Anime Japan

Samurai 7

I haven’t done an anime review in a while so here’s one today about a relatively new series called ‘Samurai 7’:

Samurai 7

Samurai 7 is a classical story with a twist about a group of farmers who are being oppressed by a group of tyrannical overlords know as the Nobuseri, who are ruined samurais. They rob the villagers of nearly all the crops they grow and because they have no way to fight them they must obey their orders.

Samurai 7

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 down-on-their-luck samurai would even consider accepting such a deal, the villagers can only hope that their saviours will appear before the rice is ready for harvest.

Samurai 7

Once the small group reach the city they face many challenges, not least finding a samurai prepared to help them. As their quest progresses they run into a number of interesting characters some with more admirable intentions than others. As you can probably imagine they slowly build up an oddball group of samurai, some more able than others but all with a taste for war!

Samurai 7

As these things go the animation is at the better end of the scale with some nice use of CG to create some pretty cool action scenes. One of the main reasons why I like Japanese anime is due to its ability to slow down time at exactly the right moment to pull you into the frame and feel the moment, a technique well employed by Samurai 7.


Originally from the UK, David is designer and wanderer currently based in Kamakura. Prior to this, he lived in China and longs to explore more of this vast and varied land. He started Randomwire in 2003 to chronicle his travels and occasional musings. Feel free to drop him a line.

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  1. stefany says:

    wow,this is cool , i like your pictures too. Although i haven't finished watching the third DVD of Samurai 7. Anyway Samurai 7 rocks!

  2. bLeuZ says:

    yeah!! you got Kyuzo's pic..he's so cool!! so hard to find pics for this series..anyway its a nice show..worth the fighting scenes..esp when Kyuzo fight..wohooo *slash slash*

  3. jessie says:

    i loved this series but i too have yet to watch all of it ^_^ that metal dude is so coolie and so is the guy that looks like jesus ^_~

  4. Karina says:

    it is incredible. at first i did not have inteerest in it but now i fell in love with it. You should see it and you will not regret having seen it.

  5. Kamaria says:

    I love samurai 7. I is the best series and movie in the galaxy. I love Kuyzo. He's quiet, yet cool. I also like Konbei-Sama. I love that voice he has. Make another series please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Raine says:

    I also loved this anime, Samurai 7. My favorites are Kyuzo, Haihatchi, and Ukyo. 🙂
    Kyuzo is just awesome, the way he fights, and hardly says a word. And I also think he may be an albino? Red eyes, blond hair, and white skin? Lol. But hes still cool all the less. 🙂
    Haihatchi is just so cute, hes got such a outgoing and nice attitude. hehe. 🙂
    Ukyo, is well…Just a creepy, man whore, ba*stard. Lmao, but I still like the way he acts, hes got such a snobby, almost childish attitude. “She will sparkle brightly whens shes polished.” My favorite line of his, how he says it. hehe, in english of course. Ive watched this series in Japanese, and now I wanna see it english, it doesnt seem all that bad in english, this series anyways. 🙂

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