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Samurai Gun: Cocked & Loaded - Volume 1
In 1860s Japan, a special breed of samurai stands against the Shogunate, armed with superior strength, speed, agility and guns! Welcome to Samurai Guns, a blood-drenched tour of bushidos twilight. Morally ambiguous "heroes," razor sharp dialogue, and hair-trigger violence make Samurai Guns a slam-dunk hit!
The broadcast series Samurai Gun (2004) is set in the mid-19th century, when the Edo era was coming to a close. The son of a Japanese man and a Western woman who were murdered, Ichimatsu is a one-eyed ne'er-do-well who seeks vengeance as assassin Samurai Gun. Although he's a member of a cabal opposed to the Tokugawa shogunate, Ichimatsu insists he doesn't want to kill anyone, even in the name of justice. But he does. The thugs in the Shogun Preservation Squad put some evil plot in motion that usually involves the torture and/or murder of young women; Ichimatsu charges in, blows the bad guys away, and returns to hanging around the local taverns and brothels. Mindlessly violent and misogynistic, Samurai Gun is not a series for the squeamish. (Rated TV MA VSL, suitable for ages 17 and older: graphic violence, violence against women, profanity, sexual situations, torture, alcohol, tobacco, and drug use) --Charles Solomon
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A group of Samurai have banded together, and, with the development of new weapons and new technology, they have both the will and the hardware to stand up and fight.
I know, many of you are thinking... another "Samurai" anime right?
Well, this one is different. For starters, the anime focuses on our main character, Ichimatsu.
Traumatized by the slaying of his family and forced to watch as his sister was being raped and then slain, Ichimatsu is bent on revenge.
Although touted as a killing machine, Ichimatsu doesn't like to kill but in his mind, he needs to fight back.
In the first episode, three murderous brothers are masters of many female prostitutes of different ages (young and old) and when they try to escape, the brothers enjoy the slaughter of them.
During this era, we learn of the "Samurai Gun". Samurai's that have special uses with technology and a high proficiency of using a gun.
And in this case, Ichimatsu's alter-ego is "Samurai Gun" and takes down those who are corrupted and murderous.
But in episode 2, we learn that there are more Samurai Gun's out there other than Ichimatsu who are also fighting the good fight.
Episodes 3-4 explores another comrades helping Samurai Gun in battle against a group that is ordered to eliminate them.
As for special features, viewers will be treated with clean opening and ending animations, outtakes, production and character art galleries and production notes.
"Samurai Gun" has a Batman and a Shadowhawk feel to it.
From traumatic experiences leading to fighting for justice and heroes donning cool outfits and using guns instead of swords.
Unlike many other samurai anime, "Samurai Gun" provides a unique spin to the samurai anime genre.
The anime is violent but is needed to show how ruling Shogun are abusing their powers and why the samurai guns do what they do.
The characters are interesting and the storyline so far has captured my attention.
"Samurai Gun" is based on an original story by Kazuhiro Kumagai (published in Young Jump Comics) and produced by AVEX Mode and ADV Films.
hunt down criminals and exterminate them. The Samurai Gun team consists of a school teacher named Daimon, a female singer named, Kurenai and a cafe worker named, Ichimatsu. Damion is usually the ones that gives out the orders to the team, they discuss plans of attacks and usually succeed.
It sound all good and dandy but the funny part is that most of the bad guys only have swords and bows to fight off the Samurai Gun. So they don't stand a chance. I was cracking up in one of the scenes where a bad guys shot arrows at Ichimatsu, but he caught the arrows with his hands. The bad guy tried to shield himself with the bow he was using while Ichimatsu, pulls out his pistol and blasts the bady away. The Samurai Gun team for the most part have this unfair advantage through out the series. The stories follow a cookie cutter formula like this: the bad guys are trying to steal something or are killing innocent people, then the Samurai Guns confront and kill them off. Each episode follows this same formula.
Even though the episodes were formulaic and predictable, I loved the action sequences filled with bloody shoot-outs. But it's not all blood and violence, the pacing is well done with flowing dialog and beautful artwork. All the characters and scenic areas look great and the animation is top notch (anime movie quality). The English voice acting and Japanese translations are excellent. The bonus features on the DVD are also good; lots of previews from ADV and something they call "fun with audio" which takes certain scenes from episodes which are recorded with jokes and silly dialog.
If you don't mind the fact that almost everyone here fights with firearms instead of old fashioned sword and you want to see a cheesey anime with excellent action, then this is the anime for you! I also recommend the anime called "Daphne in The Brilliant Blue.