Thursday, 26 February 2015

News roundup: Books, books and more books

I kept hoping for something special to headline the latest news article but in the end it's mostly updates about things we already knew. The official Sengoku Basara 4 Sumeragi website has been very quiet aside from a couple of comical teaser images which were posted for a short period - at the moment it's a shot of Sen No Rikyuu treating Masamune and Yukimura to a 'tea party' of sorts. I guess that's the price of having such an early announcement for the game.

Cover artwork for the next Sengoku Basara Magazine

The e-Capcom website recently updated and added the prerelease details for March's issue of Sengoku Basara Magazine. Most notably, a small preview of the brand new cover illustration by Ookubo Tooru was included.

The description promises a recap of all of the Sengoku Basara 4 Sumeragi news in the lead article, as well as a 25-page feature about Katsuie with a piece of artwork by Karegishi Roji and an 'Oda Forces Chronicle'. Another new column will celebrate the series' tenth anniversary by going back into the production archives to dig out exclusive content from the time they were first working on Date Masamune's design. Its sounds as though there could be plenty of interesting material for long term fans.

Capcom's official store is currently celebrating Sengoku Basara

The official online e-Capcom store is running a Sengoku Basara Fair from 19th February until 5th March 2015, and leftover items from Basara Matsuri will start shipping out at the end of March - including the coveted bath set and opera glasses. The Basara Matsuri goods are strictly limited in quantity so if there's anything you wanted, I recommend visiting a proxy shopping site without delay!

There are also a number of new fukubukuro 'lucky dip' bags themed around various characters and types of merchandise (badges, clear files, phone stickers). Many of these have already sold out.

Volume two of the Mame Sengoku Basara 4 manga is to be released in April

A preorder listing on the Manga Oh website reveals that Mame Sengoku Basara 4 volume 2 is scheduled for 27th April 2015. No further details have yet been announced, but we should hear more very soon.

The missing Basara Art Works art book goes back up for preorder

After the preorder listings were removed the future of this book seemed uncertain, but Amazon finally relisted it this week with the 15th April 2015 release date and a price of ¥2,138. There's no more news yet about what the book will contain aside from the vague comments included with the original solicitation.

Animate offers a special bonus for buyers of the next volume of Gakuen Basara

The eighth book in the Gakuen Basara series is due for release on 26th March 2015 and Animate have now unveiled a special limited edition bundle exclusive to their store. They don't ship internationally, but it's possible to order from them using a proxy service.

Fans who don't mind paying ¥1,860 before tax (the book is normally priced at ¥980) will receive a Date Masamune strap and replica mini shikishi illustration along with their copy of Sengoku Basara Series Official Anthology Comic: Gakuen Basara: Gakusai Rantou-hen ('School Festival Brawl').

We also now have a small sample of the cover art courtesy of e-Capcom... well as a list of contributors: Nari, Kyuugou, Waganeya Takumi, PECO, Koutake Hiroyoshi, Mikami, Konko Yukime, Sanjou Kiiro, Arareya Kon, Rokuji, Sanorin, Yanagi Batoshirou and Arai Karo. Most of the artists are regulars but there are a few newcomers in there who may be familiar to doujinshi collectors.

Japan's LINE messenger software adds Sengoku Basara stamps

It's been a long time coming but the Sengoku Basara series has finally reached LINE in the form of a set of animated virtual stickers. The stamps are available now in the Japanese LINE store where they cost ¥200 - however, those of us outside the region may have to seek help from a friend or proxy buying service in order to make the purchase.

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Manga review: Mame Sengoku Basara 4 volume 1

Sumeragi's confusingly-named Mame Sengoku Basara 4 ('Bean Sengoku Basara 4') manga is the spiritual successor to the five-volume Mame Sengoku Basara series, updating the setting to match the latest game and introducing a few new faces to the enormous character roster.

This volume from ASCII Media Works collects the first batch of chapters from the series' serialisation in Dengeki Maoh magazine, as well as two side stories originally produced for Sengoku Basara Magazine. It was released on 27th September 2014 for ¥780 before tax and contains ten chapters of the manga spread over 130 pages. Mame Sengoku Basara 4 volume 1 can be purchased from import stores such as Amazon Japan (also on Kindle), CD Japan or Apple's iBooks Store.

I'll start my review by briefly summarising each chapter since there still isn't very much information about the book out there.

The first story introduces the setting of the game. The drama of the Battle of Sekigahara from the previous series has been replaced by Ashikaga Yoshiteru renouncing his status as shogun and plunging the country into war. As the news spreads across the land, Masamune, Mitsunari and the other warriors raise their armies and head out to fulfil their various ambitions. Since the purpose of this chapter is to allow Sakon to make his debut, the main theme is the Toyotomi army coming to terms with Ieyasu's departure.

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

News roundup: Preorders open for the newest Ieyasu figure

It's been quiet lately! I'm expecting things to improve in a few days once the Ichiban Kuji lottery begins as the series will be back in the headlines, and the next issue of Sengoku Basara Magazine is just a fortnight away. In the meantime, here are a few merchandise updates.

The upcoming 'Chara-Forme' figure of Ieyasu can now be preordered

Preorders opened for empty's 105cm Chara-Forme figure of Ieyasu this morning. International customers can place their reservations at sites such as AmiAmi and Otaku Republic. Ieyasu will cost ¥4,104 when he's released on 30th June 2015.

New merchandise is set to appear in Japanese game centres very soon

Fans in Japan will be able to pick up some exclusive Sengoku Basara merchandise by visiting amusement arcades across the country from late February 2015.

A set of four Sengoku Basara 4 gemstone bracelets (Date Masamune, Ishida Mitsunari, Shibata Katsuie and Shima Sakon):

There will also be a decorative replica of Date Masamune's sword, Kagehide:

NTV announces a set of Sengoku Basara Judge End postcards

The last anime adaptation may have finished but that doesn't mean that the merchandise for it isn't still being released! Containing nine different designs, the Sengoku Basara Judge End postcard collection will be released on 11th April 2015 priced at ¥700 before tax. It can be preordered at AmiAmi, CD Japan and Otaku Republic.

Has the Butai Sengoku Basara stage play series disappeared?!

Japanese fans noticed that the Butai Sengoku Basara website vanished from the Internet a few days ago. The official Dais Shop also closed down in December with a message that it was going to reopen in January, except it never did and now the Dais website is down too. Whether these incidents mean there are problems behind the scenes is anyone's guess, but I hope it's temporary and that they're still working on a DVD version of Butai Sengoku Basara 4...

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

News roundup: Capcom is currently running a Sengoku Basara sale on PSN

There's nothing new at all in the latest Weekly Famitsu, possibly due to its extensive coverage of Sengoku Musou 4-II as release day approaches. I wonder whether the official Sengoku Basara 4 Sumeragi website will update again this week?

The Sengoku Basara games are currently heavily discounted on PSN

Between now and 11th February 2015, several Capcom games are receiving big discounts on the PlayStation Store.

Sengoku Basara
Sale price: ¥412 (50% off)

Sengoku Basara 2
Sale price: ¥412 (50% off)

Sengoku Basara Eiyuu Gaiden (HEROES)
Sale price: ¥412 (50% off)

Sengoku Basara Chronicle Heroes
Sale price: ¥1,000 (50% off)

In addition, Sengoku Basara 4 is receiving a permanent price reduction to ¥3,990 to help gamers catch up ready for the release of Sengoku Basara 4 Sumeragi, and all of the game's DLC is 50% off for the duration of the sale as follows.

NameDescriptionTypeCost (JP ¥)
武将アバターパック(32武将セット)PSN avatars for all 32 playable characters (complete set)PSN avatar412
戦国BASARA4 カスタムテーマパック(32武将セット)Sengoku Basara 4 custom themes for all 32 playable characters (complete set)PS3 theme412
プレイヤー武将全解放Unlock all playable charactersBoost103
戦国スターターパックSengoku Starter Pack (100 pieces of tamahagane steel, 10,000 whetstones, 750,000 ryou in cash and 450,000 xp for your Inrou box)Boost155
創世スターターパックCreation Starter Pack (30 pieces of tamahagane steel, 3,000 whetstones, 250,000 ryou in cash and 150,000 xp for your Inrou box)Boost52
小判(甲)パック・1Money Pack (A) 1-6 (each contains 500,000 ryou in cash)Boost155
強化印籠(甲)パック・1Inrou of Enhancement Pack (A) 1-6 (each contains 300,000 xp for your Inrou box)Boost155
強化印籠(乙)パック・1Inrou of Enhancement Pack (B) 1-6 (each contains 60,000 xp for your Inrou box)Boost52
「極」銘付き&高レアリティ武器パック(32武将セット)Weapons with high Rarity and Extreme Inscriptions for all 32 playable characters (complete set)Boost823
戦国BASARAシリーズ名曲集【 全70曲セット 】コンプリートパックClassic Sengoku Basara series music collection complete set (70 tracks)Music pack772
戦国BASARA -名曲集- 【厳選10曲セット】Classic Sengoku Basara music collection (10 tracks)Music pack206
戦国BASARA2 -名曲集- 【厳選10曲セット】Classic Sengoku Basara 2 music collection (10 tracks)Music pack206
戦国BASARA2 英雄外伝 -名曲集- 【厳選10曲セット】Classic Sengoku Basara 2 Eiyuu Gaiden (Heroes) music collection (10 tracks)Music pack206
戦国BASARA X -名曲集- 【厳選10曲セット】Classic Sengoku Basara X music collection (10 tracks)Music pack206
戦国BASARA BH&CH -名曲集- 【厳選10曲セット】Classic Sengoku Basara Battle Heroes/Chronicle Heroes music collection (10 tracks)Music pack206
戦国BASARA3 -名曲集- 【厳選10曲セット】Classic Sengoku Basara 3 music collection (10 tracks)Music pack206
戦国BASARA3 宴 -名曲集- 【厳選10曲セット】Classic Sengoku Basara 3 Utage music collection (10 tracks)Music pack206
伊達政宗 特別衣装 DMCダンテ Ver.Date Masamune (DMC Dante version)Costume155
伊達政宗 特別衣装 袴&木刀Ver.Date Masamune (hakama/wooden sword version)Costume155
徳川家康 特別衣装 学園バサラ Ver.Tokugawa Ieyasu (Gakuen Basara version)Costume155
井伊直虎 特別衣装 ウエディングVer.Ii Naotora (wedding version)Costume155
島左近 特別衣装 双刀功夫Ver.Shima Sakon (twin sword kung fu version)Costume155
真田幸村 特別衣装 蒼竜Ver.Sanada Yukimura (azure dragon version)Costume155
柴田勝家 特別衣装 絶対正義Ver.Shibata Katsuie (absolute justice version)Costume155
石田三成 特別衣装 DMCバージルVer.Ishida Mitsunari (DMC Vergil version)Costume155
武将追加衣装 7武将セットSet of 7 'former preorder DLC' costumesCostume772

Preorder listings begin to appear for the Basara Matsuri 2015 ~Fuyu No Jin~ DVD

Those who didn't attend last weekend's Basara Matsuri can now place their orders for the recording online at Amazon Japan, Animate and Yesasia, with more stores certain to add preorder listings very soon. The DVD version will be spread across two discs when it's released on 3rd June 2015 priced at ¥6,800 before tax. The content will include footage from both the evening and afternoon performances, with the latter edited into a clip show to reduce repetition. As usual, the T.M.Revolution mini-concert will not be included on the DVD version. The first press bonus is a booklet.

Famitsu has also posted its full report from the event with a bunch of new pictures.

Since this DVD set has been solicited for preorder so quickly, it makes the lack of any listing for a DVD of last year's Butai Sengoku Basara 4 stage play even stranger. I wonder when we'll be able to buy it...

Sengoku Basara Art Works will now be released in April, not February

I mentioned the upcoming book Sengoku Basara Art Works a little while ago and according to my latest order update it seems to have been pushed back from 25th February to 18th April 2015. Both Amazon and CD Japan have closed their listings, while AmiAmi is still accepting orders with a revised delivery date. Perhaps we'll hear more about the mystery book in the next volume of Sengoku Basara Magazine a few weeks from now?

Even more new Gakuen Basara merchandise is on the way

A CafeReo listing has appeared with a set of listings for new Animate-exclusive Gakuen Basara goods due in late March 2015.

Twelve different decorative card sheets priced at ¥450 each (or ¥5,400 for a box):

Ten different Gakuen Basara tin straps priced at ¥400 each (or ¥4,000 for a box):

Thank you to Tatzel for spotting the new items (and creating a parody). It looks as though Otaku Republic will be making both sets available for people who can't order from Animate.

The Union Creative blog posts a preview of the upcoming Ieyasu figure

It won't be long now until Empty's Tokugawa Ieyasu Chara-Forme figure will be available, according to a recent blog post which also showed the first glimpse of the painted figure. Preorders are set to open on 17th February 2015.

Thank you to thebasariankaoru for being the first to mention this news!

Event report: Sengoku Basara 4 x Capcom Challenge Park in Okazaki

During my incredibly short trip to Japan last week, I managed to find time to visit the temporary Sengoku Basara 4 x Capcom Challenge Park exhibition which is running until 30th April 2015. Here's a report with some pictures in case anyone is interested in what the event involved.

The first challenge was getting there, as the Capcom Challenge Park is part of an arcade complex in the Aeon Mall Okazaki in Aichi Prefecture. It takes at least a couple of hours if you want to travel there from Tokyo. Since I didn't have much time I took the Hikari Shinkansen to Toyohashi then a direct train to Okazaki - one of the quicker routes so long as you time it correctly. If you have a less hectic schedule it's far easier to get there via Nagoya, which has some excellent shops and sights of its own.

Monday, 2 February 2015

News: The first promotional video for Sengoku Basara 4 Sumeragi is now online

You can check it out on YouTube here via the official Capcom channel, or watch below.

There's also a version with the new T.M.Revolution music in the background on the official website if you're patient enough to wait for it to load.

About to board my flight so I'm frantically watching it in the airport with a horrible framerate (lol).
  • Ok, Rikyuu thrusts at Hideyoshi with a fan, not a tea whisk - that makes more sense!
  • Masamune's personal inscription is 'Six Claws'.
  • Masamune seems to have a fifth, sixth and seventh costume listed in the medal reward screen. The fifth one looks like his normal outfit but with lighter armour i.e. no helmet.
  • Yep, Shingen is definitely playable.
  • Kasuga and Toshiie are taggable, so playable too. The tag seems to be greyed out when the player is transformed.
  • I didn't see Hideyoshi balancing Ieyasu and Mitsunari on his hands before. Hahaha.
  • Kenshin and Matsu are visible near the end, which makes me think they're likely to be playable or at least involved in the story more prominently this time. That and it's pretty obvious they will be if Kasuga and Toshiie are in the roster.
  • Oh, and they are the characters shown transformed into the enemy bomber and Akatsukimaru. So the other playables are all pretty much confirmed: Toshiie, Matsu, Kenshin, Kasuga and Shingen. Yay! Now we have to pretend to be surprised when they're announced in a magazine later.
Evening edit: A few more observations now I can see the video at its intended resolution...
  • As many people have noticed, Masamune and Katsuie are shown with brand new weapon designs.
  • The observant folks at Koei Warriors have noticed that Shingen has at least two special moves (R2 moves) this time and Matsu has all three. It looks as though the five upgraded NPCs are finally being given the treatment they deserve; I hope they all have a full set of moves available in the final game.
  • The Akatsukimaru transformation lasts for 45 seconds, which is more than I thought it would.
  • Masamune's unlockable Tenka Medal costume names are Light Armour Ver. (fifth), Fake Glasses Ver. (sixth) and Pitch Black Dragon King Ver. (seventh).
  • In Japanese, fake glasses are called 'Date-megane' so the sixth one might be a silly costume...

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Event report: Basara Matsuri 2015 ~Fuyu No Jin~

I booked a flight to Japan to attend today's Basara Matsuri 2015 ~Fuyu No Jin~ (hereafter abbreviated to Basara Matsuri) in a moment of madness after way too many months of overtime at work, and that's where I've spent most of the day, soaking up the festival atmosphere and enjoying being around my fellow fans.
It's already been confirmed that there will be a DVD recording released in June so I'll add a second post reviewing everything properly when that happens. This is just a basic event report; please understand that I might have omitted or misremembered a few details since watching the show a few hours ago!

Basara Matsuri 2015 ~Fuyu No Jin~ was held at the colossal Nippon Budoukan in the heart of Tokyo's Kitanomaru park, the same site which hosted the fifth anniversary celebration back in 2011.

There were two performances; one in the afternoon at 14:30 and one in the evening at 18:30. With the venue being so large, obtaining tickets was much easier than usual - even though there were more fans in attendance than at the previous Sengoku Basara event. The evening show was also broadcast live to audiences in cinemas all across Japan to ensure as many people could watch as possible. Tickets cost ¥7,000 for attendees and ¥3,500 for those who saw the show at one of nineteen selected cinemas across Japan; given that I'd estimate that there were around 6,000 people watching each performance live and several thousand more spread out in the cinemas, organising this kind of event was a very big deal.

Naturally, the advertised guest list was suitably impressive.

Thursday, 29 January 2015

News roundup: Dengeki PlayStation vol. 583 features Sengoku Basara 4 Sumeragi

This week's edition of Weekly Famitsu didn't have any substantial Sengoku Basara coverage even though series producer Kobayashi 'KobaP' Hiroyuki participated in a joint interview with Tales producer Baba Hideo.

Instead, it was Dengeki PlayStation's turn for a little exclusive content. The 12th February 2015 edition (released on 29th January 2015) had a full-colour eight-page feature devoted to previewing the new game.

Most of its article recapped the information from the previous Weekly Famitsu to bring readers up to date with the Sengoku Basara 4 Sumeragi announcement.

However, there also seemed to be a few new screenshots I wasn't sure that I had seen before (even though the official website updated today with another batch) and a short interview with KobaP and director Yamamoto Makoto. I think it's worth a summary.

Firstly, information from the character profiles.
  • Ashikaga Yoshiteru's roulette technique will make him glow like it does in Sengoku Basara 4. A red glow means a speed increase, black boosts his attack power and gold - which is said to be rare - stops time around him.
  • There's a small picture of Yoshiteru standing in front of Takeda Shingen and Uesugi Kenshin right below the previously-published screenshot of him in front of the four main characters. Shingen seems to be down on one knee with his weapon in one hand - I can't tell what Kenshin is doing from the angle but the two of them look reasonably relaxed.
  • A new picture of Maria shows that the red curtain in the background of one of her early screenshots is related to the Xavist show, as several people suspected. A group of excited Xavist soldiers can be seen in the audience.
  • Another new picture shows Naotora carrying Maria like a princess. Naotora looks a little bothered by the situation, even though Maria is clearly enjoying herself.
  • There's a new screenshot of Sabisuke (Sen No Rikyuu's 'wilder' personality) sitting on the battlefield with Matsunaga Hisahide standing right in front of him.
Next, summarised information from the interview with KobaP and YamamotoD.
  • When asked why they opted to make the new game Sengoku Basara 4 Sumeragi rather than Sengoku Basara 5, KobaP explained that they've had the series' tenth anniversary in July 2015 in mind for a while. However the real reason is that there was still more they wanted to do with the Sengoku Basara 4 setting, so that's why this game is an expansion instead of the next title in the series. Since it's coming out during the tenth anniversary they want to pack it full of content.
  • YamamotoD added that this will actually be the eleventh game in the series, so they've effectively released more than one game per year!
  • They're aiming for the game to have a lively, fun atmosphere. Sengoku Basara 4 was about creating the Sengoku era, while this time around the theme is 'seeing how much you can play in this Sengoku era'. It's being made with a 'party game feel' in mind.
  • It's the definitive version of Sengoku Basara 4 which surpasses the original (note: the way he said it didn't specifically suggest that this would include any of the story content from Sengoku Basara 4 - it was a lighthearted remark and probably means it will have more replay value than the original).
  • Yoshiteru, Maria and Rikyuu are the three main characters this time.
  • Yoshiteru is powerful right from the beginning. KobaP thinks that action game fans will really enjoy using him.
  • Yoshiteru's new 'quake' element means he's capable of effects like being able to split the earth for short-range attacks, and causing the ground to shake in order to affect a wide area.
  • YamamotoD said that Rikyuu's 'macho' build was unexpected when the interviewer remarked that he was surprisingly muscular for a tea master. His clothing was influenced by the idea of making tea with a chasen (tea whisk) and making it suitable for his two personalities.
  • His hairstyle looks as though it's from the Joumon period, and it's supposed to give the impression of austerity.
  • Maria moves as though she's playing around rather than fighting, treating the enemy soldiers like animals.
  • KobaP told the readers that they have to wait a little longer to find out who the other playable characters are going to be.
  • They have made quite a few story encounters. There's a strong sense of variety in the stories this time around; they've tried to show different sides to the characters and there will be both serious and comical content.
  • The battle roulette system will make the Sengoku Basara 4 stages feel different and change the difficulty.
  • There will be medal rewards of skill upgrades and costumes for all forty playable characters.
  • You can choose to play the stages without battle roulette in Free Battle mode if you prefer.
  • Aside from the roulette system, they are continually trying to improve the characters' moves; for example, making HELL DRAGON usable in midair.
  • The anime screenshots that have been shown so far are from the game's animated opening movie. While not every character will get them, the game's story modes will also include 'more anime scenes than there were in Sengoku Basara 4'.
  • KobaP still can't confirm whether 'that person' (obviously T.M.Revolution) will be performing the game's theme song. However, he said there would be an announcement about it very soon.
  • Sengoku Basara 4 was the first time they tried adding downloadable content to the games. They'll be incorporating DLC again this time. It was implied that all five of the next collaborations they have planned (following on from the Tales Of Zestiria outfits) will be DLC too.
Finally, observations which might be irrelevant and interesting notes from other fans...
  • The magazine doesn't mention the number of players anywhere (not even with an 'unconfirmed' label like in Weekly Famitsu). This might mean that the information was something Famitsu added on its own rather than a hint.
  • Here's a nice observation about Sen No Rikyuu's flowers from fan Error256. I hadn't made the connection but you can read about the original story here.
  • Correcting my error from before, crocus29 and striga-galanthus figured out that Ieyasu's alternate colour scheme is probably a roulette reference rather than a Toyotomi tribute. Aww...
  • Several Japanese fans have spotted early preorder listings for the PS3 and PS4 editions of the game at Animate. Perhaps it won't be too long until the game is formally solicited for preorder.
  • It's just a couple of days now until Basara Matsuri! I'm convinced that they'll be showing some video footage at the event, so it will probably appear online on Sunday night or Monday morning based on the last two live shows. There's a big 'coming soon' in the video section on the official website which needs to disappear, right?
That's all the magazine coverage for this week, but there are a few other news stories to mention as well.

Japanese drivers fight crime with Sengoku Basara 4

Yukimura, Kanbee and Keiji will be expanding their previous campaign to prevent vehicle crime across Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo again this year; a collaboration so significant that it received another English-translated news bulletin on Capcom's investor relations website.

A ceremony will be held in front of the Shirayukihime clock at Osaka's Tennouji Zoo on 31st January 2015 to mark the commencement of the campaign. The mascot character 'Yuru-Tenha Zessou Yukimura-kun' is scheduled to attend - his name seems to have been upgraded since the last time he made an appearance!

An official Capcom store returns to Shinjuku for a limited time

Just like last year, there's going to be a Capcom presence in the Marui Annexe building in Shinjuku, Tokyo as part of the 'Shinjuku Marui Annexe Characters Fair ~Gyakuten Saiban, Monster Hunter, Sengoku Basara~'. Visitors will be able to purchase goods relating to Sengoku Basara, Monster Hunter and Gyakuten Saiban (Ace Attorney) between 13th February and 15th March 2015. There will also be prize draws where fans can win special merchandise.

Looking for Sengoku Basara 4 dialogue translations?

Moemine's Sengoku Basara 4 translation page on Tumblr has had a big upgrade recently and it's easier than ever to find translated dialogue for your favourite character. Moemine deserves a lot of respect for all of the fantastic translation work; I though it was worth mentioning again since not everyone checks Tumblr regularly. There's even more new content!

Friday, 23 January 2015

News roundup: Previews of even more Basara Matsuri merchandise

Another day, another news post! The series is certainly full of life this week - I hope they're saving some news for Basara Matsuri!

Speaking of Basara Matsuri, the next batch of event merchandise has been announced today over on the official website.

A set of Sengoku Basara 4 trading 'twin' tin badges. They come in sets of two randomly-packed badges for ¥500. The site suggests using them to customise the blankets you can buy. They've put Motochika with Ieyasu and left Motonari out (and the same for Hideyoshi being paired up with Keiji instead of Hanbee). It's an interesting choice - I thought it was because of the guests who were attending but Sasuke isn't being represented at the event at all.

A selection of four Sengoku Basara 4 fleece blankets for ¥2,000 each. Each of them has the same picture of all four leads so you can theoretically choose which of the colours you like best. I bet the purple one still sells out first.

A 'one size fits all' commemorative Basara Matsuri 2015 ~Fuyu No Jin~ zip-up hooded sweater for ¥4,800.

A Basara Matsuri 2015 ~Fuyu No Jin~ bath set, which includes a hand towel and 'Masamune's care' bath salts for ¥1,500. Let's bath time!!

Finally, there's a set of Basara Matsuri 2015 ~Fuyu No Jin~ opera glasses for ¥1,500. These will probably be popular as many attendees bring their own opera glasses to events to see the actors more closely. The design is pretty ridiculous (in a good way).

Thursday, 22 January 2015

News roundup: Sengoku Basara 4 Sumeragi tidbits and a new Gakuen Basara

A few additional notes about Sengoku Basara 4 Sumeragi

As many people will already have seen, the official Sengoku Basara 4 Sumeragi website is now live and there are a few new pictures to be found!

There's also more press coverage with the same new information presented in a variety of ways: 4Gamer, Dengeki, Famitsu, Gamer, Inside Games, Moca

I've made a few notes since it's fun to chronicle the flow of information.
  • Yoshiteru's basara-e ink artwork shows a peacock, which seems like a good match for him. The official website jokingly describes him as the 'violet comet' who moves at triple speed and manipulates time.
  • The 'most sadistic, wicked beauty in history' Maria seems to have a sexy dancing woman as her illustration.
  • (Edit: the-masked-m0g has pointed out that the woman resembles a celestial maiden - more details here!)
  • Sen No Rikyuu's basara-e image looks like two infants surrounded by plants (tea leaves?). I guess it represents his duality.
  • There's one interesting piece of information on the website which was missing from the magazine: "Number of players: Unconfirmed". I don't see why they'd say that if they're only planning to include the usual two player modes...
  • Some fans are guessing that the anime scenes shown so far might be from the game's opening sequence, since they appear to show the Tenka Medals you can collect and everything looks very flashy.
  • Speaking of Tenka Medals, I didn't explain this yesterday but the reason I'm leaving their name in Japanese when there's a perfectly good translation that could be used is that it's a pun. The characters used to write 'Tenka' simply mean 'Heavenly Coins', but in the main game storyline everyone is always battling to try to seize the land for themselves - and the word they always use for the 'land' in this context is also pronounced 'Tenka', and literally means 'everything under the heavens'. So in the main games, you're trying to obtain the land, and in this expansion you're trying to obtain medals.
  • Although I clarified this elsewhere, in case anyone was uncertain the new skills mentioned in Weekly Famitsu are regular moves, not super (R2) moves. Balder at Koei Warriors suggested a way that they might be implemented and I think that it's a strong possibility.
  • It was hinted in the magazine article but the website's layout pretty much confirms that the Tales Of Zestiria crossover will be limited to the costumes we've already seen, and the next five collaboration announcements will be completely different.
  • Hmm, if the Tales Of Zestiria crossover outfits came from KobaP's personal relationship with producer Baba Hideo, I wonder whether the next five collaboration announcements will relate to other things he likes? Perhaps there'll be an official Mobile Suit Gundam crossover and some kind of in-game zarusoba tie-in (I'm kidding - I hope).
  • Sen No Rikyuu's name has been trending on the Japanese side of Twitter for much of the last day, with @yukimurabo spotting 'psychic' and the 'wabi' of wabi-sabi joining it at one point. Whether you love or hate his design, it's undeniable that it's got a lot of people talking and creating comical parodies.

A new Gakuen Basara manga anthology is on the way

I was checking Manga-Oh earlier and stumbled upon some great news: there's a brand new listing for a Sengoku Basara Series Official Anthology Comic: Gakuen Basara: Gakusai Rantou-hen ('School Festival Brawl') - in other words, Gakuen Basara 8! It's scheduled for release on 27th March 2015 under the Dengeki Comics EX label. No further details are available yet.

The next Basara Magazine CD will be released soon

Also due for release on 27th March 2015 is the next compilation CD from Sengoku Basara Magazine. Titled Sengoku Basara Magazine CD: Showgeki Basara Talk! Vol. 4: Chousokabe & Mouri No Maki Special-ban, it will cost ¥2,700 and collect the comical audio content from the latest issues of Sengoku Basara Magazine along with some new material.

Seiyuu Okiayu Ryoutarou (Toyotomi Hideyoshi) will join Ishino Ryuuzou (Chousokabe Motochika) and Nakahara Shigeru (Mouri Motonari) on one of the bonus tracks to make things even crazier. The 'Basara Challenge' skits are about looking after children, an interrogation and a brand new episode: television shopping. What on earth would an infomercial hosted by Motochika and Motonari be like...?

Listings are already available on Amazon Japan and AmiAmi.

The description warns that the jacket artwork is a placeholder but I think it's likely to stay since it matches the others in the series.