Sengoku Basara – Episode 12 (Final)

Date Masamune

Farewell until the second season premiering 2010.

Impressions

Before I say anything about the final episode, I would like to take a moment to honor the characters who showed up only once during the series, if at all.

Chōsokabe Motochika

Chōsokabe Motochika riding on his anchor

Mōri Motonari

Mōri Motonari ordering his pawns valued men to attack

Matsu and Maeda Toshii

Maeda Matsu/Toshii, respectively the perfect wife and stupid, hungry husband

Itsuki

Itsuki, the one and only loli

The series had an explosive start, instantly dominating the action block. Crazy battles involving every weapon conceivable, attacks equivalent to miniature nukes going off and sending men into the air, an orgasming ninja, and Engrish that sounds appropriate at times. Yet, I have this huge memory blank about the middle episodes. Nothing from 3-8 stuck out to me. Why? That’s because it tried to be more than pure action.

Oda Nobunaga

The face of pure evil…

While 100% action is no good, stretching episodes with long strategy meetings and 2-minute fights is much worse. Even with the two-way battle involving Tokugawa Ieyasu and Azai Nagamasa, as touching as Oichi’s story is, I didn’t care. I was impatient for that next key battle that would boil my blood and have me pumping my fist in the air in response to “ARE YOU READY GUYS?!”. Did it happen? Yes… but the damage was already done. Sengoku Basara was no longer a solid series that I could fall back on and enjoy, unlike Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~.

Swing Batter Batter

Homerun!!!

As for the episode itself, it was above average but still not up-to-par with the first two episodes. I found it silly when all those new characters popped up. Magical alliance appearing to wipe out Oda Nobunaga.

Colorful Basara

Lazy animators…

Date Masamune and Sanada Yukimura took most of the spotlight in the final battle, as to be expected. Their fight was enjoyable until Nobunaga sent them flying in the air and they experienced something… Shiny ring that empowered them. I laughed.

WTF

Seven Swells from Eureka Seven?

The resolution was lackluster. Takeda Shingen and Uesugi Kenshin resumed their rivalry. I expected something as epic as this but… meh. My expectations were already lowered so it wasn’t a big surprise.

Split

Overall, it’s an slightly above average series that had the potential to be a masterpiece… but lacked dedication to what made it awesome in the first place.

One Response

  1. Motochika : take a good hard look at my mothafuking anchor xD

    well have you seen ‘Mini Basara’ which is extra DVD episode with Motochika and Motonari?I think they even lampshaded that they didn’t had much screen time in anime xD

    well …13th episode was kind of ‘OK LET”S GOO WOO OPENING WE ARRIVED LET”S KICK SOME ASSES ONII-SAMA NAZE JUST BECAUSE MMMM WHAT YOU SAYYY OMG YOU KILLED OICHI YOU BASTARD WELL YOU CAN’T TOUCH ME MORE FIGHT ODA STILL WINZ UH OH ODA OWNED US BUT WAIT HONDAM IS ALIVE!!…UPS NOT ANYMORE PLEAZE PEOPLE GIVE US SOME SPIRAL POWA SOME CAMEOZ PLZ MOTOCHIKA ON FRIKKIN ANCHOR MOTONARI PLAYZ C&C EVEN KEIJI LEFT PUB TO HELP US!NOW WE GOT THE POWER!GIGA DOUBLE MEGA SAMURAI SUPER ASS KICKING ATTACK OH NOES ODA DIED (fanfares plz) EVERYONE HAPPEH RANMARU GOT TOYSHIPPED AND WE CAN FIGHT EACH OTHER AGAIN YAAY BUT NOW WHAT?…well let’s wait till 2010 for another 12 episodes of BASARA THE ABRIDGED SERIES!!

    am I right
    xD?
    I liked this episode but it was kind of fast

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