Sengoku Basara

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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 three anime shows, an anime movie, a magazine series, a trading card game, and numerous stage plays, manga, 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 extremely popular in Japan with the video games getting really good reviews, selling really good, winning numerous awards, being used in pop culture, and gaining a huge and strong fanbase.[1] While the franchise remains extremely popular in Japan, it has gained some popularity in Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan. Even though the franchise isn't really known well outside of Japan, Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan (except for the anime series) it maintains an average-sized but strong fanbase even outside of those countries (mainly the US, UK, Germany, Russia, and Italy). Every 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 on July 21, 2005 for the PlayStation 2. The franchise's producer is Hiroyuki Kobayashi and the franchise's director is Makoto Yamamoto. As of September 30, 2018, the game series has sold over 4 million units worldwide.[2]


Sengoku Basara (Devil Kings)[edit]

The original game in the series was released in 2005 for the PS2 as a "crowd-fighting" action game in the vein of Koei's similarly themed Samurai Warriors series. Devil Kings, an English-language version of the game featured an 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 critics and consumers.

Sengoku Basara 2[edit]

Sengoku Basara 2 was the 2006 sequel, also for the PS2. The game was ported to the Wii. The game also sparked a boom in tourism to the hometown of Katakura Kojūrō, Shiroishi City.[3]

Sengoku Basara X[edit]

Sengoku Basara X was a 2D fighting game by Arc System Works, creators of the Guilty Gear series, made in 2008 for the arcades and ported for the PS2 later the same year.

Sengoku Basara: Battle Heroes[edit]

A 2009 PSP-exclusive title.

Sengoku Basara 3[edit]

The third game in the main series, released in 2010 for the PlayStation 3 and Wii. An expansion titled, Sengoku Basara 3 Utage, was released in 2011.

Sengoku Basara 3 Utage[edit]

Released for the PS3 and Wii in Japan on November 11, 2011. Characters that were unplayable in the previous game, Sengoku Basara Samurai Heroes, are playable in Sengoku Basara 3 Utage.

Sengoku Basara: Chronicle Heroes[edit]

Released for the PSP in Japan on July 21, 2011.[4]

Sengoku Basara 4[edit]

The fourth game in the main series. It was released on January 23, 2014 for PlayStation 3.

Sengoku Basara: Sanada Yukimura-Den[edit]

A spin-off game focusing on the life of one of the series' main characters, Sanada Yukimura, released August 25, 2016.


Sengoku Basara has several adaptations of the games to different mediums.

Notably, two anime series were planned and written by Yasuyuki Muto. The first series, Sengoku Basara, started broadcast in April 2009.[5] The series' second season, titled Sengoku Basara II, began broadcast in July 2010. Further, a movie adaptation titled Sengoku Basara: The Last Party was released in 2011.[6][7] All three anime adaptations were licensed and published in the United States by Funimation. An alternative retelling titled Sengoku Basara: End of Judgement was broadcast in 2014 and licensed in the United States by Funimation.

A manga adaptation of the second game was created by Yak Haibara. The four volume series, Sengoku Basara 2, was published in Japan in 2007. It was published in the United States in 2012 by UDON under the title Sengoku Basara: Samurai Legends.[8] The title change was due to Sengoku Basara 2 not being released in the United States.[9] Shimotsuki Kairi created a more general adaptation in 2005 titled Sengoku Basara Ranse Ranbu.

Radio shows have been produced and released on four CD volumes. A stage play based on Sengoku Basara 3 was announced on July 17, 2011 and ran October 1–30, 2011. A live-action television drama titled Sengoku Basara: Moonlight Party premiered on July 12, 2012 on the Mainichi Broadcasting System.[10]

Related products[edit]

A large range of merchandise has been created for the series, including books, soundtracks, drama and radio CDs, trading cards and figures.


  1. ^ "Utilizing Popular Characters for Regional Growth". Capcom. March 30, 2017.
  2. ^ CAPCOM | Game Series Sales
  3. ^ Takayoshi, Yamamura (2017). "Pop culture contents and historical heritage: case of heritage revitalization through 'contents tourism' in Shiroishi city". Contemporary Japan. 30 (2). doi:10.1080/18692729.2018.1460049.
  4. ^ "CAPCOM:戦国BASARA CHRONICLE HEROES | 戦国バサ クロニクルヒーローズ 公式サイト". Retrieved 2011-05-03.
  5. ^ "戦国BASARA - On Air" (in Japanese). Capcom. Retrieved 2009-04-24.
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  7. ^ [Official Trailer] Sengoku Basara : The Last Party
  8. ^ "UDON Fans! 6 New Books In Stores Today!". UDON Entertainment. April 18, 2012. Retrieved October 11, 2012.
  9. ^ Haibara, Yak. Sengoku Basara: Samurai Legends. UDON. P. 8
  10. ^ "GACKT to Star in Live-Action Show of Sengoku Basara Game". Anime News Network. June 16, 2012. Retrieved July 3, 2012.

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