Wednesday, April 8, 2009

A Very Non-Yuri Post: Sengoku Basara Anime Episode 1

This series is awesome. :D Seriously awesome. From seeing a Japanese samurai screaming "Time to party!!!" in English while charging into battle on the most tricked out horse I have ever seen (Date Masamune. He's my favorite character. XD) to watching the most ridiculously passionate energy-charged fistfight ever between the leader of the Takeda clan and his subordinate Yukimura as they passionately scream each other's names repeatedly.

Yes indeed, I see some prime doujinshi fodder in the making. lol

This series loosely recreates the battles of the Sengoku era, featuring ridiculously shonen action-powered versions of historical figures like Uesugi Kenshin and Oda Nobunaga. But what really matters is that this series is simply a fun, energy-packed action romp about samurai beating the stuffing out of each other. It's hard to explain, but I like it. :D

And to include something of yuri relevance in this post, Uesugi Kenshin has a busty female ninja subordinate named Kasuga who is madly in love with him. But when I saw Kenshin, I thought "That is so a woman!!" His faces looks undeniably female, his unusually slender body is covered up too much to really reveal his gender (hello, armor and padding), and he sounds just like a woman, voice courtesy of Romi Paku. And in his first scene with Kasuga, she was obviously ga-ga for him, and my yuri senses twitched. But then when he was addressed as "Kenshin", I was like "Wait..." and looked up the character to make sure that there wasn't any sort of gender switch for this series. (Hey, it's happened before.) But nope, Sengoku Basara's Kenshin is the guy who fulfills the "bishonen guy who really (really) looks like a girl" role. Most of the key players of this show seem to be bishonen also. But anyway, this show kicks a** and Date Masamune rocks. The art/character design and animation is darn good also, especially for this type of show.

Watch it, watch it, watch it!!

Story: B
Art: B+
Energy: A+
Overall: B+

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