Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings Complete Series Blu-ray Anime Review

Based on the videogame of the same name from Capcom, Sengoku Basara is a twelve episode series with an additional DVD only episode that takes place in the Warring States period of Japan's history. Production I.G. handled the animation duties for this series and the payoff is significant as the show looks positively stunning throughout. Videogame to anime adaptations aren't uncommon but the good ones are definitely rare, especially those coming from more action oriented origins. Sengoku Basara's gameplay is one that does deal with a bit of a story but is far more about the action and extensive battles. The anime is, for the most part, essentially the same in that regard and you could easily call it an exercise in style over substance. But what beautiful style. Sengoku Basara is an easy show to describe in that it's all about the battles between men of legend at a time when warlords and clan leaders were consolidating power bases and doing all they could to either expand their reach or protect something dear. Lions of men take command and most of them spend their time on the field with their men, not just commanding from afar. In this period, there is a long quest to unite the lands under their own rule but threats are out there everywhere and nobody else can be trusted, forcing them to essentially expand solely through conquest. Even when using other methods, such as marriage, it's something that can be easily thrown away in favor of a blade to win. Within this story, there are a few factions that are at work and they're fairly layered as there is the man ultimately in charge as well as those that serve under him, often including one that has the ability to rise to the next level some day. One faction has Date Masamune, the one-eyed dragon who is an exceptional warrior who has at his side a man named Kojuro who serves as his right eye. Though the initial person they want to take down is a man named Kenshin, Masamune spends more of his time going up against Yukimura Sanada instead, who serves under Kai the Tiger who is acquiring a fair bit of territory through their campaign.

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