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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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
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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
Sengoku Basara is a shōnen anime set during the Sengoku Jidai, or ‘Warring States period’ of Japanese history, and is based on Capcom’s Playstation 2 video game Devil Kings (known as Sengoku Basara in Japan). It should be noted that Sengoku Basara is a world away from the period it draws its inspiration from – it's not historically accurate by any means. That said, a few features associated with the period, such as the rivalry between Takeda Shingen and Uesugi Kenshin, and the Oda clan’s use of firearms, are present. The characters, for the most part, are all taken from the era, although the manner in which they are presented is obviously highly fictionalized.
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, who, as in Capcom’s Onimusha franchise, is presented as some sort of evil 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 and end up as reinforcements for the more prominent characters during the final battle. Equally disappointing is that some characters that feature heavily, such as the ninja Sarutobi Sasuke, aren't really given any significant fights of their own. You may even find yourself waiting for a confrontation between a pair of characters, only to be disappointed when it never happens.
As far as the characters go; they’re 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 Capcom’s Dante, the protagonist of Capcom’s Devil May Cry franchise. One other notable aspect of his character is that he incorporates English into his speech, which is as unique as it 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 monotonous.
An anime set during times of war, it's no surprise that most of the enjoyment from this series comes from its many battles, which are often totally outrageous: both in the action sense and visually. One swing of an axe causing a tornado, a robot samurai with a jet pack and a massive drill as a weapon - the list goes 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. Rest assured, however, that this doesn’t at all 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 (depending on what you're definition of annoying is!).
+/- Modest levels of violence.
Overall, Sengoku Basara is OK. Some of the characters may be annoying, character development isn’t great, and the final confrontation arguably leaves much to be desired. Ultimately, however, it undoubtedly has an audience that I'm sure will find it grossly entertaining. Generally speaking, if you think a guy wielding six swords at the same time (only two hands!) is just plain awesome, you should probably give this one a try.
Final Score: 7/10 (OK) 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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