Farewell until the second season premiering 2010.
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 riding on his anchor
Mōri Motonari ordering his pawns valued men to attack
Maeda Matsu/Toshii, respectively the perfect wife and stupid, hungry husband
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.
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~.
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.
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.
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.
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.