Season 2 is upon us! The follow up to our highly acclaimed first season — Japan’s toughest warlords are on the move, leading massive armies against their rivals in a thrilling quest for total domination. Wielding insane weaponry and unleashing the elements to boost their already awesome power, these warrior generals roar into the fray atop turbo-charged stallions, slicing through the enemy with six blades at once. If you read really deep into it, you could probably find some hidden plot meaning, but otherwise, the most one would get out of it is that there is a war going on and different factions are fighting for unification/power.
This season improves on its predecessor, by maintaining the strong over-the-top craziness we received from the first season. Masamune, Shingen, and Kenshin’s forces are engaged in a three way battle when they find themselves surrounded by the soldiers of Toyotomi Hideyoshi who seeks to unite Japan and help it grow into a strong country. Nothing is more exciting then watching a fluid battle scene play out before your eyes. After all, they brandish explosive shotguns and swing swords the size of men. How could action fans not love that?
With the events of the firsts season now behind the core cast, the defeat of Nobunaga and all that he represented has lead them all to quite a victory. But, there’s lots of shouting, lots of chasing, and a few minor battles before the main story thread really gets going. As loyalties crumble and new alliances are forged in the scorching heat of battle, heroes become conquerors and conquerors become legends, but it is here where the series stumbles as difficulty in the number of characters you have to recognize and keep track of very early on in the episodes. History buffs might have an easier time with this problem however, as almost all of the characters in Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings 2 are based on real historical characters, which is a nice touch.
With that last point brought out, this series does add more humanity to the show, by questioning the motives for war and the meaning of “strength” defined byt the all-out battles. There’s a good buildup towards the final couple of episodes where all the forces finally come to a head and it plays out in spectacular fashion. Many anime fans don’t enjoy this series due to the amount of action and ‘lack’ of plot, but for us at Japan Cinema, it’s a huge guilty pleasure that looks and sounds fantastic. If you loved season one, this purchase is a no brainer.