(Warning: Long Post)
As you can tell I’m a huge fan of Date Masamune, specifically this now pretty much infamous version of him from Sengoku Basara:
(Seriously this face is everywhere when you Google search his name.)
But I got to wondering, how many other versions of the famous One-Eyed Dragon are there in the vast sea of anime, manga and video games? I managed to gather a number of obscure variations and thought I’d share with fellow Masamune fans. Some are kinda well known, others you may not have expected.
Sengoku Musou / Samurai Warriors:
This is an easy one, since its the counterpart (and sorta rival) of Sengoku Basara. This particular version is for the game Sengoku Musou 4, but Masamune tends to keep this gold and green armor look throughout the series. He’s most known for carrying both a gun and a sword. I’m quite fond of his appearance in this game because he’s extremely flashy! :3
This anime focuses more on the Sanada ten braves/ninjas but Masamune makes several appearances in the series. Not only is he flashy, he’s downright fabulous! And a bit eccentric.
Sengoku Paradise Kiwami:
Also fond of this version from a very short anime. If I remember correctly the episodes were only like 3 minutes long. O_o But it was fun, and Masamune was very ganster-like in it. Points to this version for him donning his famous purple party coat!
Tono No Issho:
Another short anime, with short episodes. It was very random and Masamune was a tad too eccentric, occupying most of his valuable time playing with his strange eye-patch collection, much to the dismay of Kojuro and his other retainers.
Samurai Deeper Kyo:
Haven’t actually watched more than two episodes of Samurai Deeper Kyo, but in the story he goes by the name Bontenmaru. He’s humorous and has a friendly rivalry with the main character.
Now for some obscure ones:
Dokugan Ryuukai (manga):
Gosh, I fell in love with this the moment I found it. A short manga about Masamune’s early years. The character designs are a bit outlandish but it’s an amazing short story!
Date Ningen (manga):
Another short manga focusing on Masamune’s early career. Basically he’s very reckless and self-centered, conquering neighboring lands for their treasures. Haven’t read this one yet because, well…ain’t gonna lie he’s a bit crazy-looking.
Mikazuki Ryuu Ibun (manga):
Another short manga I found. It was very sad, following his tragic rise to power with many clan members doubting him. I’ve only been able to read 2 chapters so far. It nicely focuses on Masamune’s family and other retainers too. His design features a very unique eye-patch which includes bands across his face.
Sengoku Gyoujin Dullahan (manga):
What might have been a dropped project since I haven’t seen any updates for it. Set in a more futuristic, almost “Samurai 7 anime” feel to the story, where Masamune’s classic historical armor is a giant robot piloted by Bontenmaru.
Gate 7 (manga):
He gets a Gothic/Punk/Shota look in this CLAMP manga, where many other Sengoku period warriors appear in modern-day Kyoto. Masamune still has his signature brattish and commanding attitude, even though he’s in elementary school.
Sengoku Ranbu (Pachinko game):
Haven’t seen much footage of this in action, but its a sleek and simple design. His hair is beautiful!
NHK Dokuganryuu (drama):
A 50+ episode live action drama portraying the life of Date Masamune. Starring the famous actor Ken Watanabe when he was young! Made in the 1980s, this is an extremely enlightening series! I wish it had subtitles though! I’ve only gotten up to episode 5, each one being about an hour long.
Love Legend of Sengoku (otome game):
Again going with a green and gold color scheme. Love the long hair…Masamune with long hair is just…nnnggg.
Ikemen Sengoku (phone game):
A recent discovery. I’m not sure if this game is out yet. But in this version Masamune’s cresent moon is placed on the armor of his left shoulder. And on his belt in his more casual look.
Date Masamune (manga):
Probably the most historically accurate manga version of Masamune’s life. It’s pretty long, about 60+ chapters, with not a lot of shonen-style action, but there are a lot of hidden gems in it as far as his personality, family life, and dealings with other warlords that English WIKI pages don’t tell you about. >_<
Sengoku IXA (online game):
My most recent find. I’m not sure when this game came out or what but I just discovered it and fell in love with the character designs. Sengoku IXA made by SQUARE ENIX had lots of Sengoku period warriors, apparently in two versions. This was the second version for Masamune. So flashy! And again with the ponytail….!!!!!!
Well I think I’ve spammed the dashboard enough for one post. Hope this was enjoyable to you fellow Masamune fans. I’m sure there’s lots more versions I can find of the One-Eyed Dragon. But I’ll leave that for another time! (^_^)