If you asked your average anime/manga fan what the name Miyamoto Musashi meant to them, you would probably get answers relating to the historically inaccurate, godawful manga known as Vagabond, or any other work of fiction based off the "true story" of this great man. Eventually in your life, you may happen upon a true scholar that may know a thing or two about the world. That man will tell you all about the wonderful anime known as Gun-dou Musashi.
I would share a synopsis of the story, but it is quite literally too deep for you, and I wouldn't want to spoil anything. As
many tasteless hogs have avoided subbing anything past episode 4 of this masterpiece in English, I deemed it necessary to learn the entire Japanese language in order to experience it fully, and I would recommend you do this as well.
Many people (despite simply being too afraid of this incredible beast of a show to actually experience it fully, and give it the 10 it deserves) will tell you of the impeccable "QUALITY" showcased here (I assume they deem it necessary to capitalize all of the word quality simply to show how masterful it is). Many backgrounds look as if they could even be photos, and the fight scenes are very complex and intricate, in short this easily puts Sword of the Stranger to shame.
If you have not heard the opening theme to this show, "Ghost Busterz" I would wholeheartedly recommend searching it up, as I have rarely, if ever encountered something so beautiful. I would encourage you to seek out the entire soundtrack on vinyl, it is worth it.
Our hero, Musashi himself, is perfectly represented as he was in life within this anime. He is as strong as a drunken Orson Welles, and almost twice as eloquent. However, he is not a mere "gary stu", as some may accuse. He has plenty of character traits and flaws or something, and if you disagree then you probably watched it wrong.
While watching this show, I was far beyond the edge of my seat, I was in a different room, and I forgot to pause it. To quote the anime itself "my love for you is like a truck", though I would go as far as to say that my love for this show even exceeds that of a truck.
I believe that if Musashi himself were here today, he would be proud that at least one tale of his real-life accomplishments has become a true masterpiece. He would also be incredibly old if he were still alive today, possibly as old as the men Tohsaka pleasures for money DOHOHOHOHOHO.
If you enjoyed this show I would recommend the film "Dunston Checks In"
So bad that it becomes good. That's exactly why I enjoyed watching it, for all the wrong reasons.
I don't know if there's a story here, maybe I didn't pay enough attention, maybe I was laughing too hard to notice.
They really did have Berretas in medival Japan for your information.
Really, for real, and gun handling fight schools too.
The art is.. absolutely amazing, no just simply spectacular - 10 second animations are 3 frames strung together repeating slowly, battles are so intense that it seems you've seen them two or three times in one viewing.
"We're being attacked by a scaling effect!"
The sound is groundbreaking, with sound
effects coming only 3-4 seconds late. Characters lips move when nothing is being said, Oh, the song at the start is completely epic -one of those timeless classics you'll enjoy again and again.
The characters are completely original, memorable and developed. The good guys consist of: a gun samurai, a bald troll, a cleaner, a girl with naturally purple hair and gandalf the green.
Many people called it the worst anime of the century, but forget about that, those people can't laugh. It's either an anime gone horribly wrong, or complete genius. You'll spend more time laughing your ass off than being disgusted at the quality.
First of all, 10/10 for me, I loved watching this show, even if the subtitles that I used were probably fake.
This show is basically about a dual-wield gunslinger samurai named Musashi who battles a group of monsters known as the Ayakashi. Well, we call him a samurai because he has a sword, but he never uses it.
To put it lightly, the art was terrible. Some of the sequences that took place outdoors were photos taken of forests, rather than drawn. The animation, was...subpar, with a fight sequence involving a guy shooting a monster while slowly falling
to the ground from about 20 feet up.
The voice acting wasn't bad, but what really gave it this score was probably the out-of-sync audio and the infamous opening song, GHOST BUSTERZ by ULTRA BRAiN, is a pure masterpiece featuring someone's screams edited by Windows Movie Maker.
Five episodes and I still have no idea what our heroes are really trying to accomplish, so I can't give an accurate assessment there, but judging from what I can tell from the show, they're just messing around.
While this is clearly the worst anime I've ever seen and probably will ever see, it is undeniable that I enjoyed this anime through and through while watching the hilariously ridiculous fight scenes and horrible sound.
While this show is riddled with flaws everywhere, it can be safely said that these flaws are what give the show such great entertainment value. If you wish to see some quality Japanese animation, then good luck ever finding it, but if you want to see a new side to what Japan has to offer, then give this show a watch, once you can find someone who has subbed past episode 4 without buying the DVD set.
One thing I've noticed is that there are many different types of bad. There's the "cheesy" bad (see Batman and Robin), the "incompetent" bad (see The Last Airbender), and the "embarrassing" bad. But overall, there are 2 main types of bad: the "true" bad (where something that is bad really does suck), and the "good" bad (where something is bad, but it's so bad that it comes around from the other side and starts to actually be GOOD). If Master of Martial Hearts best represents the "rrue" bad, then Gun-dou Musahshi best represents the "good" bad.
Story - 10/10
The story follows Miyamoto Musashi
- if Miyamoto Musashi was a whiny shounen protagonist dedicated to winning the heart of a girl, instead of like he's depicted in my current favorite manga, Vagabond. Now, normally I would get irritated because it shares the same name as the badass samurai, but that issue doesn't bother me since they use dart guns. Plus, I can look at it this way: he grew out of his immaturity and into the badass we know him for today.
Art - 5/10
Ignoring the animation errors, the art style is just...mediocre. It's just not a style that really appeals to me. It's just a somewhat...plastic style. The color is alright, but that's about it.
Sound - 10/10
This is where it starts to get hilarious - listen to the opening theme and then tell me that it isn't hilarious. No seriously: "WE'RE GHOST BUSTERS OH OH OH!" How are those lines NOT comedy gold?
Character - 10/10
What character? No really, I don't remember anything about the characters that wasn't hilarious. Oh, Miyamoto is a whiny kid. Other than that, that's all I remember.
Enjoyment - 10/10
This series made me burst out laughing when I first saw it. Watch it for yourself if you want a "so good it's bad" show.
Overall - 10/10
There is one thing I'd like to note: I can only find subs up to episode 4, so you're going to have to watch it raw afterwards...but it won't matter, since this show is funny without the subs.
RIYL: ...I actually don't know what this show is similar to. No, seriously, I have no idea.
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