I have to admit, when I first heard of this series, my expectations were set really low. I'm generally against remakes that make drastic changes to the setting (usually in an attempt to "modernize"), because most of the time they end up changing the situation so drastically that it has almost nothing in common with the original. The phrase "Sci-Fi Action remake of Akira Kurosowa'a action masterpiece" instantly reminded me of the universally panned Seven Samurai 20XX video game, where the only similarity between the remake and the original was that there were seven people with swords. I got a demo disc from the Funimation booth at Otakon (for the uninformed, an anime convention) that had the first two episodes, and watched them to see exactly how bad it would be. What I saw compelled me to immediately go buy the first disc. The story is extremely faithful to the original. So far, the only alterations to the story are the addition of a few characters, that I'll get into in a bit. The villagers are still rice farmers living in fear of bandits that will come at harvest time and steal all of their rice. The bandits are still former samurai that have nothing better to do since the recent war ended. Only, in this series, the bandits are warriors who have either grafted cybernetic implants into their bodies, or had their bodies completely replaced with mechanical ones. The villagers have no chance of fighting against such odds, so they send some people to the nearest town to hire samurai to defend the village in exchange for all the rice they can eat. They have added some characters from the village to better show their desperation and to give you a better connection with them.
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