The word "Ashigaru / 足軽" refers to foot soldiers who were conscripted at times of war. During the Warring States period, the Ashigaru were frequently utilized in military units comprised of archers and riflemen, however, during the Edo period they were the lowest-ranking samurai and did not play the active role they once did.
Bronze ox inlaid with silver, Warring States period. Miho Museum, Japan
Today in gaming history Samurai Warriors is a historically based game that takes the third-person hack-and-slash action of KOEI's premier Dynasty Warriors series and sets it in feudal Japan, during the Sengoku ("warring states") period. As in the Dynasty Warriors games, one or two (in split-screen mode) players move their characters through relatively open battlefields that teem with skirmishes in every direction. Seemingly outnumbered beyond hope, these heroes attempt to slice their way…
Set during the Sengoku period of Japanese History (also called the Warring States Period), Sengoku Basara tells the tale of many of the great generals of the time, clashing against each other, vying for total control of Japan with the exception of them teaming up against anyone who actually looks like they’ll manage to take over everything. In the first season they were ganging up against Oda Nobunaga and this time its Toyotomi Hideyoshi.
Japanese History - The Sengoku period, or the Age of the Country at War in Japanese history was a time of social upheaval, political intrigue, and nearly constant military conflict that lasted roughly from the middle of the 15th century to the beginning of the 17th century. Its name is a reference to the Warring States period in ancient China, and it is sometimes called by that name in English.