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!
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
Preface: I have not played the game this is based on, nor am I a major in Japanese history, if you feel either or both are required to “get” this series, so be it.
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
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. 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.
Have you guys ever played Samurai Warriors, or at least Dynasty Warriors? This anime is the adaptation from one of Capcom Game called Sengoku Basara. One part of Sengoku Basara that sticks out from these kinds of games are their SUPER UBER OVER STRENGTH!
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