Kaze no Youjinbou

Title:Kaze no Youjinbou
Bodyguard of the Wind
Kaze no Yojimbo
Yojimbo of the Wind
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Notables: Animation - Studio Pierrot
R1 License - Bandai (Defunct)
Based on Academy Award Winner ↗Akira Kurosawa's 1961 movie masterpiece, ↗Yojimbo - George Kodama is a pretty intelligent tough guy investigating an incident that occurred in the small town of Kimujuku over 15 years ago. However, the local town folk have been feeling a bit uneasy since the arrival of this wandering stranger.

George is soon caught up in the middle of a bloody gang fight as both groups fight for overall control of the town. Amidst the fighting, shootings, and deadly alliances, will George find the clues to his mystery or will he find himself face down in a body-bag?

25 TV Episodes (~23min each)

1:57min English Language Trailer - ANN Video
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Buy 7 6 7 7 9 9 Ggultra2764 [series:1999#1552]
Guess I've got another Bandai title I overlooked when the distributor was still around. This engaging mystery title features our mysterious male lead George venturing into a dangerous town where two rival crime syndicates at war with one another and having his own hidden agenda for venturing into such dangerous territory, especially with the town holding its own dark secrets. The show takes its time hinting and slowly unveiling details on George, the syndicates and whatever dark secret lurks within the hostile town. Throughout the series, George becomes acquainted with members of both syndicates as he tries seeking answers to what he wants, allowing the viewer to learn more of the inner workings and motives of each syndicate and those among the townsfolk. The guy makes for one of the more engaging characters I've seen in an anime title with his mix of brains and brawn in handling tensions between members of the syndicates and getting himself out of dangerous situations. The slow pacing won't be for anyone seeking more action or a more faster pacing with their storytelling. But the pacing allows plenty of time for viewers to immerse themselves into the mysteries surrounding mostly everything seen throughout this show.

The animation to this, on the other hand, is a bit of a mixed bag. It's obvious this was made on somewhat of a limited budget as there is frequent use of animation shortcuts like still shots and speed stripes at points throughout the show, including the show's stylistic approach of having close-ups of character faces imposed above certain key scenes of the series. Character and scenery designs are decently drawn, but nothing particularly stuck out with their designs for me. There is occasional use of CG animation during complex animated sequences like explosions or vehicles traveling. However, the animation is poorly rendered and sticks out like a sore thumb from the regular animation.

Fusses aside with visuals, Kaze no Yojimbo was an engaging mystery offering a slow buildup that does well at keeping you guessing on who to trust, what secrets everyone has and who exactly they are. Definitely worth a look if mystery and suspense titles catch your interest.

Last updated Thursday, January 16 2014. Created Thursday, January 16 2014.

Other Sites
Japanese Language Series Web Site http://www.ntv.co.jp/yojinbo/

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