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Sengoku Basara (戦国BASARA) is a series of video games developed and published by Capcom, and a bigger media franchise based on it, including four anime shows, an anime movie, a live action show, a magazine series, a trading card game, and numerous stage plays, manga, light novels, and drama CDs. Its story is loosely based on real events of the titular Sengoku period in the history of feudal Japan. Sengoku Basara is considered to be popular in Japan with the video games getting good reviews and sales, winning some awards, becoming a cultural phenomenon, being cited as an example of games as art, and gaining a huge and strong fanbase.
|Genre(s)||Hack and slash|
|Platform(s)||PlayStation 2, Nintendo Wii, Arcade, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 3, Mobile, Android, iOS, PlayStation 4|
|First release||Sengoku Basara|
July 21, 2005
|Latest release||Sengoku Basara Sanada Yukimura-Den|
August 25, 2016
While Sengoku Basara remains popular in Japan, it has gained some popularity in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan. Even though the franchise isn't known well outside of Japan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan, it maintains a small but strong fanbase even outside of those countries (mainly the US, UK, Germany, Russia, and Italy). Every console and handheld Sengoku Basara game in Japan has gotten a B rating (Ages 12 and up) except for Sengoku Basara 3 Utage which got a C rating (Ages 15 and up) from CERO. The franchise started with the first Sengoku Basara video game releasing in Japan on July 21, 2005, for the PlayStation 2.
The franchise's producer is Hiroyuki Kobayashi (who has been the producer for every console and handheld game in the series except for Sengoku Basara Sanada Yukimura-Den, and is the creator of the franchise) and its director is Makoto Yamamoto (who has been the director for every console and handheld game in the series except for Sengoku Basara Sanada Yukimura-Den). Sengoku Basara serves as one of Capcom's flagship series in Asia. As of December 31, 2019, the game series has sold 4 million units worldwide.
Console and handheld gamesEdit
Sengoku Basara (Devil Kings)Edit
Sengoku Basara (戦国BASARA) is the first game in the series and released in Japan on July 21, 2005, for the PlayStation 2 (PS2) as a hack and slash, action game. Devil Kings, an English-language version of the game, featured altered gameplay and a completely different, supposedly more western audience-oriented fantasy story with original characters. It was never used again due to the negative response the localization received from fans, critics, and consumers.
Sengoku Basara 2Edit
Sengoku Basara 2 (戦国BASARA2) is a sequel to the original Sengoku Basara, released in Japan for the PS2 on July 27, 2006. The game was ported to the Wii in 2007. An expansion titled, Sengoku Basara 2 Heroes, was released in 2007. The game marks the series' first anniversary and is also considered to have started the "Sengoku Boom" throughout Japan, which is still happening even today. The Sengoku Boom is basically a time period that sparked a renewed interest in the history of Japan (mostly the Sengoku period of feudal Japan, hence the name) where people in Japan go to museums, castles, and battlefields to learn about their favorite Sengoku Basara character(s) real life history, buy merchandise related to the game series and the Sengoku period, and buy video games involving the Sengoku period (mostly Sengoku Basara).
Sengoku Basara 2 HeroesEdit
Sengoku BASARA 2 Heroes (戦国BASARA2 英雄外伝) is an expansion to Sengoku Basara 2, and is the first expansion in the series. The game was released in Japan for the PS2 on November 29, 2007, and ported to the Wii later the same year. Characters that were unplayable in the previous game, Sengoku Basara 2, are playable in Sengoku Basara 2 Heroes. The game sparked a major boom in tourism to the hometown of Katakura Kojūrō, Shiroishi City.
Sengoku Basara XEdit
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Sengoku Basara X (戦国BASARA X) is a 2D fighting game developed by both Capcom, and Arc System Works, creators of the Guilty Gear and BlazBlue series, which released in Japan on April 9, 2008, for Japanese arcades, and ported to the PS2 later the same year in Japan on June 26, 2008.
Sengoku Basara Battle HeroesEdit
Sengoku Basara Battle Heroes (戦国BASARA バトルヒーローズ) is a PSP-exclusive title released in Japan on April 9, 2009. The game is a spin-off of the series.
Sengoku Basara 3 (Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes)Edit
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Sengoku Basara 3 (戦国BASARA3) is the third game in the main series and sequel to Sengoku Basara 2, released in Japan on July 29, 2010, for the PlayStation 3 and Wii. The first game in the series to be localized outside of Japan since the original game, and was localized in North America on October 12, 2010, and in Europe on October 15, 2010. An expansion titled, Sengoku Basara 3 Utage, was released in 2011. The game marks the series' fifth anniversary. The game currently ranks as the best-selling Sengoku Basara game in the series (before this game, it was originally Sengoku Basara 2 Heroes).
Sengoku Basara Chronicle HeroesEdit
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Sengoku Basara Chronicle Heroes (戦国BASARA クロニクルヒーローズ) released for the PSP in Japan on July 21, 2011. The game serves as a sequel to Sengoku Basara Battle Heroes.
Sengoku Basara 3 UtageEdit
Sengoku Basara 3 Utage (戦国BASARA3 宴) released for the PS3 and Wii in Japan on November 10, 2011. The game serves as an expansion to Sengoku Basara 3. Characters that were unplayable in the previous game, Sengoku Basara Samurai Heroes, are playable in Sengoku Basara 3 Utage. "Utage" is Japanese for "Party".
Sengoku Basara HD CollectionEdit
Sengoku Basara HD Collection (戦国BASARA HDコレクション) released for the PS3 in Japan on August 30, 2012. It comes with Sengoku Basara, Sengoku Basara 2, and Sengoku Basara 2 Heroes in 720p HD.
Sengoku Basara 4Edit
Sengoku Basara 4 (戦国BASARA4) is the fourth game in the main series. It was released in Japan on January 23, 2014 for the PS3. The game serves as a mixture of a sequel to Sengoku Basara 3, and a reboot of the series to get new fans into the series without having to play the previous games. It's also the first console game in the series to receive a collector's edition, digital release, DLC, updates, and other online features, with every other game afterward following up with this. A complete edition, titled Sengoku Basara 4 Sumeragi, was released in 2015.
Sengoku Basara 4 SumeragiEdit
Sengoku Basara 4 Sumeragi (戦国BASARA4 皇) released for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 in Japan on July 23, 2015. The game is the first Sengoku Basara game to be developed for the PS4, and is also the first game to be developed by Capcom for the PS4. The game comes with all of the content in Sengoku Basara 4 and a lot of new content, and the game is said to come with the most content in any game in the series. The game marks the series' tenth anniversary. Characters that were unplayable in the previous game, Sengoku Basara 4, are playable in Sengoku Basara 4 Sumeragi. "Sumeragi" is Japanese for "Emperor".
Sengoku Basara Sanada Yukimura-DenEdit
Sengoku Basara Sanada Yukimura-Den (戦国BASARA 真田幸村伝) is a spin-off game focusing on the life of one of the series' main protagonists, Sanada Yukimura, released in Japan for the PS3 and PS4 on August 25, 2016. This game is said to be more historically accurate than previous games. This is the first and only console game in the series to not have Hiroyuki Kobayashi and Makoto Yamamoto involved. The game currently ranks as the worst-selling Sengoku Basara game in the series (before this game, it was originally Sengoku Basara X). "Sanada Yukimura-Den" is Japanese for "The Legend of Sanada Yukimura".
Sengoku Basara MobileEdit
Sengoku Basara Mobile (戦国BASARA MOBILE) was a free-to-play, mobile-based social game for mobile phones based on the Sengoku Basara franchise, and was available through Mobage. The game was announced by Capcom on April 27, 2011, and released in Japan on June 3, 2011, but was shut down on December 7, 2011.[circular reference] The game received "mixed or average" reviews in Japan, and was shut down due to the mixed reception and low amount of downloads. Sengoku Basara Mobile is the first mobile game in the series.
Sengoku Basara Card HeroesEdit
Sengoku Basara Card Heroes (戦国BASARA カードヒーローズ) was a free-to-play, mobile-based card RPG for iOS and Android based on the Sengoku Basara franchise, and was available through Mobage. The game was announced by Capcom on April 25, 2012, and released in Japan on May 29, 2012, but was shut down on June 23, 2014. The game received "generally favorable" reviews in Japan, and was shut down due to Capcom wanting to put more focus on DLC and updates for Sengoku Basara 4 and because the average player count of Card Heroes decreased after Sengoku Basara 4's release. They would later change the name to Sengoku Basara Card Heroes Matsuri (戦国BASARA カードヒーローズ・祭) on January 29, 2013. "Matsuri" is Japanese for "Festival".
Sengoku Basara Battle PartyEdit
Sengoku Basara Battle Party (戦国BASARA バトルパーティー) is a free-to-play, mobile-based gacha RPG for iOS and Android based on the Sengoku Basara franchise, and is available through Google Play and the App Store. The game was announced by Capcom on May 14, 2019, and was released in Japan on June 24, 2019. Two trailers for the game were uploaded on YouTube by Capcom on 5/15/2019, and 7/1/2019, respectively. A series of live streams done on the game by Capcom were uploaded on YouTube on 7/6/2019, 8/29/2019, 9/26/2019, 11/13/2019, 12/23/2019, 1/30/2020, and 6/24/2020, respectively. A collaboration in the game between Sengoku Basara and Monster Hunter titled, "Sengoku Basara Battle Party X Monster Hunter: World -Collaboration-", started on November 28, 2019, and ended on December 26, 2019. A trailer for the Monster Hunter collaboration was uploaded on YouTube by Capcom on November 28, 2019. Another collaboration was done in the game between Sengoku Basara and Devil May Cry titled, "Sengoku Basara Battle Party X Devil May Cry 4 -Collaboration-", with it starting on January 14, 2020, and ending on February 13, 2020, and a trailer for the Devil May Cry collaboration was uploaded on YouTube by Capcom on January 14, 2020. The game received "generally favorable" reviews in Japan. Download for the game is currently available.
The Sengoku Basara franchise has had several different forms of media.
Notably, an anime series was planned and written by Yasuyuki Muto. The first anime, Sengoku Basara, started broadcasting in Japan on April 2, 2009. The series' sequel anime, titled Sengoku Basara II, began broadcast in Japan on July 11, 2010. Furthermore, the series' movie finale titled Sengoku Basara -The Last Party- was released in Japanese theaters on June 4, 2011. All three anime adaptations were licensed and published in the United States in 2012 by Funimation under the titles, Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings, Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings 2, and Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings -The Last Party-. An anime based on Sengoku Basara 3 titled, Sengoku Basara Judge End, began broadcast in Japan on July 6, 2014, and was licensed and published in the United States in 2016 by Funimation under the title, Sengoku Basara: End of Judgement. Another anime titled, Gakuen Basara, based on the Gakuen Basara manga series, started broadcasting in Japan on October 4, 2018.
Several manga adaptations of the series have been serialized in manga magazines, and later released in tankōbon format in Japan. A manga adaptation of the second game was created by Yak Haibara. The four volume series, Sengoku Basara 2, was published in Japan from 2007-2009. It was published in the United States from 2012-2013 by UDON under the title Sengoku Basara: Samurai Legends. The title change was due to the Sengoku Basara 2 video game not being released in the United States. Kairi Shimotsuki created the first manga adaptation of the series, based on the first game, which was titled, Sengoku Basara Ranse Ranbu, and was released as a three volume series in 2006.
Radio shows have been produced with the first series being released on four CD volumes. A stage play based on Sengoku Basara 3 was announced on July 17, 2011 in Japan and ran later in 2011 from October 14 to October 30, and was later released on DVD in Japan on February 23, 2012. The stage play received "universal acclaim" in Japan. This stage play is considered to be the beginning of the Sengoku Basara stage play series' huge success and popularity in Japan with later stage plays in the series becoming even more successful and popular. There has been a total of 17 stage plays in the series as of 2019, with Capcom doing 1-2 per year (1 in 2009, 1 in 2010, 1 in 2011, 2 in 2012, 2 in 2013, 2 in 2014, 1 in 2015, 2 in 2016, 2 in 2017, 2 in 2018, and 1 in 2019).
In 2012, the Takarazuka Revue announced that Flower Troupe would be performing a 'Sengoku Basara' musical. Ranju Tomu and Ranno Hana starred, and Asumi Rio and Nozomi Futo also featured in the adaptation, which played at the Tokyu Theater Orb, from 06/15 - 07/01 in 2013. The staging of the musical was much more lavish than that of the stage plays with a lot more special effects, and less action and stunts. Reviews were "generally favorable". As of 2019, this is the first and only Sengoku Basara musical to have been performed.
In August 2015, Capcom produced a collaborative stage play with Sengoku Basara and Devil May Cry titled "Sengoku Basara VS Devil May Cry". In the play, Dante, Lady, Trish, and Vergil come across some mysterious historical ruins while chasing after a demon, and are sent back in time to Japan's Warring States (Sengoku) period. There, the group meets Date Masamune, Sanada Yukimura, and other characters from the Sengoku Basara franchise. The play ran at the AiiA 2.5 Theater Tokyo for 18 performances from August 20–30. Masanari Ujigawa directed and composed the stage play with Hideaki Itsuno and Izaki Matsuno collaborating on the scenario. Kazushi Miyakoda and Tetsuya Yamaura produced the play with Hiroyuki Kobayashi and Makoto Yamamoto as supervisors.
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