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Mutsu Enmei Ryuu Gaiden: Shura no Toki

Alternative Titles

English: Time of Shura
Synonyms: Shura no Toki - Age of Chaos, Shura no Toki
Japanese: 陸奥圓明流外伝 修羅の刻


Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 6, 2004 to Sep 28, 2004
Premiered: Spring 2004
Broadcast: Unknown
Source: Unknown
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company


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Ranked: #10242
Popularity: #2290
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Legends tell of an invincible martial art known as Mutsu Enmei-Ryu, an unarmed style that allows the user to defeat any number of armed opponents using incredible speed and strength. This is the story of three generations of those who bear the name Mutsu, and their encounters and battles with the strongest fighters of their era.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Mutsu, Yakumo
Mutsu, Yakumo
Takahashi, Hiroki
Takahashi, Hiroki
Mutsu, Takato
Mutsu, Takato
Yusa, Kouji
Yusa, Kouji
Mutsu, Izumi
Mutsu, Izumi
Gouda, Hozumi
Gouda, Hozumi
Yagyu, Jubei
Yagyu, Jubei
Takemoto, Eiji
Takemoto, Eiji


Misawa, Shin
Misawa, Shin
Hashimoto, Masakazu
Hashimoto, Masakazu
Episode Director, Storyboard
Green, Dan
Green, Dan
ADR Director
Otsuka, Mai
Otsuka, Mai
Key Animation

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Opening Theme

"Identity" by sacra

Ending Theme

"Natsuhiboshi" by Akane Osawa

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Jun 19, 2015
As someone who did karate and some other martial arts (albeit
unskillfully), for many years, I loved this show.

This series was a prequel to a manga about a modern day karateka (Karatepractitioner.) It has 3 distinct arcs, one around the beginning of the
Tokugawa reign, where the hero meets Musashi, one in the time of Iemitsu,
the third Tokugawa shougun, and one around the time of the Meiji rebellion.

Historically, there probably wasn't a roundhouse using martial art in Japan
till the 20th century, but if one suspends a bit of historical knowledge,
the martial artist and history buff can both enjoy the series. It's far
more respectful of read more
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May 17, 2007
In a battle between an armed opponent and an unarmed one, does the armed opponent have an advantage? Not if the unarmed person practices Mutsu Enmei-Ryu.

Shura No Toki (Age of Chaos) follows 3 generations of practitioners of the Mutsu Enmei-Ryu UNARMED fighting style. The animation is probably the weakest part of this series but the fighting more than makes up for it, this is the most "technical" martial arts I've seen in an anime, without any of the "style", "blood" and "special powers" elements interfering with the purity of the art. This alone elevates this series above any other martial arts type anime offerings.

The first read more
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Aug 15, 2008
Story: I think the story is great because how it flows really. In this series they manage to pack so much into each episode without it feeling rushed at all. I really think they did well here because even though each episode was around 20mins it felt just right. The story was pretty good fitting these characters into history which I thought was really good the thing that got me was the 3 different generations, which I thought was awesome. Overall the story is really enjoyable but the last generation is the best. It kept me hooked.

Art: Ok, first let me point out that this read more
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Nov 10, 2013
This anime is fucking shit.

Musashi challenges an unarmed guy to duel and then gets beaten? When did this happen? Since when did Musashi become an idiot? He never challenged someone to fight unless he was certain he was going to win. And Musashi almost NEVER fought fairly. He always used some kind of underhanded trick to ensure that he would win. Anyone who read his book would know that he had no patience for honor or fairness in combat. Also, losing to an unarmed guy? Top lels. The whole point of Musashi being in the anime is to show that the MC is stronger read more
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Both involve strong male characters who fight around the same time and place. Shura no Toki main character focuses only on mute combat (hands only) while Blade of the immortal main character focuses on many different kinds of weapons. Both Main Charactes want to protect. 
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These are both samurai anime taking place in the same era. I think they're pretty similar because of the fights and action freeze. The series are both really detailed and put a lot of importance on one-on-one duels. 
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If you like Ryo and interested in that historical period then try Shura no Toki. The 3d arc of SnT describes life and death of Sakamoto Ryoma more clearly 
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Both of these animes are based on fighters. If u like fighting and action in an anime, then u will love these two. Shura no toki is based on the time of samurais, when on the other hand tenjou tenge is more like modern fighting + a little fantasy added to it. 
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