Posted by psgels on 29 August 2010 with categories: Sengoku Basara



As much as I like the soundtrack of Shiki, I do not consider it to be the best of the Summer Season. The soundtrack for Sengoku Basara is just epic, especially after this episode showed that it can also hold its ground in the quiet and subtle scenes. I’m also not sure who that singer was who popped up in the middle, but she has a great voice.

Also, colour me surprised here. At the start of this series, I really thought that this was going to be an action series. As in: we get a bunch of exciting battles every episodes. As it turns out though, I was wrong: this series tries to be much more than just brainless action. This was the second episode in a row that didn’t spend any attention on any kind of action scenes, and instead it again focused on its character background and building up. The side characters may not have developed much, but there is actually quite a bit of character development amongst the main ones, especially Date Masamune and Yukimura, but also Toyotomi changed compared to the flashbacks we see him in in this episode.

The first season tried this too, but the key mistake it made was that it didn’t feel like it was building up to anything. The arcs were all seemingly unrelated, and not really that interesting. But yeah, at the same time I do have to agree: it did lay out the foundation for this second season to work with. Without that first season, this second season would not be as solid as it is now. I still blame it for being boring, though.

In any case, with so much build up, that final quarter had better be awesome. This series may not be the next Bakumatsu Kikansetsu Irohanihoheto, but I’m still enjoying it a lot. I expected to get bored when I realized that this episode again wouldn’t involve fighting, but this didn’t turn out to be the case.
Rating: * (Good)

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  1. Avatar kuromitsu says:

    Ha! I thought I was the only one who appreciated the music of Sengoku Basara. The first series had some awesome music as well, and the second continues the trend.

    That aside, while the second series is definitely more polished than the first and has a better story and better pacing, I’m a bit disappointed in it… for me the charm of the first season was the way it didn’t really take itself seriously, despite some dramatic moments. The second is, so far, less outrageously over-the-top (except for Toyotomi PUNCHING THE WATER OUT OF THE OCEAN! man, that was cool) and overall seems to take itself a lot more seriously. It’s still a good anime but it lacks the crazy/maniac charm of the first series.

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