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Samurai 7

on 9/13/2013

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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Based on the legendary Akira Kurosawa classic epic feature film, Seven Samurai.

Set in a futuristic world that has just witnessed the end of a massive war, scores of villages are terrorized 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 to be 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 valor are each unique and not without their quirks. But can they come together as one to defend the helpless village?

With its futuristic but rustic atmosphere, well-developed characters, incredible CG animation and high production value, Samurai 7 is poised to be an instant classic.

Contains episodes 1-4: The Master, The Pupil, The Entertainer, and The Loner!


Studio Funimation Prod Inc
SKU 204850673
UPC 704400058035
UPC 14 00704400058035
Format DVD
Release Date 8/28/2007
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Cast & Crew
Akira Kurosawa - Story By
Atsuhiro Tomioka - Writer
Christopher Sabat - Voice Of
Daisuke Ito - Producer
Eitetsu Hayashi - Original Music By
Greg Ayres - Voice Of
Hiro Yoshioka - Cinematographer
Kaoru Wada - Original Music By
Kazuhiko Inomata - Producer
R. Bruce Elliott - Voice Of
Sean Teague - Voice Of
Toshifumi Takizawa - Director
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Anime Insider One of the most essential DVDs of any anime collection.
Casimir Harlow, DVDActive ...a thoughtful, respectful and action-packed animated remake of Akira Kurosawa's classic...
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