During Japan’s Sengoku period, several powerful warlords fought in politics and in arms with hopes of unifying the country under a central government. Nobunaga Oda had asserted himself as being the most powerful of these rulers by possessing the strength and military resource necessary to conquer all of Japan. Shingen Takeda and his trusted warrior Yukimura Sanada led one of the main clans standing in Nobunaga’s way. One night, Sanada had been ordered to lead a sneak attack against General Kenshin Uesugi, which was then thwarted by Masamune Date and his army. Sanada and Date fought to a draw, which forged a heated rivalry out of their newfound admiration for one another. Nobunaga continues to exert his forces in Sengoku Basara by doubling down on his influence across the country. Sanada and Date find themselves having to put their differences aside in order to quell the rise of Nobunaga and save feudal Japan from his tyrannical reign. Magical, militant, and political powers fly forth as these warriors and leaders clash amongst themselves and the armies of Nobunaga. – My Anime List
Based on 19 review scores:
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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
Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings is a little light on the story as one might expect from a series based on a video game, but it hits you right in the gut with a nearly lethal dose of action, spectacular animation, and a classic good versus evil theme.
Overall, Sengoku Basara is a pretty great anime. It has a lot of action nonstop and the pacing is really good. I’ve said this many times, but that’s one of the things that I love about 12-13 episode shows. They don’t have to bother with a lot of fillers (typically) or drawn out scenes to buy time. This show just goes all in and never gives you a break to relax. The only real negative here is the fanservice which is fairly limited and the fact that the heroes have horses that they ride into battle. I didn’t really get into it, but there is one scene in particular where a horse dies and that was unfortunate. If it had happened more often, that would have definitely been enough to have really hurt the score. It’s why I heavily advocate against heroes having animals in any capacity as it usually ends up being targeted. Kind of a downer to end the review on that note, but essentially just brace yourself for that scene and the Kasuga shenanigans. Beyond that, the show really hit all of the right notes and I look forward to the next season.
All in all, “Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings” is a solid and enjoyable series. The main characters help forward the narrative while supplying plenty of action. If you like the exceedingly epic (albeit whimsical-feeling) action, then this show will almost undoubtedly be enjoyable. If you are more into the story and/or character side of things, then this show we be somewhat less impressive. That being said, it still provides an enjoyable ride.
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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.
Look, if you’re a little fed up with all the usual Anime stuff then check out Samurai Kings. Yeah there is the usual comradery metaphors, twisted love stories and quest to defeat evil but we honestly found the show to be a breath of fresh air in our stagnate collection. It’s by far the greatest story ever told, hell we’re still not sure how the story is working out but we are enjoying it all!
Sengoku Basara-Samurai Kings is an incredibly slick series that really shows off the high level of skills that its animators and action director possess. Sadly this talent is saddled with a writing team that is either unable, unwilling or just doesn’t see the necessity to actually develop characters as they take numerous shortcuts using archetypes to try to patch the holes where character development should be while just moving forward to get to the next action sequence. This lack of developing characters leaves a large hole in the series for those looking for more than just some impressive action and a rather hip update to some historical figures and the result is it leaves a rather flawed series in its wake. Those who don’t need much more motivation than manly men doing manly things may find this isn’t as much of an issue for them but others may find the entire presentation to come off as more aimless than purposeful in terms of story with everything existing simply for some high level action and a few hip throw-ins.
The story moves fast and gets a bit confusing at times as there is so much Japanese history involved. However, it all looks interesting thanks to the impressive burning battlefields and the presence of bad-ass villains, including ninjas and even a mecha-samurai.
Part of this reason could also be because it plays on one’s knowledge of Japanese history too, that’s a contextual issue that some people might miss out on or scratch their heads about. The other caveat is the viewer’s suspension of disbelief. An emotional scene with an A+ soundtrack could be hard to watch if you’re one who has to take things seriously or if you can’t get behind the inherent absurdity of the series. Like watch Maeda Keiji sorrowfully argue with his uncle Toshiie and aunt Matsu, and how you accept Toshiie’s giganto pitcfork strapped to his shirtless rugged farmer back or Keiji’s literally wild getup will determine how you take the show. If it adds to your enjoyment either in seriousness or in jest, then no problems.
A beautifully animated hack and slash series, but it requires knowledge of the game to be fully enjoyed.
Chioky – Deviant Art
Now I really wanted to give Sengoku Basara a 9/10 because after I watched it I was really psyched up watching characters shout endlessly while attacking. But I calmed down and analysed the anime. My conclusion was the anime was too short, and even then some episodes seemed much more boring then others. So how did the Production I.G get past this problem? well I have already explained this countless times, they went over the top to show just how epic the Sengoku Basara video games were! And this does indeed seem alot like Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, however it is only a fraction of how epic it is when compared to it. None the less it is highly entertaining and with only 13 episodes you might as well give it a watch.
However, as I’ve said, it’s the characters that are the heart of the story. It’s ridiculous how many things are quotable, be it inspirational or comical. If you watch the subbed version, one of the main characters, Date Masamune, likes to interject random bits of English in the midst of his Japanese, resulting in numerous quotes that are unusual, hilarious, and awesome all at once. All the fans of this anime know exactly what I’m talking about.
The show may come off even better if you do know who everyone is and what their role in Japanese history was, but I’m not really qualified to comment. A longer series (26 episodes?) may have given the show time to explain all that, but that’s not really what it sets out to do – it’s a fighting show with historical context, and taking the fighting purely on its own it’s one of the more impressive recent examples, that’s worth watching because it does it so well. Anything more than that, though, is simply a bonus that you bring to it through your own knowledge.
Sengoku Basara was occasionally interesting in segments but it ended up feeling mostly average and/or mediocre. The series had a solid premise that was not entirely delivered upon.
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The sad fact is that by episode three I was bored out of my skull and by episode five I was just waiting for it to hurry up and end. There’s nothing that Sengoku Basara offers me that I can’t get better elsewhere. It’s funny because I’m thinking that all of these elements I’ve been badmouthing probably make the original video games really fun. I wouldn’t mind playing as some of these crazy ass characters but simply watching them felt like a chore. Perhaps if we focused on the different daimyo fighting each other rather than teaming up to fight Satan Nobunaga things would have been more interesting, but alas that does not happen. If you feel like this show might have been something you would have enjoyed I recommend skipping it and instead checking out S-CRY-ed, an anime that has a lot in common with this show with the fighting and being over the top but does a better job of keeping you invested.