Friday 1 March 2013

Nico Nico Douga: MMD Basara Battle Festival

I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the Miku Miku Dance users of the world had set up a 'Battle Festival' event this weekend, meaning that talentless fans such as myself could enjoy some excellent Sengoku Basara movies with a more bloodthirsty theme than usual. The artistic skill of the Japanese BSR fans is quite humbling. These were my favourites from the first day. Check out the MMDBASARA戦闘祭 tag for a wealth of other celebrations of swordplay if you have time; they look amazing in full quality. The event is planned to last for the rest of the weekend so it's likely I'm not going to get anything productive done as long as people keep uploading brilliant new videos for me to watch...

Simply titled 'Kessen', this video by yurie shows a confrontation between Masamune and Yukimura. It's exceptional in its attention to detail and makes me long for more Sengoku Basara games! The creator took the scene from the superb BONES movie Sword of the Stranger and made it even better.

User Marimo takes a similar approach with this 'Rolling Girl' music video. The Sengoku Basara 3 (and Utage) storylines all come together with Masamune and Yukimura clashing in scenes directly inspired by the original games. The urgency of this classic NND anthem meshes well with the emotional visuals.

The wait for the next game already feels less painful when users like Shigma are putting together videos like the next one, 'Tsuki To Kage' ('The Moon and the Shadow'). It's a fight scene starring Mitsunari, and the model used is very close to the original game design. Definitely a stylish piece of work.

Another favourite song popular on NND is next, 'Rin Toshite Saku Hana No Gotoku'. User Negati-bu puts the three Sengoku Basara ninja through their paces with a slightly unusual weapon dance.

I'm not familiar with this next song but Diggy-nao's Masamune versus Aniki video is so quintessentially 80s that it made me smile. And then made my jaw drop, once the cool fighting scenes began in earnest.

I should probably have listed this one first of all. It's moonlight's official movie for the commencement of the Battle Festival and shows moments from clashes between the series' most popular pairs of rivals. It's fascinating to see how different users set up the various special effects to recreate moves from the games.

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