Shigurui: Death Frenzy - The Complete Series [Blu-ray]
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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.
As an anime, it's brilliant! It starts over very slow, but builds... and builds... and then see above. :(
Definitely love to see a S2, but that isn't likely to happen. Have to dock 2 stars for that, and the feeling on disc 2 (4 episodes) of... where's my other episodes?!?
The visuals - They are really nice.
Storyline is very good - It's more common to have good or great visuals, especially for Japanese anime. Visuals are usually just icing. Having a great storyline is another thing that is rare. The underlying themes, metaphors, and criticism of feudal Japan is very good. (Unfortunately you won't be able to fully appreciate it until you read the full story through the comic books.) Unlike other anime, there is no corniness or segments that are randomly thrown in to cater to socially awkward adolescents. It is just solid and brutal: violence with purpose.
The visuals - It tries to stay true to the manga, which is just too violent for my tastes. Even though I don't like it, I don't think it would be the same if you removed it. I feel that it's meant to be uncomfortable.
Not 'complete' - This anime series was never finished. If you want to know what happens in the very end you have to find the comics. It's a decent substitute since the anime essentially used the manga as a storyboard almost scene for scene with little variation. This 'complete' series only covers about 1/3 of the total story. The manga series wasn't perfect either because it includes a really weird side story that seemed to have been done only for filler (you'll know it when you read it - hint: it involves a "frog").
Unlike another reviewer, I strongly disagree that this series should have been cut into 2 hours; that would have totally ruined it. They did this to another series called Blade of the Immortal Volume 1 and it didn't turn out well.
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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