English: Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 2, 2009 to Jun 18, 2009
23 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 7.681 (scored by 31680 users)
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SynopsisIn 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)
Related AnimeAdaptation: 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
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 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
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
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.
For one, none of the series can be taken seriously and they both cover the same time period and have the same characters.
However, while Sengoku Basara are action series with comedy, Sengoku Otome are the opposite, it is comedy with action.
Also most of the characters have opposite personalities in comparison to each other and in Sengoku Otome the main cast are females.
So if you want to see an altarnative version of one of the series, the other would be a perfect choice for that.
Basically the exact same storyline with Sengoku Otome having a all woman cast instead.
almost has the same cast of characters taken from Japanese History
except in Sengoku Otome, they are all female characters.
Look at their titles. How can you not see the resemblance?
The only difference is sengoku BASARA is for REAL men, where as sengoku OTOME are for closet pervert guys
The same anime theme with alittle ecchi and female casts instead of male
Opening Theme"JAP" by abingdon boys school
Ending Theme"Break & Peace" by Dustz
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