Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Personal anime review: #Sengoku Basara

At first, the only thing that interests me with the anime is because Angelo’s song has been used for the season 2 ending theme. The characters in the anime also have a very cool design with their uniquely combat suit. But, the story about war is too heavy for my brain to consume.

I don’t remember what made me finally watch the anime. I watched it all at once from season 1, 2, and the movie. I can say that…I freaking love it! (^^). Sengoku Basara is the second anime that can make me thrill watching it. The first one is D-Gray-Man.  

Sengoku Basara main plot is about the civil war in ancient Japan times, the war between landlords. Each powerful landlord wanted to rule over Japan as one united country. Some powerful landlors that show up in the anime are: Shingen Takeda (ruler of Kai), Date Masamune (young ruler of Oshu), Uesugi Kenshin, Motonari Mouri, Chosokabe Motochika, Tokugawa Ieyasu, and the most powerful landlord at the period, Nobunaga Oda.

During the battle, Date Masamune met Sanada Yukimura, a young warrior from Kai. Both soon found interest to each other fighting spirit and ability. Yukimura honors Date and so does Date. They see themselves as rival and intent to fight each other whenever they met in battlefield. They would even fight until dawn, if Sarutobi Sasuke (Yukimura’s ninja) and Katakura Kojirou (Date’s right hand) didn’t stop the fighting.  

At first, the landlords are fighting each other, but then they decide to joint force to beat the desire from the cruel King of Devils, Nobunaga Oda. Masamune and Yukimura hold the main role in defeating Nobunaga. After Nobunaga defeated, the battle between the landlords continue, including the fight between Masamune and Yukimura.

The same plot repeats for season 2. The opponent this time is Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Hideyoshi wants to rule over Japan and start to attacking the landlords one by one. Hideyoshi join forces with Mouri to defeat Motochika, though Yukimura came to help, but the pirate landlord is defeated by Hideyoshi. Yukimura who had been sent on duty by Shingen had lost his confidence with the purpose of the battle. He sees common people who suffer because of the war, and question his purpose of fighting. His search for the answer cost him the life of his aide at the battle between Hideyoshi and Motochika.

At the same time, Masamune face the attack from Hideyoshi’s power. Kojirou was abducted by Hideyoshi’s trusted advisor, so Masamune had to go to battle without him. Masamune is almost killed by Hideyoshi, but his men quickly protect him. After healing the wounds, Masamune decides to attack and get even with Hideyoshi. On his way, Kenshin blocked his way with the purpose that the young landlord won’t act hasty. Shingen asked Masamune to join force to face Hideyoshi, but Masamune refused. He then accidentally meets Motochika and work together to face Matsunaga Hisahide to rescue Kojiro.

After Kojiro returns, Masamune continue his way to battle Hideyoshi, while Yukimura, who has find his confidence back, rushing out to face Mori. Both succeed with their missions. And the fight between them continues again.

Sengoku Basara the movie (title: The Last Party) is focus on the effort of Tokugawa Ieyasu to unite Japan without fighting each other. Shingen who has defeated Kenshin agrees to go along with Ieyasu and hand his command to Yukimura. In the mean time, Masamune is being target by Mitsunari Ishida who had a grudge after his master, Hideyoshi, got beaten by the one eye dragon. The story gets twisted with a shaman who wanted to raise Nobunaga. But, then the shaman is killed when he tried to protect Ishida. Masamune with Yukimura, Ieyasu, and Ishida are working together to beat the ghost of Nobunaga. Nobunaga get defeated and the four continue to fight each other, Ishida vs Ieyasu and Masamune vs Yukimura.  
There’s more action in the first season, that’s why I love it more than second season or the movie. The second season tells more about Yukimura’s battle with his own heart about the battle, while Masamune also have to shown himself a worthy lord without the presence of Kojirou. To be honest, I was expecting touching scene when Kojirou finally return to Masamune (X3). The movie story line is a bit confusing for me…it isn’t that attractive as the regular series. 

And I quickly fall in love with Date Masamune!! (X3). He’s so freaking cool! Even though when he’s badly hurt or almost lose the battle, he refused to show his weakness. He’ll keep his cocky smile, confidence, and keep lowering his opponents. Among the other troops, Date’s troop is the most unique one. Masamune would ride in the front with hand crossing. Kojirou rides close to him. The look of his troops is more like a motor gang. Their horses wear things that resemble to big motorcycle, like handlebar and exhaust (XD). Masamune also use some English words when he’s talking. His famous line before going into a battle is, “Are you ready, guys?” and his troops would answer, “Yeah!” just like a gang prepare to fight (XD). When watching the scene, sometimes I scream along with them (XDD).

It’s a very recommend anime to watch! So cool!!

“You see?” (by Date Masamune). 

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