Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings: The Last Party DVD Review

Director: Kazuya Nomura,

Starring: Kazuya Nakai, Robert McCollum, Souichiro Hoshi, Johnny Yong Bosch, Tomokazu Seki, Troy Baker, Toru Ohkawa, Liam O’Brien

Running Time: 95 minutes

Certificate: 15

Jumping into a film based on an anime without having followed the series is a daunting task on the best of days. Luckily, Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings: The Last Party gives a quick, if convoluted, catch-up session. This catch-up may actually go some way to overcomplicating the story itself, which sees different clans of samurai battling for control. The film itself is really just an excuse to plunge familiar characters into an all-out battle. Those with knowledge of the emotional connections between characters will no doubt have a much more engaging time, whereas the constant fight sequences mean it’s just an adrenaline shot for the rest of us.

Based on a series of video games of the same name, the franchise has
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Funimation Streamed Entire Sengoku Basara: The Last Party Film with English Dub

North American anime distributor Funimation has streamed the entire Sengoku Basara: The Last Party film with its English dub on Friday, and the stream was, unfortunately, available for this weekend only.

The stream promotes Funimation’s Blu-ray/DVD combo release of the 2011 film on November 6th, 2012 – which is on Tuesday – so you won’t have to wait too long to see it, in case you’ve missed the streaming.

The feature film was announced in 2010 after the final Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings 2 television episode, and it opened in Japan in June of 2011. Sengoku Basara: The Last Party continues the story after the fall of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, as Japan plunges into chaos and subordinate Ishida Mitsunari looks to seek revenge against Date Masamune and features the voices of Sôichiro Hoshi, Kazuya Nakai and Tôru Ôkawa.

Funimation has previously released both Sengoku Basara television series in North America.

If you
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Shiki: Part 1 DVD Review

Director: Tetsuro Animo

Starring: Aoi Yuuki, Kazuyuki Okitsu, Tooru Ookawa, Kouki Uchiyama, Cherami Lee, John Burgmeier, David Wald, Jerry Jewel,

Running Time: 253 minutes

Certificate: 15

Extras: Audio Commentary on episodes 1 & 12, Textless intro and outro, Shiki previews

Shiki! What is a Shiki? To tell you would be to ruin the plot of this enjoyable and dark anime. This is most certainly a mystery first and a horror second which is clearly demonstrated in the opening scenes of a search party trekking through the woods in the pitch black as they look for a missing girl. After that, the first episode is quite misleading, in that it is bright, colourful, and humorous. This is mostly down to Megumi Shimizu, a 15 year old girl we would assume to be the protagonist. She leads the first episode, giving her opinions on what she considers to be a backwards, isolated village, stuck in the past. Megumi
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