Saturday 19 December 2015

News roundup: Today was the first Jump Festa 2016 stage presentation

Fan reactions to today's Sengoku Basara stage presentation

As promised, today KobaP held a stage presentation at the Jump Festa event and gave the assembled crowd a sneak peek at the first video footage for Sengoku Basara: Sanada Yukimura-den. Sadly, Capcom wasn't streaming any of its stage presentations at all so I've had to make do with various fan accounts from social media. The new video seemed universally well-received with people commenting that they were glad they came to watch the presentation for it.

A few notes (I hope to be able to add to this later since there's so little information):
  • The video was narrated by Takeda Shingen (Genda Tesshou).
  • Masamune had his six blades drawn the whole time; it seems that his reworked move set gives him access to six-claw-style combat right from the start.
  • The action in the video was really intense.
  • They plan to release more details about the game from spring next year through to the summer.
  • There will be more information at next year's Basara Matsuri event in March.
There's another presentation tomorrow morning at 10:40am Japan time, but I'll only make a new post about it if I hear any new details since the content is likely to be the same. I hope that the video will appear on the game's official website very soon. Previous event videos have appeared as early as the following Monday, but since the announcement is still so new it's difficult to be sure when the clip will become available.

Edit (20/12/2015): Gamer has posted some stills from the presentation as part of its Jump Festa coverage. The article describes the video as a scene from a confrontation between Yukimura and Masamune, and there was a loud cheer from the audience when Masamune appeared on screen. KobaP went over the information from last week's Weekly Famitsu magazine afterwards and mentioned that there were new game mechanics but didn't go into any further detail. He also outright said that it was possible for Masamune to use all six blades throughout the game this time; there was a lot of surprise from the crowd at those comments. Apparently, the new Osaka Summer Siege stage will be quite different to what we have come to expect from Sengoku Basara.

Edit (21/12/2015): 4Gamer has now posted its coverage too and it sounds as though we can expect the new video very soon. Since the gaming sites are taking a while to publish their reports I'm guessing it won't be today, but instead when the official site updates (on Thursday, if they're consistent). Let's see. OneSanitarium also noticed that the website is specifically calling it a one-player game; this might mean there's no co-op mode at all. The game's genre was quietly changed back to the usual 'Stylish Hero Action' too.

More details about the Date Masamune vacuum cleaner (there's good news, and bad news)

Speaking of events, one of the big announcements back at TGS 2015 was that Capcom were collaborating with Sharp to create a Premium Cocorobo - a talking roomba vacuum cleaner based on Date Masamune. Today's event had a demonstration of the vacuum cleaner and it seems to have caused a lot of excitement.

The listing is now up on the e-Capcom store and the first thing most people will notice is the price: ¥162,000 including sales tax. That's a huge amount of money for a novelty vacuum cleaner! It comes with its own voice recordings from seiyuu Nakai Kazuya, special packaging and an instruction manual on CD, and the device itself has all kinds of advanced features such as connecting to wireless Internet to download news, weather reports and interacting with smartphones.

Preorders will be accepted until 18th January 2016 or until all of the units are sold; it's a strictly limited item. The roomba is expected to ship in March 2016.

Edit: The device's official website is now online, and they've added a hilarious new promotional video.

Ashigaru-kun visits the Capcom Bar (official tie-in report)

Ashigaru-kun has been very busy this week, not just appearing at the event above but also writing up the third of his reports about the new Sengoku Basara menu items at Shinjuku's Capcom Bar. This week is the last article in this series so he talks about the various drinks which fans can buy, with help from the bar's manager who describes everything in more detail. It's not that great unless you like pictures of Ashigaru-kun's goofy face, since the official pictures of the drinks are already good enough to give a good idea of what they're supposed to look like.

Previews of this week's new manga releases

Today marks the release date for both Tane Jugou's comical Wan-Nyan Sengoku Basara manga and Sumeragi's Mame Sengoku Basara 4 volume 3 (the final book). To draw attention to the releases, the Dengeki Online website has posted a preview article showcasing some of the artwork.

For a limited time, customers who purchase either book through Animate will receive a mini shikishi paper with illustrations drawn by the original manga artists. Previews of both papers are also included in the Dengeki Online article.


  1. The "intense action" bit makes me wonder what the rating will ultimately be, considering that the series has mostly floated around the B rating all these years. But good to know that reception so far has been positive~ Really want to see it in action!

  2. Well that sounds a quite promising, tried to find the game trailer but instead, this….what the heeell…..

    OK I think I finally need to buy one of those Mame mangas (no roomba lol) since I would actually be able to read it.
    And Sakon and the others looked damn cute :3

  3. JPs are getting crazy on the premise that the story will be historical accurate. lol


    And for pre-orders to go up so I can recklessly pre-order this without considering my gaming budget for 2016 >3>

    TBH I'm still wary about gameplay length. I'd hate to spend 100 dollars on it and import it only to find out I can finish it in 10 hours or something...


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