Sengoku BASARA 2 #01 — Your Own Personal Jesus

July 11th, 2010




I was wondering how they were going to try to surpass Nobunaga as a villain and apparently they’re going the Incredible Hulk/Jesus route. Hideyoshi is at least the size of Tadakatsu, if not much larger, and spends much of his screen time bathed in light from the heavens. The only other antagonist thus far is Hanbei, who is just trading one effeminate froof for another. Mitsuhide was crazy as hell too, which was always amusing. It’s certainly a pretty big step down from the Demon King sitting on a throne of skulls sipping wine from… another skull. The second half of the episode also dragged in the usual Basara way. I would have preferred an ED to listening to the talking heads go on about how influential and dangerous the previously unmentioned and unseen Hulk-Jesus really is.

The craziness was also toned down a lot compared to the first episode of the previous series. Masamune still shouted random crap in English, there were big explosions, etc, but none of them flying around or going really nuts. It feels quite repackaged, particularly the art styles. That bleeding into the rougher design when the auras are flaring and people shouting was completely gone from this episode, although it does look like it’ll make something of a comeback next week. Part of that may also have been whatever they’re trying to do with Yukimura and Masamune by having Yukimura decisively lose in their opening fight, but it’s hard to really be sure. It definitely didn’t have those same out of control overtures as before though.

It was still a solid first episode, but I do think that it’s a very noticaeble step down from the opening episode of the first season and needs to regain some of that berserk energy that made it fun to watch in between the dull talking heads.


Hanbei vs Masamune’s team and Kasuga orgasms, again.

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7 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • Jack Damn says:

    Came here for the Depeche Mode reference. Am not disappointed.

  • Andy says:

    lol best show this series for sure!
    season 1 was awsome hope for the same for s2

  • Anise Punter says:

    I can’t even begin to calculate how badly Hideyoshi’s intimidation factor is reduced by being named Hideyoshi. There can be only one.

  • Tokki says:

    Masamune was the reason to why I loved the 1st season so much. I think its hot when he randomly shouts out english lines. ^.^ I hope this season is as good as last ones.

  • Albedo says:

    No spider horses yet? That was the comment that got me to watch the first season XD

  • Gin says:

    I felt rather underwhelmed during this episode, and I kept thinking back to the first episode of last season during this episode, and comparing them. Of course, even if the guy is Jesus/Hulk, he just doesn’t seem to compare to how ruthless the Demon Wakamoto King was.

  • Anonymous says:

    It’s an inherent problem of making a Sengoku anime, I think. After Nobunaga died, the next unifying figure was Hideyoshi, followed by Tokugawa, with each one being less open to vilification than his predecessor. So it’s unfortunate, but we won’t be getting our skull kings on their skull thrones drinking from their skull cups any more.