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  • Bad Export for You: The first Sengoku Basara was released in the west as Devil Kings. At the behest of producer Hiroyuki Kobayashi, this release removed all references to Japan's Warring States period: the setting was said to be a "Devilish World" rather than feudal Japan (as a way of loosely tying the game in to Devil May Cry), character names were changed to more generic names such as "Azure Dragon" and "Scorpio" for Masamune and Yukimura, respectively (although the names were still made in consideration of their general themes. For instance, Masamune wouldn't be called "Azure Dragon" if he didn't have massive dragon motifs and having a majorly blue color scheme), and several changes were made to the game's mechanics, including altered difficulty, weapons being removed or added, and a "priming" attack to weaken enemies. This version of the game was poorly received, and as such, the second game and its updated version were never released outside of Japan. Thankfully, the third game's localization was much more faithful.
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  • Cash Cow Franchise: The sheer amount of merchandise that this series has produced is just staggering.
  • Casting Gag: Combined with Fridge Brilliance. Considering how much this series like to pick up Gundam alumnus to voice their character, assigning Daisuke Namikawa as Miyamoto Musashi and making the latter as obnoxious as possible may be an acknowledgement to a recurring meta gag that Namikawa's voiced characters in Gundam tend to generate (un)expected hatedom.
    • Another slight example tends to be that a majority of the seiyuu have voiced other Sengoku portrayals, with some VA's paralleling Samurai Warriors as a result. One such example is Johnny Yong Bosch voicing Yukimura in both Samurai Warriors and Sengoku Basara.
  • Crosscast Role: Visual Kei band Disacode frontwoman Akira played Uesugi Kenshin in the stageshow adaptation.
  • The Danza:
  • Franchise Killer: Sengoku Basara: Yukimura-den. The game was not well received due to a rather lackluster addition (only adding the rest of the Sanada family, Masayuki and Nobuyuki, with Nobuyuki's gimmick coming off rather similar with Hideyoshi's), the only playable campaigns are of the Sanada family (which are short) and a Darker and Edgier feel with character deaths. But the most damning one? It's priced like a full game when the contents were sufficient for more like a side-game. Even the Japanese were not that pleased with how Yukimura-den performed, and for once not bringing it to the States might sound like a good idea. At that point, no more mainline games were made, and the franchise was reduced to stage plays, High School A.U. spin off (Gakuen Basara/Basara Academy) and as of 2019, a mobile gacha game.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Following Tomoko Kawakami's death in 2011, Itsuki was briefly voiced by Miyuki Sawashiro.
    • The anime's English dub has several replacements (Robert McCollum replacing Reuben Langdon as Masamune), but does manage to keep a good chunk of its cast from Samurai Heroes. However, End of Judgment has this suddenly in play for Mitsunari when Troy Baker is replaced by Matthew Mercer. Justified for Ujimasa in the same season, as Jerry Russell had died in the interim between seasons 1 and 3 and was replaced by Sean Hennigan.
    • During the development of Gakuen Basara/Basara Academy, Toru Okawa was in the middle of a hiatus to recover from illness. So, Toshiki Masuda filled in for him as Tokugawa Ieyasu. Funnily enough, shortly after, Okawa announced that he's back into voice acting since his illness was already over...
  • Dueling Games: Capcom created this series as an answer to Samurai Warriors, and surprisingly, it both sold better and was critically praised (in Japan, anyway) for being considerably more unique than the leader it was following. This probably explains why the new officers in Samurai Warriors 2 and beyond have much more wacky powers and personalities than their predecessors, and why the mash-up dream-match game Warriors Orochi was even created in the first place. They're also very aware of their yaoi followings, therefore feels more open in cramming in their Ho Yay elements and lessening the prominence of women in their game. It's also noted that both series also has some sort of 'competition' in bringing historical officers in their roster, if there's a character who's exclusively in Basara, only a matter of time until Musou gives out their own rendition. To wit, on the Basara side:
  • Executive Meddling: The anime's second season is designed to bring the anime story into line with the game's Canon, leading to almost half the cast coming back to life for no adequately explained reason.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • 'Hondam' for Honda Tadakatsu.
    • 'MotorHorse' has been coined for Date Masamune's Cool Horse, for obvious reasons.
    • 'Aniki' for Motochika, which started out as an in-game nickname and was adopted by the fandom.
    • 'Okra' or 'Okranari' for Motonari, due to his hat bearing a likeness to said vegetable.
    • 'Emonari'' for Mitsunari, thanks to his hair and wangst. He's also called 'Mitsun'.
    • 'Maggie' for the she-Magoichi.
    • 'Kurokan', a shortening of Kuroda Kanbe.
    • 'Yukimoe' and 'Ukemura' for Yukimura.
    • 'Mitsukai' for Mitsuhide's Paper-Thin Disguise as Tenkai.
    • 'Kappa' for Katsuie, on account of his haircut.
    • 'Katsu-Copter', again, for Katsuie, on account of his fighting style.
    • 'Mototada' for Kasuga, because there actually was an Uesugi officer named Kasuga Mototada, and yes, that's a guy.
  • No Export for You: Only the first game (in the form of "Devil Kings") and the base version of the third game have been released outside of Japan so far, with Capcom having no plans to bring over any more games. Averted with all three seasons of the anime as well as The Last Party, which were licensed and brought over to the States by Funimation.
  • Name's the Same: Although their last names can both be romanized as 'Mori', Ranmaru and Motonari are not related. This can be a notable case of Spell My Name with an "S", since the Mori that's Motonari's clan actually has an extra "u" vowel (Mouri), while Ranmaru's doesn't.
  • Posthumous Credit: At the announcement of Battle Party, it was revealed that Kouji Tsujitani managed to finish the voicelines necessary for Azai Nagamasa to be featured in the game, shortly before the former passed away.
  • Relationship Voice Actor: Roll back into School Rumble, please. Now, look whose voice the seiyu of Tsuruhime and Oichi did... Tsukamoto sisters Tenma and Yakumo! Also in the "Thorny arc" of Gintama, Katakura Kojuro and Date Masamune play sworn and bitter rivals who hate each other's guts.
  • Talking to Himself: In Samurai Heroes.
    • Harumasa shares his English voice actor with Yoshitsugu.
    • Yoritsuna shares his English voice actor with Motonari.
    • In Japanese, Kōzō Shioya plays both Imagawa Yoshimoto and Xavi.


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