Shigurui: Death Frenzy - The Complete Series [Blu-ray]
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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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Then it keeps on going and hitting and then you think oh okay it's fine but nope your back at start one. It's not for anyone underage. Yea maybe anime but look just no one under 18.
It's two disc and at the end I was confused so if you get it please reply. Other then that if your into blood and samurai anime. Then yeah dive in if not stir away. I'm going to give it three stars only cause of the ending. Other then that 4.5
For those that complain that the series is slow moving, I have to wonder if we are watching the same anime. "Shigurui" is deliberate in the way of a poisonous serpent; it catches its prey in an unbreakable hypnotic hold. The story builds steadily from the flash-forward beginning, and the viewer is propelled through the past, and through the blood-soaked rivalry of Irako and Fujiki. The series revolves around the struggle for power that erupts between the two, and is spiced throughout with lust, deception, murder, and violence.
One of the marked aspects that makes this anime compelling is the fact that there are no heroes. Each and every character is flawed, and there is no stark line drawn between good and evil. Irako is grasping, devious, and, by turns, cowardly; he is, however, the only character in the series that is not enslaved by blind obedience. His capacity for free thought, as well as his capacity for cruelty, set him apart; in the end, the blind samurai has the clearest individual sight, and that sight is set on revenge. While Fujiki is the closest thing that the series offers up as a hero, he is crippled by an unreasoning devotion to Kogan and the dojo, and that loyalty is given at any cost. Fujiki is willing to do anything that his sensei asks of him, even if it goes against everything that he believes to be right.
"Shigurui" somehow manages to be, simultaneously, understated and over the top. I feel as though the violence and the interactions with the characters are done on a subtle enough level to be effective without hitting the viewer over the head. There is also a great deal of artistry and grace to the scenes of brutality, which somehow manages to lend them a beauty all their own.
I would be lying if I didn't admit that the ending of "Shigurui" is maddeningly abrupt. I was taken off guard, and was initially a bit disappointed, by the ending. However, one needs to take into account that the anime is only a portion of the tale. "Shigurui" deserves high marks for its grace and beautiful execution, as well as for its frank portrayal of humanity. After all, nobility doesn't always reside in the darker recesses of the human heart.
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A traditional samurai anime done right
wish there was more to it though