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 Date Masamune (4 episodes, 2009)
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Tesshô Genda ...
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 Noshinao / ... (3 episodes, 2009)
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 Magobei / ... (3 episodes, 2009)
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 Sukeroku (3 episodes, 2009)
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In the age of the Warring Countries, Japan was fragmented in semi-independent provinces, governed by feudal lords or daimyo, who confronted each other in an endless struggle for power. Ambitious daimyos from every corner of the Archipelago had shouted their battle cry. They were Takeda Shingen from Kai, Sanada Yukimura, Uesugi Kenshin from Echigo, Azai Nagamasa from Omi, Tokugawa Ieyasu from Mikawa, and many more... Those were days of unrest and chaos. As war spread throughout the country, the map of power underwent rapid and dramatic changes. In this never-ending conflict, one man finally seemed to be just one step from establishing total control over the country. He was the lord of Owari, the Sixth Heavenly Devil King. His name was Oda Nobunaga. But now, a young general clad in azure makes his unexpected appearance in this confused scenario, heading a huge army of cavalrymen from the Northern provinces. He is known as Date Masamune, the One-Eyed Dragon. And he is coming for Oda ...

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Put Ya Guns On!
31 October 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The first episode of Sengoku Basara, or "Samurai Kings", simply explodes at you. You can't help but be held captive by the two lead characters, Date Masamune and Sanada Yukimura, as they are brought to light. Instantly, you can tell there is something special about these two; their unique manners of speech and actions, traits not fully revealed yet imploring you to discover more. This experience is renewed with every character you are introduced to in Sengoku Basara. All of them are memorable.

If I could pinpoint one thing that drives the story, it would be the personalities of the characters. The plot itself is rather basic: samurai clans throughout the world are competing for land and glory, ultimately boiling down to a "good vs evil" scenario. However, the cast of characters augment both the heroics and plights very well. You can feel a true sense of countless values that each character stands up for, be it sharpened recklessness, unwavering loyalty, brazen charisma, scheming treachery, heartless cruelty...and so much more. It is these personalities that turn an otherwise plain story into a bold journey.

Of course there is action. In a title called "Samurai Kings" how can there not be? It's there, it's frantic and fast-paced, and very well animated. Each fight scene is a sight to behold, and the main characters often have over-the-top attacks that are just plain awesome. The music is excellent and is appropriate for each scene, be it inspirational or exciting. The Devil King's theme is very memorable.

However, as I've said, it's the characters that are the heart of the story. It's ridiculous how many things are quotable, be it inspirational or comical. If you watch the subbed version, one of the main characters, Date Masamune, likes to interject random bits of English in the midst of his Japanese, resulting in numerous quotes that are unusual, hilarious, and awesome all at once. All the fans of this anime know exactly what I'm talking about.

Are you ready, guys? Put ya guns on! (and check this anime out!)


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