Sengoku Basara: The Last Party

By SentaiSeiya on January 06, 2013

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Sengoku Basara: The Last Party is a continuation of the TV series. Both the movie and the series are based on the games by Capcom, which bear the name of the series.


The movie begins with a recap of what happened in the Segoku Basara animated series. In season one of the anime, Date Masamune and Sanada Yukimura defeat the evil Nobunaga; only to be replaced by Toyotomi, another not-so-nice guy. The second season of the series revolves around Toyotomi and his ultimate defeat at the hands of Date Masamune.
This is where the story of the movie picks up. Seeking revenge for his slain master, Ishida Mitsunari travels Japan slaying anybody he comes across on his path of vengeance to take Masamune’s life.


Segoku Basara: Last Party


Meanwhile Tokugawa Ieyasu is trying to convince the leaders of the feuding states that they should set their differences aside in order to create a world in which fighting is no longer necessary.

Segoku Basara: Last Party


Tokugawa’s attempts at rallying all of the leaders and Ishida’s murderous plans reach their conclusion at Sekigahara, where many of the leaders of the states convene because they believe that Tokuagawa has sent them an invitation.   All is not as simple as it seems, as there is a greater plot occurring behind the scenes and the real villain of the movie is revealed. 

Segoku Basara: Last Party

In order to confront this new evil, which threatens to swallow up every living soul in Japan, Date Masamune, Sanada Yukimura, Tokugawa Ieyasu, and several others must set aside their difference in order to fight together.


After it is all said and done, and the real evil that threatens to destroy feudal Japan is put to rest, there is a touching bro-ment where the warriors bond over their victory.

Segoku Basara: Last Party

It would look like the theme of the movie, achieving a peace to put an end to the bloody battles between states, has cometo fruition. After all, the movie is called Last Party. This is the final hurrah for Yukimura, Masamune and the rest, before peace settles into the land of the rising sun. 

Not really! The old grudges between combatants flare up, and there is only way to solve the disagreements between these super-powered warriors. A fight to the death!  The movie ends as the eternal enemies, Yukimura and Masamune, engage each other in the stratosphere.

Segoku Basara: Last Party

So in the end, the one message this movie pushed was tossed aside. Normally, I would feel like the person pennign the story sold out his/her ideals in order to leave the series open in case there is an extra buck to be made. However, this was not the case with Sengoku Basara: The Last Party.
The Sengoku Basara series makes no qualms about taking the history of Japan’s troubled , bloody warring period and turning it into an action flick with characters whose sword attacks result in big energy explosions. To expect a meaningful ending from this series would is expecting too much. This is the kind of series you watch for the silly moments and cool fights accompanied by large energy blasts. It is not the kind of series you watch to get in touch with some deeper human emotion or to actually learn something about Japanese history. It is a great piece of pop history. No more, no less.  And it delivers on that exact premise, which the series was founded on. This movie is gorgeously animated and shows that Production IG was truly looking to make an animated movie that embodied an HD experience, but not necessarily a moving narrative.


Segoku Basara: Last Party

 

Also, any minor ill feelings that I may have had towards such an ending disappeared while I watched the ending credits.  These credits bring back the craziness of the choreographed dance sequences featuring the samurai grunts. This crazy choreogrpahy also appeared in the opening for the first season of the show.
The sheer absurdity of having these samurai, who minutes earlier were cutting each other down, break out into dance to a techno beat, is a good reminder that the goal of the series has never been to teach anything, be it ideals or history. Sengoku Basara is just about enjoying a good thing when you see it, even if has very little grounding in reality.


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