Samurai 7 (2004– )

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Set in an alternate feudal Japan where mechas and giant airships are a common thing for humans to see. With in this time period is a small village that gets raided by bandits during every ... See full summary »

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R. Bruce Elliott ...
 Kambei Shimada (26 episodes, 2004)
Christopher Sabat ...
 Kikuchiyo (26 episodes, 2004)
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 Katsushiro Okamoto (26 episodes, 2004)
Colleen Clinkenbeard ...
 Kirara Mikumari (26 episodes, 2004)
Luci Christian ...
 Komachi Mikumari (26 episodes, 2004)
J. Michael Tatum ...
 Farmer Rikichi (26 episodes, 2004)
Toru Kusano
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Kong Kuwata ...
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Fumiko Orikasa ...
 Kirara Mikumari (26 episodes, 2004)
Romi Pak ...
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 Komachi Mikumari (26 episodes, 2004)
Masaki Terasoma ...
 Kambei Shimada / ... (26 episodes, 2004)
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 Gorobei Katayama (24 episodes, 2004)
Greg Ayres ...
 Heihachi Hayashida (22 episodes, 2004)
Duncan Brannan ...
 Shichiroji (21 episodes, 2004)
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 Farmer Mosuke (18 episodes, 2004)
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Set in an alternate feudal Japan where mechas and giant airships are a common thing for humans to see. With in this time period is a small village that gets raided by bandits during every harvest season. The villagers can't take it anymore, so they decided to send out some volunteers to the city to recruit some samurai to help defend their land. In exchange for defense, the samurai that get hired for the job will receive rice for free of charge. Since the village is too poor to offer any money, the only samurai who would accept their proposal would be the kind who are down on their luck. Will the villagers find any samurai who would help free them from being robbed by bandits? Written by J LeGault

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Kurosawa's masterpiece changed into post-apocalyptic sci-fi anime, hmm
2 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just watched the first episode of this take-off on Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai on IFC, dubbed into English (and possibly edited in other ways I'm not sure). At first I wasn't sure what to make of it, and in the first five minutes or so I had no idea what connection, if at all, this had to Kurosawa's original story. Then as the episode unfolded I could see the relationship to it, if only on a loose basis; large mechanical machines in battle and dominance over people has a farming community panicked, leading to reaching out to find samurai to protect them. In the first episode there is only minimal swordplay towards the end, as the "one" is discovered, at least one of them I could figure.

In order to have more of an appreciation for the show, I think, one has to take it sort of apart of the original film. The original 1954 classic takes from both samurai/Japanese lore, as well as the Western genre (originally some John Ford influence in there), forming into this big, but focused epic. Watching this series, I could see this owes a lot more to the dozens of other anime like this, where samurai are cast against the light of a science fiction backdrop (some of the opening animation made me think of Star Wars, also a connection to Kurosawa coincidentally), as technological forces of mass destruction face off against those ultra-skilled with a sword, or maybe more. The hero of this episode, for example, and who I can imagine has a much greater role in the course of the series, is like the Takashi Shimura character from the Kurosawa film crossed with one of the characters from an ultra-stylized Magma comic book, to give a generic comparison to be sure.

I'll keep on watching the series to see how and when the action unfolds, and I'm even intrigued enough to seek out the uncut, Japanese-language version of the DVD. But make no mistake, this will divide (or just make made) those who place the Kurosawa film in such high regard, as to whether such a work of art can be transposed into a well-made, if not that spectacular on a first go-around, anime show. Those who are already fans of the animation style anyway may gravitate to it, however when compared to programs like Fist of the North Star and Ninja Scroll it isn't quite the caliber either. My recommendation- if you have IFC, it's worth a view, but if you are expecting a literal translation from live-action film to animation, look elsewhere.


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