Monday, October 11, 2010
I haven't posted in a week or two. Mainly because I have been either busy or watching movies/anime.. So I will present to you, an anime which I finished in the past week. I originally started watching it a year ago, on VoD, but the channel stopped showing it. I wasn't interested enough at the time so, I didn't bother looking around for it. Fortunately, I found it on Netflix, got really into it and watched through the whole series in one or two days.
Samurai Seven is based off of the old classic Samuai move, Seven Samurai, if you watch both, you can see quite a few links between it. For one, all the samurai in this anime carry the same name as their real movie counter parts. They are banded together in a similar fashion, and they all at the same type of character; Wise Old Man, Infatuated Young Man seeking greatness, Silent Swordsman, Loud mouth Belligerent swordsman, and then there was Shoroichiroji who didn't really have much of a character in the movie but did in the anime.
Many of the scenes are also the same, but adapted somewhat.
The basic story of the anime follows an impoverished and oppressed village of farmers that is close to their next harvest. Their problem is former Samurai bandits that are taking their rice. The farmers have no defenses, and the bandits have an array of machines and weapons to fight with. Knowing that they may not survive without their next harvest, the village sends their priestess and a few other members of the village to hire Samurai in hopes that a Samurai could defeat the bandits and they would be left to live in peace.
I really did enjoy the entire 26 episodes of this series. As they go through, the action is very nice to watch.. Which includes quite a few duels between samurai, and fights against the machine bandits. Along with an impressive story, unique characters it's worth a watch in my opinion.
It follows the general movie and then branchs off a bit on its own story.. But if you like old movie, and are interested in anime, you would probably appreciate how it is brought to life in an animated form.