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Samurai 7 

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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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Series cast summary:
R. Bruce Elliott ...  Kambei Shimada 26 episodes, 2004
Christopher Sabat ...  Kikuchiyo 26 episodes, 2004
Sean Teague ...  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
Roland Angelo Crisolo Roland Angelo Crisolo ...  Heihatchi 26 episodes, 2004
Inukai Junji Inukai Junji ...  Heihachi Hayashida 26 episodes, 2004
Toru Kusano Toru Kusano 26 episodes, 2004
Kong Kuwata Kong Kuwata ...  Kikuchiyo 26 episodes, 2004
Fumiko Orikasa ...  Kirara Mikumari 26 episodes, 2004
Romi Pak ...  Katsushiro Okamoto / ... 26 episodes, 2004
Chiwa Saitô ...  Komachi Mikumari 26 episodes, 2004
Masaki Terasoma Masaki Terasoma ...  Kambei Shimada / ... 26 episodes, 2004
Bob Carter ...  Gorobei Katayama / ... 25 episodes, 2004
Greg Ayres ...  Heihachi Hayashida 22 episodes, 2004
Kyle Hebert ...  Farmer Mosuke 22 episodes, 2004
Duncan Brannan ...  Shichiroji 21 episodes, 2004
Grant James ...  Farmer Yohei 20 episodes, 2004
Christopher Bevins ...  Farmer Gosaku / ... 18 episodes, 2004
Anthony Bowling Anthony Bowling ...  Ukyo / ... 18 episodes, 2004
Mark Stoddard ...  Farmer Manzo 18 episodes, 2004
Robert McCollum ...  Tessai / ... 17 episodes, 2004
Sonny Strait ...  Kyuzo 16 episodes, 2004
Andrew Haskett Andrew Haskett ...  Village Elder / ... 16 episodes, 2004
Barry Yandell Barry Yandell ...  Ayamaro 13 episodes, 2004
Zarah Little Zarah Little ...  Okara 11 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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Based on the film: seven samurai (1954) See more »

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Kambei Shimada: How does it look?
Heihachi Hayashida: I think she'll fly for us.
Kambei Shimada: Good. As soon as the repairs are done, we'll head for the Capital.
Heihachi Hayashida: All right.
Shichiroji: Well, it might not be much of a warship, but it certainly is faster than that old wagon. It's too bad we don't have time to find something with defenses.
Kambei Shimada: The Capital isn't going to wait for us.
Kikuchiyo: So we're finally gonna strike?
Shichiroji: How many years has it been since we've taken on one of those airships? I'd say I'm nervous, but I keep thinking of what Gorobei-san would say if he were here.
Kikuchiyo: ...
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Kurosawa's masterpiece changed into post-apocalyptic sci-fi anime, hmm
2 April 2006 | by Quinoa1984See 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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Release Date:

12 June 2004 (Japan) See more »

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Akira Kurosawa's: Samurai 7 See more »

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JPY32,500,000 (estimated)
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G.D.H., Gonzo Digimation See more »
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(26 episodes)

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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