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Samurai Spirits - Haten Kouma no Sho
I find it quite surprising this was able to get a TV timeslot in Japan during the 1990s despite how horrifically bad it is. Made around the mid 90s when the popularity of fighting video games peaked, Samurai Shodown stuck out quite prominently as being one of the first fighters to implement sword fighting as a prominent part of its premise. However like many video games adapted in a movie or OAV series, the quality of this anime adaptation is quite bad. |
Apparently, the anime adaptation was trying to create an original storyline using characters from the video game where Amakusa and six other fighters served as a group of powerful group of heroes who fought to keep an evil demon named Ambrosia sealed and the former betraying the group to obtain the demon's power. The premise has a nice number of plot holes in terms of how its storyline comes about and features many of the typical issues that come about with adapting a fighting game series where it tries squeezing in as many characters from the video game as possible regardless of whether or not they had any major role to play, it rushes quite haphazardly through its plot developments which lead to said mentioned plot holes, implements enough common cliches you can find coming out of typical action titles and the animation is quite bad with reused animation frames, lazy choreography and a low frame rate.
Fans of the Samurai Shodown video game might be better off just sticking with the video game instead of wasting time on this horrible anime adaptation of the game.
Last updated Tuesday, June 12 2012. Created Tuesday, June 12 2012.