This is a reminder so that nobody misses this show due to forgetting when it will be broadcast or overlooking the tiny mention I gave it in the footnote of last week's magazine reveal post. I won't be around when it airs so I'll be relying on everyone else for reports until I can get home and watch it for myself!
The show in question is an hour-long Sengoku Basara 4 special broadcast hosted by comedian Kanada Satoshi of Hannya, and DJ/model Nakada Kurumi. The first episode - which airs today - will also include appearances from series director Yamamoto Makoto and seiyuu Seki Tomokazu (Ishida Mitsunari). As a reward for watching, one lucky(?) viewer will have a chance to win a replica golden skull tea bowl created by artisan Maruoka Kazumichi especially for Sengoku Basara 4. We can expect plenty of hints about the game as well as glimpses of all of the latest reveals and goodies.
I think this will be the first time I see Kanada Satoshi appearing in something where he might resist cross-dressing! Unless we're in for a surprise Kasuga cosplay...
As I'm discussing broadcasts, a few more have now been announced as well. Here's a quick summary of the current schedule with links to the page on Nico Nico Douga where known.
Thursday 12th December (22:00): Capcom Game Special: Sengoku Basara 4 episode 1
Saturday 14th December (21:00): Hagi-Toko Sengoku Basara 4/Monster Hunter 4 coverage
Monday 16th December (20:00): Hagi-Toko featuring Sengoku Basara 4
Thursday 19th December (20:00): Capcom Channel Intelligence Agency Special: Sengoku Basara 4
Thursday 26th December (22:00): Capcom Game Special: Sengoku Basara 4 episode 2
Thursday 9th January (22:00): Capcom Game Special: Sengoku Basara 4 episode 3
Thursday 23rd January (22:00): Capcom Game Special: Sengoku Basara 4 episode 4
Thursday 6th February (22:00): Capcom Game Special: Sengoku Basara 4 final episode
While the Nico Nico broadcasts are very likely to be recorded and uploaded later on by one of the viewers, it's not guaranteed; I'd recommend trying to view them live if your time zone gives you the opportunity! It's free to make a basic Nico Nico account and you can switch the language to English. If you decide to pay the subscription charge, you also gain priority for bandwidth along with the ability to reserve shows that haven't aired yet to watch them at a later time.
In the middle of all of these broadcasts, there's still the live Sony Play.Community Sengoku Basara 4 gameplay demonstration event taking place this weekend for the handful of lucky Japanese fans who managed to win tickets in a draw. A few prominent bloggers are going to be attending, so I'll try to round up any new information that appears as soon as they get home and post their reports.
Asian version of the Sengoku Basara 4 game sleeve leaks online, reveals full playable cast
Fan momotsu (who I believe has appeared here a few times!) surprised everyone on the Koei Warriors forum this week by providing a link to the Asian box art for Sengoku Basara 4. This is a very significant find since it confirms Sourin, Muneshige, Hisahide and Kotarou will be the last four playable characters in the game.
The box art also advises that two-player content will be offline-only. The 4,000KB hard disk space requirement is for saving; installing the game will take 1,500MB. It's likely that the contents of the game disc will be identical to the Japanese edition since there's no translated version being distributed, therefore we can safely assume everything specified on the box art is probably the same in both regions.
Ujimasa fans are still going to have to keep waiting another week for final confirmation of his fate. My money is on him appearing as an NPC even if we technically have 40 characters revealed now.
Relatedly, KobaP has been talking about the Taiwanese press event he flew over to attend this week too. Chinese news sites are definitely the place to be at the moment for those who can read the language. Unfortunately, I can't read it properly, so here are some pictures instead of a detailed translated report. Naotora's Giga Basara artwork is finally revealed in decent quality and that Basara-e store-exclusive calendar looks amazing.
A new Shima Sakon/Ii Naotora gameplay video appears
It's the same TGS 2013 demo build of the game we've seen plenty of times, but this Chinese play-through stood out because the video quality is good and I felt really close to the action when I was watching. There are also new (to me) glimpses of the in-game menus but I'll wait for a source from the final version of the game before adding screenshots to my translation guide.
Sakon, Naotora and Takeda army fans owe it to themselves to take a look at the demo gameplay in the meantime. I had missed things like the Takeda stage being 'fuurinkazan' themed its its layout before now, or Masamune and Mitsunari being sub-bosses on the Kitanoshou Castle stage, and a lot of small details about the ranks and items make more sense now than they did during the early demo videos. The small scrolls Sakon picks up seem to give credit towards your next battle rank, while the item boxes give materials for weapon enhancement and experience for your Inrou.
Sony hosts a survey to determine the most popular playable Sengoku Basara 4 character
During the wait for Capcom to announce the next major character ranking, Sony's Playstation blog held a small survey to try to see which characters the fans were most excited about for the new game. The poll was in Japanese but anyone with a PSN account could participate, so long as they didn't mind the slow loading times of Sony's website and went through the trouble of configuring their account.
The results were rather strange, though please bear in mind that there were only 478 votes in total on the morning the survey was scheduled to close. Perhaps this only actually represents the demographic of fans who use Sony's blog as a source of information... or perhaps it foreshadows a surprise outcome in the next official poll.
1. Tokugawa Ieyasu (89 votes)
2. Mouri Motonari (83 votes)
3. Sanada Yukimura (53 votes)
4. Date Masamune (43 votes)
5. Ishida Mitsunari (41 votes)
6. Ootani Yoshitsugu (26 votes)
7. Kuroda Kanbee (20 votes)
8. Takenaka Hanbee (16 votes)
9. Sarutobi Sasuke (14 votes)
10. Katakura Kojuurou (10 votes)
Edit: I updated the list when the voting ended on Friday morning.
Online retailer Ami Ami reveals a special bonus item for their Sengoku Basara 4 customers
As well as being one of the few English-speaking online retailers which has confirmed the first press Date Masamune DLC outfit will be included with their shipments of Sengoku Basara 4, Japanese hobby shop Ami Ami has added new listings for the game which include a special store-exclusive 'cleaner cloth' as a bonus item.
If you already have a preorder with Ami Ami, I'd recommend contacting them to see whether you'll receive the bonus item too. It's a separate listing so they might not send it unless you ask. Here are all of the links: standard edition, standard edition with bonus item, special edition, special edition with bonus item.
Bushou Matsuri 2013 DVD delayed
The Butai Sengoku Basara Bushou Matsuri 2013 DVD containing footage from the summer's event has been delayed yet again, this time until 26th December 2013. It's quite disappointing since it contained some Sengoku Basara 4 comments from the seiyuu and now I won't be able to watch it until I already have the game. Something must have gone wrong during production for it to have slipped back a whole month like this.
Official Sengoku Basara 4 website updates
Fans of the last batch of characters - Motonari, Yoshihiro, Yoshiaki, Kenshin and Kasuga - can now check the character page for their voice samples and profiles. There are also updates to the system page with the information from last Thursday's Weekly Famitsu. The most interesting new shots for me were probably the pictures of Matabee confronting Kenshin and Shikanosuke pointing at Motonari in a very accusing manner. The bottom row of snapshots from the opening CG movie is new too, and also worth a look.
My next post will be after the live broadcast has aired. I can't wait!