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Ranmaru is the best fencer in his school. One day while he and his friend, Enjoji, are walking home from school, Yakuza from a rival syndicate try to run his friend over with their car. ... See full summary »

Director:

Hiroo Rin

Writers:

Bunny-Bot-x, Kazuma Kodaka (original manga)
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Credited cast:
Keiji Fujiwara ... Kei Enjoji (voice)
Akiko Hiramatsu ... Yuki Samejima (voice)
Ryô Horikawa ... Kai Sagano (voice)
Nao Nagasawa Nao Nagasawa ... Kai Sagano (Childhood Kai) (voice)
Ryôtarô Okiayu ... Ranmaru Samejima (voice)
Tomokazu Seki ... Toshi (voice)
Shinpachi Tsuji Shinpachi Tsuji ... Kai Sagano's Father (voice)
Hiro Yûki Hiro Yûki ... Host A (voice)
Akio Ôtsuka ... Masa (voice)
Hôchû Ôtsuka ... Kyosuke (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dan Green ... Kei Enjoji (voice)
Jamie McGonnigal Jamie McGonnigal ... Ranmaru Samejima (voice)
Dominic Moore Dominic Moore ... Masa (voice)
Josh Mosby Josh Mosby ... Kyosuke (voice)
Kelly Ray Kelly Ray ... Yuki Samejima (voice)
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Ranmaru is the best fencer in his school. One day while he and his friend, Enjoji, are walking home from school, Yakuza from a rival syndicate try to run his friend over with their car. Ranmaru pushed his friend out of the way and gets hit instead. This event sparks the romance between Ranmaru and Enjoji. A few years later the relationship between them is still strong until Enjoji's half-brother, Kai, shows up and tries to take Ranmaru away from Enjoji. Then Masa, Kai's companion and mentor, shows up to see Kai.

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

12 August 1994 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Kizuna See more »

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Daiei Studios See more »
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Color
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Based on a 11 volume manga series by Kazuma Kodaka. It ran from 1992 to 2008. It was published in Japan by Biblos for the first 10 volumes and by Libre Publishing for volume 11 and for the deluxe editions. See more »

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Follows Kizuna: Much Ado About Nothing (1990) See more »

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Gay Anime done well - Low Violence quotient
13 July 2001 | by Havan_IronOakSee all my reviews

Wonderful (anime) story of two boys in love. One, (Renmaru) is a kendo champion in high school. The other (Enjoji) is the son of a yakuza (Japanese Crime lord) When the son of the crime lord is targeted in a hit and run accident the lover pushes him out of the way, only to be hit himself. While the swordsman recovers the situation is further complicated by the arrival of Enjoji's half brother who also falls in love with Renmaru.

The story is a bit hard to follow. I think that this may be one of those movies where it would have been best to read the book first... Is it even available in English?


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