This entry is for all my watchers and fellow artists who like Sengoku Basara, namely focusing on the newest series: Judge End.
I'm not sure how all the Basara fans from the first anime series have been reacting to this new series, now that there are 4 episodes out and subbed for us to enjoy. I have been seeing mixed reviews and feelings regarding Judge End. I'm supposing for a lot of Sengoku Basara fans in the US, their first impression of the series was mainly the anime, which in itself was amazing! However, what many don't realize is that the main canon story of Sengoku Basara comes from the 9 games released for Playstation since 2005. Of course, Production I.G. did a phenomenal job adapting a somewhat alternate storyline for the anime series, basically making Date Masamune the main character, and using some parts of the actual game storyline in the show. This anime series by Production I.G. ended with the movie The Last Party which brought to climax the rebirth and re-defeat of Oda Nobunaga and the outcome of the Battle of Sekigahara was left to the fans' imagination as to who won in the end.
Then comes Sengoku Basara Judge End. Now, here's what I really would like to emphasize to Basara fans out there about this series. Please....PLEASE give this show a chance!! It is not a 3rd season, as you might see advertized. It's a revamp, a reboot, a retelling of the story of the Battle of Sekigahara from the perspective of Tokugawa Ieyasu and Ishida Mitsunari as the main protagonists. And the entire storyline is strongly based off the games Sengoku Basara 3: Samurai Heroes & Sengoku Basara 3: UTAGE. If you've played these games and watched the cut-scenes you will see familiar if not identical scenes in Judge End. If you have not played the games, yes there may be some confusion and a difference in style and storytelling, but really its the most canon take on the Sengoku Basara story I've yet seen! It's gritty, dark, emotive, full of drama, plotting and intrigue, and it stands on its own.
Never will I judge one show over another. I enjoyed the previous anime by Production I.G. as much as all the games and this newest adaptation. If you are a true Sengoku Basara fan, you'll enjoy the story and characters no matter what studio or storyline it takes after. I hope all who decide to look into Sengoku Basara Judge End go in with an open mind and come to enjoy it!
Watch it subbed:
Episode 1: Farewell -
Episode 2: - Troubled Times
Episode 3: - Alliance
Episode 4: - sub coming soon...
On another note..since when could I post videos in my DA journal?!!!!! WHEN DID THIS HAPPEN?!!!