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
Characters & Voice Actors
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 to live their life until their time has come. The cold truth of war, thousands die, thousands more are left alone, a land of blood, sweat, tears, steel and fire.
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
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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