Sengoku Basara Two Debut Sets Anime Record in Timeslot
posted on by Egan Loo
The first episode of the Sengoku Basara Two television anime series earned a 5.4% rating in Tokyo's Kanto region and a 7.4% rating in Osaka's Kansai region on July 11. Those figures represent the highest rated premiere in the Sunday 5:00 p.m. timeslot for the MBS/TBS network since it began airing anime in that timeslot in April of 2008. It is also the third highest rating recorded in that "Nichi-5" (Sunday 5 p.m.) anime timeslot in the Kanto region, and the highest rating recorded in that timeslot in the Kansai region.
By comparison, Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Second Season premiered with a 4.5% rating in the same timeslot on October 5, 2008.
Capcom's Sengoku Basara (Devil Kings) action-adventure game franchise inspired both a 2009 television anime series and the ongoing Sengoku Basara Two sequel. Unlike the sequel, the first anime series aired in a late-night timeslot. Nevertheless, each DVD volume for the first anime sold over 20,000 copies.
Funimation announced at Anime Expo last week that it is simulcasting Sengoku Basara Two starting this month.
Image © 2010 Capcom/Team Basara
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