Of all of the various (quasi)historical samurai anime titles that I seen, this series is my all time fav.
Broken up into four main story arcs, each set a different time in Japanese history, this series tells the tale of four masters of the 'legendary' secret unarmed martial arts skills known as Mutsu Enmei. Taught only to members of their secretive clan, a true Mutsu Enmei master is rumored to be able to take on an armed samurai and defeat them in a few quick strikes. And while the focus of each story arc is different, they all share a common thread of involving a Mutsu Enmei. It is even hinted that each new Mutsu Enmei master is the son or descendant of the character appearing in the first story.
The span of the series is about 250 years. ↗Miyamoto Musashi, who appears in the first story arc lived in the 1600's. The last story arc takes place around 1850 during the early years of the ↗Meiji era, (at about the same time that the Rurouni Kenshin story takes place).
The characters are fun, the animation is fluid and the combat scenes are grand. This series is well worth the time spent watching.
Last updated Friday, May 29 2009. Created Wednesday, May 27 2009.
Drama : Med / High
Comedy : Low / Med
Action : HIGH
SciFi : None
Ecchi : Low
I bumped into this by accident (I was bored), and I had to watch 2 of the 3 discs immediately. I love it! Yakumo is a great character (Though he isn't the main - I thought) and Musashi is so relentless on fighting him. I noticed on the 2nd disk that 20 years have passed and it's a new main character with little or no mention of the older ones, but I don't feel cheated, I actually like watching progression.
Note there is a bit of blood, but nothing on scale of Gantz.
Edit : 3rd disk finish. Damn I love this stuff. 3 More DVDs to go! The epic battle in the 3rd disk lasted a whole 1 EPISODE! None of that Dragonball Z crap where everyone talks about their super powers for 5 episodes and fights for 10.
Last updated Friday, May 13 2005. Created Thursday, May 12 2005.
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