First Look: Sengoku Basara: Judge End

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Video game Adaptation by Telecom Animation Film

Premise

The battle for feudal Japan rages on! This time, the scene is set for the inevitable Battle of Sekigahara. Let’s just ignore history and pretend like we don’t know who will come out on top of this.

Gee’s verdict: War Never Changes

Sengoku Basara: Judge End is a direct adaptation of the 3rd game in the series, whereas the first two anime took a fair bit more liberties with the source material. Honestly having never played the games, I can’t comment on that. That said, Judge End does a pretty great job of getting me excited for Sengoku Basara all over again. It hits all the right points that every Sengoku Basara fan is hoping for, from Yukimura and Takeda’s punching/shouting matches to Date Masamune’s terribly/awesome engrish.

It picks up right at the death of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, showing us Ieyasu’s defeat of the tyrant and Mitsunari’s ridiculously over the top rage in response. Overall, the show seems to be focusing more on the Ieyasu-Mitsunari rivalry rather than the Yukimura-Date one. I’m honestly not sure how I feel about this since Yukimura and Date’s strangely manly/homoerotic relationship was one of the highlights of the previous anime.

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Overall, Judge End feels a little toned down compared to the frankly insane levels of absurdity that occurred in the previous anime, with the likes of Yukimura and Date flying around like superheroes. Whether this toned down approach will work or not, only time will tell. I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was somewhat disappointed by the less interesting fights, even if they’re slightly more realistic. I mean come on, this is fucking Sengoku Basara. You know, the anime where a guy wields six swords at once and there’s a giant robot samurai? Go nuts damn it! Luckily, there’s still the same brand of craziness found elsewhere. Mitsunari literally crying blood over the body of his fallen lord will definitely be something to talk about. And I mean hey, Honda Tadakatsu is in this anime, so as far as I’m concerned, we’re good for now. Between the exciting fights, manly shouting, and utter disregard for the historically accurate portrayal of the Sengoku period, I’m excited for more Sengoku Basara.

Let’s party!

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Euri’s verdict: Shit!

Before you start writing an angry comment, know that I’m merely quoting one of the many fascinating phrases that the legendary Date Masamune uttered on the battlefield. There was plenty of his signature Engrish in this opening episode, but really he was pushed to the background, even though he and Koujuro were brought close to death, due to the absolute destruction of Hideyoshi and his empire. Turns out the little kid with the Gundam has grown up, because he doesn’t seem to struggle to take him down barehanded.

Mitsunari and Hideyoshi were teased during the Basara movie, but it’s clear that Mitsunari’s revenge story will form the basis for this third season. It shouldn’t mean the end of all the Date and Yukimura fights as this’ll be similar to the second series’ focus on pirate guy and hula hoop man, but I have to admit it’s the original two rivals that make me come back to this show again and again.

And…that’s about all you can really say about this show. Give the first season a few episodes if you’re new, then work your way up if you’re on board. If you liked the previous seasons, it’s a pretty safe bet that you’ll be okay here.

One thought on “First Look: Sengoku Basara: Judge End

  1. I agree that the first episode felt a bit more toned down compared to the previous two seasons… although that still at least means that Sengoku Basara is one of the more charmingly ridiculous and lovingly over-the-top anime titles out there. I have a feeling that later episodes will ramp up the insanity again, and I really hope that’s the case – but even if it doesn’t, I’m staying on board just for Masamune’s fab Engrish, which thankfully is still around in full force.

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