(originally published on Livejournal on 8/8/10)
Anime Review in a Minute:
Sengoku Basara Two Episode 1
Anime Review in a Minute: What this is all about.
tl;dr review: Epic battles in Epic Japan between Epic Warriors, huzzah!; Sauron arrives to put the smack-down on everyone, boo!
The Skinny: The show opens with a massive battle scene, two large armies face off against each other in the Japanese countryside — no explanation why. Their leaders get into long, extended one-on-one fights for control, and they fight and fight and fight and fight and fight. Oh, and then they fight some more. But their internecine squabbles are all for naught as a Big Baddy arrives on the scene — he’s about the size of the Sta-Puft Marshmallow Man, apparently invincible and announces his intention to rule them all, nya-ha-ha! All the brave little warriors see the writing on the wall and flee to fight another day. Can they set aside their differences to face this new terrible threat?
My Thoughts: So, you want yourself some anime that is all about the fighting? Well, here you go! It’s like a video game in anime form….which is exactly what it is. But to me, it’s all so ridiculous. You have incredibly idiotic warriors, all wearing incredibly idiotic costumes, battling each other with incredibly idiotic fighting powers with specially-powered attacks. Oh…wait…I just inadvertently described American superhero comics. Well, the comparison is valid, since 98% of all American superhero comics are equally as banal, worthless pieces of pulp that make my brain ache. Well, whether it’s Japanese warriors flipping out like ninjas with Real Ultimate Power, or American superhero pablum, it’s still crap-on-toast. I’m hard-pressed to say anything positive about this show. Well, the backgrounds are nice, I suppose…
Sauron is not amused. Anyone got a fly-swatter?
For more info:
Exhaustively extensive review: http://antiotaku.wordpress.com/2010/07/23/sengoku-basara-2-episode-1-%E2%80%93-physics-is-for-the-weak/
Wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sengoku_Basara_%28anime%29
Watch it…if you dare! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNdop2G-W3Y
The Verdict: – Aww, don’t cry, Kaorin. It’s all over now.
The tally for Summer 2010 season first episodes so far:
Passing Grade: Ookami-san, Highschool of the Dead, Mitsudomoe, The Occult Academy, Black Butler II, Kurenai OVA, Nurarihyon no Mago, Shiki
Failing grade: Amagami SS, Sekirei: Pure Engagement, Seitokai Yakuindomo, Strike Witches 2, Shukufuku no Campanella, Black Lagoon: Roberta’s Blood Trail, Digimon Xros Wars, Black Rock Shooter OVA, Asobi ni Iku Yo, Sengoku Basara Two
Up Next (not necessarily in this order): Legend of Legendary Heroes, Cat Shit One, Kaichu, Break Blade, Bungaku Shoujo Memoire, Zettai Karen Children OVA