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Shigurui: Death Frenzy 

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The series starts off at a tournament where a one armed samurai faces a blind one and quickly flashes back to reveal the history between the two fighters.
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Daisuke Namikawa ...  Gennosuke Fujiki / ... 12 episodes, 2007
Emi Shinohara ...  Iku 12 episodes, 2007
Seizô Katô Seizô Katô ...  Kogan Iwamoto 12 episodes, 2007
John Burgmeier ...  Gennosuke 12 episodes, 2007
R. Bruce Elliott ...  Ushimata 12 episodes, 2007
Mike McFarland ...  Narrator 12 episodes, 2007
Nozomu Sasaki ...  Seigen Irako / ... 11 episodes, 2007
Jerry Russell Jerry Russell ...  Kogan 11 episodes, 2007
Houko Kuwashima ...  Mie Iwamoto / ... 10 episodes, 2007
Laura Bailey ...  Mie 9 episodes, 2007
Johnny Bruce Lewis ...  Mariko 9 episodes, 2007
Mark Stoddard ...  Yamazaki 9 episodes, 2007
J. Michael Tatum ...  Seigen 9 episodes, 2007
Charles Baker ...  Munakata 8 episodes, 2007
Wendy Powell ...  Iku 8 episodes, 2007
Kent Williams ...  Okitsu / ... 8 episodes, 2007
Grant James ...  Mosuke 7 episodes, 2007
Christopher Bevins ...  Tomoroku / ... 6 episodes, 2007
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The series starts off at a tournament where a one armed samurai faces a blind one and quickly flashes back to reveal the history between the two fighters.

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Worth the watch for the mood and animation
29 July 2011 | by trcky1See all my reviews

This is a dark and gritty series with none of the fluff that typical anime includes in order to cater to younger viewers. Its strong points are its unique animation, understated score, and pervasive mood. The animation is stylistic and highly detailed. The action and pace are slow and deliberate, so that the animation really focuses on the details of the scene. This type of animation looks like it could be the inspiration behind some of the recent American motion comics, like Iron Man Extremis, which I really enjoyed. The score is also carefully paced and understated, combining with the art to set the perfect mood of darkness and despair.

Sounds pretty good so far right? Well the story and plot are fairly straightforward and simplistic. There's nothing blatantly wrong with them, no cheesy plot-fillers like in the early episodes of Fullmetal Alchemist. It's just that there's nothing that unique about the story (one stoic samurai seeking honor, another ambitious samurai seeking power), and not many surprises or strategies to the plot (of which Death Note was the pinnacle). Additionally, the plot jumps multiple time lines, making it a challenge to keep up with the story.

But despite the slight flaws in the simplistic plot and story lines, the art is definitely worth checking out if you want to see something innovative and have the patience to stick with the deliberate pace of the series.


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