Season 3’s just not as epic as 1 and 2. There, I’ve said it.
Part of what made Sengoku such sheer entertainment to watch was it’s over-the-top, bombastic fights and crazy engrish moments. Season 3’s not living up to that standard and is actually toned down to concentrate more on the plot (which is turning out to be quite well down actually) and focusing on telling a logical (as logical as things can go in the Sengoku world that is lol) manner, sub-plot by sub-plot. I don’t hate season 3, I just really miss season 1 and 2 and wished this sequel was more like it especially since this season culminates in THE ultimate Japan war of all time. That and I really really miss Sawano Hiroyuki’s epic OST. Newbie Tokuda Masahiro’s got a good, traditional instrument infused OST but honestly, it’s just not cutting it out here. But then again, it’s very difficult to climb over the very high epic wall Sawano’s previously set so firmly.
The tame animal that Season 3 is now did get one thing right though – the camaraderie and bonds that tie the boys together (ship them if you must; the Sengoku staff probably had that intention in mind anyway). That’s the crux of Sengoku and any other shounen, hot-blooded action anime. As a female viewer, I must say I enjoy watching the childish way these boys go at one another over the silliest of things. Anyway, I’ve not given much attention to the supporting cast but this week, plum purple Chousoukabe really shined – I even remember his name now! Such passion for his underlings, such passion and earnestness in his voice at recognising his failings as a leader and seeker of true justice. On the “advice” of Saika, he and Maeda Keiji arrive before Ieyasu to ask him just why he took out Chousoukabe’s stronghold and kidnapped Matsu-neesan. Of course Ieyasu’s stumped. Huh? Eh? I did what? Or as Date Masamune says, ‘WHAT?’ Oh boys… no wonder Saika doesn’t want anything to do with this war if she can stay out of it; Kasuka’s there just because her dearest Kenshin-sama said so but hey, she’s got some incredible shinobu moves of her own so I’m glad she’s in this with the Shingen boys.
Chousoukabe was duped by none other than green Mori and floating mummy, who has concealed information and alliances from Ishida as he makes his own moves. No prizes for guessing Chousoukabe’s now on Ieyasu’s side. Vagabond Maeda may join Ieyasu – he doesn’t believe in violence, now that Matsu-nee has been rescued. The bigger problem now isn’t a pissed Ishida or stronger Ieyasu, it’s Tenkai (I so so love Hayami Sho‘s sinister evil voice~) and his sinister plan to restore power to Oichi sama and revive Oda Nobunaga’s soul to take his rightful place in unifying Japan. Yes, we’ve taken on an occult turn now but hey, so far there’s been a flying robot, divined premonitions and… this version of Date Masamune, so why not throw some of season 2’s dark demonic plot into the mix? That might just be the closest we’d get to resembling the craziness and epic proportions seen in season 1 & 2. 30 days to Sekigahara – I need my crazy party action!!!