January 6th, 2010
Nothing subtle about that.
OVAs and I have this wonderful relationship. I pay absolutely no attention to them, and they’re almost always a complete surprise to me when they show up. Or sometimes I wake up from a badly needed nap and there’s one insistently staring at me, demanding my attention. In this case, it contained a lot of burly Japanese men and their giant, hard, hot, stiff cannons.
Excuse me, I need to lie down again.
Unfortunately, this was pretty much a display of the most boring parts that Basara had to offer for about 20 minutes, and since it was slotted in chronologically just before episode 12 (or the attack on Nobunaga… I forget exactly what happened when), not a whole lot new or interesting happened. The main focus was on Keiji Motochika, and Motonari three characters largely ignored in the original run. Hell, Motochika and Motonari didn’t even show up until they got cameos in the last episode. While the show can certainly function without Masamune and Yukimura screaming at each other, or Sasuke hitting on Kasuga, but it can’t do without the over the top manliness and action.
Thankfully, once we actually got to that point, it didn’t disappoint, but it took nearly 20 minutes to get there… and Motonari’s hulahoop blade can’t help but be especially ridiculous looking. It beat the hell out of Keiji looking somber and all the quiet talk of being manly men together. Just have sex already. Even Friends doesn’t have as much latent sexual tension as this show. Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating. Although now that I think about it… why is Sasuke the only one to hit on the half naked woman in a giant swarthy sea of men? Anyway, the fight was well enough done, but given the scale of all the other battles that this show has offered, it felt… well… small. I’m not feeling particularly eloquent today. As far as Basara goes, it was a pretty average episode for the show, full of random side characters. Be as excited or disappointing in that as you want to be.