One of my favorite anime series of all time. This is a continuation of the first season’s action packed Sengoku-era anime, full of bishounen greatness. ^^ ARE YOU READY TO PARTY, GUYS?!
Storyline: There really isn’t much of a plot in this anime, but that’s not what you should be watching for. 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. As far as I know, the anime is not extremely historically accurate.
Characters: IMO, the best part of the series, besides the action packed fighting scenes!
Date Masamune – Six katana wielding, Engrish speaking leader of Oshuu. Also known as the Dokuganryuu or the One-eyed Dragon.
Sanada Yukimura – Hot-blooded warrior under the Tiger of Kai. Rival of Masamune.
Maeda Keiji – Burst into main character status from the first season. Happy-go-lucky man that is a vagabond. Believes love triumphs over all.
Toyotomi Hideyoshi – Super-human villain in this sequel. Ruthlessly begins the unification of Japan. Once Keiji’s good friend.
Seiyuu: As these are mostly males, I don’t really know their names, but I do know I’ve heard them from other places and I believe you can recognize quite a few of these names as well. ^^ They all did a great job voicing their respective characters!
Nakai Kazuya – Ironic how he voices the six sword wielder and the santoryu fighter Roronoa Zoro. Does a great job channeling energy into Masamune’s role.
Souichirou Hoshi – Kilik from SCIV, Rygart Arrow from Break Blade, and Kira Yamato from Gundam SEED.
Morita Masakazu – Kurosaki Ichigo from Bleach and Tidus of FFX fame.
Okiyau Ryotaro – Tezuka Kunimitsu from the Prince of Tennis, Kuchiki Byakuya from Bleach, and Honda Hiroto of Yu-Gi-Oh!.
Other notable voices include:
Paku Romi (Park Romi) – Uesugi Kenshin in SB2, Hitsugaya Toshiro of Bleach, Elric Edward from FMA, and Tao Ren of Shaman King.
Morikawa Toshiyuki – Katakura Kojuurou in SB2, Sephiroth of FFVII (!), Jonouchi Katsuya from Yu-Gi-Oh!, and Namikaze Minato (Yondaime Hokage) of Naruto.
Namikawa Daisuki – Miyamoto Musashi in SB2, Italy in Hetalia Axis Powers, Flourite Fai in Tsubasa Chronicle, and Kazehaya Shouta in Kimi ni Todoke.
Music: Once again, T.M. Revolution does not fail to deliver. SWORD SUMMIT is the epitome of the series and really gets you pumped up for the action packed episode to come (sometimes). I didn’t really listen to the EDs by Angelo save for a few times. They weren’t really memorable and kinda sounded the same (SB2 has two EDs, El Dorado and FATE). SWORD SUMMIT just blew everything out of the water. The soundtrack played along to the anime was great too. Everything fits the mood and the usage of traditional music is what I love.
Animation: Beautiful and solid. Definitely one of the top in 2010. Jump over to Dannychoo.com and see for yourself. Or just watch Sengoku Basara!
Enjoyment: This is what the entire series about. Nothing is more exciting then watching a fluid battle scene play out before your eyes. None of the moe-blob overload, this is pure action. That action is what drives the series and does it so damn well that you have the urge to go and scream out the attack names with Masamune in his Engrish. Sengoku Basara 2 has honestly brought me back to the days of watching pure Shounen anime driven by the fight, like DBZ. If this counted as a rating, I would give it 11/10.
44.5/50 = 89%, grade B+, above average (my kind of biased score)
49.5/50 = 99%, grade A+, SO FREAKING AWESOME YOU HAVE TO WATCH IT. THIS IS HITTO! (my very biased score)