Today, a handshake event took place at a branch of Yodobashi Camera in Sapporo for customers who had preordered Sengoku Basara 4. The event was attended by staff from Capcom including series producer Kobayashi 'KobaP' Hiroyuki, and just as promised a brand new Sengoku Basara 4 video was premiered for the lucky visitors.
People who attended the event offered some snippets of information from the presentation and pictures of the venue at the start, like this one from @Rougami. A picture of the special poster is shown on another fan's blog. None of the following details have been formally confirmed.
- There won't be very many 'anime route' endings.
- They decided to announce the female characters in sequence since Naotora was the only girl who had been revealed at the time.
- Kyougoku Maria was described as a 'domineering' person who toys with the Azai couple.
- When Maria's identity was still unknown, KobaP was asked whether she was an older version of Itsuki - she isn't, of course.
- As Nagamasa posed with his skill names flashing up on the screen, he seemed more like a tokusatsu hero of justice than ever.
- Gotou Matabee's moves are 'nasty'. They might be the most savage we've seen in the series so far. Every single report I read emphasised the same point.
- The whole room was shocked watching him making violent sawing motions with his weapon as if to torture his victim.
- There was also a horrible squeaking sound.
- Everyone laughed when Kingo was shown and immediately turned and fled from the enemy shouting "I'm running away from you!".
- KobaP joked that Oyassan (Shikanosuke's deer) was voiced by a certain seiyuu.
- (Note: It's probably one of the existing cast members, just as Kuwatani Natsuko voices Yumekichi.)
- There was a sense that Shikanosuke considers Oyassan very reliable.
- The demo was the same as usual with the same six characters. One attendee tried playing as Katsuie and found him easy to use.
- Katsuie is treated as though he's a fool, even by his subordinates. There were lines where his own soldiers said that they would make a better general and acted as though he wasn't there.
- When someone selected Masamune they thought he said "I'm Dragon ___!" in English. It didn't sound as though the final word was 'King', so they wondered whether it might be 'Ou', the Japanese word...
- They thought they heard the regular soldiers referring to Masamune's English lines as 'the language of the dragon'.
- One of Masamune's lines went "The Demon King, the Conqueror King, or me. Which do you think is the worst?".
- There was a line from Yoshitsugu when a fan was playing as Sakon.
- Enemy ninja have a new technique which can bind the player.
- One person mentioned that Naotora's Basara-e illustration was a tiger, though this hasn't been corroborated. It would make sense, given her name and connection to the Takeda forces.
According to the comments made about the video, it's the second character introduction video (the first was this one, also available with fan-made English subtitles). While the first one showed moves from Masamune, Yukimura, Mitsunari, Sakon, Katsuie and Naotora, it seems that the new video covered Ieyasu, Tadakatsu, Sasuke, Magoichi, Tsuruhime, Tenkai, Hideaki, Nobunaga, Shikanosuke, Nagamasa, Oichi and Matabee.
I'm hoping that the new video will appear online on the Capcom channel in the coming week. The second handshake event will take place next Saturday at Bic Camera in Nagoya.
More details of the upcoming Sengoku Basara Comic Anthology 'Setouchi Chronicle'
Amazon Japan has revised the listing for the upcoming Sengoku Basara Comic Anthology 'Setouchi Chronicle' manga with some new details. The most important clarification is that the release date has slipped back a month to 21st December 2013. The other details are unchanged; it's still in the Dengeki Comics EX line with 116 pages and priced at ¥893. The contributors will include veteran Sengoku Basara manga artists Ashika Nozomu, Sasakura Kou and Arai Karo.
HAL College of Technology and Design will host Sengoku Basara 4 events
Japan's HAL colleges focus on training the next generation of game developers and IT workers, and their 'open campus' events will include access to an official Sengoku Basara 4 pre-release demo. It seems that a number of Capcom employees are alumni of the various HAL schools so they've teamed up to encourage the next generation of game industry workers!
If you happen to be in Osaka on 16th November, Tokyo on 23rd November or Nagoya on 7th December and feel like enrolling in one of the HAL courses, perhaps you can check it out.
Udon's English-translated Sengoku Basara 2 manga is now available digitally
The first double-sized volume of Haibara Yak's gorgeous Sengoku Basara 2 manga has now debuted in the Comixology store in digital form. This is the series which was translated into English by Udon Entertainment as Sengoku Basara: Samurai Legends, and I thoroughly recommend checking it out if you haven't yet had the chance.
Gaming website Magic Box posts more pictures from Weekly Famitsu
My translation post might make slightly more sense if you view it together with their article.
Fan club exclusive event DVD becomes available for general purchase
The DVD recording of the Sengoku Basara Fan Kanshasai ~BSR48 Kaihyou No Utage~ event held to celebrate the results of the BSR48 election back in January 2012 has now been announced for a general release. It was previously only available through the old fan club shop. As the shop has now closed, those who weren't able to join the old fan club during its limited recruitment periods finally have the chance to pick up their copy. You can read my original review of the disc for the full details.