There is something absolutely compelling about feudal Japan and perhaps that is why we always glue our eyes on the TV when a Kurosawa film comes on. In the anime world there have been few samurai anime that have been completely worth the watch, front to back, that didn’t rely on gimmicks to keep viewers interested. Today we are going to discuss two such samurai anime that prove the genre needs to be revitalized!
This samurai anime series blends hip hop, break dancing, alluring music and a pair of the coolest sword fighters ever. Samurai Champloo follows two Ronin samurai as they aid a young girl find ‘the samurai who smells of sunflowers’. The series is dark, action oriented, and compelling with deep characters. While the show was short it is all the more powerful because of it. We definitely suggest checking out both the subtitled and the dubbed version of the anime as they were both done really well.
If there were a top anime Hall of Fame then Rurouni Kenshin would probably get in on the first ballet. Rurouni Kenshin is one of the most popular animated shows of all time and you can easily tell why it has been held to such high regard. Rurouni Kenshin wrestles with darker themes while never abandoning the joyful exuberance that brought us to the medium to begin with.
These are just two of the elite samurai anime that are out there. With a little luck we’ll be getting more in the future!