Friday 20 November 2015

News roundup: Sengoku Basara box art ranking, and T.M.Revolution will appear at Basara Matsuri

The results of the first official online Basa-ranking survey

The results from the first online Basa-ranking poll have now been revealed. They asked the fans to pick which of the series' box art illustrations they liked the most and quite a lot of people voted to produce the following list.

1. Sengoku Basara 3
2. Sengoku Basara 2 Eiyuu Gaiden (HEROES)
3. Sengoku Basara 3 Utage
4. Sengoku Basara 4
5. Sengoku Basara X (Cross)
6. Sengoku Basara
7. Sengoku Basara Battle Heroes
8. Sengoku Basara 2
9. Sengoku Basara Chronicle Heroes
10. Sengoku Basara HD Collection

You can download the smartphone lock screen images based on the winning image here. Mitsunari and Ieyasu don't appear on many of the designs so perhaps this win can be attributed to a combination of their appeal and the fact that Sengoku Basara 3 did so well; the Battle of Sekigahara is a very popular theme, after all!

The website suggests that we can all look forward to another Basa-ranking soon. Let's hope we don't have to wait too long to share our opinions about something else.

The latest Sengoku Basara book news

The cover illustration for the third (and final) volume of Yoshihara Motoki's Sengoku Basara 4 manga adaptation has now been revealed ahead of its release next week and it's another stunning picture. Sakon and Katsuie didn't get their own covers so they're sharing this one with their allies in the background. I hope that Yoshihara will return to the series for more adaptations in future.

In other book-related news, today is the release day of Sengoku Basara Rival Fortune-Telling from Wani Books. Capcom published a preview to mark the occasion and it shows the way that the information is presented to fit the 'rivals' theme. I'm tempted to say that it's almost as good as a mini art book if you like Yupon's cute illustrations - even if you can't read the text.

A footnote adds that there's a special bonus if you purchase the book from Animate; while stocks last it will come with an oversized clear bookmark.

Another musical performer is added to the guest list for Basara Matsuri

While this isn't exactly a surprise to anyone who has ever been following Basara Matsuri event news, Capcom recently made the big announcement is that musician T.M.Revolution will be attending the Sengoku Basara 10th Anniversary Matsuri ~Feast of Ten Years, Ten Shades~ event in March 2016 as a performer guest. He will be present on both Saturday and Sunday.

Even if it was expected from the moment the event was first announced, this is great news. It's going to be a great celebration of the series!

The cute Sengoku Basara stickers from B-side Label are back - and they brought friends

CafeReo has posted information about a new batch of 80x65mm Capcom x B-side Label stickers and they're already up for preorder. Kojuurou, Sasuke, Keiji, Motochika and Motonari are joining the product line for ¥400 before tax apiece.

The four designs used for the original stickers are returning too for the Capcom x B-side Label Sticker L range. The 'L' versions are larger at (approximately) 110x100mm in size and cost ¥1,000 each before tax.

Packs containing all of the sticker designs are also available for those who want the full sets.

Release dates and the first cover illustration for those three upcoming drama CDs

Remember the three drama CDs announced at Tokyo Game Show 2015? We now have the full release details. The story outlines and character lists are as described in my original TGS 2015 post.

The first disc will be released on 27th January 2016. It's titled Drama Yose CD Sengoku Basara -Date Masamune & Sanada Yukimura- and the preliminary cover artwork is shown below. They're using the Judge End art style again for this comical food-themed illustration:

The second release will go on sale on 24th February 2016 titled Drama Yose CD Sengoku Basara -Tokugawa Ieyasu & Ishida Mitsunari- and the third, Drama Yose CD Sengoku Basara -Sen No Rikyuu-, will be available on 23rd March 2016.

Each CD costs ¥2,000 before tax for the standard version or ¥2,500 before tax for the Animate special edition with an illustrated keychain. The information about Animate's keychain bundles (which can now be preordered) is available here.


  1. Wow, people really do love Masamune and Kojuro if the cover of Heroes placed that high! I voted Utage as my personal favourite - nice to see how popular it is!

    Speaking of rankings, whatever happened to that Dengeki survey we did a while ago?

    1. Raindrops can correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't that Dengeki survey for the tenth anniversary book? If so I imagine the results are in there.

    2. That's right. I have the book on order but it's combined with some other things to mitigate the hefty cost, so I'm looking forward to seeing how things turned out whenever it ships. I might not get it until January ;_;

    3. My copy is on its way and it should be delivered within a week so I could probably update on characters rankings without actually knowing what exactly their ranks are all about :)

  2. Oh, neat Cross placed so high! I'm glad. Plus the SH/3 cover is pretty nice. The fortune telling book sounds cute too!

    1. Yeah, it did well! The 'cartoony' style they used for Cross was really appealing. The top five in the list would be my top five too (with some slight changes in the order) so I'm satisfied with the results :D

    2. Personally I'd put PSP covers in my top 5 at 2nd (BH) and 3rd (CH) positions with SB3 remaining on top, Cross taking the 4th place and SB2 being the last one included (just because I can't say No to Tsuchibayashi's gorgeous work, while Keiji alone is not enough to rank higher the box art than 5th). While SB1 (too posterboys), Heroes (too Date) and Sumeragi (too SW-alike) would end up on the bottom of my list I'm afraid. Still SB3 is way too good to be anywere but on top of the list. It just says so much without any action. Too perfect, lol

    3. There is no such thing as 'too Date'! :)

      The Chronicle Heroes cover is great really, I don't give it enough credit but they used the box dimensions very effectively.

      It would have been neat if they made use of the alternate special covers they offered for the last few games to make alternate versions with the less popular characters too (instead of Masamune on the main cover then an alternate Masamune cover or a special edition Masamune cover...). Then nerds like some of us would feel compelled to buy several copies (as though we didn't already).


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