Sengoku Basara Season 2 Review
is an anime adaptation of a video game. If that instantly brings
a series that focuses more on creating "intense" action sequences
over telling an absorbing story then that's probably because this is
general indication of what it means to bring video game characters into
other artistic form. Most viewers aren't going to tune in expecting
mind-boggling poetry or anything of the sort. This element rang true
the first season of Sengoku Basara but
isn't necessarily the end result of
this new second season outing. The
series doesn't change drastically but
it does make enough attempts towards refining the storytelling that the
experience is decently improved.
basic setup of Sengoku Basara features opposing
different sidelines of war with various group attempts to overthrow the
Many are fighting for peace. Some are merely fighting to fight. The
is utter chaos in a war-zone filled with many casualties. Loyalties are
Companionships tested. The samurai warriors in Sengoku Basara
with learning to understand the reasons behind the samurai codes and
what the purpose
is of being a warrior. In other words, this season has the characters
overarching question of "what am I fighting for"? It leads to some
best thing about Sengoku Basara remains consistent: incredible
and production values. The animation is sleek and sophisticated.
are not perfectly developed, but there's great texture with bold colors
interesting designs that this isn't a detriment. The shows stylized
and it will appeal to anyone hoping to experience a colorful animated
epic. The big issue with the show is that even in the second
after the mixed-results found within the first outing; Sengoku
Basara still represents a style over
substance approach despite dealing with historical issues. There's no
that this show doesn't ever manage to provide enough characterization
the entire show entirely successful from start to finish. Maybe this
aggravate everyone but it was certainly unfortunate. Sengoku Basara
concerned with flashiness than depth during season one and the same
for the second season (despite impressive improvements in overall
Season 2, Episodes
second season of Sengoku Basara
isn't going to win any new fans. I might as well begin by saying that.
watched the first season and felt it wasn't entirely worthwhile then an
high possibility might just exist that you won't enjoy the second
It's essentially more of the same: extremely formulaic, action-heavy,
emphasis on the visuals over the story. It might be better than the
season (in fact it definitely managed that aspect), however,
mean it's some form of operatic masterpiece. Not at all!
series blends together elements of actual
history with fiction. It portrays real historical figures from Japanese
(the kind of history backdrops that won't be as familiar to a huge
of the viewing audience in North America) as well as places that really
exist, where massive war-related events occurred. The good thing about
aspect of the series is that it dutifully attempts to bring some form
perspective to the table. The downside is that it really doesn't expand
these ideas. Having it set in a historical perspective seems to mainly
serve a fundamentally needed backdrop of the story, and that element of
are so many side-characters introduced in the
course of the show that it takes away time from the central characters
This becomes a problem because viewers aren't acquainted enough with
leads to feel entirely involved in their stories and that brings the
experience down a few notches in quality as well.
can easily become confusing at times.
There is a certain element of the show that doesn't seem to feel
in the way any well-told story should be. When a viewer is continually
feel uncertain of a number of events or characters then there might be
a good chance
that the storytelling has not been streamlined enough to be well
the viewing audience. With Sengoku Basara, It's an issue
because of how
many times the series jumps back and forth between different characters
story revolves on a frequent basis. This could work. It merely doesn't.
writing isn't good enough to properly convey all of the ideas the
to relay to the audience.
reason I can possibly see anyone
thoroughly enjoying Sengoku Basara is if they can manage to
tune out these
storytelling problems and focus only on the lushness of the beauty
found in the
animation. If you can manage to overlook story flaws this series might
seeing for some. You'd also have to ignore the fact that characters can
flat or underdeveloped and that story is always considered
action or philosophical tones. The biggest issue I had with the
is that these moments seemed to feel as though the words came from the
instead of from these characters.
primarily appeal to action-anime fans looking
for something just a wee bit different from the typical action-fare. If
some reason Sengoku Basara turns out to be a show that sounds
interesting then by all means give it a rental. It sort of seems like
series is made with that particularly action-heavy anime fan-base in
rife with storytelling flaws but that isn't
an indicator that the entire series isn't unique or ambitious. There is
a decent degree of merit behind Sengoku Basara's underwhelming
based approach to stylistic action anime.
Basara: Season 2
is presented in the broadcast aspect ratio of 1.78.1 widescreen, and
native 1080p High Definition picture quality that is well-reproduced
the great possibilities presented by using the Blu-ray format.
is an incredible Blu-ray release on the technical side of things. The
quality left me feeling speechless. The colors are outstanding and the
of detail and clarity impresses. This is undoubtedly one of the reasons
show works as well as it does.
Basara: Season 2
features a Grade A presentation from start to finish. It
come close to disappointing. Sengoku Basara fans will
undoubtedly feel satisfied
by the experience and will recognize that Funimation has excelled again
impressive release that matches the high-quality expectations created
first season of the series arriving on Blu-ray).
continues to offer two audio choices to viewers: an original language
dub (with English subtitles) and an English language dub. Both choices
presented with notable lossless high definition audio encodings
TrueHD codecs. For those who choose the English version there is a
surround sound track. The Japanese track is available with only 2.0
it remains equally strong in clarity by utilizing a lossless format.
images featured in this review of Sengoku Basara: Season
2 are from the
DVD discs included in this Blu-ray/DVD combo pack release.
features for the second season of Sengoku Basara are
not all that different from what viewers found on the first season
set. It's a similar combination of bonus features. The first season
short mini-episodes of a comical side series, and the second season
seven more follow up shorts (the new anime series is entitled: "Sengoku Basara II: Katakura-kun). The
main idea is to highlight some of the characters in a comical, silly,
altogether different style than the main series ever has a chance to
It's different, quite so, and will not necessarily remind viewers of
experience. The big reason to watch these short cartoons is because of
comedy quotient. It's a humorously not-too-serious side experience with
chibi-style designs and characterizations. I enjoyed these the first
around and I thought they were well-done for the second season too.
Episodes 6 and 12 of Sengoku Basara: Season 2. These might
fans of the English-language voice actors but these supplemental
remain inconsistent as commentaries containing a
has also included text-less opening/ending songs, and trailers
promoting other anime series released by the studio.
Basara: Season 2 was a
definite improvement over the first season
outing. It had greater emphasis on the characters (even though
was still underwhelming), gorgeous animation matching the preceding
the kind of samurai action that an increasingly large percentage of the
audience undoubtedly began to expect to find. Things could have been
better - for sure - but this was a well-made season of action,
intrigue nonetheless. Fans of season one will want to consider a
Those who didn't enjoy the first season won't find things different
enough to purchase
the series and are advised to consider this a rental at best. Either
Basara is the type of the series that should be given a test run
making any purchasing decisions. Funimation
has done a magnificent job with the presentation though (both in PQ/AQ
and in providing fans a Blu-ray sized artbox that can hold both seasons
together). It's a great looking set that will please those who decide
Basara would be worth
adding to their anime collections.
Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema, and a student who aspires to make movies. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.