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    Default Samurai 7 on Toonami

    How do you guys feel about this show? I saw it for the first time yesterday. The animation/action looked really sharp, but it was really thin on story. Is it worth catching up from the beginning?

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    Huh, this was on TechTV way back, during Toonami's first life. It's a reimagining of Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai. It was okay; pretty cool visuals, but the ending kinda sucked. (IOW, Gonzo in a nutshell.)

    Edit: At least, I think TechTV was the channel... don't really remember anymore. Pretty sure it wasn't CN, at any rate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Holmes View Post
    How do you guys feel about this show? I saw it for the first time yesterday. The animation/action looked really sharp, but it was really thin on story. Is it worth catching up from the beginning?

    I loved this story. But I think you shouldn't expect complex plots or plot twists. For me, it's pretty much a simple yet timeless Samurai story applied to a futuristic setting. I think it's just right considering the series isn't toot long.

    I think the series reflects the ideals of culture of Samurai; everything from frugality, mastery of their art and honor until death. The ending kind of mirrors their ideal death; a glorious death in service of their leader or cause.

    I think Kanbei is the one who epitomizes aspects of the classic Samurai while Katsuhiro becomes the audience's avatar into their world.

    So upon watching the anime, I think the audience will have to focus more on the characters and the virtues and ideals they live with; because I think that's what the series is for. It's a glimpse to the Samurai way of life.
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    Yeah I wasn't expecting anything complex. It just did seem like the majority of the episode I saw was action. Really well done action, but nevertheless...

    I did see the Kurosawa credit, but that makes sense now though.

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    It is my favorite anime (I can't stand shows like Naruto and Bleach) - wrapped up nicely - great music, animation and story. Well worth watching from the beginning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Holmes View Post
    How do you guys feel about this show? I saw it for the first time yesterday. The animation/action looked really sharp, but it was really thin on story. Is it worth catching up from the beginning?
    I've watched very little of it, 2 episodes at best, but so far it hasn't become my new "Cowboy Bebop/Samurai Champloo/cup of tea". I like the ensemble cast (if seven different samurai really are joining forces); I'll have to wait for the next rerun to enjoy it.

    This show, Durarara, and Kekkaishi are on my list of "B-Anime". They look good, they made it to Adult Swim/Toonami so they're probably decent, but the first episodes didn't wow me that much.
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    I haven't seen the ending to the anime yet but I really enjoy all versions of this story that I've come across. It has great archetypes and its epic. I recommend checking out the black & white Kurosawa film, its long and sub-titled but worth your time. It was also made into a western called The Magnificent Seven; which has Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen & Charles Bronson in it. So needless to say its all kinds of badass. The story is basically the same in all of them, except in M7the characters of Kikuchiyo & Katsushiro seem like their archetypes (the youth & the fool) are combined into one character; Chico.
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    There's a DC book right now Demon Knights, that's very similar to this, I think it's also based on Kurosawa's Seven Samurais.

    I'm enjoying the show. Nothing amazing, but it's good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Holmes View Post
    There's a DC book right now Demon Knights, that's very similar to this, I think it's also based on Kurosawa's Seven Samurais.

    I'm enjoying the show. Nothing amazing, but it's good.
    Yeah, Samurai 7 is a simple, samurai-mecha action show. Doesn't have the gravity and complexity of a show like Fate/Zero, but sometimes that's a good thing--it's certainly less emotionally draining. But most importantly, Samurai 7 has Kyuzo, and he is awesome.
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    http://spinoff.comicbookresources.co...seven-samurai/

    This turned out to be fake, but I was immediately reminded of this show.
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