During the Sengoku period, there are many factions constantly at war. One of these is led by a one-eyed man named Date Masamune and another by the imposing Takeda Shingen. The latter has a fiercely loyal subordinate named Sanada Yukimura who goes head to head against Date Masamune multiple times, but the battles between them tend to get interrupted. One such battle occurs when both men try to go after another leader named Imagawa, and they’re forced to break off their heated duel when Imagawa attempts to flee the scene with his body doubles. Yukimura and Masamune go after separate Imagawas, but all of the doubles are killed by a third party, and when their paths cross again, they are in front of the menacing Oda Nobunaga and his army. It was Nobunaga’s subordinates that killed those body doubles, and Nobunaga himself proceeds to kill the real Imagawa with a shotgun blast to the head.
My initial interest in Sengoku BASARA wasn’t that big based on the promotional material, but after getting several emails and recommendations about it, I’ve now watched the first two episodes and realized what I’ve been missing out on. And holy crap, this show is crazy good. The level of hardcore action here is ridiculous, easily eclipsing anything else airing right now. Production I.G does an incredible job with the production quality, especially when you consider that much of the episodes so far are pure action, and they even switched to a different-but-equally-awesome animation style for the episode two battle between Yukimura and Masamune.
If there’s one thing though that’s even better than all the action, it’s how over-the-top everything in this series is, most of the time with hilarious results. I can’t stop laughing every time Yukimura and Takeda start yelling out each other’s names in manly passion while punching each other in the face. The lengths they go to show the epicness of Takeda are amusing as hell as well, like when he stands on top of his horses while they gallop up the vertical wall of a castle, or when he goes from coming within a micrometer of getting stabbed in the eye to punching his would-be assassin all the way to the top of the castle. There’s also things like Kasuga having an orgasm when she gets close to Kenshin and how dramatically evil they make Nobunaga with the music, the lightning, and the random swirling clouds right above him. Normally I might criticize a show for being too over the top, but it’s done in such a great way here that I can’t help but enjoy it.
In short, if you like action at all, then you’ll probably love this series. I’ve been very impressed by these first two episodes and am definitely going to be watching more.