Samurai 7: Box Set (Viridian Collection)
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(Jul 01, 2008)
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This series takes place in a futuristic world that's just suffered through a massive war. All the villages are controlled or terrorized by the Nobuseri bandits. These men were once Samurai but chose to become machines in order to be more powerful. All the villages are suffering. The villagers are starving because the Nobuseri are taking all the rice they grow; though some villagers tried to rebel against this injustice they were too weak and paid dearly.
But one village has no other choice but to try and resist the Nobuseri or they will surely parish. The elder decides the only way they'll have a chance is to hire 7 strong samurai to help them. The village sends it's water priestess, Kirara, to find these men and bring them to the village.
There are many adventures and quite a bit of intrigue in the royal merchant court. Only by watching this series from start to finish will you discover how and if these samurai can save the village.
I suggest this series to anyone who loves swordfights, adventure and good clean fun. It's a good series for anyone over the age of 13, due to some graphic violence. For $28.00 it'd be a shame to let this series go by.
You don't need to have seen the 1954 film to enjoy SAMURAI 7, though viewers of both will make rapid connections between the two. The makers of this anime did a great job of instilling into their project the same heart and intent of the original SEVEN SAMURAI. This isn't just a meaningless point A to point B anime action flick. Emphasis is thoughtfully placed on character and plot development as we actually get to know the players in this series, from the ragtag samurai, which the last great war has largely reduced to a jobless and purposeless state, to the lowly farmers, who are insular, abhor fighting, and fear the samurai almost as much as the bandits.
Although palpable throughout the series, it's in the samurai's stay at the Kanna village where the distinction between the two social classes become most pronounced as the bushido code clashes with the villager's less "noble" but infinitely more realistic principles.Read more ›
The reason I finally got the complete set, even after getting many of the individual DVDs was it was cheaper to buy the whole set, getting all the DVDs, then it was getting the last three DVDs to complete my collection. The advantage is the fact that the Complete Set costs less then most single DVDs. The only sad part is the individual discs each came with a booklet of interviews and information. And the Complete Set did not come with any extra material. On the other hand it will take up less space than buying all seven discs. But you only get one commentary no matter which way you collect the series. In other words, the DVDs are the same, with all the same photo galleries, character profiles, and trailers.
So I had to drop a star. When you put out a complete set it should have extras the other DVDs don't. At least I think so.
FIRST, CONTENT ISSUES FOR PARENTS:
This anime completely strays from any such use of fanservice (the term often used these days to mean "lite sexual material" such as say, major cleavage, beyond-normal-tight-fitting and short-cut clothing meant to be sexually appealing, etc.). Also, there is maybe one or two instances of the use of the word "Damn". There is humor, but none of it crude. In fact, this film is generally quite a bit more conservative than the 1954 original that it was based upon. The only two things that I should raise to be fair are these: 1) the female lead wears very conservative looking clothes, but it does bare her midriff, and her skirt is mid-thigh length (some people may not like it). There is also a slit in her skirt on the right side. The thing about this outfit is that it looks very conservative and the animators do not even raise a single finger to try and exploit the fanservice "opportunities" they could have had with that. The skirt doesn't even fly up. If anything, they use it to differentiate her as a countryside girl from those of the imperial city...the old primitive versus refined gambit. 2) There is one bath house scene where the female lead and a major supporting female character are conversing about serious matters. However, again, the animators do not "exploit" this. In fact, the room is filled with the steam, all you see is either the shoulder up or one instance of the back torso (you don't see "hind-quarters", nor are their "full-frontal displays").Read more ›
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Absoutely stunning. From the art, to the soundtrack, to the individual characters. This anime has everything I look for in a series. Read morePublished 17 months ago by MSMJ Shaffer
Only problem was the last DVD was bad. I had to really work at it to get it to go to the end.Published 19 months ago by Comely
True in many ways to the brilliance of Kurasowa, the anime of Samurai 7 is sure to capture the attention and entertain any who are fans of the samurai genre and the mystique often... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Steven Hubbard
A great work made into anime. The best of both worlds. The author should be proud, and I think it's a great tribute to the "7 Samurai" movie.Published 22 months ago by C,C, Ramirez
All discs play but the disc holders in the cases are mostly broken. I would not describe this as "Good" or even "Fair" condition. I am happy that the discs play.Published on August 23, 2014 by Keli Wolland
This is more in the line of Serious anime and well worth watching and collecting as you will want to see it many times over the years.Published on July 27, 2014 by Saint Tatters
The Series came in perfect condition! All of the disc's play well and I have not had any issuses with them!Published on December 29, 2013 by katart826
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