In the far distant future, on a planet that might have been called “earth”, there was a war between samurai who mechanized their bodies. After the long war, people enjoyed a modest peace. Facing starvation and abductions at the hands of fearsome mechanized bandits (Nobuseri), the farmers of Kanna Village make the dangerous choice to hire samurai for protection. The village’s water priestess, Kirara, her younger sister, Komachi, and a heartbroken villager, Rikichi, set off to hire willing samurai with nothing to offer but rice from their meager harvests. Through dangerous encounters and a bit of luck, seven samurai of varying specialties and experience are gathered for an epic battle against the bandits and the merchants that influence them. Samurai 7 is based loosely upon Kurosawa Akira’s famous movie “Seven Samurai”/”Shichinin no Samurai” – My Anime List
Based on 21 review scores:
You get pulled in by the story of these Samurai, at a time when there no longer were real Samurai. A Samurai isn’t someone who can just weild a sword but someone with honor and strength of character. This anime is nothing short of fantastic and it draws you in with the attention to detail, great sound track, fantastic character development and so much more. Its a great combination of CGI and animation to make a very beautiful anime to view, and the story line keeps you wanting more. I was mesmorized by this anime and I couldn’t stop watching it. It was one of those anime’s that I was saddened that it had come to an end and I really wanted to see more. For an anime it was very realistic, and their were parts where you wish it didn’t happen but thats how reality is, somethings are out of your control. I can’t recommend it enough to any anime fan, it will appeal to all.
Samurai 7 is a very good anime based on the original movie made in the 1950’s. the story is very compelling and is a really good watch if you are new to anime or you want to watch some cool action sequences.
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Samurai 7 exudes high production values and is a worthy retelling of Kurosawa’s original story. Coming in expecting a slash-up-em action show may find themselves disappointed, but stick around for something more worthwhile. Those who have put off seeing the original would do well to give Samurai 7 a look, so as to experience the classic in some form. Everyone else will probably enjoy the refresher course and update to the classic’s environment.
Overall, this was a good series with some heart, but its dull start and at times lackluster animation can push a lot of people away.
Canne’s Anime Review
Samurai 7 is incredibly fun, well characterized and visually spectacular but the unnecessary addition of the high-tech machines and mecha was a bad, bad idea.
The basic part of defending the poor villagers from bandits is still there, but being a 26 episode anime the plot is naturally expanded. This leads to the infusion of politics. While the political plot point is interesting and keeps the story alive, it makes the battle for the village much more important with a heavier impact on the world. This sort of takes away from the theme of the battle for the village being of no real glory (granted the anime does create circumstances that make it so the Samurai’s victory is not looked well upon outside the village they save). Despite this flaw of theme, I liked the overall story of the struggling Samurai uniting with the struggling villagers in a world where one has been discarded and the other is continually repressed.
Taken on its own merits, this is a great title for anime fans who enjoy epic stories.
The pacing of the series is great as each episode steadily builds towards the climax. But the main issue with the series has to be the disbelief that is required. Watching the series, it’s easy to get wrapped up In the story and character development, which is a huge positive. But once in a while, during a fight scene, you’ll be pulled back to reality and notice that a human man is fighting a mecha samurai maybe 20 times his size with just a regular katana… and winning! Plus, apparently these katanas have the ability to deflect lasers… maybe they are made out of light saber material? There are also times when slo-mo cuts are used and they don’t always work out as expected. However, these small gripes aside, Samurai 7 is a great series which further develops the characters Kurosawa initially created and put on screen. It should be safe to say that, if Kurosawa was alive today and watched this rendition of his classic film, he would be pleased. – See more at: http://www.nerdhq.com/review-samurai-7/#sthash.olxHN4x0.dpuf
The Nihon Review
Samurai 7 is a great action series that tries hard to live up to the legacy of one of the best movies ever and succeeds on almost all levels. A clumsy romance plot and a few unnecessary changes from the original characters are the only things that really bring it down, and if you can overlook the occasionally lacking artwork, this is the next thing to watch. At 26 episodes, it’s a guarantee for a long time of entertainment.
The creators of this series do experiment at some points with mixed results. One early episode seems to have been done entirely by an artist from the “Fooly Coolly” series. The expressionistic loose art style works and doesn’t work at the same time. There are some other anime concessions (beautiful girls, mega destruction) but overall it doesn’t hurt the series.
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I do recommend this series, although I urge people to watch it through to the end. Perhaps it\’s a personal opinion, but the second half simply blows the first half away.
Great character design, voice acting, animation and directing, but not so good music and story.
Stylish, character-lead drama with plenty of action and some stunning CGI.
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Samurai 7 is a good watch if you love samurai action and steam punk combined. The pacing is just right and you’ll feel hooked onto the action scenes. The fights were realistic relying on gripping movements even if they lack a sort of flashiness which made it perfect. It’s a good series to watch if you want to be entertained for 26 episodes.
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I think I may not have a whole lot to say about the show. It was good, but there really wasn’t anything extraordinary about it. Like I said I haven’t finished watching the original movie so it’s hard to say how worthy a translation this ended up being but it does seem to be very unnecessary. To be fair though that can be said of just about every sequel or remake in history. Still I enjoyed this show, even if it’s not the best one I’ve ever seen. Most of it is pretty good with a few problems here or there. It’s a likable but average series. I recommend checking out if you like samurai, mecha, rice but especially if you like all three. To everyone else you’ll probably need to judge for yourselves.
High Def Digest
Flawed as it may be, the show does offer much to enjoy, for a casual anime fan, or a fan of samurai films. The action is amazing, both fast and nasty, with plenty of differences in the characters, making it easy to find one to enjoy following as they progress through their own arc. The integration of CG with traditional 2D animation can be a bit peculiar at times, though for the most part it works quite well, especially considering the fact that the tale being told is that of the old fashioned way of the warrior versus those who sold their souls to be mechanical beings, warriors of tomorrow. I enjoyed the show on my first time through it tremendously, and while more of it’s shortcomings became apparent on second glance, it didn’t prevent me from having a good time.