The once impenetrable band of seven, now diminished to six,
was forced to come to terms with the inevitable when Gorobei
risked his life to save his brethren. With sword in hand,
Kambei is determined to find answers. Leaving the surviving
samurai behind, Kambei departs on a solitary trek, with an
even more perilous mission in mind. After a confrontation
with the Emperor lands him in prison, Kambei awaits his fate
as the purported assassin of the Imperial Envoy. But, turmoil
at the Capital is far from over. Ukyo's sudden rise to power
has put Kambei at his mercy, and sparing his life is not what
this scheming Emperor has in mind...
5 of Samurai 7 contains another four episodes (reading
that back, that sentence seems a little confusing) of the
animated Japanese series.
Remembrance: With one of the seven dead, and two gone,
Katsushiro and Kikuchiyo reflect on past events and experiences
with the group while coming to grips with what they must do
Emperor: Kambei meets with the Guardians and claims that
he killed Amanushi's envoy in Ayamoro's house - which began
the samurai round up in the first place - so that they will
take him to the capital city. Although he's going there as
a prisoner, Kambei is not without a plan to save the women
kidnapped by the Nobuseri.
Mutiny: While Katsushiro, Kikuchiyo, Kirara, and Komachi
plan to save Kambei from the Amanushi, Ukyo is chosen as the
successor of Amanushi with a shocking discovery. Even more
shocking is what he plans to do next.
Execution: With Ukyo as the new Amanushi, his plan begins
to reveal itself. He places samurai in every village of the
empire, ordering them to follow the model of the "Seven of
Kanna Village". Meanwhile, he orders the Nobuseri to continue
with their raids, but secretly confides to Tessai that he
is planning to eliminate them. While Ukyo's plan unravels,
Kambei awaits his execution, but is he without a plan? Elsewhere,
Katsushiro and the others make their way to the capital. Can
they make it in time?
with previous releases in the series extras are very thin
on the ground - with only clean opening and closing credits
of any real interest.
story continues to roll on smoothly and with only two discs
left in this series all the signs are that fans will get an