Dei now and repent forever. There are none before me, there shall be none after me. I come to spread the seed of discord, I am the devil king of the sixth heaven. Oda Nobunga! Come with me, it is time for a journey back to the past of a country you may know. Feudal Japan, XVI Century, the country is caught in the middle of the greatest war the land of the Rising Sun has ever sen. It,s an era of the warring states, dividing the country into numerous fractions. Samurai lords trying to contend the place as the undisputed ruler. We will follow Date Masamune, the reckless and young leader of the Oshu, waging war against his neighbors. Soon Date and the other lords will have to put aside their hostilities and face the infamous Oda Nounaga. He is a merciless general who razes everything to the grounds and rumored to come from the deepest pits of hell. Are you ready guys? Get your guns and let’s get this review started!
What follows is the awesome review of Sengoku Basara, an anime from 2010. It is split into two seasons of twelve episodes (plus one ova for each season) and the movie The Last Party. It is based on the crazy series of video games with the same name by Capcom. I remind you that this review will not include the new season that recently aired in Japan. We’re analyzing Animation, Characters, Sound, Story and Personal Enjoyment.
Art and Animation of Sengoku Basara
The visual aspect of Sengoku Basara is astonishing to say the least. Considering the chaotic and epic nature of the series, we have slick fast paced movements and stylish effects that “tear off” the colors from the scene to convey the feelings of epicness. The show throws away realism for dragon ball like action that aims at creating the most impressive visual impact you can think of. As the feudal lords trade blows and their raging spirits clash, the air is twisted and countless soldiers are swept away like fragile leafs, explosions changing the landscape. The art is simply beautiful and is surprisingly realistic and detailed in the face designs, you can see they are clearly Japanese especially by the eyes.
Characters of Sengoku Basara
Sengoku Basara does not need to prove anything so the characters are not here to provide the show with a complex psychological layer. They meet common stereotypes and archetypes. Then why like the characters of Sengoku Basara? You simply love them that’s it. They blend perfectly together in the crazy contexts of the series, the cast is colorful and with stunning character design you won’t confuse anyone. You will start picking favorites right away. The characters are all likeable and entertaining, and so are their interactions,. Despite they possess bare minimum character development they simply don’t need it, they are well characterized as they are.
Soundtrack and Acting of Sengoku Basara
I feel obligated to say Sengoku Basara’s sound is near flawless, having a memorable and wickedly fitting ost with a legendary voice cast and acting (Japanese of course unless you dislike having the best). The sound effects during battles are well done, due to the high amount of action this is to be expected. The Soundtrack is composed by the master Hiroyuki Sawano being one of the best scores he ever made. The Japanese traditional tunes are mixed with rock, metal, pop style music and epic choruses. Overall everything suits the anachronistic feel of the series. A special mention for the two themes of the villains of both the first and second season, the epicness that enters your ears will pump you up like nothing before.
Story and Pacing of Sengoku Basara
This show is about the Sengoku Jidai, a period of the Japanese history where violence and poverty hit a land plagued by war. This is a seinen and we have a remarkable amount of violence and questionable content, but the series never takes itself too seriously. If you find logic in something, you will realize that it’s actually intelligently stimulating. If you can’t find the logic or explanation in something, then let it go cause it’s all intentional. This is surely a series where the laws of reason and logic don’t really matter, but you are too busy enjoying the awesomeness of the series for it to be a problem. As for pacing, it’s pretty good throughout the run even though it suffers from occasional drops. The storyline follows more or less the actual historical events. Yes all characters in this show did truly exist.
Personal Enjoyment of Sengoku Basara
I thoroughly enjoyed Sengoku Basara’s two seasons and movies. The Last Party, the “End of Sengoku Basara”, is simply one of the most epic movies I’ve seen. You will spend hours laughing and cheering on for your heroes. Even the most despicable ones (that in my case are my favorite characters) will not fail to be of your liking. An acting that reaches legendary status with Norio Wakamoto as the big bad Oda Nobunaga, the very fearsomeness of the voice is menacingly delicious. It’s also a chance for you to learn Japanese history. How can one not love the characters and their quirks like Date Masamune speaking English and a black hole standing over Oda Nobunaga whenever he appears
My Final Score 8.6/10
– Humble Reaper from Anime Amino, Italy (Sicily)