Set in a futuristic world that has just witnessed the end
of a massive war, scores of villages are terrorised by Nobuseri
bandits. But the Nobuseri are no normal bandits. They were
once Samurai, who during the war integrated their living cells
with machines to become dangerous weapons now appearing more
machine than man. Absolute power corrupts, and their reign
of terror is increasing its hold on the countryside. But one
group of villagers has had enough deciding to hire samurai
to protect their village. Kirara is a young priestess who
travels to the city seeking out protection. One by one, she
encounters brave samurai that the war has left behind. These
men of skill and valour are each unique and not without their
quirks. But can they come together as one to defend the helpless
futuristic sci-fi anime update of Akira Kurosawa's timeless
classic, Seven Samurai. Produced by Studio Gonzo (Gantz;
Burst Angel), Samurai 7 as a 26-part action-packed
series about a small band of heroes and their battle to defend
a small farming village against an onslaught of giant, flying
The story begins in a futuristic world ravaged by a war that,
after countless years, has finally come to pass. But the end
of the conflict is merely the beginning of the suffering for
the peaceful farming village of Kanna. Without a war to fight,
scores of disenfranchised samurai warriors, known as Nobuseri,
have become bandits, looting and pillaging the countryside
in a constant reign of terror. Having integrated their living
cells with machines in order to become the ultimate fighting
weapons, the Nobuseri have become an awesome, almost unbeatable
force. Burdened by repeated assaults on their homes and fearing
that the only thing left to lose is their lives, the villagers
of Kanna decide to make one last stand against the Nobuseri
by hiring their own band of samurai fighters to protect them.
The task of seeking out these potential saviours falls to
three young volunteers: the hot-blooded, heartbroken Rikichi;
Kirara, the village's beautiful Water Priestess; and Komachi,
Kirara's precocious little sister. The trio sets out on a
journey to the nearby city of Kogakyo, where they cross paths
with a fledgling samurai named Katsushiro and a highly experienced
and skilled fighter named Kambei, one of the key figures who
fought for the losing side in the Great War.
When Ukyo, the son of the ruler of the city, kidnaps Kirara
it is up to Rikichi and Komachi to save her. They recruit
the young, green-haired samurai Katsushiro as well as the
tall, mechanised samurai Kikuchiyo. Together, the four set
out to save Kirara.
Entertainer: After Kirara is rescued from Ukyo's abduction,
Kambei decides to help them in their quest to free their villagers
from misery. Meanwhile, Katsushiro and Kikuchiyo start heading
back to the base. They come across Gorobei, a street entertainer.
He persuades Katsushiro to take part in a little street entertainment.
All Katsushiro has to do is fire an arrow at Gorobei's forehead.
Can this entertainer really pluck the projectile out of the
air before it pierces his skull? Meanwhile Ayamaro, Ukyo's
powerful father, sends assassins after the samurai.
Loner: Kambei and Gorobei have no trouble defeating the
assassins sent by Ayamaro. Angered, Ayamaro sends his most
feared bodyguards, and fellow samurai, after them. Now Kambei
is faced with the mighty two-sword wielding Kyuzo who is much
more skilled in combat than Kambei.
first release in the series takes a little time to warm up.
And, by the end of this DVD, the seven Samurai are still not
all present and correct. But, to be honest, it's good to see
that we are introduced to each new samurai in proper fashion
- instead of hastily gathering all seven over a few episodes.
relief comes in the form of Kikuchiyo. Unlike the original
Seven Samurai, where Kikuchiyo was the main character,
here he is demoted to a wanna-be samurai who is part machine,
and quite a bit of a bumbler (the anime equivalent of Bernard
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