Sengoku Basara 2) offers more depth in story aspects than the first one, but there are still some common flaws to both. An example of this would be the running gags, which are a bit too repetitive (and lost its quality in the process) when used too often in the series. The battles are also a bit too influenced by the presence of the strong generals (a.k.a the playable characters in the game version of this anime). Because of that reason alone, common soldiers seems to only serves as a decorative aspect of war (sometimes they could only watch their general fighting the enemy general when the enemy soldiers are there, right besides them). In the end, if a general alone could annihilate hundreds of people in one attack, who needs soldiers?
Still though, the soldiers proves to be a decent addition; at least it is very cool for the main characters to be able to wreck an entire army formation alone, with typhoon attacks or with earth-shattering slashes.
The entire battle concept reminds us of games such as Dynasty Warriors and, of course, Sengoku Basara. Watching the anime even felt like watching the game itself.
The characters are very well-drawn and detailed even to the armors and weapons. Background is simply superb, including the buildings and natural structures. The entire series looks vibrant and rich in color.
The battle scenes are also drawn well, and expressions are very vivid. The characters are easily distinguished with their respective army theme colors.
The character voices are really suited to the characters' personalities. Although some voices sounds a bit exaggerated to the point of annoyance, some others are very natural and well-voiced.
The background music isn't very memorable. The only one noticeable would be the orchestral music used for cool situations. The OP and ED songs are decent though, it is very suited for a historical shounen-anime such as this one.
There are so many characters in this anime and it is a bit necessary to memorize some important names to understand what's going on in the dialogues.
There are only little character development in this anime, but with so many types of personalities and characters in the series, it could be easily tolerated. The anime tends to emphasize currently available characteristics, rather than applying character developments (which is pointless if the character himself aren't very remarkable to begin with).
Regarding the quality of character interactions in this anime, the main focus to the characters' quality would be their attachment to their respective leaders. Throughout the series there are very few cases of romance. Most of the intimate interactions in the anime are those between a ruler and his personal adviser/general. As for the main characters, the two shares a strong bond of rivalry from the start of the series.
The main enjoyment to this series are watching the action itself. The battles are very cool to watch, and interaction between characters are variable and interesting. The end of every episode always sparks a sense of curiosity on how the war turned out in the end.
Overall: 7/10. ( Good )
+ Ground-breaking actions
+ Beautiful graphic and character designs
+ Many weapon and skill variations to look forward to
-/+ Exaggerated human power
-/+ Very few female characters compared to the quantity of male characters
-/+ Simple storyline, no need to think too much
- Too many names and terms to remember even in the beginning
- Might confuse people who's not familiar with Japanese history
- Soldiers as only an addition to the war, not the main factor.
Is always party time when it come to playing Sengoku BASARA. Crazy game play, crazy combo, or even crazy character with crazy move. Always been pray for this day that BASARA must become the real anime after playing BASARA 2 Heroes with it anime cut scene, and Production I.G has finally deliver it!
The anime biggest weakness was none the other the story and some are complain about that. But from the start, BASARA doesn't even have a single decent story. Maybe i did play the game so i know. Is the same with the game, no need for historical explanation. The start of episode one just gave you a short explanation what is going for a few minute and then is straight to the party. You may have to play the game or do some research to get a clear what is going on.
Action? Yes, BASARA is all about action with some frenzy craziness in it, fast, explosive, and some un-normal trick or behaviour. Who knew you will find a mushroom cloud in it, able to climb siege wall with horse, or how about punching someone in the face with random reason? That's how the party goes.
BASARA biggest star was his cast and seiyuu. You have all your favorite character from the game are animated here, and the original seiyuu voicing them in the game are here to reprise their role. Something is to be celebrate. But the down side is to many character, and some maybe fans favorite couldn't have enough time space to show off. And for some, the director were smart enough to reduce them; like getting kill in battle or something. Only remain some of the important key character like Sanada Yukimura, Date Masamune, Sarutobi Sasuke and to name a few.
Speaking of key character, i will be praise on the villian in BASARA. Oda Nobunaga, is one of the SOB i would say supremely well done in game and anime. And Matsunaga Hisahide who also appear only in BASARA 2 Heroes and only a few episode then died; again well done. Notorious and truely evil. The character personality didn't change at all. All of them are the same, Shingen always punching Yukimura for no reason, Masamune still have Dante like attitude, and blah blah blah.
The OP and ED are rocking good. The OP was done by Abbrigdon Boys School with Jap, they also did do the game OP of BASARA 2 Heroes and for this OP also on the PSP game Battle Heroes, and then the ED Break & Peace done by the band Dustz.
Some people will like it because action, some will not like it because of the weak story. But is a great action anime you might enjoy for a while, and is one hell of the party you might enjoy it. read more
It's certainly quite different from history and from Samurai Warriors (if you're familiar with either). They sorta set you up expecting it to be accurate, but the inaccuracies make interesting plot twists. The story and characters are a little bit flat and predictable... well, it's not so much you know exactly what'll happen, but it just doesn't invoke much emotion or surprise you that much. You can kinda tell who's going to die and who isn't. There were some pretty nice speeches/lines.
I think I personally liked the characters better in Samurai Warriors (a PS2 game). Maybe it was just weird for me to see Mitsuhide as such a psychopath after Samurai Warriors showed him as an honourable, elegant samurai. I did like Sengoku Basara's version of Keiji Maeda, though. He pretty much inherited all the qualities I liked about Magoichi from Samurai Warriors (Magoichi isn't in this, by the way). Anyhow, if you ignore the differences, Sengoku Basara's versions of the historical figures are pretty enjoyable for the most part.
The sound effects and music were fitting, though none of it really stuck to me.
If this series wasn't based on the sengoku period or the historical figures involved, I probably would've rated it 6 or 7 overall. It was pretty good, but not amazing. Shingen and Yukimura have a certain funny running gag. You get to hate the enemies a little bit, but, like I said, the show doesn't make you feel that much emotion. I personally think it's better when a show can draw you in so much that you can get mad, sad, or happy with the characters, but I guess this would be more enjoyable for people who aren't into that. read more
The storyline, while interesting enough, has a rather recycled, "more of the same" feel to it. There are historical elements involved, which is really what got me to watch it in the first place, but they don't go very in depth with it. Whether that is a good or a bad thing is for each individual to decide. I happen to think it's a little bit of both. The storyline is simple and easy to follow; almost too easy, in my opinion.
The animation and art was quite good. All of the characters are nice to look at, and the battle sequences are well done. Music was good too. I particularly liked the ending and opening themes.
Have you ever played Dynasty Warriors? If so, you know exactly what Sengoku Basara is going to boil down to. I like to jokingly call it Dynasty Warriors, the anime. In the end, all this show is about, is a bunch of guys running around beating the shit out of each other. There might be a cut-scene or two, or a few minutes of character interaction here and there, but then we go back to endless battle after battle and forget there was ever supposed to be a story in the first place.
That being said, if that is your thing, then by all means, dive into Sengoku Basara. It certainly wasn't great, but it was a decent time killer. I did enjoy it, despite its short comings. I give it 7/10.
the story was very good i liked it its about the enemie facts making a trues to destroy one comoen foe the devil king.
the art was great very beautiful.
the opening and closing songs wear very well done. and the voice of jhonny young boch was great so was the voice cast.
the characters wear great. Dante masamune is such a bad ass you can tell by the way he rides his horse . thairs alot of great characters in this anime.
i 100% enjoryed this anime the fight secens wear great. like i said above if you like denyity warriors then you will like this anime or if you are a history buff you will enjoy it.
the overall score is a 10 out of10.