Sengoku Basara: Samurai Legends, Vol. 1
written by Yak Haibara
If you’re a fan of Warring States Era Japan stories, or you have encountered or played one of the many video games starring characters like Yukimura Sanada, Masamune Date, Shingen Takeda or Oda Nobunaga, then you will absolutely love this manga by Yak Haibara.
As many gamers know, the Sengoku Basara series was kept as a Japan-only series until its third installment, Samurai Heroes. In light of this, our friends at Capcom and Udon were kind enough to bring us the second game of the series in manga form and it looks amazing, but anyone who sees the amount of detail on the cover alone could see that.
At the onset, Oda Nobunaga is killed when his palace burns to the ground, all part of someone’s nefarious plot. His death creates a massive ripple effect on territories all across Japan, and warlords begin to plot military campaigns to claim Nobunaga’s territories as their own.
This series follows closely the endeavors of one Masamune Date, also known as the “One-Eyed Dragon,” as he commands his armies in a campaign to claim all of Japan as his own. During this time, he encounters many characters the video games helped make famous, such as Keiji the free-spirited warrior, Oichi, sister of the late Nobunaga, Yukimura Sanada, devoted servant of Shingen Takeda and many others, often getting into fights with anyone who gets in his way.
However, the affairs of not only Masamune, but many other men and women begin to become chaotic when Lord Hideyoshi takes to the battlefield, leading to massacres, slaughters and some very underhanded ambushed of various warlords and armies.
This does not discourage Masamune, now determined to wipe out Hideyoshi and take what he feels is rightfully his.
The artwork in this book is incredibly detailed, providing vivid imagery and some very graphic details. If the reader like wartime stories, he/she will enjoy this series, full of tension, violence and strategizing between historic warriors doing what they do best: waging war and conquering their own kind.