I'll make a proper post about this when I'm back at a computer (edit: full post now available here).
However, I just came out of Ryougoku Sumo Hall where the first day of the Basara Matsuri 2013 event took place.
It was amazing. We had a live Butai Sengoku Basara 3 ~Setouchi Kyouran~ performance, a cushion-throwing game, live seiyuu performances of scenes from the last stage play, Wakamoto Norio being ridiculous, Hoshi Souichirou complaining bitterly about a newer character beating Yukimura in the BSR48 popularity poll, and Sunday Mouri. T.M. Revolution performed Naked Arms, Sword Summit and The Party Must Go On, with a laser display. I spent a fortune on character goods.
We also had a generous amount of new information revealed about the future of the series. KobaP showed us a trailer from the Takarazuka Sengoku Basara play including the three already-revealed characters: Yukimura (the star), Kenshin and original character Inori. Since I've not kept up with news online during my trip I'm not sure whether the trailer was new. It was, however, new to me, and I enjoyed hearing the Takarazuka actresses singing along to familiar music from the series. Kenshin's reimagined outfit looks pretty cool, too. I'm not too sure what to think about Inori yet. The rest of the audience seemed curious but worried, too, when KobaP described her.
The next piece of news which I remember being actually new was that they're holding another event in July this year. It's not Basara Matsuri; instead it's a brand new kind of event based on the stage play called Busho Matsuri. I can't go, but I'm kind of glad they're giving the stage play its own live gathering. There are so many guests at the recent Basara Matsuri events that it's hard to cram everything in, and it's a good excuse to bring back older stage play actors who haven't been seen for a while. As this announcement was a surprise there was a leaflet given out after the event for it so I'll translate the full (enormous) guest list when I'm home.
There was also some news about the magazine. The provisional cover (starring Masamune) has been revealed. It all looks pretty slick and I hope it's easy to get hold of as an import order...
Finally...KobaP made us all stop chattering noisily and started a second trailer playing...
Sengoku Basara 4!
It's coming next year for PS3 and only PS3. I'm sure by the time I get online tonight all of the usual news websites will have the trailer and more information online...I was too excited to take it all in properly. No characters were shown, just two silhouettes. I can't wait to see the trailer again.
More Sengoku Basara, and on my preferred console too! 2014 is going to be incredible!