Friday 22 November 2013

News roundup: Some minor news and a few Sengoku Basara 4 screenshot translations

This Saturday, there are going to be a staggering four Sengoku Basara events running in Japan at once. I'm not anticipating any news from the stage play, manga signing or college demonstration, but producer Kobayashi Hiroyuki will be presenting a brand new video again at a branch of Yodobashi Camera in Hakata, Fukuoka and there is bound to be some news to report on after that. Because of this I thought I could hold out until Saturday before writing another news roundup post, however it turns out that I was wrong; there's more to report about than expected!

Basara Magazine Vol. 3 is formally announced for release on 27th November 2013

They really took their time with the official website update to announce the details of this issue. Until this week, all that was there was a simple PDF file and I had to scavenge my information from shop listings.

Anyway, the update means we have the first picture from the new one-shot manga, Wan-Nyan Sengoku Basara, which reimagines the series with the characters as cats and dogs. It sounds interesting.

New manga Sengoku Basara Comic Anthology 'Setouchi Chronicle' now has a firm release date

The magazine's website also confirmed that 21st December 2013 will be the release date for the delayed Sengoku Basara Comic Anthology 'Setouchi Chronicle' manga compilation. The details are as previously reported and while we don't have final cover artwork yet, there's at least a little preview picture to make it feel more as though the book might one day exist.

Perhaps they're planning on unveiling the full details along with Motonari in next week's magazine?

Basara Club prepares for its December launch with a survey

The new Basara Club fan club will be commencing activities at the start of December, and as a warm up they've asked members to start submitting messages and fan art for the first issue of the official newsletter ahead of its January 2014 release date. For those of us with less imagination and talent, there's also a fun survey - hopefully the first of many - which asks fans to vote for their favourite of the following:
  • Date Masamune's famous lines.
  • Weapons you want to use.
  • Costumes you want to wear.
  • Names of moves which you can't help shouting out.
It's not multiple choice so there will probably be some really weird suggestions, though they're trying to keep things sensible by asking people to name the character the weapon/costume/move belongs to and justify each answer. I haven't decided how I will vote yet...

Translations of some more Sengoku Basara 4 content: Menus

Since I had some free time (my Crunchyroll subscription temporarily expired this week...please don't tell me what happened in today's Kakumeiki Valvrave!) I decided to quickly prepare some visuals to attempt to demystify some of the new material we saw in the newest trailer and screenshots. I'm not very good at this kind of thing so please forgive the amateurish presentation.

Firstly, Sengoku Creation Mode's main 'march screen', with annotations. You can click the picture to make it larger.

I've noted that there's a sale running in the Basara-ya shop (indicated by the red ticket over its name). If there's a 'special deal' instead of a sale, the shop icon will look like this:

The shop has various sections you can browse, so this is what the next menu apparently looks like.

Finally, the shop itself. I merged two different pictures together to show how the sale items and special deals appear.

Unsure whether these annotations will actually help anyone... but you never know! The weapon inscription screen will have to wait for another day.

Translations of some more Sengoku Basara 4 content: Stages

Next, here's a list of every confirmed stage in Sengoku Basara 4 so far to the best of my knowledge. To qualify for the list, I must have visually confirmed the name in a screenshot or video. Even though it's obvious who the bosses will be on some of the levels where that data is missing, I only want to include information which is 100% confirmed.

Please note that the punctuation is sometimes inconsistent between screenshots in Japanese so I just picked one version. Some of the names sound more like story encounters than battles...

StageJapanese NameType(s)Enemy Commander
Abrasion: The Beauty of Insufficiency研磨 不足の美Outbreak-
Azuchi-Shiten Gathering安土四天結集Outbreak-
Battle of Sekigahara: Eastern Sun関ヶ原の戦い 東陽OutbreakTokugawa Ieyasu
Bizen: Ujou (Okayama Castle)備前・烏城NormalKobayakawa Hideaki
Echizen: Kitanoshou Castle越前・北ノ庄城NormalShima Sakon, Shibata Katsuie
Fate: One-Eyed Dragon宿命 独眼竜Outbreak-
Incident at Honnouji本能寺の変Normal/OutbreakOda Nobunaga, Akechi Mitsuhide
Investigation: Shikanosuke探索 鹿之介One-on-oneYamanaka Shikanosuke
Izumo: Shiraga Castle出雲・白鹿城NormalYamanaka Shikanosuke
Kaga: Maeda Kabuki-Matsuri加賀・前田花吹祭Outbreak-
Kai: Tsutsujigasaki Yakata甲斐・躑躅ヶ崎館NormalTakeda Shingen
Kawanakajima: Hachimanpara川中島・八幡原--
Mikawa: Komaki-Nagakute三河・小牧長久手NormalTokugawa Ieyasu
Oda: Azuchi Castle織田・安土城NormalOda Nobunaga
Osaka: Toyotomi Hajou大阪・豊臣覇城NormalToyotomi Hideyoshi
Oushuu: Aoba Castle奥州・青葉城NormalDate Masamune
Pirate Fortress: Hyakki Fugaku海賊要塞・百鬼富嶽NormalChousokabe Motochika
Remains of Ounin: Souden応仁の跡 走伝OutbreakAshikaga Yoshiteru
Revenge: The Sword of the God of War復習 軍神の剣Outbreak-
Shizugatake: The Oda Vanguard Advances賤ヶ岳・織田尖兵進行Outbreak-
Takeda Otoko Dojo武田漢道場Outbreak-
Tango: Sengenji 丹後・泉源寺Normal/DerivationKyougoku Maria
Tootoumi: Iinoya Castle遠江・井伊谷城Normal/Omen/DerivationIi Naotora
Toyotomi Reminiscence Struggle豊臣回顧闘争OutbreakToyotomi Hideyoshi

If you're wondering about the 'Type' column, stage types are a new mechanic introduced in this title. I'm not sure whether all stages are available in all five variations, so I thought it would be interesting to make a note of this information too.

Normal stages are the same as usual; fulfil the objectives and win the battle. I think most of the battles you'll fight in the first round of Sengoku Creation Mode will be like this. The newest video shows the rewards for a normal battle as the standard mix of weapons, money and enhancement materials.

Outbreaks have red backgrounds behind their names and suddenly appear depending on the actions taken by the armies in the game. They seem to be just like the special stages which traditionally appear mid-game depending on your performance. The rewards shown in the video looked similar to the normal ones only with some nicer enhancements on the weapons.

Omen battles appear on the map just like Outbreaks, except they have an ominous purple background. Going by the newest video, they reward the player with books and experience points.

If you ignore an Omen battle, it might turn into a Derivation. These have a blue background, and a mixture of rewards.

The fifth and final type of encounter is a One-on-one match; a quick boss fight which is touted as being a good source of weapons. The single screenshot of one of these shows that every single reward tier offers weapons, even the lowest rank.

I'm a little confused about the colour scheme for Omen stages and One-on-one fights, because Investigation: Shikanosuke was specifically used as an example of the latter in several articles yet it seems to have a blue label. The picture shows Shikanosuke fooling around instead of a stage background. Is that the main difference between them?

Anyway, that's the end of today's speculation! I may have misunderstood how this 'stage type' system works and the colours might mean something else (if so, let's blame Weekly Famitsu magazine for the original article rather than my incompetence).

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