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Synonyms: Crazy for Death, Shigurui: Death Frenzy
Japanese: シグルイ


Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 19, 2007 to Oct 11, 2007
Premiered: Summer 2007
Broadcast: Unknown
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Manga
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 7.551 (scored by 15,998 users)
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Ranked: #14012
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Popularity: #1100
Members: 43,285
Favorites: 461
Ranked #1401Popularity #1100Members 43,285
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Episodes: /12


At the beginning of the Edo Era, when people enjoyed a time of peace, Lord Tokugawa Tadanaga holds a fighting tournament. In the past, matches were fought with wooden swords. This time, real swords will be used.

One-armed Fujiki Gennosuke and blind Irako Seigen will fight each other in this match. Both are disciples of Iwamoto Kogan, who is known as Japan's greatest swordsman. Each of them are determined to prove himself the successor of Iwamoto's school. However, there can only be one champion.

So begins a story of intertwining fates, conflict, and strange destinies.

(Source: ANN)


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Sasaki, Nozomu
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Fujiki, Gennosuke
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Namikawa, Daisuke
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Iwamoto, Kogan
Iwamoto, Kogan
Katou, Seizou
Katou, Seizou
Ushimata, Gonzaemon
Ushimata, Gonzaemon
Yara, Yuusaku
Yara, Yuusaku


Cook, Justin
Cook, Justin
Ueda, Yasuyuki
Ueda, Yasuyuki
Hamasaki, Hiroshi
Hamasaki, Hiroshi
Director, Storyboard
Honda, Yasunori
Honda, Yasunori
Sound Director

More episodes Episodes(12/12)

Episode Title Aired
1 Sword Match at Sunpu Castle
Sunpujou Gozen Jiai (駿府城御前試合)
Jul 19, 2007
2 The Yodare-Azuki Ceremony
Yodare Azuki (涎小豆)
Jul 26, 2007
3 Kamaitachi
Kamaitachi (鎌鼬)
Aug 2, 2007
4 Children's Song
Warabeuta (童歌)
Aug 9, 2007
5 Secret Swordplay Technique Instruction
Hiken Denju (秘剣伝授)
Aug 23, 2007

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"Shigurui" by Kiyoshi Yoshida

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"Koji" by Kiyoshi Yoshida

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May 15, 2008
Popular to contrary belief, Japan's Tokugawa (or Edo) period, wasn't all about fancy clothes and fairy tales at all. It was a time when honor and loyalty ruled in a man's world. Where women were treated as mere objects and held rather little to no power. And being formal with your enemies was as common as wielding a blade. This story basically follows the trials and tribulations of two warring clans rife with sex, lies, and deceit.

Don't get me wrong, Shigurui isn't a complete historically accurate show, but it's damn close. Starting off with the music, its very reminiscent of something you would hear read more
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Nov 25, 2008
Do not drop this anime, endure a few episodes! (Assuming that you are aware that this one has maybe too much gore/blood/violence!).
This anime has one of the greatest plots I have ever seen (and not just anime), every scene is there for a reason and a part of the complete picture. So, from my! point of view Shigurui is underrated.


Let me tell you how I started to watch this one; I wanted to watch something with samurais in it and started to watch Shigurui as a coincidence. The first episode was just awful, I did not liked it at all; too much blood, read more
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May 20, 2013
Among the numerous things a review is supposed to accomplish, there's this: Give the reader a sense of what to expect from the content that's under examination in order to help them determine whether or not they should dedicate their valuable time to checking it out. To that end, I'll try to steer some poor souls away from trouble immediately by saying that Shigurui contains a massive amount of exceedingly gruesome gore as well as all manner of violent sexual predations, and in many cases those two things appear onscreen simultaneously. If you have a strong aversion to the stomach-turning, you can probably just read more
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Aug 13, 2015
I was recommended to watch Shigurui, knowing that i like the Edo and Sengoku era i was obviously going to watch it but till i ended the other ones that i have listed but i was told that this was accurate on the dark side of the samurais and how despicable they were and how mature the art and story was, and i was convinced to watch this anime before the other ones.

Story is really mature, it's confusing at the beginning because there are a lot of flashbacks and you don't realise those are flashbacks at the moment but later when you are tying the read more
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