This show is much better than the movies, despite my love for the movies, they are more or less appealing due to being very well shot, beautiful Japanese scenery, and the fun of the over the top gore.
This show however, goes far beyond the movies in terms of story, character depth, arcs, and basically everything else. I think Nakamura is a MUCH better Itto then Wakayama, in terms of acting AND sword play. In my opinion the sword play is better in this show because it's not so unbelievable and over the top, it's much more realistic and therefore in my opinion more entertaining. This brilliant piece of work follows the comics very closely, and tells the ENTIRE story of Ogami Itto, however the original creators are working on a new comic featuring Daigoro (grown up I guess).
All in all the show is about 1000x the quality of the movies in all aspects with the one exception of actual visual quality, the show was shot on 16mm, the films on 32 I'm guessing.
Anyways, for those interested who haven't seen it, I highly recommend, personally I would try to find them online, as it would be incredibly hard to acquire them any other way. I feel so fortunate to have come across this TV show. You get amazing insight into the samurai mind frame and culture, as well as the problems plaguing those of ordinary people and the elite during the tokugawa period...
All in All, one of the best TV shows I have ever seen. 10/10
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