Samurai 7
Volume 7 - Guardians of the Rice

Starring (voice): Fumiko Orikasa, Takehito Koyasu and Masaki Terasoma
RRP: 19.99
Certificate: 12
Available 02 April 2007

Kambei and the rest of the samurai race towards the Capital, poised for their final showdown with Ukyo. Driving his men directly into the heart of the enemy, Kambei knows they must strike decisively before more innocent lives are lost. With a single blast, the Capital's devastating Main Cannon could level the entire village. In addition to the massive ar-ship's arsenal, Ukyo has created a fleet of Nobuseri drones - a mindless army that follow his every command. Facing impossible odds and unavoidable sacrifice, the samurai know this battle will determine the fate of not only Kanma Village, but that of an entire nation...

The seventh, and final, volume of Samurai 7 contains the last three episodes in the series:

The Oaths: As Katsushiro and the villagers of Kanna prepare for the upcoming battle, Kambei and the others hatch a plan to reach the capital. The final battle is fast approaching.

The Last Battle: Kambei and the others arrive just in time. After a frontal assault on the capital, the samurai manage to force their way inside. But, once inside, will they be able to kill Ukyo? Or, will they be stopped before they get anywhere near him? Meanwhile, Katsushiro and Heihachi work on blowing up the capital, but will they succeed in their mission? With the end of the battle in sight, who will be triumphant, and who will be defeated?

The Era's End: The end of the battle is in sight, but there have been heavy casualties on both sides. Not all seven samurai have survived. With the fighting intensifying, will the remaining samurai survive to see the battle's end? Will Ukyo finally be killed? Will the capital be stopped, or will it crush Kanna Village? The clock is ticking and everything is to play for in the final episodes of Samurai 7.

Extras are a little disappointing for the final volume. All we get are textless opening and closing credits and some trailers.

This is a climatic ending to the series, looking back it's been a bit of a hectic ride to get here. But, on balance, it's been well worth it.

Nick Smithson

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