“Sengoku Basara: End of Judgement” is a series that will interest those who continue to play the “Sengoku Basara” video games and those who have watched the previous anime series and the animated film. With the many characters featured, literally there can be new “Sengoku Basara” anime series dedicate to various army’s and multiple storylines. This third series focuses on the Battle of Sekigahara and focuses on Ishida Mitsunari and Tokugawa Ieyasu. All in all, an anime series with a good combination of humor and action but also more of a focus on human emotion after tragedy. If you enjoy “Sengoku Basara”, definitely give “Sengoku Basara: End of Judgment” a try!
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TITLE: Sengoku Basara: End of Judgement
DURATION: Episodes 1-12 (300 Minutes)
BLU-RAY INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition, English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD, Japanese 2.0 Dolby TrueHD, Subtitles: English
COMPANY: FUNimation Entertainment
RATED: TV 14
Release Date: December 27, 2016
Directed by Takashi Sano
Series Composition by Natsuko Takahashi
Character Design by Michinori Chiba
Art Director: Daisuke Jinba
Chief Animation Director: Toshimitsu Kobayashi, Yumenosuke Tokuda
Anime Production by Telecom Animation
Featuring the following voice talent:
Kazuya Nakai/Robert McCollum as Date Masamune
Souichiro Hoshi/Johnny Yong Bosch as Sanada Yukimura
Tomokazu Seki/Matthew Mercer as Ishida Mitsunari
Toru Ohkawa/Liam O’Brien as Tokugawa Ieyasu
Ami Koshimizu/Kat Steel as Tsuruhime
Fumihiko Tachiki/Mark Stoddard as Ohtani Yoshitsugu
Jun Fukuyama/Tony Oliver as Kobayakawa Hideaki
Kenichi Ogata/R. Bruce Elliott as Shimazu Yoshihiro
Mamiko Noto/Laura Bailey as Oichi
Masakazu Morita/Eric Vale as Maeda Keiji
Natsuko Kuwatani/Stephanie Sheh as Kasuga
Noriaki Sugiyama/Brittney Karbowski as Otomo Sourin
Rikiya Koyama/Richard Epcar as Kuroda Kanbee
Romi Park/Greg Ayres as Uesugi Kenshin
Takehito Koyasu/Michael Sinterniklaas as Sarutobi Sasauke
Tessho Genda/Chris Ayres as Takeda Shingen
Toshiyuki Morikawa/Travis Willingham as Katakura Kojuro
Get ready for the hacking, slashing battle of a lifetime in a new adaptation of the Sengoku Basara franchise. The new installment, based on the world created by Capcom, revolves around one massive conflict featuring mechanized samurai, mystical ninjas, gun-toting warriors, and a blinding array of deadly special moves! During the turbulent period of warring states, numerous feudal lords sought to rule the land of the rising sun. With Nobunaga defeated, Hideyoshi lead a brutal campaign to wipe out the remaining combatants. His ambitions were crushed, however, when he was betrayed by the idealistic Tokugawa Ieyasu. Ieyasu’s rebellion marked the start of a new conflict that would put old and new alliances to the test as Hideyoshi’s loyal followers began plotting their revenge, and the other remaining lords prepared their armies for the showdown at Sekigahara.
When it comes to video games that feature samurai’s and a general taking on hoards of enemies, in the US, “Samurai Warriors” (similar to Dynasty Warriors) from KOEI is well-known. But in Japan, CAPCOM began their own series known as “Sengoku Basara” (Devil Kings) which takes place during the Sengoku period and a similar concept as their rivals and has also earned its strong fan following.
In 2005, the first game was released for the Sony Playstation 2 and was released in the U.S. (as “Devil Kings”) but unfortunately, CAPCOM tried to change the whole story of the Sengoku period by trying to connect it to their “Devil May Cry” series in order to attract players but because of the changes and the localization crew feeling they needed to make it more difficult in America, needless to say, it was a failure. People wanted the same game that was in Japan and within the last six years, there have been numerous video game releases.
In Japan, two seasons of “Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings” aired. Followed by “Sengoku Basara II” in 2010, a film version titled “Sengoku Basara: The Last Party” was released in 2011 and in 2014, a third TV series titled “Sengoku Basara: End of Judgment” based on the video game “Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes” was released and was released by Funimation.
What is “Sengoku Basara: End of Judgement” about?
The third anime series is much different from the previous two seasons as the previous were animated by Production I.G. and now the series is produced by Telecom Animation Film. As this storyline is considered an “alternate setting” and instead of focusing on many battles, the storyline focuses on the Sekigahara Battle and takes place after the death of Oda Nobunaga.
The anime series takes place during the Sengoku Period and the warlord Oda Nobunaga was betrayed and killed by his retainer Akechi Mitsuhide. Toyotomi Hideyoshi would defeat Mitsuhide and would launch an attack on Odawara Castle, home of the Houjoi Clan.
As the Date Army got involved with the battle, they were defeated by Toyotomi’s warrior, Ishida Mitsunari.
Toyotomi’s attack was short-lived as Tokugawa Ieyasu would defeat Toyotomi Hideyoshi and kill him in combat. But another force tried to attack Tokugawa’s forces, Oda Nobunaga’s sister, Oichi. As for Toyotomi’s army, the new leader would now be led by Ishida Mitsunari.
Meanwhile, word gets through to Chousokabe Motochika that his land had been attacked by his friend, Tokugawa. And due to his betrayal, Chousokabe wants revenge.
And as everyone worries about war in the land, new alliances are formed. Who will be left standing?
“Sengoku Basara: End of Judgment” is presented in 1080p High Definition and the animation from Telecom Animation is slightly different from Production I.G. when it comes to character design and also background designs. It’s subjective to the viewer and I’m slightly biased towards Production I.G., but I will say that Telecom Animation did a good job.
Colors are absolutely vibrant and bold. Also, very good lighting effects throughout the film. I detected no banding, artifacting or anything negative about the picture quality for “Sengoku Basara: The Last Party”.
AUDIO & SUBTITLES:
“Sengoku Basara: The Last Party” is presented in lossless English and Japanese 5.1 Dolby TrueHD. Personally, I enjoyed the Japanese soundtrack because the generals sound much more menacing while I felt the English dub, as good as it is, sometimes I feel certain voice talent are overly used and they sound the same for no matter what characters they play.
Personally, I enjoyed the Japanese soundtrack because the generals sound much more menacing while I felt the English dub, as good as it is, sometimes I feel certain voice talent are overly used and they sound the same for no matter what characters they play. In the first season, I mentioned that although I enjoy Johnny Yong Bosch’s acting work when it comes to “Bleach”, but his Yukimura (Sengoku Basara) sounds like an annoying version of Ichigo (Bleach). But with that being said, the English dub has grown on me and felt the FUNimation English dub actors did a fine job.
Subtitles are in English.
“SSengoku Basara: Edge of Judgement” contains the following special features:
- Episode 01 Audio Commentary – Audio Commentary by Taliesen Jaffe (ADR Director) and Michael Sinterniklaas (voice of Sarutobi Sasuke).
- Episode 03 Audio Commentary – Audio Commentary by Christopher Bevins (ADR Director), Robert Mccollum (voice of Data Masamune) and Eric Vale (voice of Maeda Keiji).
- Textless Opening and Closing Song – Featuring “Thunderclap” and “Hokkyokusei ~Polaris~”.
There is no doubt that in Japan, “Sengoku Basara” has a pretty strong fan following from its video games and anime series, especially among the cosplayers who are often seen doing group cosplay of the characters from the series.
For “Sengoku Basara”, it’s a popular video game series that has tried to make these warring clans (that happen to live in the same time period) and generals with amazing abilities take on each other. But in order to keep the storylines fresh for the video games, alternate settings are going to be common place and the same can be said for the “Sengoku Basara” anime series.
In the case of “Sengoku Basara”, because there are many characters, instead of focusing on a certain historical battle of the same two people, the series tends to focus on other characters.
“Sengoku Basara: End of Judgment” is the third series and the two characters foucused on is Ishida Mitsunari and Tokugawa Ieyasu. For those not familiar with Japanese history, the “Battle of Sekigahara” was a battle that would establish the Tokugawa shogunate and prove to people the power and leadership of Tokugawa Ieyasu.
The series focuses on the storyline of Oda Nobunaga as the person who had control of most of Japan until he was betrayed by his retainer Akechi Mitsuhide. Toyotomi Hideyoshi avenged his master. And this is where the anime series differs from history as Tokugawa Ieyasu betrays Toyotomi Hideyoshi, leaving Hideyoshi’s warrior Ishida Mitsunari to seek revenge on his former friend.
In the first series, we saw various battles between Sanada Yukimura and Date Masamune vs. Oda Nobunaga and Kojuro vs. Mitsuhide. In the second series, the series focused on Toyotomi Hideyoshi as the antagonist.
And for this third anime series, we have Ieyasu Tokugawa as the main antagonist and Mitsunari wanting revenge on Ieyasu for killing his master, Toyotomi Hideyoshi.
The other characters have significant roles but more of showing which their allegiance lies. Fans of Date Masamune and Sanada Yukimura may be surprised that their significance in the series is decreased, but they still remain important to the storyline.
And it’s probably best to leave it at that because of the numerous characters featured, unless you are familiar with the game and the anime series, just the sheer mention of the characters and the alternate plots will confuse people.
But I will say that if you followed the anime and the video games, “Sengoku Basara: End of Judgment” is an interesting way to keep the storyline fresh as it’s an anime with new motivations, interesting perspectives but most of all, a focus on different characters, but yet also introducing new characters as well. Also, how this series tend to show more of the human emotion after the deaths of various leaders and how certain individuals are affected by the deaths.
The third series features a new anime production team with Telecom Animation in charge, but cast of both the Funimation series and the video game series are involved in the third series as it was a collaboration between Funimation and Capcom as mentioned in the first audio commentary.
Animation is very good, but it’s subjective as I’m sure there are those who prefer Production I.G.’s animation and those who may prefer the Telecom Animation animation. But the anime series is colorful and vibrant and both lossless soundtracks are well-done with the English dub having an edge with the 5.1 lossless soundtrack.
Overall, “Sengoku Basara: End of Judgement” is a series that will interest those who continue to play the “Sengoku Basara” video games and those who have watched the previous anime series and the animated film. With the many characters featured, literally there can be new “Sengoku Basara” anime series dedicate to various army’s and multiple storylines. This third series focuses on the Battle of Sekigahara and focuses on Ishida Mitsunari and Tokugawa Ieyasu. All in all, an anime series with a good combination of humor and action but also more of a focus on human emotion after tragedy.
If you enjoy “Sengoku Basara”, definitely give “Sengoku Basara: End of Judgment” a try!
Created before the Great Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami disaster of 3/11, “Tokyo Magnitude 8.0” was an anime series that posed the question of “what if” a significant earthquake hit Tokyo. An anime series that is heartbreaking but also filled with hope. “Tokyo Magnitude 8.0” is highly recommended!
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TITLE: Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 – Complete Collection
YEAR OF SERIES RELEASE: 2009
DURATION: 1-11 (325 Minutes)
BLU-RAY DISC INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition, English and Japanese DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0, Subtitles: English
COMPANY: Maiden Japan
RATED: TV 14
Release Date: April 2, 2013
Directed by Masaki Tachibana
Series Composition: Natsuko Takahashi
Music by Ko Otani
Character Design by Atsuko Nozaki
Art Director: Mika Nakajima
3D Director: Eiji Inomoto
Anime Production: BONES, Kinema Citrus
Featuring the voices of:
Satomi Hanamura/Luci Christian as Mirai Onosawa
Yuko Kaida/Shelley Calene-Black as Mari Kusakabe
Yumiko Kobayashi/Tiffany Grant as Yuuki Onosawa
Ai Nonaka/Brittney Karbowski as Aya
Christel Takigawa/Monica Rial as Newscaster (herself)
Hiroshi Naka/David Matranga as Seiji Onosawa (Mirai’s father)
Kikuko Inoue/Maggie Flecknoe as Masami Onosawa (Mirai’s mother)
Narumi Takahira as Meg
Takeshi Aono/John Swasey as Mr. Furuichi
The devastation is unleashed in the span of seconds. Yielding to centuries of unrelenting pressure, an ancient rift in the Earth gives way and a force equivalent to over a thousand atomic bombs erupts beneath the feet of the citizens of the world’s largest mega-cities! For the people of the greater Tokyo area, the results are catastrophic as even “earthquake-proof” buildings sway like weeds in the wind, gas mains rip open in gouts of flame and huge sections of the city’s vital infrastructure are torn into shreds. For sister and brother Mirai and Yuki who were caught in the earthquake while in Odaiba during summer holiday, it’s the start of a desperate journey back to their parent’s home in Setagaya. For motorcycle courier Mari, it means an equally frantic battle towards Sangenjaya and her own daughter and mother. Joining together in an epic odyssey through the mangled streets, these three must brave impossible obstacles and endure unspeakable hardships and heartbreak, with no way of knowing if their loved ones are even still alive. But they’ve no other choice! In the aftermath of nature’s fury, only the strongest of will and most courageous of heart can hope to survive in TOKYO MAGNITUDE 8.0!
The Great Tohoku Earthquake of March 2011 in which a magnitude 9.0 earthquake hit the coast of Japan and caused a tsunami in which 15,882 people were killed, 6,142 were injured, 2,668 people are still missing and over 650,000 people have lost their livelihood.
Prior to this devastating earthquake, there has been a lot of talk about what if a great earthquake hit Tokyo. Because back in 1995, people of Japan were rocked when a 6.8 earthquake hit the city of Kobe. Known as the “Great Hanshin Earthquake”, 6,434 people lost their lives but with the Kansai area a distance away from Tokyo, the only major earthquake that was recorded in Tokyo was in September 1923 when a 7.9 earthquake hit Izu Oshima Island in Sagami Bay.
The earthquake devastated Tokyo and killed over 105,000 people.
Having been to Japan and have had discussions with friends about earthquakes, the only discussion prior to 3/11 was “let’s hope it never happens in Tokyo!”.
But with the Great Tohoku disaster, many around the world witnessed the destruction, the death and how Tokyo was crippled by the disaster, even though the epicenter of the earthquake was many miles away.
But the question still persists…what if an earthquake hit Tokyo?
In 2009, the anime studio BONES and Kinema Citrus released an anime series based on that “What if?” scenario with “Tokyo Magnitude 8.0”. An eleven episode series directed by Masaki Tachibana (“Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex”, “Eureka Seven”, “Noir”) and a screenplay by Natsuko Takahashi (“Antique Bakery”, “Bleach the Movie: Fade to Black”, “Gakuen Heaven”, “Yatterman”, “Vandread”).
The series would feature music by Ko Otani (“Eyeshield 21”, “Ashita no Nadja”, “Colorful”, “Mobile Suit Gundam Wing”, “Shakugan no Shana”), character design by Atsuko Nozaki (“Mass Effect: Paragon Lost”, “Eureka Seven”, “Ergo Proxy”, “Naruto Shippuden”) and art backgrounds by Mika Nakajima (“Motto to Love RU”, “CANAAN”, “Angel Beats!”).
The concept of the series is based on a prediction that there is a 70% chance that an earthquake that is 7.0 magnitude will hit Tokyo in the next 30 years. Wanting to achieve realism, the series would show what happens if an 8.0 magnitude earthuake hit Tokyo. Bones collected and tabulated research on previous earthquakes and interviewed individuals who were affected by the earthquakes and also feature the efforts of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force, Japan Coast Guard, Tokyo Fire Department and Tokyo Disaster Medical Assistance Team deployed during the aftershocks. Also, to add some realism to the series, FNN newscaster christel Takigawa is featured as a news reporter during the series.
And now “Tokyo Magnitude 8.0” will be released in America on April 2013 courtesy of Maiden Japan.
“Tokyo Magnitude 8.0” is a series that focuses on a 7th grader named Mirai Onozawa. Despite attending the prestigious Rika Girls Academy, she’s a bit bothered with life as her parents are constantly working (and arguing), never having the time anymore for her and her younger brother, third grader Yuki. And she is not sure what she wants to do in life.
With a robot exhibition taking place in Odaiba, Yuki was hoping that his parents would take him there but instead, their parents tell Mirai to take them because they are too busy with work.
Of course, Mirai is not so thrilled of having to bring her little brother to a robot event, but her parents are making her do it. Because it’s their mother’s birthday, Yuki wants to buy their mother an earring at the gift shop. While buying it, a motorcycle courier named Mari Kusakabe ends up taking it. But she decides to let the kids have it and purchase it for their mother, of course, Mirai tries not to show any thanks because she doesn’t like being treated like she’s a young girl.
As the two are about to leave the center, Yuki tells his sister he needs to use the bathroom and will buy them a soda after he is done.
As Mirai is outside of the entrance, she wonders what she will do with her life and text on her cell phone that she wishes life would come to an end. Immediately after, a great earthquake hits Tokyo Bay and Odaiba begins to crumble.
With destruction and injured people all around, during the chaos, Mirai tries to look for Yuki, putting herself in danger. She is nearly killed but is saved by Mari Kusakabe, the woman she met at the gift shop earlier. Mari tells Mirai that she will help her look for Yuki but to be careful because of the danger and the aftershocks.
While the two are nearly killed from falling debris, they manage to find Yuki and both head to the Fuji TV building where they seek shelter, as all roads are blocked and there is no way to get across from the bay as the bridge has been damaged.
Both Mirai and Yuki learn that Mari is a mother of a four-year-old and she wants to get back home to see if her daughter and Mari’s mother is OK. Because their place is going the same direction of where Mirai and Yuki’s parents live, the three make a promise that together, they will get back home.
But with all the destruction in Tokyo and the danger that surrounds them, will they get back home? Will they have a home? But most importantly, are their loved ones alive and well?
“Tokyo Magnitude 8.0” is presented in 1080i High Definition. While an anime series released back in 2009, it’s important to note that this is a TV series and that you can expect to see some softness. But the series looks incredible in terms of detail, especially capturing the scenery of well-known areas within Tokyo. The structures are full of detail and while character design is not as detailed compared to other series, it works perfectly for “Tokyo Magnitude 8.0” as it shows the nature of the children and capturing emotion through their facial expressions. But the series looks great on Blu-ray!
“Tokyo Magnitude 8.0” is presented in Japanese and English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0. It’s primarily a front-channel driven soundtrack but the dialogue and the sound effects of the rumbling of the earthquake is quite clear. Both voice acting is well-done but for a series that is very emotional, I tend to prefer to watch the series in its original Japanese. Satomi Hanamura, Yuko Kaida and Yumiko Kobayashi do a stellar job in this series as voice talent. The addition of real FNN newscaster Christel Takigawa as a newscaster in the anime series is also awesome. But for the most part, depending on which version you watch, both soundtracks are well-acted.
“Tokyo Magnitude 8.0” comes with the following special features:
- Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 Digest Version – For those who want to watch an abridged hour version of “Tokyo Magnitude 8.0”. I do recommend watching the entire series!
- Clean Opening and Closing Animation
“Tokyo Magnitude 8.0” is an anime series that dares to ask people of what if there is an earthquake in Tokyo?
In my past visits to Japan, many times I have stood looking from the largest buildings in Tokyo, and just seeing how every structure is built so close together, how traffic is so busy but also asking the question, is Tokyo prepared if an earthquake hits the area?
I surely asked this question quite a bit after the Great Hanshin Earthquake. But the answers that I would hear from friends is they don’t think about it and just hope it never happens.
But things changed after 3/11. I covered the Great Tohoku earthquake and tsunami disaster on social media and also followed the coverage from Japan and abroad. And while far from Tokyo, the earthquake was so powerful that Tokyo had damage, people felt it from afar and like everyone around the world, we saw the damage from that earthquake and what came afterward.
A year later, I covered the rebuilding effort and even two years later, I still feel uneasy because many people are still displaced, damage may have been cleaned up but those areas affected are uninhabitable and even the nuclear plant still has issues to this day.
With discussions of having a second Tokyo which may be relocated or whatever ideas that government officials have in Japan, the fact is that the probability of a great earthquake in Tokyo is high. The expected death toll would be high. But there has to be preparation for such devastation.
But two years prior to the Great Tohoku Earthquake of 2011, BONES and Kinema Citrus had created “Tokyo Magnitude 8.0”. Watching this anime series, I felt numb.
I have been to Odaiba several of times and I love the area. In Japan, it’s still the area to visit for the Tokyo Anime Fair, the Gundam Front, Fuji TV or Joypolis. It’s an area near Tokyo Bay that one wants to visit to get away (without leaving Tokyo) from the concrete jungle and be near the water.
But in the anime series, the earthquake happens right on the bay. While images of 3/11 and the tsunami still on our mind, it’s important to remember that the wall that was built in Sendai to prevent a tsunami disaster, did not work. The earthquake was much too powerful that the flooding was unimaginable.
While I’m not sure if the same result would happen to Odaiba, for this series, the tsunami was less of the factor but more of the earthquake and its continued aftershocks.
The efficacy of this anime series lies upon its two characters, a seventh grader named Mirai and her younger brother, third grader Yuki. These two children are like any other children you would meet in Japan. But without their parents, they receive help from a woman who is a mother, and together, they are stranded in Odaiba.
We see the chaos that ensues as people want to escape from Odaiba to get back into the city and the only way out is through the water bus. But the continued aftershocks that were still big, were continuing the damage on the structures.
We know from the Great Tohoku earthquake that this is true, aftershocks continued continuously, nearly non-stop after the first major earthquake. We learned that damage blocked any way from people getting in and out and the trains were out of commission for over a week.
But Mari, Mirai and Yuki make it back to land and are brought to Shiba Park. For those who have been to Japan, it’s the closest park to Tokyo Tower.
In the anime series, we see emergency services that are stationed for emergency supplies. But we see how the aftershocks are still causing damage and we see the fall of Tokyo Tower. The falling of Tokyo Tower is important because it establishes that nothing around Tokyo is safe, major landmarks, buildings, danger is all around you, especially since everything is close in quarters to each other.
But one thing you will notice is showing the Japanese spirit of how emergency services are deployed but even with a major earthquake, there is only so much that can be done and thus, chaos will be everywhere around the city. From people waiting to get into a port-a-potty to having no place to sleep but on the ground.
While I’m not going to explain any more details regarding the three primary characters and what happens as they try to get back home to their loved ones, it’s important to note that like the Great Tohoku Earthquake and the many stories that aired on the news, for many family’s that were near the epicenter, many stories of these individuals are not always happy.
Many loved ones are lost, many injuries, many homes destroyed, work destroyed and people are displaced to another location. Two years after 3/11 and the stories are still the same. People who can’t go back home. Families separated or family leaving other family behind to pursue opportunities far from where the earthquake hit. And this is just a few of the problems as food contamination by nuclear waste, abundance of waste still needs to be addressed and the rebuilding efforts continue.
What “Tokyo Magnitude 8.0” show us is that there is hope after tragedy but also not being 100% but still showing how Tokyo can easily be destroyed by an earthquake, tsunami or fires, because everything is in close proximity.
I know that people, especially people I know in Tokyo, don’t want to imagine such disaster to happen in their lifetime but sometimes to prepare, one needs to be awakened by that possibility of “What if?”. “Tokyo Magnitude 8.0” did that in 2009, the Great Tohoku earthquake confirmed and also let everyone see firsthand the widespread damage but how devastating and earthquake can be for Japan and also Tokyo.
As for the Blu-ray release of “Tokyo Magnitude 8.0”, picture quality is very good, the detailed background art for the noticeable locations were well-done but the voice acting is absolutely wonderful and heartbreaking. The animation and just the pain that you feel from the writing can be felt and if thought “Grave of the Fireflies” or even “CLANNAD” made you cry, “Tokyo Magnitude 8.0” will also make you tear uncontrollably. As one can expect from a disaster storyline, it’s inevitable.
You also get a digest version for those who don’t want to watch all eleven episodes but seriously, I can’t imagine this series being reduced to an hour long, it’s a series that must be experienced and that is by watching all eleven episodes.
Overall, “Tokyo Magnitude 8.0” was created before the Great Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami disaster of 3/11. “Tokyo Magnitude 8.0” was a bold anime series that posed the question of “what if” a significant earthquake hit Tokyo and people saw a glimpse of what could happen in 2011. “Tokyo Magnitude 8.0” is an anime series that is heartbreaking but also a series showing hope. Highly recommended!