Sengoku Basara is exactly the type of show that we all aspire to watch as kids; over the top action with little character and story development--but it's not like it's totally deprived of those traits. We know of those people that watch animes and action movies, fast forward to the action scenes and then rewind them again. Well in Sengoku Basara, you don't need to do that. It's like the anime version of Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. The only problem with me with the show is that I'm not a kid anymore; I put character and story development above all else in a show and great action last--but I still love me an awesome battle scene. Though as a testament to how ridiculously awesome the fight scenes are and how hotblooded it gets, Sengoku Basara makes way with little emphasis on the important elements of a story and STILL manages to be a great watch.
But it's not like it completely ignores its story and characters. Well the story for one is a bit confusing that most people who haven't played the game or are clueless in the subject of Japanese history can never keep up with what's going on. Though in a way that is difficult to explain, it structures itself where you don't need to know what is going on to really appreciate the show. It does a pretty decent job with its story, and unfortunately it handles its characters better. Sengoku Basara is really giving Tengen Toppan Gurren Lagann a run for its money for most hotblooded series. Just trying to explain the focus on resolve boils my blood.
My formula for success in a TV show is great characters, great story, and then action. Sengoku Basara doesn't exactly follow that formula, but its combination of being so overly hotblooded, its over the top and excessive amount of action scenes, finds a way to evade the traditional way of viewing entertainment and creates for a truly unique watching experience. Any anime fan should watch this truly fantastic show.