Sengoku Basara film to open June 2011!

The as-of-now unnamed Sengoku Basara anime film will open in Japanese theaters on June 4, 2011. The anime film is based on the anime series Sengoku Basara, which is in turn based on the video game series of the same name.

The video game series is published by Capcom, with the first game being released in Japan and North America in 2005 for Playstation 2. In America, the game received controversy due to a not-so-great dub, including the name, which was changed from Sengoku Basara to Devil Kings. The series is a fantasy beat ’em up.

The second game, Sengoku Basara 2, was released in 2006 for the Playstation 2 and Nintendo Wii. The game was never released in North America. The third game, Sengoku Basara 3, (Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes in North America) was released in 2010 for the Playstation 3 and Nintendo Wii.

The first anime series, Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings, aired in Japan from April 2009 to June 2009 with 13 episodes. It was animated by Production I.G. (Ghost in the Shell, Blood+, Moribito) and directed by Itsuro Kawasaki (Arc the Lad, Chrono Trigger). The second series, Sengoku Basara II, aired in Japan from July to September 2010 with 12 episodes. The series was also animated by Production I.G., but this time was directed by Kazuya Nomura.

The upcoming film will also be animated by Production I.G.,  and will be also directed by Kazuya Nomura. The franchise follows various generals in the Sengoku Period as they go into war.

In North America, FUNimation has licensed both anime series, and is expected to license the film, too.

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