Final Review: Sengoku Collection

 

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Sengoku Collection is a 26 episode series based off the Konami mobile social networking phone game published in 2010. The show is mostly composed of one episode arcs featuring the various warlords of the Sengoku era, as females that is. The series was simulcasted by CrunchyRoll during the Spring and Summer 2012 anime seasons.

Sengoku Collection is “yet another alternative Sengoku era title.” As sticking with the recent trends, the series involves an alternate universe where the warlords are females and there is time travel involved. Unlike Sengoku Otome ~Momoiro Paradox~ or the recent Oda Nobuna no Yabou, Sengoku Collection involves the warlords being warped into modern time and now trying to find their way back. As said in the introduction, each episode is effectively standalone and episodic with a few exceptions, including Nobunaga’s constant reappearance. So what’s the problem here? There is no real plot and the show is straight up boring. That’s all that really needs to be said about this title. Each episode does not really add any substance to the overall premise and there’s no real connection between episodes. Effectively, one can watch one episode and the get the overall gist of the series.

Art is pretty solid overall with the exception of overused character design foundations. Otherwise, everything is pretty detailed. Animation is also quite solid mostly as a result of Brains Base typical quality. It’s a shame, however, that even though this show is tagged as “Brains Base,” the show’s plot isn’t any better. Quality of the show is more or less on par with Mawaru Penguindrum or Kuragehime.

OP/ED themes are all forgettable and not worth listening to. The insert themes are okay but not particularly memorable. Background music and sound effects are below average. Seiyuu wise, this show boasts quite the lineup but most characters do not recur enough for it to really matter or be noteworthy.

Enjoyment? None, none, and none. This show literally has no value and people who think they’re interested should just move on.

Overall, Sengoku Collection is literally as the title claims: a collection of the Sengoku warlords…done wrong that is.

Story and Character:

  • Premise (0/1): Boring and completely unoriginal
  • Character Personalities (0/1): Like typical Sengoku era titles.
  • Character Development (0.5/2): The show may be episodic about the different warlords, but often I feel more fluff than actually “learning” about the characters.
  • Character Usefulness/Presence (0/2): Lack of recursion except Nobunaga, who also doesn’t necessarily show up in every episode.
  • Pacing: (1/1): Nothing to really complain here.
  • Reasonable/Plausible (0/2): None
  • Conclusion (0/1): Effectively no different from previous episodes. Wraps up one or two pieces of hanging plot but opens up even more. Also 8 minutes of karaoke…
  • Total: 1.5/10

Art and Animation:

  • Backgrounds (1.5/2): Detailed
  • Character Designs (0.5/2): Same basic design for all characters.
  • Fluidity (1/2): Basic with lack of complex motions in this show for the most part.
  • Visuals/Special Effects/Flashiness (1/2): Very colorful as expected of Brains Base.
  • Art and Animation “Expectation” (1/2): On par with Mawaru Penguindrum and Kuragehime quality.
  • Total: 5.5/10

Sound and Music:

  • OP/ED/Insert Themes (0/3): All forgettable and not noteworthy.
  • Background Music (0.5/2): Below average Background music.
  • Sound Effects (0.5/2):  Below average sound effects
  • Seiyuu (1.5/3): Strong lineup but lack of character recursion makes it really difficult to judge if the seiyuus did “a good job”
  • Total: 2.5/10

Enjoyment:

  • Amusement (0/2): None
  • Weekly/Next Episode Anticipation (0/2): None.
  • Presentation (1/2): Episodic arcs make it easy to pick up and drop. Within an episode is far too boring to stay attentive, however.
  • Re-watchable (0/1): Zero.
  • Recommendation (0/2): Oda Nobuna no Yabou is a far superior title. I’m sure there are many others too given how overused this setup is.
  • Value (0/1): None
  • Total: 1/10

Preliminary Score: 3/10

Final Score: 2/10

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