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Miyamoto Musashi: Souken ni Haseru Yume

Miyamoto Musashi: Souken ni Haseru Yume

Alternative Titles

English: Musashi: The Dream of the Last Samurai
Japanese: 宮本武蔵 ―双剣に馳せる夢―


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jun 13, 2009
Producers: Production I.G
Duration: 1 hr. 12 min.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
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The new film's story will center on Musashi Miyamoto, one of the most famous swordsmen in Japanese history. He pioneered the Hyouhou Niten Ichi-ryuu style of two-sword fighting and wrote The Book of Five Rings, a book that has been compared to Sun Tzu's The Art of War for its insight on tactics and strategy.

Characters & Voice Actors

Yoshioka, Denshichiro
Yoshioka, Denshichiro


Nishikubo, Mizuho
Tsuruoka, Yota
Sound Director
Kazuchika, Kise
Animation Director, Assistant Director
Oshii, Mamoru
Original Creator

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May 30, 2015
Miyamoto Musashi: Souken ni Haseru Yume is a 2009 Production I.G film based on the historical figure. For those of you who don't know who Miyamoto Musashi was, he was an expert swordsman and a Ronin from the late 1500s to the mid 1600s. He was highly regarded and even founded his own swordsmanship style. He also wrote The Book of Five Rings, which is still studied as an important tactical/philosophical piece. The bottom line is that this dude led an interesting life so there should be plenty for Production I.G to work with. Let's see how they did.


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Sep 15, 2010
Anime is a bit of a strange beast at times. Every fan knows how powerful and evocative a storytelling medium it can be, but there's more than one face to the animal that we know and love. Anime is not simply a tool to tell stories, no, it can also be a tool to educate, and shows like Yakitate Japan! and Moyashimon: Tales of Agriculture are examples of the attempts to combine entertainment and education (the former containing lessons on baking and making bread, while the latter is an introduction to microbiology).

But what happens when you take it one step further? Well, in the case read more
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Dec 18, 2012
Musashi: The Dream of the Last Samurai is a difficult piece to score, namely because it's hard to decide whether to score it as an anime or as a documentary. My review will explain the discrepancies in a bit more detail, cutting a sharp contrast from my score, but for those simply looking for something enjoyable to watch to pass the time, I give it a seven.
It's quirky, stylistically unique, and manages to be (slightly) informative without being boring. If you just want to pass the time with an idle amusement, it meets the role if you can handle the quirk factor and occasional read more
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Apr 20, 2013
A word of warning: This movie is 95% documentary, 5% action. So if you expect an action-heavy movie, you will be sorely disappointed.

That having been said, the documentary is certainly a fresh perspective on Musashi. I'm not going to comment on how accurate it is, but it's certainly a different perspective than the one espoused by most fictional narratives on Musashi, as it tries very hard to integrate real historical background in an attempt to dispel the so-called "myths" surrounding the legendary swordsman, it explains (or tries to explain) Musashi's obsession with battles.

Now, let's delve into the real important stuff (the action scenes):

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Similar storytelling style, with rōkyoku narration and shamisen played by Takeharu Kunimoto. Though they have very different animation style. 
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