Characters: Sengoku Basara Azai Clan
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"My mission is to erase all evil in the name of justice!"
Oichi's husband and a fierce defender of justice, Azai Nagamasa wields his sword and shield with a passion. He loves Oichi but is too shy to say it outright.
He was an NPC in the second Sengoku Basara
, and in the Expansion Pack
he became a selectable character.
His default costume resembles an old Japanese SciFi hero.
- Ascended Extra: He was introduced as an NPC but gained enough popularity to become playable in Heroes.
- Bishounen: Take his helmet off and he's almost as pretty as his wife.
- Cannot Spit It Out: Prefers to say it with flowers, if ever at all.
- Dead Person Conversation: Several times in the anime with Oichi.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: In the anime. Also the Chronicle Heroes opening.
- Everything's Better with Spinning: Nagamasa's moves in the game have a lot of spinning on his part.
- Heroic BSOD: Has one after Oichi is revealed to be a spy and has to be snapped out of it by some peasants before he attempts to get her back.
- Honor Before Reason: He refuses to break his alliance with Oda and join the good guys. It doesn't go well for him...
- Horrible Judge of Character: Did he seriously believe that Nobunaga could see the error of his ways?
- I Gave My Word: And he claims to have never gone back on it.
- Japanese Pronouns: 'Watashi'
- Justice Will Prevail: His sense of justice, however, can be a little... skewed at times.
- Killed Off for Real: As of the third game, though there's every chance he may come back later. True for the anime.
- He returns for Sengoku Basara 4, with his sister in tow.
- Knight In Shining Armour: Oichi thinks of him as this.
- Knight Templar: Is portrayed as one of these in later games, where he will deem anything and everything evil and turns into somewhat of a hypocrite.
- Large Ham: Where justice in involved, speaking quietly just isn't good enough!
- Light 'em Up
- Living Emotional Crutch: Oichi becomes so dependent on him that he's virtually the only thing keeping her sane.
- Love Hurts: It repeatedly gets him shot.
- Luckily My Shield Will Protect Me: Has a small fold-out one worn on his arm that also has attack properties.
- Nice Hat: His distinctive helmet has a horsetail crest on it.
- Noble Bigot: Nagamasa genuinely wants to do good, but it doesn't occur to him that in trying to eradicate everyone he doesn't approve of he's contradicting himself.
- Parasol of Pain: One of his joke weapons is a old Japanese-style umbrella.
- Perfectly Arranged Marriage: With Oichi (though for the most part it doesn't last long.)
- Riding into the Sunset: Complete with Oichi in a Bridal Carry as well. His Heroes ending is the only happy one he's got so far.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: In his campaign in Heroes, Oichi gets kidnapped by Nobunaga. After recovering from Heroic BSOD, he the proceeds to go the castle and hand everyone inside their asses.
- Royal Rapier: Technically a longsword, but he uses it in the same way.
- Sacrificial Lion
- Short Hair With Tail: And elements of a Hime Cut believe it or not.
- Shout Out: His default costume looks like Ultraman.
- Spirit Advisor: To Oichi later on in the anime.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: Due to Oichi's heritage and Nagamasa's stubborn personality, their marriage was kinda doomed from the start.
- "Super Sentai" Stance: He performs this solo in Victory Pose and doing power up.
- Taking the Bullet: In Oichi's Heroes story he jumps between her and Nobunaga's shotgun, leading Oichi to believe it's her fault he died.
- Tsundere: He berates Oichi in one scene, then gives her flowers in the next.
"Everyone's dying. This is also Ichi's fault..."
Hoo boy, where do we start? Oichi is the introverted younger sister of Nobunaga, who got sent off to marry Azai Nagamasa. Debuts in SB2
as an NPC, but gained such a massive following she is made a playable character in Heroes
. She seems to think that everything bad in the world is her fault
. And with a brother like Nobunaga
, it always goes From Bad to Worse
. She also has dark powers which can possess her and turn her into a psychotic murderer, but she usually keeps those in check... unless she's pushed too far.
And yet, the universe seems to want her to be pushed beyond that line. Her story revolves about her getting possessed by her powers after Nagamasa's Heroic Sacrifice to save her and Nobunaga making her commit lots of atrocities she didn't want to, culminating in killing Nobunaga and all his aides, and then getting killed by a falling ceiling... with a heart-wrenching Image Song at that
. The anime follows a similar route too, where she gets tricked by Mitsuhide into warning Nagamasa of impending danger, only for Mitsuhide to turn back against his words... and kill Nagamasa in front of her. She makes a last-minute Heel-Face Turn and kills Nouhime, before being murdered by Nobunaga.
She appears in Sengoku Basara 3
, once again proving her Popularity Power
. However, not only does she now lead the remnants of Nobunaga's army (who have chosen her as his successor), she has discarded her naginata and utilizes only her demon hands. Her storyline was taken from the canon story (Nagamasa's death
) up until the point before she snapped, where she purposely lost her memories to avoid facing the extremely harsh reality and is now obeying whoever gives her orders.
- Apologises a Lot: Make that all the time. She is even the Goddess of the trope.
- Ascended Extra: Joined her husband as one of the popular playables in the expansion.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Why she decides to be Ieyasu's Psycho Supporter, besides just not wanting to be alone.
- Beware the Nice Ones
- Break the Cutie: Over and over and over...
- Boss Subtitles: "Oichi - Living a Nightmare"
- Brown Note: In 3, one of her prisoners apparently passed out from sheer terror after looking into her eyes.
- Yoshitsugu even has his men blindfold Oichi, warning them not to look her in the eyes.
- Chickification: A minor case in the anime, where she's not even shown fighting until the movie.
- Cosmic Plaything: The universe really seems to hate her and wants to prevent her from ever achieving any kind of happiness.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: Except if she chooses to follow Ieyasu in SB3, who treats her kindly and promises to protect her, possibly the only happy ending she could hope for.
- Cute and Psycho: Most of the time she's very demure and sweet, if a little depressing, but when she snaps you had better run fast.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Blame Nobunaga for drawing out her dark powers, which she seems to dislike and fear.
- The powers themselves appear to be the only thing that consistently treats her nicely. In Samurai Heroes, at least, the hands are very gentle in the way they (for instance) put her on her feet, carry her instead of running, or catch her and set her down after a zipline or slingshot.
- Dead All Along: Certain lines from her, Mitsunari, and Nobunaga suggest this is the case in the third game, and the opening narrator/other characters are just guessing.
- Demonic Possession: By the third game (and anime season 2). Whether it's Nobunaga or something else remains unknown.
- Diabolus ex Machina: Her method of dying in her Heroes story.
- Distressed Damsel: TWICE. In Nagamasa's story and in the anime, both courtesy of her brother.
- The Dog Bites Back: In her Western Army ending, after killing Ieyasu she flips out entirely and kills Yoshitsugu while he's busy indulging in maniacal laughter.
- Expy: Of Ai Enma, whom her design is based upon, according to the producer. That's why she is voiced by the same VA.
- Extreme Doormat: Doesn't help her situation by just doing whatever she's told without complaint.
- Sengoku Basara 3 makes this trope more apparent with her. In one path of her story she's captured and essentially used as an attack dog by Yoshitsugu. It bites him in the ass in the end.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: A sleeve on her right arm and pauldron on her left. Her bangs are also uneven, perhaps representing her fragile state of mind.
- Fake Static: Sort of. During her dialogue in battle you often hear this as she speaks, a reference to ghost movies.
- Flower Motifs: White lilies for her love with Nagamasa, and red lycoris for her demonic side.
- Hime Cut: A variation with locks trimmed at different lengths around her face.
- Humanoid Abomination
- I Just Want to Have Friends: The thing that seems to trouble Oichi the most in the third game is being alone. When anybody tries to befriend her (Tsuruhime, Ieyasu) she instantly latches on to them and seems much happier. She's even quite content binding Nobunaga in Hell, just because it means she doesn't have to be alone anymore.
- Image Song: "Nemure Hi no Hana" by Mamiko Noto.
- Instant Death Radius: Several of her Super Arts involve this.
- Ironic Nursery Rhyme
Wander freely, wander far, off beneath the Devil's star / In the dark, the girl so bright, got up to see the day by night / Her fear in hand, her fear in heart, her fear did tear her soul apart / The white of flesh, the white of bone, the worms will leave your soul alone / Ask you now, and ask you may, the fate of all on this fair day / On and on the road does go, down into the depths below / Off you went to call the king, you wish to hear the Devil sing
- Jack of All Stats: In the second game, with slight edge towards Mighty Glacier.
- Laughing Mad: When she properly loses it. Even her voice changes.
- Limp and Livid: In the third game. She moves like a puppet with a drunk puppeteer behind the strings, and half her movements involve her shadow hands picking her up and moving her around.
- Looks Like She Is Enjoying It: Inversion. Her grunts of pain and certain battle lines sound horribly like a rape scene.
- Love Hurts: More like love chews you up, spits you out, and leads you to a tragic demise.
- Love Makes You Evil/Crazy: One of the reasons she turned to The Dark Side is because of her love for Nagamasa and the pain it caused her.
- Love Triangle: Becomes caught in the middle of one in 4 between Nagamasa and Katsuie.
- Metronomic Man Mashing: One of her moves has her summon an arm to grab at her enemies and slam them around.
- The Mole: In the anime, this was the whole reason she was married to Nagamasa in the first place. However, she falls in love with him for real, and cannot carry out her duties.
- The Nicknamer: "Lord Happy" and "Lord Grumpy" for Ieyasu and Mitsunari, and "Lord Lightning" and "Lord Flame" for Masamune and Yukimura, respectively. Also "White Bird" for Tsuruhime and "Swamp Butterfly" for Yoshitsugu.
- Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Oh lord, Oichi... Thought she was scary enough in SB2? Well SB3 cranks it Up to Eleven. From the way she moves like a dead human puppet, dark hands cracking up skulls of unfortunate mooks, to playing with said hands while singing a haunting song, complete with distorted audio when she speaks making her feel like she was out of a Japanese horror film.
- Half the time when you block with her she suddenly whispers "Kill me!"
- Her stages are just as bad, with the complete darkness and the shit-scary music.
- Perfectly Arranged Marriage: So perfect that she grows more devoted to Nagamasa than to her elder brother, who arranged the marriage.
- Popularity Power: How she managed to earn her story arc in Heroes — and that's saying something in a series loaded with testosterone, which also leads her to be the sole female character in Cross.
- Psychopathic Woman Child: She's not entirely coherent in the third game.
- Psycho Supporter: In the Eastern Army path of SB3, she becomes one to Ieyasu. He's actually quite uncomfortable about it.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin
- Red Baron: The Demon Queen of the Fifth Heaven in the third game.
- Redemption Equals Death: In Heroes, she dies after killing her brother and his subordinates. SB3 retcons this into saying that she was the Sole Survivor.
- The Remnant: In the third game, as the "successor" of Nobunaga she's followed by the Remnants of the Oda Army, who serve her with a cult-like fervor. This leads to Fridge Logic when she fights against her brother.
- Say My Name: Particularly in the anime, though the games are guilty of this as well. If she's not apologising, she's saying "Nagamasa-sama" over and over.
- Shaping Your Attacks: Her Darkness. Though is hard to tell who's controlling who.
- She's Got Legs: Her thighs are given a lot of attention, thanks to her outfit.
- Shout Out: Her demeanor and bizarre utterances are somewhat reminiscent of Dru.
- The Smurfette Principle: She's the only female fighter in the fighting game spin-off.
- Squishy Wizard: In Samurai Heroes. Her attack and defence scores are quite sub par and she moves and attacks slowly, especially in regards to cool down. However, all her moves have very good range and area-of-effect and involve grabbing, throwing or locking down the enemy's movement, and her shadow element gives her an effective Instant Death Radius against mooks.
- Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl: She bears similarities to this, especially in the third game, including her long black hair, pale skin, ghostly aura, limp doll-like movement, and hellish powers.
- Third-Person Person: Makes her seem meek and child-like.
- Token Good Teammate: Well, she used to be amongst the Oda clan. And even then, compared to Nobunaga, Mitsuhide, Nouhime and Ranmaru...
- Trauma-Induced Amnesia: It's revealed in SB3 that following Nagamasa's death and her fall into darkness, she forced herself to forget all the terrible things that had happened.
- Voice of the Legion: During her Basara attack.
- Walking Wasteland
- Weakened by the Light: In the third game, when fighting her she has health regeneration unless you capture the nearby base and light candles that frighten and stun her. You actually get a bonus for defeating her without lighting said candles.
- What Have I Done: Her story ending in Heroes, after she goes beserk and kills Nobunaga. She herself dies when the building collapses.
- World's Most Beautiful Woman: Not quite, but she's considered the most beautiful woman in Japan.
- Yandere: In the anime, after being possessed, she meets Yukimura and seems to mistake him for Nagamasa, calling him "my love" and attempting to drag him down to Hell so they can be together forever.
- Yank the Dog's Chain: After having some sense beaten into her during her second stage, the dark powers around her recede completely, she stands straight under her own power and she starts calling out to people, disoriented but entirely lucid for the first time in the whole game. It lasts about 30 seconds before Tenkai kills her to revive Nobunaga.
"So you want to prove yourself worthy of becoming mine?"
NPC introduced in Sengoku Basara 4
. She's Nagamasa's elder sister, a vain, domineering woman who likes to get her own way and uses her allure to trap enemies and assess how they may be of use to her.
- Action Girl
- Dance Battler/Lady of War: It is almost impossible to tell her attacks, which are all VERY feminine and graceful, apart from dance moves.
- Bare Your Midriff: Covered only by a scrap of see-through gauze.
- Cloth Fu: She manipulates cloth ribbons to attack her enemies, and can also use enormous veils to conceal herself.
- Distracted by the Sexy: So beautiful people find it impossible to concentrate around her, even in the midst of battle.
- Expy: Fans can't help to comment that she is almost a carbon copy of Sanzang, if you squint. And she has similar facial structure with Wang Yuanji.
- Flower Motifs: Adorning her skirt and jewellery.
- Giant Waist Ribbon: Befitting a dancer, she has a yellow one attached to her back, somewhat resembling wings.
- Hair Decorations: Wears an eye-catching pink feather fascinator.
- Interplay of Sex and Violence: Flirts with her opponents a great deal and has one move where she restrains them with her ribbons and then kisses them.
- It's All About Me: Described as very self-centred, prepared to manipulate Nagamasa and others for her own purpose.
- Japanese Pronouns: 'Warawa'
- Multi-Ethnic Name: She isn't a Christian convert, she's just calling herself 'Maria' because she feels like it.
- Proud Beauty: Everything about Maria's demeanour is meant to emphasise her sex appeal.
- Red Herring: Many fans expected her to be somebody of the Takeda Clan (due to the red, quartered rhomboid on her chest, which is actually a flower) or Okuni (the inventor of kabuki theatre). Boy, were they wrong...
- The Tease: Mostly towards enemies. Her little brother, apparently, can be on the receiving end as well.