Samurai 7

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Samurai 7

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Kanna, a small village, is being persecuted by mechanized samurai called Nobuseri. The Nobuseri return every harvest to seize the village's crops. Faced with starvation, the villagers send out a mission to find and recruit some samurai to defend them. With no pay to offer except rice, and knowing full well that only helpless and eager samurai would even consider accepting such a deal, the villagers can only hope that their saviors will appear before the rice is ready for harvest.

Samurai 7 is based on Akira Kurosawa's c movie, "The Seven Samurai" or "Shichinin no samurai". The Japanese promo for the series aired on April 15, 2004 and the Japanese "preview" aired on June 13, 2004.

It first aired on IFC in the U.S. on Saturday, April 1, 2006 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT in conjunction with IFC's "Samurai Saturdays," a weekly presentation of c, Asian martial-arts-themed movies.

Characters: Farmers Kirara: A Mikumari or water maiden. She is the village priestess. She goes in search of samurai with her special water in a necklace to help her village of Kanna. Komachi: Kirara's little sister who helps locate the samurai. She takes a liking to Kikuchiyo. Rikichi: A peasant from the village of Kanna who also helps to search for the samurai. His wife was kidnapped in a previous raid from the bandits, and Kambei promises him that they'll rescue her. Manzo: A farmer from Kanna who is scared of the Nobuseri. He rather turn the samurai in than face the bandits. Okara: Komachi's female friend from the village to whom she writes letters to when they are away. She carries a baby on her back. Mosuke: a farmer from Kanna who also rather turn the samurai in than face the Nobuseri. Village Elder: The elder and leader of Kanna. He seems to become very happy when he hears news of the death of any Nobuseri. Samurai Kambei Shimada: The wisest and leader of the seven samurai. He has much experience, being in many battles. However, all the battles he fought were for the losing side, and thus lives in the shadow of his painful past. Katsushiro Okamoto: A young samurai who has never been in a true battle before, but believes in the honor of the samurai code. He wishes to become Kambei's student and promises to protect Kirara no matter what. Kikuchiyo: A robot, once a farmer, who paid to have his body forged with a mechanized exoskeleton, much like the Nobuseri. He is often looked upon as a bother; but is eventually excepted as one of the seven. Gorobei Katayama: A skilled samurai who has made his living by entertaining people. Because of his skill in battle and acrobatic ability, Kambei makes him his "left hand man" in defending the village. Kyuzo: A mysterious blond man who wears crimson-red clothing. He formerly worked as a bodyguard for Ayamaro, but, wanting to defeat Kambei in battle someday, joins them in their mission to defend Kanna Village. Heihachi Hayashida: Heihachi would rather eat than fight. During the Great War he avoided fighting by taking a position as a combat engineer. He helps the samurai by becoming their mechanic, and orchestrates the construction of many medieval-type weapons. Shichiroji Kambei and Shichiroji fought in the Great War side by side and thus have become the best of friends. He temporarily leaves behind his wife to join Kambei as his "right hand man".

Opressors: Nobuseri: Former samurai who have converted their bodies into large machines during the previous war. In the current era, the Akindo period, they call themselves the Nobuseri and act as bandits, taking rice from farmers. Ukyo: The young heir to Ayamaro's position, in the city where Kirara begins her search. At first sight, he wants Kirara as part of his Harem. He also has a greta dislike for mechanized samurai. Ayamaro: The magistrate and Ukyo's father. Tessai: He serves as a bodyguard to Ukyo. Hyougo: Along with Kyuzo, he serves as a bodyguard for Ayamaro.

Supporting: Masamune: An old man who makes repairs on Kikuchiyo. Sanae: Rikichi's wife who was abducted by Nobuseri Yukino: A prostitute who works at Firefly House, an inn at Kougakyo's pleasure district. She finds Shichiroji after the Great War and takes care of him, eventually becoming his wife. Honoka: A refugee living with the Guardians. Her sister, Mizuki, was captured by the Nobuseri. Mizuki: Honoka's sister. She wad captured by the Nobuseri like Rikichi's wife. The Guardians: Refugees living in an underground lair. They eventually help the samurai escape to the surface.moreless
Anthony Bowling

Anthony Bowling

Ukyo (Eng.)

Chiwa Saito

Chiwa Saito

Komachi Mikumari (Jap.)

Duncan Brannan

Duncan Brannan

Shichiroji (Eng.)

Sean Teague

Sean Teague

Katsushiro Okamoto (Eng.)

Shinichiro Miki

Shinichiro Miki

Kyuzo (Jap.)

Colleen Clinkenbeard

Colleen Clinkenbeard

Kirara Mikumari (Eng.)

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • A Half Dull Half Good Samurai Animation

    6.5
    Well, Samurai Seven was, in the end, a good show. But that's not to say it didn't have many problems. Animated by Gonzo, a company who's animation ranges from awful to amazing at different times and often uses CGI, this show didn't avoid the company's usual fare, which is rather sad. Some character designs look ugly, the animation can be terrible at times, and the CGI is lackluster when its there. The show also started out really dull and took a lot to get into. The story is good, revolving around a village being attacked by bandits and having its rice stolen. The village chief finally decides to have a priestess find samurai to defend the village from the bandits. The priestess agrees to this, and slowly collects seven samurai to help fight against the bandits. Meanwhile, government corruption soon complicates matters music in the show is mostly traditional sounding, something you'd expect from a samurai show. An odd thing about this show is that it has some steampunk qualities; While there are samurai and the show seems to take place in the past, people ride in airships, there are talking robots, and guns exist. Nonetheless, the samurai can somehow defeat all these things as if the metal robots and such are really just paper mache. Overall, this was a good series with some heart, but its dull start and at times lackluster animation can push a lot of people away.moreless
  • A brilliant retelling of the classic film The Seven Samurai.

    10
    The show is set in a futuristic world and centres on a small village that is being terrorised by bandits. These bandits steal the villagers food and money leaving them with nothing. Eventually they become desperate and decide to recruit a group of warriors to help defend the village. Thus seven men each with a different motive and strength appaers to defend the villagers.



    This is a great anime. The plot is fantastically done and the characters are really interesting. The animation is solid and the voice talent is really superb. It is wthout a doubt one of my favourite animes and one that everyone should see at least once.moreless
  • A steampunk version of The Seven Samurai. *spoilers*

    8.5
    This adaptation of The Seven Samurai is a fairly accurate adaptation when not considering the second half of the series that has an entirely new storyline, and the obvious changes due to the steampunk setting. The addition of the corrupt emperor storyline was very interesting, and Ukyo was a fascinating villain. I found myself rooting for him for awhile there. It had really great sword fights and exciting action. Most of the samuari were also really entertaining, in their own ways. Except for, surprisingly, the team leader. He was awkwardly moody for an old guy. A very harsh teacher and extremely selfish. I dont know why Kirara was wasting her time on him. I'd take Kyuzo, Katsushiro, Heihachi, or Momotaro over him anyday. The characters did get confusing occasionally though. It was like a lot of what happened between them was left off screen or something. "Why is this person crying?" "Why is he mad at him?" But regardless, some pretty exciting stuff with great characters. This is only my second anime, along with Cowboy Bebop, and I would say this is the better of the two.moreless
  • a decent anime

    7.5
    Fom what i saw my two fave characters for the show were the guy who's last words were that he wanted food and the blonde guy who used 2 swords.

    Its really sad that only 3 of them lived. I think it was kinda dumb how that girl shot him in the end. Bad ending but the rest was all good. I wish they could of had some better fights at the end though. alas in all it gets an 7.5 from me. Hope they remake this show one day. But with a few more characters next time. its a decent anime but unoriginal it seems like theres alot of samurai anime out there almost as if its becoming the new trend.moreless
  • Samurai 7 is a good show, but it could be much better. Based on an acclaimed movie, Samurai 7 would have material to be a much better achievement.

    7.5
    Samurai 7 is a good show, but it could be much better.

    Based on an acclaimed movie, Samurai 7 would have material to be a much better achievement. It has a very good story truth be told, but it has so many flaws that the quality drops solidly.

    The animation begins good but drops after episode 4, specially the characters drawing lines during fight scenes.

    The character development is just shallow, except in the final chapters, so the show misses its true potencial to shine. The show is short, only 26 episodes, but it has two recapitulation episodes. Such a waste of space in a small show is inadmissible.

    But the biggest flaw is the mixture of the mecha theme with ancient eastern. It could be good if it worked right, like in the Dune book, but here the mixture is unbelievable and clumsy.

    Despite these facts you could still have some fun while watching it.moreless
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light science fiction, robot uprising, Anime, epic battles, fight for survival