Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings Complete Series DVD Anime Review

When faced with an anime based on a really shallow video game whose core gameplay consists of pressing two buttons that, in turn, sends dozens of enemies flying, one doesn’t really expect a whole lot of quality to come out of it. Sure, the series can take the extra time to develop characters when necessary, but with the source material as over-the-top as it is, only so much can be expected. Luckily, the creative gurus over at Production I.G. understood this as well and, rather than trying to turn the series into something serious and meaningful, decided to loyally adhere the tone of the game and deliver a fun anime that embraces its testosterone-fueled roots. As the title suggests, the series takes place during Japan’s historical Sengoku period, a time when Japan was in a constant state of military conflict.   Amid the constant chaos are two young warriors, Sanada Yukimura and Date Masamune, who clash in an epic fight that shakes the battlefield around them. It’s practically a match made in heaven, and the two quickly become sworn rivals, promising one day to have a rematch. Unfortunately their rematch must wait, as there is a dark lord on the loose in the form of the Demon King Oda Nobunaga, whose forces are quickly enveloping the lands around them. Date, Sanada, and the remaining nations around them soon realize that if they want to fight over the land, they must first save it. And thus an unlikely truce is formed, and as nations around them fall, it quickly becomes apparent that this truce may very well be the last hope for Japan.

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