Category Archives: Sengoku Basara – Judge End

Sengoku Basara – Judge End – 4

In what appears to be a re-occurring theme in this show, Kenshin beat the shit out of someone else in this episode. While we’re on the subject of Uesegi Kenshin, isn’t it funny that I have covered two anime that are set in the Sengoku era featuring Nobunaga and his retainers in some capacity? Both of them are, ah, highly inaccurate in regards to historical accuracy, but who gives a flying shit about that stuff anyway? You probably shouldn’t be watching anime for realism, IMO. Especially NOT this show. Have you seen the previous two? Guys create tsunamis and stop volleys of arrows with the force of air.

So our young friend Sanada Genjiro Yukimura must literally take up the mantle and become his great lord Takeda himself. What does this mean? Naturally, to fight his greatest enemy, Uesegi Kenshin, with whom he foolishly engages in combat with only to be punked badly. The rivalry that Kenshin and Takeda share though is not a normal rivalry by any means. They’re mortal enemies, but they’re almost like friends (Does that make ANY sense?) – in this same sense, Kenshin gives Yukimura some fatherly advice on how to grow and not be defeated by Shingen’s illness. Kenshin is a swell guy isn’t he? Yukimura realizes his place in the Takeda and moves forward, Kenshin smiling as he leaves.

Meanwhile, Sasuke (otherwise known as the best wingman ever) and Kenshin’s bitch attempt to make an alliance with Ishida, with surprising success! Ishida accepts but unfortunately Yukimura’s long time rival Date comes busting the gate down and isn’t about to let Ishida, who hilariously doesn’t even remember his name, escape. Date has blood in his eyes and he’s fucking pissed. Even if Ishida is Hideyoshi and Nobunaga levels of strong, he’s about to get his fucking shit rocked. I’ve never been so excited for a next installment.

Sengoku Basara – Judge End – 3

The sengoku era returns, swinging. And it’s swinging a giant anchor in your face.

What do we have this week? Maeda Keichi makes a deal with mercenaries, who by extension turn their back on angsty Ishida. Meanwhile, Ishida teams up with Chosukabe against a common enemy, Ieyasu. While Ishida isn’t common on sharing the glory of defeating his old friend Ieyasu with anyone, defeating and killing Ieyasu is more important to him than defeating him himself with his pride intact. Now that, ladies and gentlemen, is pretty vengeful.

It seems that, in accordance with the ebb and flow of history as its musty pages have told us, Takeda is not getting better. It’s only a matter of time before he falls to his illness as history dictates and Yukimura must take up the banner. What will the war god of Echigo do, I wonder? Honestly, he is their best shot at defeating Ishida as I’m certain he can take him on, being of Shingen Takeda level of strength. Meanwhile, Masamune is on a warpath for Ishida’s head – a fiery passion and urge for revenge that has yet to be seen on the “good guy” side. Best of luck to the one eyed dragon but I’m not thinking it’s going to end well for him.

So, let’s talk about floating carpet guy. He’s obviously been killing and stirring trouble in Ieyasu’s name with the intent of turning people against him. But the real question is this: What end is he doing that for? Is he hoping to benefit Ishida, no matter the cost? Or is he doing it to benefit himself and eventually turn against Ishida? Missi and I are in the latter party for his motives, although time will tell for sure.

Also remember how badly he got jobbered in Last Party? That was funny.

He looks like Aladdin.

Sengoku Basara – Judge End – 1 & 2

Sengoku Basara – a game series which is also an anime series that enjoy a confusing history that may or may not have anything to do with real japanese history. Please fully enjoy and digest that needlessly confusing sentence.

So this follows up the latest and greatest Sengoku installment, “The Last Party”, right? Nope! Actually, it follows the story of the games a bit more closely, rewriting certain aspects of the latter half of the second season. Key elements include this major one: Ieyasu is the one who kills Hideyoshi, not Masamune as the second season depicted (which it depicted because of the focus on Yukimura and Masamune). Ieyasu betrays Ishida, Hideyoshi, and Hanbei, with the latter two dying and Ishida thirsty for revenge on his former friend. Remember, this is crazy “I fucked up Masamune” Ishida from the beginning of Last Party, not “I’m changed and had sense knocked into me” Ishida from the end of Last Party. Remember, that shit didn’t happen in this universe!

You may have noticed that Ieyasu has a new advisor. That advisor is actually voiced by none other than series vet T.M. Revolution. Holy shit.

So what happens? Following the plotline of the third game (Given we have the first two games safely behind us at this point), shingen is sick and Yukimura must rise up to take his place. Ieyasu thinks that he can unite the world with bonds rather than brute force – a fact he demonstrates by attacking the fuck out of the Takeda land. Ok. Listen, Ieyasu, that is not how you do this. Usually you build bonds with people by NOT eviscerating the shit out of them.

Kojirou, weakened and hurt, ends up fighting Kenshin and getting owned, also. I always deemed Kenshin and Shingen to be stronger than pretty much everyone but my god they’re not throwing the poor guy a bone, instead treating him like some greenhorn which is kinda annoying. Did Masamune and Kojirou get nerfed or something?

Animation quality is decent but we’re sorely missed product I.G. and Sawano’s soundtrack. That said, let’s see where this goes.