Samurai 7 obtained right here out in 2004 at what I’d title “peak Gonzo” as throughout the few years sooner than, the animation studio had launched the likes of Hellsing, Full Metal Panic! and Remaining Exile, displays that even now are nonetheless associated to them, and so releasing a model new sort out an all-time fundamental was an understandable idea from a corporation driving so extreme. They clearly checked out how Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai had already been turned a popular Western, so decided to go of their very personal distinctive methodology with it by throwing in science fiction themes and a steampunk aesthetic, an idea that doesn’t on a regular basis work, due to a combination of attractive painted backgrounds and truly poor-looking CG objects, notably quite a few the spaceships confirmed when recounting a wrestle that has not too way back come to an end. You probably can inform it’s the early 2000s, when companies are starting to make use of CG of their 2D animations nonetheless have however to make it look wherever near convincing.
The essential factor to the first half of the story is to redo the essential film, so now we now have a poor village often known as Kanna who ought to hire samurai to protect them from bandits, though on this case the bandits are often known as Nobuseri and they also’re samurai from the beforehand talked about wrestle who’ve had themselves reworked into machines and now blindly obey the evil all-encompassing empire that tips the land. So, a tad completely totally different! Kanna Village ship out their Water Priestess Kirara and two totally different villagers to go looking out some non-converted samurai to help them, with Kirara possessing a necklace that elements in path of pure-hearted folks (along with water sources, in case you’ve been questioning regarding the Water Priestess issue). Over the course of the first few episodes, they hire seven samurai to help them, and they also each correspond to one among many seven from the distinctive film though normally with far more exaggerated personalities or weird steampunk twists.
Kanbei is the lead samurai, the wise veteran of many battles; Katsushiro is the youthful samurai who must be taught beneath Kanbei; Gorobei the cheerful samurai who grew to change into a avenue entertainer after the wrestle; Shichiroji is a samurai who has given up the life to relax with a partner and new enterprise who’s nonetheless pulled once more into the game by Kanbei and co; Kikuchiyo is an enormous and clumsy samurai with a short temper… and is almost solely a robotic (that bit doesn’t precisely match with the film…); Heihachi is the sunshine samurai who so much prefers developing points to stopping; and Kyuzo is the silent and stoic samurai who begins off as an enemy. It’s mix though quite a few the first character outlines lean methodology too carefully on the similar few gags considerably than rising them in any methodology, which can get earlier quick.
The shock proper right here is that principally it’s solely the first half/two thirds-ish that adapt the film and it goes off in its private path for the ending, specializing within the beforehand talked about evil empire led by magistrate Ayamaro and his son Ukyo, the latter getting some surprisingly fascinating plot twists. In reality its protected to say that Samurai 7 is a sequence that may get greater as a result of it goes alongside, being too reliant on normally poorly timed comedy to start with nonetheless truly goes for it as a result of the sequence wraps up.
As talked about, the visuals are a mixed bag. When it first aired it was apparently made an enormous deal of and positioned on an rising HD PPV channel sooner than lastly settling into an on a regular basis neighborhood exhibiting, nonetheless truly there are moments the place this being your first publicity to HD animation would’ve led to you to tilt your head in confusion and shock what the large deal is. Don’t get me flawed, there are moments the place it has terribly fluid animation and truly gorgeous backdrops throughout the then-uncommon-for-TV 16:9 format nonetheless there are moreover moments the place the choice is true (correctly, other than the facet ratio, clearly). The soundtrack by Kaoru Wada and Eitetsu Hayashi is nice and makes use of standard gadgets amongst totally different beats for that samurai vibe, even all through the moments as soon as they’re driving on spaceships, which was a gratifying sentence to put in writing down. Every language tracks are utterly implausible, though the English dub could also be very loads of its time, being “early FUNimation” nonetheless luckily not early adequate that they carried out spherical with the script an extreme quantity of. Your extras are some commentaries from staff and actors adopted by your frequent trailers.
Samurai 7 is a gratifying sequence that begins off a bit shaky with some working gags that don’t truly work nonetheless lastly develops into one factor enough that you simply simply’re wanting forward to the following episode. Probably not a “ought to have” nonetheless positively a “stick with it and it’ll get good”, it merely depends upon must you’re ready to stick with it!