Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings
Created by: Production I.G.
Published by: FUNimation
Release Date: October 12th
Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings is the story of the historical figures of the sengoku period, focusing primarily on seasoned fighter Masamune Date, a.k.a. "The One-Eyed Dragon of Oshu," young and hotheaded Yukimura Sanada, as well as the wise and unparalleled Shingen Takeda, a.k.a. "The Tiger of Kai." The story revolves around the constant struggle between clans and their need for unification in order to fight against the evil Demon King, Oda Nobunaga. All of these plot points are revealed early in the story, and become the motivating force behind the entire series. Sengoku Basara isn't the type of show to delve too deeply into complex characters or spiraling plot points, instead allowing the viewer to simply sit back and enjoy nothing but kick ass action.
While Sengoku Basara may not be the deepest of shows, it certainly has some qualities that might surprise viewers, and occasionally have some trouble translating over into western sentiments. Each of the warriors depicted has an intense fighting spirit, with Yukimura in particular making constant declarations of his will to battle and of his admiration of his rivals, at one point remarking, "It burns, there is a burning in my heart! What ambition! What strength!" While this might strike western viewers as comedy more than anything else, there is a grain of seriousness embedded that asian audiences might understand better. The relationship between Yukimura and Takeda is full of the comedy and reverence one might expect between a master and his charge, the two characters teetering on the verge of a full blown bromance with exchanges like:
The hot blooded brashness of Yukimura is often rewarded by a series of punches and attacks by his mentor, an effective method of teaching, of course. But for all the hilarity implied by these scenes and reverent terms Yukimura uses in reference to Nobunaga (the use of the term "dono" in particular) don't really have the same effect in the English dub. Here's where you might have to begin weighing the pros and cons of watching this series.
While the Japanese dub of this show is full of the vigor and flamboyant voice acting you might expect from a show that relies heavily on comedy and caricature, the English dub falls flat in comparison. Sadly, no one seems to have quite the right amount of energy needed for their over the top characters, and even the great Johnny Yong Bosch's voice work for Yukimura seems a little forced and stilted, perhaps due to a poor choice of translations, with the subbed term "my Lord" becoming "my Lordship" in the dub, some things just don't flow as well. Other voices just seem to be ill cast. The Japanese voice of Takeda is deep and loud, full of manly authority and zest for battle. In comparison, his English voice seems too refined and calm, even quiet for a man of such stature.
Despite the less than stellar English dub, those watching this series will also have to weigh exactly what they value in their anime viewing experience. Knowing whether this show is for you is completely dependent on what you're expecting beforehand. While many people expect deep characters, conflicted and moving scenes, inspiring quests or intellectual challenges from their anime, keep in mind that Sengoku Basara is none of these things, though this is not necessarily to its detriment. This show never intends to be your intellectually stimulating anime, and never pretends to be anything its not. If you're looking for the aforementioned qualities, this might not be for you, but if you're up for a good time that gets your blood pumping, your fighting spirit raised, and your eyes opened to absolutely astounding and ridiculous battles, then Sengoku Basara has just one thing to ask you:
"Are you ready guys?"
Hello and welcome to another week of Shonen Showdown, the regular battle anime and manga roundup that's--uh-oh, guys, it's making that face again! Clear the area!
Oh right, Hunter x Hunter, Fairy Tail, Naruto, Bleach, and One Piece recaps are below. Take cover there as well!
You might of heard that there is a new streaming site that has just launched out of Japan. It is being backed by some big names in the anime world like Aniplex, Sunrise, and Toei.
What could that exactly mean for you, you ask? Well, let me let Eri Maruyama (International Business Development) at DAISUKI answer that as well as many more burning questions that I had about the new service.
When I watched Blood C in Summer of 2011, I thought it was a show that had a lot of promise. It started out with the distinct feeling that something wasn't right in an idyllic town that was being pressed upon by nightmarish b...
Aw snap, the J-Pop Summit Festival is launching the Japan Film Festival of San Francisco on July 27th through August 4th at the New People Cinema. The best part about this event is that a good chunk of the films are going to ...
Oh wow, I never expected for me and K would cross paths again. Back when K premiered last year, the series had to potential to become a show that felt like a Ryohgo Narita (Author of the original Baccano! and D...
It looks like Media Blasters has gotten a hold of a new license, and there's a chance that it will make yuri fans rejoice. That said, Media Blaster's acquisition is going to be Yami to Boshi to Hon no Tabito (Often ...
Jumping into this season a little late, I agreed to tackle My Teen Romantic Comedy Snafu, which Josh called "the highlight romantic comedy of the season," and "the show where all the main characters are assholes."
He only sai...
Well, right on the heels of Guilty Gear's glorious return, Arc System Works wants to let fans of its younger child, BlazBlue, aren't about to be left in the cold.
But rather than a new BlazBlue game, Ranga-rockers and th...
Welcome to a *ahem* properly-scheduled week of Annotated Anime, the weekly Japanese cartoon roundup that's actually on time for once!
After a cavalcade of tardiness-induced catch-up doses we bring you a more balanced off...
Oreimo season 2's web radio show, hosted by Kana Hanazawa and Ayana Taketatsu, is soliciting oversea fans to write to them. One of the corners on the radio program showcases foreign fan letters, and they're asking for mo...