The story of the special revolves around the Sanada brothers in their youth. Nobuyuki and Yukimura swear to each other to protect the influential Sanada clan. However, thinking of how to best continue the Sanada clan, Yukimura makes a decision, and meets with Mitsunari Ishida and Naoe Kanetsugu at the location he arrived at. On the other hand, his elder brother Nobuyuki must worry about the selfish demands made by the Tokugawa clan.
So I just finished watching this movie earlier today and I decided that I should write a review for it so let's start.
Note : I am a really big fan of animes in feudal japan regarding the fight for power ( like this one and Sengoku Basara) that have cool battles and stuff so this review might be a bit biased.
Story 8 / 10
So the takes place in feudal japan where we have the ongoing battle for power between the big houses. The story starts after the deaths of Shingen Takeda and Oda Nobunaga and focuses around the struggles of the Sanada
brothers : Yukimura and Nobuyuki. The story is based on the video game Samurai Warriors 4 and it's pretty linear and standard and tries to follow the historic events . I always like this type of story thus I rated it 8/10 but if I wasn't biased it would probably be around 6/10.
Art 7 / 10
The art isn't anything out of the ordinary or too extravagant but it is good. The animation is fluid and it really fits this genre of anime. I definetly enjoyed it. All the main and most of the secondary characters have a unique design (like in the games) but I also liked that most foot soldiers weren't just copy paste of the same one, they each had a little bit of something distinctive (a beard , a moustache , a bit of white hair , a scar , a wrinkle , etc).
The music is really cool . They use that inspiring battle music and war music and I love that. As far as it concerns the characters , for most of them the voice fits perfectly. Exceptions would be Nobunaga (omg so wrong...sooo wrong) and Kunoichi ( her voice just annoys me) but they barely appear / talk (at most 3 minutes both of them together) so it's not that bad. You will be able to ignore it.
Here you got your stereotipycal Sanada Yukimura !! which I love. He is one of my favourite characters whenever he appears. Nobuyuki is also quite cool. The struggles of the 2 brothers are portrayed quite nicely , as they try to survive and keep their name and honor intact in a world thrown into chaos. The rest of the characters are just secondary or barely appear thus they don't really strike a big impact. But as I said I am a sucker for this type of anime/ characters so 9/10 in my book, if I were not biased maybe a 7/10.
Enjoynment 9 / 10
I really enjoyed the movie. It was very easy to watch and man that final battle was really cool (made the whole first 2 thirds of the movie worth watching through) . I really mean it was awesome. Because it tried not to become too super-powered sayains (like Sengoku Basara does) for the whole battle. It should the ingenuity of Nobuyuki and the armies clashing. Ofcourse we also have sanada wrecking shit up Basara style which is always cool. But as I said I love the fact that they did not overuse that.
If you are not a fan of this type of anime this is most likely a 6 / 10 for you.
Overall this was a good anime , that stays true to its genre with decent characters and audio, good graphics and an awesome final battle.
(if you are not a fan of this genre this anime would probably be around 6/10 for you)
Good god I didn't think I'd ever be wishing to wash Sengoku Basara instead. I encountered that game at a convention when the committee running one of the screening rooms had to fall back on their third or fourth option, and still have the memory of that Honda guy jetting around in his steam-powered armor; hysterical!
This movie, and the series that it sets up for, do not have any such moments.
Have you played Samurai Warriors by Koei? Have you ever walked into a store and saw something that you've seen every time you walked into the store and thought "Boy is that thing average, but
I guess it's nice that it's always there? Wait why am I getting comfort from such an empty material thing?"
That could be any/all of the Warriors titles; mindless button-mashing that isn't bad so long as you don't expect anything from it but just that.
This movie and it's accompanying anime is like playing Samurai warriors, but only getting to watch the cut-scenes.
This boils the show (and game really) to overacting, silly representations of historical characters, and painfully paced and predictable plot points.
I was trying to hold out watching the anime to see if Yukimura's death would rival the end of Return of the King in terms of how drawn out it could be, but this movie and the first two episodes dissuaded me.
Yes I didn't watch all of the anime.
No, I couldn't be bothered to write a separate entry.
Go buy a used copy of Samurai Warriors and see everything in this movie and the anime, plus cathartic, mind-numbing destruction of pixels with Nobunaga's demon light-saber and other fantastic additions.