June 15, 2010
There seems to be a lot of samurai series coming out based on the warring eras period. I accidentally stumbled onto Sengoku Basara when I was looking for the Slayers Revolution episodes on Funimation's Youtube channel. After a number of lunch hours of boredom at work, I decided I would try watching an episode just for something to do. Immediately I was hooked. This show is basically an anime of the Samurai Warriors games on PS2 and XBOX 360.
I won't go into whether this show is completely historically accurate because (a) I don't have all the facts, and (b) I don't want to move away from the coolness of this show based on history. For the most part this show is 12 episodes of skirmishes in a huge war. It attempts to present the story from the perspectives of the different factions participating in the war as well as show their crossroads with each other. I'm sure we can all agree that pretty much any game or show we have seen up to this point has Oda Nobunaga as a demonic warlord and everyone else is trying to get rid of him. This show is no different in that respect.
I found a lot of the character designs were similar to those in the Devil Kings game on PS2. There was some comedy thrown in here and there which made some of the show a little lighter to watch at times. A lot of the dialogue is intense so the comedy helps to keep the show watchable without going overboard and making it goofy.
I have to commend the writers on not holding back killing off main characters. As much as I like to see a character through to the end of a show, it keeps things interesting by letting a few disappear or die here and there. I found this to be a strong point in keeping the show watchable and also tie the story together in a timely manner. With 12 episode series, often times I find that the writers try to wrap everything up in 2 or 3 episodes. I found the flow here to be more consistent and it didn't leave me feeling like I got let down when I reached the end.
I have to highly recommend this show to anyone who is into samurai style anime. There are good combinations of traditional samurai style fighting along with some more modern aspects like some of the weapons. A good melding of past and advancement with an excellent story to back it up.