Samurai 7

Samurai 7
Voice Director: Christopher Bevins

US Premiere: Apr 01, 2006
US Conclusion: 2006
US Home Media: Aug 23, 2005
Japan Premiere: Jun 12, 2004
Japan Conclusion: 2004

Seasons: 1
Episodes: 26

Animation Studio: Gonzo

Popularity: 662nd All Time, 1,211th This Week

Characters on BTVA: 31
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said at 3:19 AM on Wed Aug 26 2015
Watching the whole series, it's a pretty decent adaptation. Some of the characters aren't that well developed, but some of them like Kikuchiyo, Heihachi and Katsushiro are fine. Speaking of Kikuchiyo, the choice of making him a robot is interesting. He's still expressive, but in a gesticulating, Cobra Commander-type manner, not wild and animalistically emotional like Toshiro Mifune's original take on the character.
For those who don't like Katsushiro, yeah, sure he's whiny, and he's made a lot of stupid mistakes that got people killed, but that was also what Kiku did in the original film, and both characters have felt remorse for their foolishness, so I can forgive Katsu in that respect.
I like how the love interest is always trying to get in on the action and help out the other samurai, so she has more freedom than Shino in the '54 film did.
I don't like Gorobei that much. He doesn't have much outside of a few quirks. Shichiroji is forgettable (Nice singing voice, though). Kambei's kind of cool, I guess. As for Kyuzo, I think he's arguably the most forgettable of them all.
In any case, the English dub is pretty good, some of the designs are pretty neat, and the villain Ukyo is a lot of fun. I say give it a watch.
said at 10:32 AM on Sun Apr 24 2016
@BlankSlate I do like both Heihachis. The original was this cheerful and well-meaning guy, though he did tend to pick on Kikuchiyo quite a lot; he was always the one to laugh at him the loudest (the only time they got along was when Heihachi said something that upset Rikichi and he didn't know why). Anyway, I just love it when they're onscreen together, like when Kiku didn't know why all the peasants were hiding and Heihachi just grabbed him and yanked him inside. I think Toshiro Mifune and Minoru Chiaki always worked so well off each other in any film.
The other Heihachi is much more accepting of Kikuchiyo and even at one point tells him he's one of them, and he's also different in that he has this interesting backstory, which actually sort of corresponds to the original Heihachi's tactic of running away from fights.
said at 6:46 PM on Fri Aug 7 2015
I only saw the '54 film, but I saw a few clips of this and it looks OK.
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