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Sengoku Basara

Sengoku Basara

Alternative Titles

English: Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings
Japanese: 戦国BASARA


Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 2, 2009 to Jun 18, 2009
Duration: 23 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 7.661 (scored by 33515 users)
Ranked: #10932
Popularity: #446
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In the age of the Warring Countries, Japan was fragmented in semi-independent provinces, governed by feudal lords or daimyo, who confronted each other in an endless struggle for power. Ambitious daimyos from every corner of the Archipelago had shouted their battle cry. They were Takeda Shingen from Kai, Sanada Yukimura, Uesugi Kenshin from Echigo, Azai Nagamasa from Omi, Tokugawa Ieyasu from Mikawa, and many more...

Those were days of unrest and chaos. As war spread throughout the country, the map of power underwent rapid and dramatic changes. In this never-ending conflict, one man finally seemed to be just one step from establishing total control over the country. He was the lord of Owari, the Sixth Heavenly Devil King. His name was Oda Nobunaga.

But now, a young general clad in azure makes his unexpected appearance in this confused scenario, heading a huge army of cavalrymen from the Northern provinces. He is known as Date Masamune, the One-Eyed Dragon. And he is coming for Oda Nobunaga's head, and for ultimate supremacy!

(Source: Production I.G website)


Episodes  0 / 12
Aired  Apr 2, 2009 to Jun 18, 2009
Status  Finished Airing
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Adaptation: Sengoku Basara Ranse Ranbu, Sengoku Basara
Side story: Sengoku Basara: Setonai no Gekitotsu! Hi wo Fuku Umi no Daiyousai - Fugaku!!, Mini Sengoku Basara: Chousokabe-kun to Mouri-kun
Sequel: Sengoku Basara Two

Characters & Voice Actors

Date, Masamune
Date, Masamune
Nakai, Kazuya
Nakai, Kazuya
McCollum, Robert
McCollum, Robert
Sanada, Yukimura
Sanada, Yukimura
Bosch, Johnny Yong
Bosch, Johnny Yong
Hoshi, Soichiro
Hoshi, Soichiro
Kuwatani, Natsuko
Kuwatani, Natsuko
Sheh, Stephanie
Sheh, Stephanie
Noto, Mamiko
Noto, Mamiko
Bailey, Laura
Bailey, Laura


Nozaki, Keiichi
Kawasaki, Itsurou
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Iwanami, Yoshikazu
Sound Director
Shiotani, Naoyoshi
Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation, 2nd Key Animation

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Sep 9, 2014
Cutting out the whole summary and introductions, Sengoku Basara is a story of seemingly epic proportions squeezed into a very small time-frame as far as the series goes (being 12 episodes). Taking bits and pieces of history, twisting it a nudge and completely blowing it out of proportion, you get a kind of Gurren Lagann feeling. By that, I mean that the story just increases in its grandeur up until quite a climax at the ending.

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 read more
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Jul 9, 2009
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 read more
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Nov 14, 2013
Welcome to the Sengoku era of Japan. An era filled with chaos and turmoil where myriads of brave warriors, united under a banner, steps forward to the beaten warfield. As steel clashes and an orchestra of battlecries tore apart the skies, the earth was torn asunder by the mighty hooves of warhorses and bathed in blood of countless brave men, scarring them with a merciless red hue. In a land where the mighty oppress the weak, the innocent ones can only pray to their gods that their loved ones will return one day by their side, free from duty, free from merciless killing and free read more
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Nov 19, 2010
Sengoku Basara is a relatively modern anime series created by Production I.G, and is based on the series of videogames of the same name in Japan. Despite some historical accuracy as pertaining to the key battles in the Sengoku period, the series takes many departures from the trappings of the period and introduces many outlandish elements, an example being Honda, a gigantic mechanical soldier introduced roughly halfway through the series. This over-the-top approach to Japanese history, however, does not exactly result in a work of great praise. (Note that I myself have not played any of the Sengoku Basara games, so this review is only read more
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Hotblooded crazy samurai and ninja being all hotblooded and crazy in humorous over the top fashion. You expected something serious and vaguely realistically historical? Not here, baby.

(Sengoku Basara does hold the distinction of actually being enjoyable however)
Both have the same characters, albeit BASARA is male-centric while Otome (as the name states) is female-centric. The story lines are more or less the same though Otome includes comedy that is lacking in BASARA, and is more casual and light with some added hints of yuri.
Though in terms of plot/settings Basara and TTGL are nowhere similar, they both feature over-the-top action that suspends belief and kicks logic to the curb, not to mention they have characters that are full of manly high spirited charisma.
Both focus on the Sengoku (Warring States) Era and feature a number of historical figures with major changes made to them. Sengoku Basara features ridiculous weapons and personality traits among the various famous generals and other figures, and has a general theme of "turn off your brain and enjoy the over-the-top badassery, instead of questioning things." Oda Nobuna no Yabou features a number of genderswitched historical figures, such as the title character, Oda Nobuna, and also employs the use of a boy from the future accidentally landing in the past and accidentally killing another historical figure so he ends up trying to keep history from getting too screwed up by helping out Nobuna.
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There is war. There are kingdoms. There are leaders. There are GARness and EXTREME fights. Cao Cao looks like Nobunaga. So, yes. both series are about wars. Both set in different countries and time.
Similar but Different ♥ A perfect combination to describe them differing from any other samurai story.
- Both series evolve around an awesome and epic samurai period.
- Of course, battles with swords wont miss in either of them.
- Main characters have the same badass side in both series, obviously.
- Now, it may be not be important for someone but i think is another good point to mention: the main characters (Mugen and Masamune) have been both played by the same voice actor (Nakai Kazuya) which makes high up the level of their charism even more.

Okay, all the above stuff maybe can be found in little doses also in some few other anime samurai themed but, here the part where Sengoku Basara and Samurai Champloo will surely differ by any other serie:
- They both have "something" that is definitely not common for their epoch or else not common at all.
Samurai Champloo is litterally hip-hop themed (from the opening, to some dress or some scenes) and even features modern other stuff (like the baseball or graffiti episodes) -- while Sengoku Basara is definitely over the limit of the reality, fight scenes in there are not the "typical-anime-fight-scenes" at all, plus it also features pretty modern stuff like can be "Gundam"-robots like.

So, even if the main plots are different (we have a girl that needs to find a person and due to this starts to travel with two samurais in Samurai Champloo // and on the other side we have Sengoku era with obvious big and incredible battles in Sengoku Basara),
for all the above said things they do share a lot of similar stuff and style, so i do advice do watch both :3

Opening Theme

"JAP" by abingdon boys school

Ending Theme

"Break & Peace" by Dustz

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