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Sengoku Basara

Alternative Titles

English: Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings
Japanese: 戦国BASARA


Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 2, 2009 to Jun 18, 2009
Premiered: Spring 2009
Broadcast: Thursdays at 01:29 (JST)
Licensors: Funimation
Studios: Production I.G
Source: Game
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.531 (scored by 44,580 users)
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Ranked: #15222
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Popularity: #704
Members: 106,000
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Jul 9, 2009
vadeka (All reviews)
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 read more
Apr 28, 2009
Murbella (All reviews)
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.

Story: read more
Jul 17, 2009
Edgewalker67 (All reviews)
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 read more
Apr 28, 2009
Albelio (All reviews)
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.

Story: 7
Easy starting, we started in a battlefeild scence, then there comes the main character, read more
Jul 15, 2009
Credulous (All reviews)
Sengoku BASARA tells the story of fighting countries in an ancient Japan, no, let me rephrase that, it's about lords of countries fighting eachother for power. One of these lords called the devil king of the sixth heaven, note that he's a DEVIL king of the sixth HEAVEN this alone should keep you away from this anime, gained enough power to pose a real threat to the other lords as he ravaged all the lands that stood against him and also the lands that were his allies. Basically this is one crazy devil king of the sixth heaven.

The thing is, he is depicted as read more
Nov 19, 2010
MasterGear (All reviews)
Sengoku Basara is a relatively modern anime series created by Production I.G, and is based on the series of videogames of the same name in Japan. Despite some historical accuracy as pertaining to the key battles in the Sengoku period, the series takes many departures from the trappings of the period and introduces many outlandish elements, an example being Honda, a gigantic mechanical soldier introduced roughly halfway through the series. This over-the-top approach to Japanese history, however, does not exactly result in a work of great praise. (Note that I myself have not played any of the Sengoku Basara games, so this review is only read more
Feb 18, 2010
Paski (All reviews)
When I first noticed that this anime existed it piqued my interest. i remember playing the game Devil Kings for ps2 (game that the characters are copied from then replicated into this anime) and I recalled the somewhat enjoyable times playing the game with a friend, i must say that my experiences thus far with this anime is falling quite short to my expectations.

Story: Takes place in war-torn feudal Japan, in times of warring feudal lords all struggling for power. Sounds like a great historical anime right? well.... you'd be wrong. Its got a "modern" flare thrown in. and by modern i am referring read more
Sep 9, 2014
RushFX (All reviews)
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 read more
Mar 20, 2011
Masserati_ (All reviews)
"Ready guys? Get your guns on!"

Attention anime fans! Are you tired of your anime not having enough action? Do you want to get the feeling of becoming totally empowered by watching an anime? Or are you simply bored and looking for a series with good fights, likeable characters, and a feeling of manliness so powerful that it would even make some women grow a pair? Then look no further than Sengoku Basara, one hell of a lesson in manliness.

Based on the games by Capcom that put both Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors to shame, Sengoku Basara is a hugely enjoyable over the top anime that read more
Sep 1, 2009
mel-hime (All reviews)
Ok ' here we go ' [ date copyright ]
SO...Sengoku BASARA review.Note that this review is ANIME only , as it says , no connection to the games , cause personally I hate when people compare 2 things that have SOMETHING in common as if they should be identical twins. Well no..this anime is BASED on the game , so we should compare them separately.

Story: Not something outta the ordinary , like a big BOMB etc but , heck , it doesn't even need to be that way.It's simple and clean , and still manages to be pure enjoyment , but you'll only understand why read more
Feb 28, 2016
shehrozeameen (All reviews)
Sengoku Basara is the Game of Thrones of anime - you either like it, or you abhor it for ill-organization, fan service, and a pointless 12 episode run which serves nothing more than faulted padding with no purpose or reason whatsoever. Sengoku Basara is frankly, a waste of time and does not handle itself well in any form or way.


Bare boned and basic - bad guy wants to take over Japan, but there's "clan grudges" which prevent them from uniting and fighting them. These grudges are pointless and needlessly indicate the audience into falsely believing that there's a core plot development which in actuality is read more
Jul 23, 2017
DubOverSub1oo1 (All reviews)
Note: This review covers my general thoughts on all three season of Sengoku Basara and the movie.

Sengoku Basara is a really fun and straight forward action series, with the most crazy and over the top action I have ever seen in anime. I don't want to go into spoilers, but the action is like a fusion of Dragon Ball Z, One Punch Man, and even a little Gundam. So if you are looking for simple and bloody samurai style sword fights, this is not the show for you. However, if you are fan fan of crazy ridiculous and well animated action than Sengoku Basara read more
Mar 22, 2015
Mami-Sexual (All reviews)
In my opinion Sengoku Basara is a severely underrated anime.

Basically this anime is about samurai war lords fighting continuous battles as it relates to territory and military dominance during the feudal era of Japan.

There are a few famous samurai names and characters in this anime for anyone who's into the historic aspect of japan as it relates to there samurai.

In my opinion this anime has a good amount of action with lot's of flashy over the top battle scenes.

The animation is also great as it relates to how the characters look as well as the actual fight scenes.

This anime also contains a wide array of read more
May 13, 2015
Singolo (All reviews)
If anyone asked me what's my opinion about Sengoku Basara, I'd just tell 'em it is a pretty fun to watch anime, nothing more than that. Nothing really stands out, but that is not a bad thing if the product is consistent all throughout, and Sengoku Basara is pretty consistent.
There is nothing really spectacular about the plot and characters, it's another one of those shows that are set during the Sengoku Period in Japan (having Nobunaga Oda as the villain and all), having some of the actual generals and captains that were involved in those battles as characters in the story, but changing a read more
Feb 13, 2016
Ronin-dono (All reviews)
By far the most perceptible thing was the fact that there are various kingdoms that just living to fight each other, and the characters who lead these groups, with the exception of Shingen Takeda, do not show any moral framework and sense of leadership or visible level of wisdom to make someone believe they commanded people.

Art / Animation;
Common, except for the action scenes where the characters show decline with colorful lights emanating from their body, which, taking into account the anime plot, sounded irregular.

Sound / Voices:
Common. Curiously the opening is sung by the band Abingdon Boys School who has played Innocent Sorrow read more
Nov 10, 2009
nobody_knows (All reviews)

Is always party time when it come to playing Sengoku BASARA. Crazy game play, crazy combo, or even crazy character with crazy move. Always been pray for this day that BASARA must become the real anime after playing BASARA 2 Heroes with it anime cut scene, and Production I.G has finally deliver it!

The anime biggest weakness was none the other the story and some are complain about that. But from the start, BASARA doesn't even have a single decent story. Maybe i did play the game so i know. Is the same with the game, no need for historical explanation. The start of episode read more
Aug 5, 2011
BBHood22 (All reviews)
I first became curious about Sengoku Basara when it was mentioned and spoofed in the Character Poll Arc of Gintama... I knew when I heard Masamune say at the beginning - "Are you ready guys? Put your guns on! Let's party!" - that this is going to be good...

Main Characters: Date Masamune, Sanada Yukimura, Katakura Kojuurou, Sarutobi Sasuke

Story: 8/10 - nothing deep, really... it's just about power struggle and uniting against one really evil ruler... i liked that they were able to give a background of the characters/rulers involved... at first i thought that the fight scenes were a little exaggerated since the closest samurai read more
May 19, 2016
Derenor (All reviews)
To all the people who like/love this anime: I'm sorry... but I find this anime so bad it's even offensive to the viewer.

Everytime I have a conversation about anime where I need an example for a terrible work the first name that comes to my mind is Sengoku Basara. It is probably the worst anime i have ever seen. I never dropped an anime so fast and I probably never ever will again.
But everytime I shrugged off one reason to drop this anime, the next scene gave me another to just stop watching.
The dialogues are horrible, the characters are annoying, the fighting scenes are absurd, read more
May 23, 2011
Reim_Seranth (All reviews)
Sengoku Basara is an action-historical anime based on the action game "Sengoku Basara". The story revolves around Warring States period in ancient Japan, with warlords and generals fighting for power and territory. For those who prefer to watch an action-dedicated anime which doesn't have any fillers, Sengoku Basara might be suited to your preferences.

Story: 610.
The entire story focuses on dominance and territorial war. The plot is very simple and straightforward. All episodes are filled with ground-breaking battles with generals as the main center of the battle.

The second season (Sengoku Basara 2) offers more depth in story aspects than the first one, but there are still read more
Apr 9, 2010
Danno (All reviews)
The series was pretty much exactly what I wanted and expected it to be. The animation was very nice and the art style did well in making it seem kinda cool/badass. I was, however, a bit disappointed with the One Piece/DBZ/Bleach style battles. The characters can leap to insane heights and land with no problems, they can shoot energy blasts form their swords to blow hundreds of guys away with one swing, and they pretty much never cut each other. They get in many deadlocks and end up blasting each other into walls with energy. I think that part's kinda silly... I would've preferred if read more