Friday, 27 March 2015

News roundup: Ratings, hints and even more events

The latest Sengoku Basara 4 Sumeragi news, speculation and comments

As well as updating the official Sengoku Basara 4 Sumeragi website with the third in the ongoing series of comical pictures of Sen No Rikyuu serving various people tea, Capcom have updated their event website to give a little more information about the activities on offer at the Nico Nico Choukaigi 2015 event in late April. The special gameplay segment I'll be most interested in is the Sengoku Basara 4 Sumeragi 'Super-Special Bomb Soldier Challenge Corner'. It's described as a deadly version of the game titled Sengoku Basara 4 Sumeragi 'Super-Special★Bomb Soldier Challenge Version' which can only be played at the event. In addition, the Sengoku Basara 4 Sumeragi VS DMC4 SE channel will feature KobaP and Gatchman along with some mysterious special guests.

Further details about the stage presentations and live streaming schedule will be published on 10th April.

Another piece of information on the same website revealed that Sengoku Basara 4 Sumeragi will be rated CERO B (12+) when it's released. While the rating itself isn't all that interesting, it shows that the game is on track and we can probably expect to learn more about the release date soon - at last.

The official Computer Entertainment Rating Organization website has yet to publish the rating in its database so there are no hints about the game's content to be found. For the curious, all of the previous games in the series have been rated the equivalent of CERO B aside from Sengoku Basara 3 Utage, which received an upgraded CERO C (15+) rating for its violent content. Sengoku Basara 4 was the first game to receive a specific warning for strong language. Both Sengoku Basara 2 Eiyuu Gaiden (HEROES) and Sengoku Basara 4 were given warnings for crime.

It's funny how ratings boards work across the world; I still don't entirely understand why Sengoku Basara 3 was rated 12+ in Japan, 13+ in the US and then 16+ in Europe due to its "realistic-looking violence".

Capcom launches a major Sengoku Basara collaboration with the city of Kofu

The biggest news story this week has been the announcement that the government of Kofu City approached Capcom and signed an agreement to use the Sengoku Basara characters - in particular Takeda Shingen, who had strong historical ties to the region - to promote local tourism as part of the city's quincentenary celebrations four years from now. While the series has been involved in a large number of regional tie-ins before, it's a great honour to be part of something so respectable and it looks as though Capcom is taking it very seriously, declaring it the first time that such a comprehensive partnership has ever been set up between a local governing body and a gaming company.

You can read the full press release in professionally-translated English on Capcom's Investor Relations page (or in Japanese, if you prefer).

In between the official commemorative photo shoots to mark the agreement with city mayor Higuchi Yuuichi, KobaP shared some pictures of the Shingen-kou Matsuri posters on display in the city hall. He commented about his sadness at not being able to attend the festival this year due to scheduling conflicts in a detailed Famitsu report. KobaP also mentioned his fondness for Takeda Shingen and then calmly gave the first formal confirmation that Takeda Shingen will be playable again in Sengoku Basara 4 Sumeragi. He added that Shingen's hair gave them a lot of trouble back when the first game came out on PlayStation 2.

When the reporter challenged him on the announcement he just made, KobaP went on to say that the game is nearing completion and it has a fun atmosphere like that of a festival. The three new playable characters are unlike any of the characters who have come before them and they've given older characters from the whole ten-year history of the series various boosts this time around.

(Raindrops' note: If they're going to be promoting this tie-in for the next four years, I think it sounds like a good opportunity to make Shingen more important in the game series again. Sorry for burying the 'announcement' in this story but I wanted to do it the same way KobaP did!)

Capcom will also collaborate with historical events this summer

A local government press release was published yesterday with details of some summer events at the Saitama Prefectural Museum of History and Folklore. Among the plans are details of a special exhibition between 18th July and 30th August 2015 titled Sengoku Zukan -Cool Basara Style- ('Sengoku Reference Book -Cool Basara Style-). It turns out that this is being hosted by a team formed by the succinctly-named Association for the Research and Preservation of Japanese Helmets and Armor and Capcom. The plan is to feature historical materials along with characters from the game to teach visitors about the links that the era's famous warriors had to Saitama Prefecture.

None of this has been formally revealed on either the Capcom or museum websites as far as I know, so further details will probably become available later on when the events are announced to the public.

A Sengoku Basara apron goes on sale

It's been a while since the voting last year but the haraKIRI x My Capcom maekake aprons are now on sale exclusively at the e-Capcom online store! The Sengoku Basara design costs ¥5,800 before tax and goes on sale on 18th June 2015.

Preview for the latest volume of Gakuen Basara

The eighth volume of the Gakuen Basara manga, titled Gakuen Basara: Gakusai Rantou-hen ('School Festival Brawl'), was released today in Japan. Dengeki have published a blog post to draw attention to the release with samples of four of the ten short manga which will feature. They also promise that it will include three illustrations. I can't wait to read it!

Sengoku Basara Seishi is apparently delayed by five months

The upcoming Sengoku Basara Seishi ("The Official History of Sengoku Basara") book was scheduled for mid-April but Amazon Japan delisted it yesterday and emailed me to advise that it had been delayed until early September 2015. This is the second time I've ordered this book and had the details completely change. I wonder whether it will ever actually be released.

Animedia Deluxe will feature Sengoku Basara Judge End

April's issue of Animedia Deluxe Vol. 7 went on sale earlier this week and it apparently included some Sengoku Basara Judge End content. I don't have the full details yet but if you're interested in collecting magazines about the series it might be best to pick up a copy soon.

Trivia: Someone at Sony has good taste in historical figures

This has absolutely nothing to do with Sengoku Basara but I thought it was cool. The recent PlayStation 4 2.50 software update bore the codename Yukimura, which is especially apt given that the 2.00 update was called Masamune. Hmm! I wonder what version 3.00 will be called?

Monday, 23 March 2015

News roundup: Yet another event, and more plushies are on the way

Sengoku Basara 4 Sumeragi will feature at Machi★Asobi in May

Lending further weight to the theory that we'll finally start seeing some Sengoku Basara 4 Sumeragi information in the next few weeks, Capcom have announced that they will have a presence at the Machi★Asobi event again this year. The event runs between the 3rd and 5th of May 2015 in the Tokushima area. The games they plan to promote there are Sengoku Basara 4 Sumeragi, Dai Gyakuten Saiban and Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition, and since previous years have included stage presentations with guest appearances from Capcom staff and voice actors it's likely that there will be some news to report by that time.

I can't wait until they finally start posting regular news about the game!

Gift tease another two Sengoku Basara 4 plushies

The popular line of Sengoku Basara 4 plushies released by Gift x Algernon in Japan will receive two new additions soon, according to this tweet from the AnimeJapan 2015 exhibition. The tweet explains that visitors weren't allowed to take photographs so the only pictures available are the snapshots they've attached showing the characters' feet and placards.

Tokugawa Ieyasu and Maeda Keiji are the next two characters selected for release and they'll cost ¥3,200 when they go on sale this summer. This is great; they both deserve to be part of the plushie line and hopefully even more characters will follow later on.

The Sengoku Basara Jubilee is looking for fans to pay tribute to the series

The tenth anniversary of Sengoku Basara isn't just for fans in Japan! There's a Sengoku Basara Jubilee project running on Tumblr which aims to bring creative people together to create fanfiction and illustrations to celebrate their love for the series. And if you aren't creative yourself, you can still help by mentioning the project so that other people discover it and sign up. I recommend checking it out and giving the introduction post a read if you're interested in participating.

Thursday, 19 March 2015

News roundup: Events, exclusive goods and general Sengoku Basara news

Capcom will promote Sengoku Basara 4 Sumeragi at an event next month

A news bulletin was posted this morning to announce that Sengoku Basara 4 Sumeragi will be one of Capcom's featured games at the Nico Nico Choukaigi 2015 event on the 25th and 26th April 2015. There will be live streams from the event including an interestingly-named Sengoku Basara 4 Sumeragi VS DMC4 SE channel. Further details will be revealed next week.

It's still a month away, but could this be the first sign that the promotion for the game is beginning outside of dedicated Sengoku Basara events?

The Basara Club Fan Meeting 2015 Spring events begin soon

April will also feature six fan club events spread across three consecutive Saturdays. I posted the details back when they were first announced but the fan club website updated this week to confirm that exclusive merchandise will be available for attendees, too.

A set of 30 senjafuda-style stickers for ¥1,000:

A pass case with spiral cord for ¥1,700:

A memo stand (with adhesive notes) for ¥700:

A tenth anniversary shopping bag for ¥700:

Sixteen different 'favourite warrior' badges for ¥900 each. The selection of designs has been changed:

Ten event-exclusive 'Basaragacha' pins for ¥400 each:

A selection of six different mini cushions for ¥2,200 each. These will be available in extremely limited quantities:

A stationery set comprising two mini-notelets, two sheets of stickers and a pair of clear files for ¥1,400:

A towel set (face towel and hand towel) for ¥1,400:

The stationery set and towels are already available from the official fan club shop online. For the rest, leftover stock will probably appear in the shop shortly after the event except where they've specifically indicated that an item is event-exclusive.

Celebrate the life of Sanada Yukimura with a Sengoku Basara collaboration

Yukimura is the star of yet another Osaka-based historical exhibition next month as the Sengoku Warrior Chronicle Fair Chapter 1 "The Mystery of Sanada Yukimura" exhibition runs in Namba Marui between the 3rd and 26th of April 2015. Capcom are supporting the event with a Sengoku Basara 4 Sumeragi booth which will play the game's promotional video for the crowds and offer merchandise and photo spots. I wonder whether the series' cute Yukimura-kun mascot character will also make an appearance? He's shown up in Osaka a few times now.

Sengoku Basara 4 character cards appear in Sengoku Enbu -Kizna- once again

The previous tie-in last summer must have been a success since the folks at Sumzap have partnered up with Capcom once again for a second Sengoku Enbu -Kizna- x Sengoku Basara 4 collaboration event! It was titled Sengoku Basara 4 Kensen Ranbu and it ran from 9th March until 18th March 2015.

Those who don't play the game can get an idea of what's involved in this event report from Inside Games. Samples of the previous in-game collaboration cards can be viewed here.

Sengoku Basara Art Works returns with a new title

The listings for the mysterious upcoming book Sengoku Basara Art Works were recently updated to give it a fascinating new title: Sengoku Basara Seishi ("The Official History of Sengoku Basara"). Still scheduled for release on 15th April 2015, the description has now completely changed to explain that it's a book which delves into the actual history behind the game. Topics it will cover include comparing the real historical figures with the in-game versions, events such as the Battle of Sekigahara and actual military tactics. An art book would have been nice but this sounds quite interesting too!

T.M.Revolution's upcoming album will include DOUBLE-DEAL

Fans of T.M.Revolution can get an early start on the Sengoku Basara 4 Sumeragi content when his latest album, Ten ("Heaven") goes on sale on 13th May 2015. It will mark the anniversary of his debut nineteen years ago. The game's theme song, DOUBLE-DEAL, is planned for inclusion on the album as one of the brand new tracks, and two special CD+DVD editions of the album will each include different live footage from T.M.Revolution concerts last year.

The CD is available for preorder at all good import stores and it's very likely that the song will be put up on iTunes internationally, since Nishikawa is well aware of his non-Japanese fans.

While researching this post, I also discovered that there's a remix called Count ZERO (Re:boot) on last year's Phantom Pain EP. You can hear samples of it via iTunes or Amazon Japan. It's probably old news to big T.M.Revolution fans but I thought it was neat!

Friday, 6 March 2015

Magazine review: Sengoku Basara Magazine issue 8

I can't believe that it's already time for another issue of Sengoku Basara Magazine! Shibata Katsuie graces the cover and exclusive Mame Sengoku Basara rubber strap to mark the winter issue and indeed, it's a highly recommended purchase for his fans. A selection of preview images can be seen in this official blog post.

Sengoku Basara Magazine vol. 8 was released a week later than it's usual month end slot in the schedule, on 2nd March 2015. Priced at ¥2,500, it can be purchased from all good Japanese bookstores which offer international shipping such as Amazon Japan, HMV, Yesasia, CD Japan and Manga Oh. The anime-style cover artwork from character designer Ookubo Tooru seems to have worked its magic once again as the book has reached the top of Amazon's gaming magazine charts several times in the last few days.

The bonus CD is Showgeki Basara Talk! Chousokabe & Mouri No Maki Vol. 2 with seiyuu Ishino Ryuuzou and Nakahara Shigeru. I missed their team antics at Basara Matsuri so it's good to hear from them again.

The pair start off by reading their fan mail (several people submitted questions about Sengoku Basara Judge End) then launch into the newest 'Basara Challenge' skit. The task this time is that Motochika and Motonari have to conduct an interrogation - except that they're too busy arguing and undermining one another to get anything productive done. The bad situation gets even worse when Motonari points out that a pirate isn't really in any position to look down on a criminal and the task is eventually abandoned in favour of a battle between the two warriors.

Lastly comes the 'Bonds Game' where they have to answer weird questions and compare their answers. Ishino and Nakahara seem to have a lot in common!

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...