Sengoku Basara: The Last Party takes place shortly after the end of Sengoku Basara 2. It focuses on ‘Mitsunari Ishida’, one of Hideyoshi’s generals who seeks BITTER REVENGE! against ‘Date Masamune’ for his death. It’s based around events in the Sengoku Basara 3 video game. The story also focuses on Ieyasu Tokugawa and his desire to get everyone to stop fighting and to become friends, he does this mostly by flying around on an awesome robot and overusing the word “bonds”. He also has a relationship with Mitsunari, but has used Hideyoshi’s death to fuel his desire for peace. The main character line-up is completed by Yukimura Sanada; who finally succeeds his Master’s position and becomes the Tiger of Kai. Yukimura finds merit in Ieyasu’s desire to form bonds and end the continuous wars and lends him support. Meanwhile shady characters move behind the scenes plotting against Ieyasu.
The movie to tie up parts of season 1 and season 2, I can never get enough of Sengoku Basara, the characters and story are just too good. And this 90 min movie will get your blood pumping. Although, if you are a fan, your main gripe is trying to keep track with all the different characters. This film is no different as I STILL have a hard time grasping everyones names and functions. At this point, and by that I mean right before I watched the movie because I know what kind of series Sengoku Basara is, I gave up expecting grand storyline. I took this movie as extension of Sengoku Basara video game, and I had a lot of fun with it. There are several simultaneously unfolding arcs in Sengoku Basara The Last Party, but the general setup is perhaps only too familiar to fans of the anime series: once again, Japan is threatened with being put under the thumb of a nefarious dictator-warlord.
A feature-film conclusion to the events of the first two Sengoku Basara TV shows, Sengoku Basara: The Last Party plays like a longish episode of the show. It’s built from all the same ingredients and delivers all the same variety of enjoyment, but it breaks no new ground. Clearly, “inspired by” history doesn’t mean “confined to” history—especially since the concluding fight owes more to the screen-shattering, high-tech Armageddons of the likes of Evangelion or Akira than it does any conventional samurai-era story. Other shows have concluded, or at least been extended, with a feature-film production. Eden of the East comes most readily to mind: it ended with not one but two movies, both of which took the action of the show into new realms and were also direct continuations of the story. This stands in contrast to the way feature films for franchises like Bleach, Naruto or One Piece are mostly side stories to the main action.
Like before, there are a number of extras including a making of and more of the mini comedy sketches with the chibis, but they seem to have forgotten to animate them this time, making them not quite as much fun as before as they talk in front of still images. Also, it’s a shame it was another one of these combo packs, because essentially buying two copies of the movie at the same time doesn’t do the price any favors. The animation in Sengoku Basara has always been one of the stronger points, as things move fluidly even when the screen is just filled with people fighting, or big effects occur. It’s definitely one for the fans, as all the characters crank it up to eleven in one heck of a big finish brawl. A few of the series regulars don’t get as big of a highlight, but it’s an overall satisfying end to the series.