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Shigurui: Death Frenzy - The Complete Series [Blu-ray] (2007)

J. Michael Tatum , Laura Bailey , Christopher Bevins  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: J. Michael Tatum, Laura Bailey, John Burgmeier, Wendy Powell
  • Directors: Christopher Bevins
  • Format: Widescreen, Box set, Color
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Funimation
  • DVD Release Date: May 10, 2011
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0049TC8A8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,687 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Two damaged warriors wear the scars of a twisted and violent past. Bitter rivals for the secrets of their master’s sword and the right to his daughter, these samurai inflict wounds on each other that would destroy lesser men. The final chapter of their saga unfolds within a brutal samurai tournament, a gruesome contest arranged to satisfy the bloodlust of a cruel tyrant overlord. The disfigured legends of the blade must summon the strength for one last battle – a final lesson in the artistry of violence where nothing is more beautiful than the kill.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Beauty of the kill January 7, 2012
By Jevon
Format:Blu-ray
Firstly, I must note that Shigurui is NOT for kids. There is nudity, though not in excess, and there is quite a bit of gore. With that out of the way, I must say that I personally consider Shigurui to be the best anime that I have ever seen. The visual rendition is quite unique and very intense at times. The music is mystifying and captivating, often entailing sporadic drumming and dark humming with a pleasant touch of the biju. Some say Shigurui is too slow paced, but they miss the point. This anime is not about mindless sword swinging,it's about people who dedicate their lives to mastering their arts to the point of obsession. The show showcases true swordplay and battles are often decided with one swing of the blade.

Now the major problem people site in the series is the cliffhanger ending. It stems from the fact that the series only adapts the first part of the manga (the anime was done before the manga was completed) and chooses to include a scene from the final part of the manga at the beginning of the anime. Believe me, the anime stops at a very clear point of the story and there really is no problem there. All animes do this to some extent leaving you to figure out where its characters end up from there, unless they all die. People make it sound as if Shigurui just suddenly makes an abrupt halt, but it seriously doesn't. Their problem is with the first scene which shows what becomes of the two main characters in the future. If you were to remove it, all these complaints would go away. The scene is irrelevant to the actual anime, and is just a bonus since the manga is never fully adapted.

Shigurui is an amazing series. If all you care about is a whole lot of flashy swordplay, this probably isn't for you. If you're willing to personally invest yourself in the story and its characters, this is your moment. I have seen this series 4 times already, and I don't plan on stopping there.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I'm reviewing this because I thought people might like to know what the show is like!

Shigurui is an historical samurai drama, but it's not exactly comfort TV. The style is extremely arty, especially during the first few episodes - many many shots of dead cicadas, etc. The pace is also extremely slow, and the ending won't make much sense unless you paid attention to one particular line from the narrator in the middle of the series. You should also take care not to be confused by the flashback near the beginning (it might be more accurate to say the show starts with a flashforward).

At the same time, this show is extremely violent and depraved. Apart from various people having their guts spilled and many different body parts chopped off, there are sex scenes, including a senile old man trying to seduce his daughter, and, laughably, one instance of autofellatio. There is a serious point to the shock value, which is that the absolute obedience demanded of dojo members, combined with an obsession to be the best swordsman, leads them to make themselves into something ultimately much less than human. But the execution of these themes is always over the top and exploitative.

All this means that this show is for a particular audience, and not for the mainstream. You'll know if it's for you from the above description. Even allowing for the specialised tastes this show caters to, it is less than perfect, particularly in its pacing. It could profitably be cut down to a 2-hour movie without losing anything important. All these factors considered, it's still worth a look.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Oh my God! This is a rough one. October 19, 2012
By KevinB
Format:Blu-ray
This anime is very rough and gritty. Definitely not for the faint of heart. It's full of violence and perversion. The story is also very dark as well. The plot, however, is well written. It has a very carefully crafted story, and interesting characters. The violence is way extreme, but realistic. As far as quality goes it's great. I'm just not that fond of stories that are as dark a this one. It can put you in a dark frame of mind. If that doesn't bother you, then you'll probably get a lot of satisfaction out of Shigurui. The animation quality and voice acting are very well done. It's a gamble I think, but some gambles pay off.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been epic if finished August 10, 2012
Format:Blu-ray
This is one of the darkest, most disturbing anime's I have seen as far as a TV series goes. Death Frenzy is an apt title for this. We are taken back nearly 400 years in Japan to a brutal time where life is cheap, and samurai are the enforcers of the land. Make no mistake, these are not heros doing great deeds to save the people. They are ruthless cold blooded killers to be feared, and practice their lethal sword art to dispatch anyone that dishonors them or challenges them in the most ruthless & efficient of ways.

This was done by studio Madhouse (one of the best), and has great visual mixes of style. We often see collages of images - sometimes going between very artfull stills, color animation, pencil drawings, etc to keep your eyes happy. Scenes of bloody graphic violence between fighters, and rather depraved treatment towards women is prevelant, so it is not for the faint of heart.

The big knock for people to be aware of is this is just part of the story, and just ends abruptly as if it were planned to keep going. The story is introduced with a tournament between two legendary but severely damaged samurai who are obviously bitter rivals, then jumps back in time to tell the story of how this all developed right before the match starts. However, after 13 episodes it ends and you realize they still have quite a ways to go to tell the story completely. I did not know this before watching, so was very disappointed at the end of episode 13 after getting rather hooked on this story. I read later that the anime only tells the first chapter of the manga it is based on.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very different but excellent.
This anime is very different, I watched it three times back to back but now it is in my favorite ten anime. Read more
Published 1 month ago by C.Pappas
5.0 out of 5 stars Tiger Cubs
This series is like an art piece; it is poetry written in blood. The violence is copious, but far from gratuitous. This isn't for the faint of heart, or the weak of stomach. Read more
Published 3 months ago by OtakuKitteh
1.0 out of 5 stars So boring and going nowhere
I want to give this no stars. Quite possible the worst anime I have seen. There is no action SEQUENCE. Just two people standing in front of each other... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Johannes Kepler
5.0 out of 5 stars Bold, Intrusive Art Experiment That Pays Off for a Select Crowd
Death Frenzy is not for everyone, that's for sure. Fans of samurai anime will be desperate for a faster, more coherent storyline with constant battles. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Coulter Rail
5.0 out of 5 stars Fans of 2001 must watch this.
Goodness gracious. This may be the best Anime put to film ever created. I read the manga and found it to be average compared to other manga in the same category, but the whoever... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Yousef A-H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Frickin awesome anime
Amazing series with fantastic story and character development. The animation, the battles, and the emotion that this series presents is fantastic. Read more
Published 7 months ago by RIP
3.0 out of 5 stars Incomplete
This is not the "complete" series. It's complete as aired, yes, but you'll only get Season 1. There is no Season 2. You'll be left hanging with the plot. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Anthony M. Rubino
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series
If your looking for a show to throw on and watch when you're bored this isn't for you. It's very story driven and requires a bit of attention to detail. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Bradan
4.0 out of 5 stars love j michael tatum's voice
this is pretty gory and kind of messed up but if they had continued on with the series, it would be epic
Published 10 months ago by Victoria
2.0 out of 5 stars Meh...
Don't get me wrong, I love Samurai series ie.. Samurai Champloo, Ninja Scroll, ect... but didnt enjoy this one. A lil to disturbing and violent.
Published 11 months ago by MrDizz
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