Production I.G, Inc. and Capcom Co., Ltd. team to produce an animated TV series based on Capcom's popular video game Sengoku Basara, also known outside Japan as Devil Kings.
With the first video game released in 2005, Sengoku Basara is now a hugely popular action-adventure franchise that has sold 1.2 million units so far in Japan only.
The game concept is not "to be based on" but "to pay homage to" History. Its distinctiveness resides in the fresh, dynamic and unique reinterpretation of XVI century Japan's Warring Countries Period, adding a dark flair and featuring intense and enthralling portraits of the historical warlords of those days that could appeal to the younger generations. As a result, the Sengoku Basara series can now boast thousands of enthusiastic devotees of both sexes, and has triggered the recent Warring Countries boom that is currently at its height in Japan.
Production I.G has mustered a first-class production team, with director Itsuro Kawasaki (Tsubasa Chronicle the Movie: The Princess of the Birdcage Kingdom, Arc the Lad, L/R), scriptwriter Yasuyuki Muto (Le Chevalier D'Eon, Persona -trinity soul-, Basilisk) and character designer Toru Okubo (animation director in Blood+, Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit, Real Drive).
In the age of the Warring Countries, Japan was fragmented in semi-independent provinces, governed by feudal lords or daimyo, who confronted each other in an endless struggle for power. Ambitious daimyos from every corner of the Archipelago had shouted their battle cry. They were Takeda Shingen from Kai, Sanada Yukimura, Uesugi Kenshin from Echigo, Azai Nagamasa from Omi, Tokugawa Ieyasu from Mikawa, and many more...
Those were days of unrest and chaos. As war spread throughout the country, the map of power underwent rapid and dramatic changes.
In this never-ending conflict, one man finally seemed to be just one step from establishing total control over the country. He was the lord of Owari, the Sixth Heavenly Devil King. His name was Oda Nobunaga.
But now, a young general clad in azure makes his unexpected appearance in this confused scenario, heading a huge army of cavalrymen from the Northern provinces.
He is known as Date Masamune, the One-Eyed Dragon.
And he is coming for Oda Nobunaga's head, and for ultimate supremacy!
Air date in Japan: April 1, 2009 ~ June 17, 2009
Format: 13 x 30'
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