Shuranosuke Zanmaken: Shikamamon no Otoko


Sword for Truth

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Alternative Titles

Japanese: 修羅之介斬魔劍 死鎌紋の男
English: Sword for Truth
French: L'Epée de Vérité
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Information

Type: OVA
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Dec 28, 1990
Producers: Toei Video
Licensors: Manga Entertainment
Studios: Magic Bus
Source: Novel
Genres: ActionAction, SupernaturalSupernatural, SuspenseSuspense
Themes: GoreGore, HistoricalHistorical, SamuraiSamurai
Duration: 51 min.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity

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Ranked: #129512
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Popularity: #8474
Members: 5,088
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Synopsis

Shurannosuke Sakaki is a masterless samurai with a razor-sharp katana and a cold-hearted personality. Whenever you see the mark of two crossed scythes on his back, death is sure to follow. Because of his exceptional swordsmanship, Shurannosuke is hired by the Nakura Clan to rescue Princess Mayu from the Seki Ninja. In this mission, he must use his full potential to survive the Seki Ninja's notorious henchmen.

(Source: ANN)

Characters & Voice Actors

Shuranosuke, Sakaki

Main
Inoue, Kazuhiko
Japanese

Princess Mayu

Supporting
Sakuma, Rei
Japanese

Mio

Supporting
Mizutani, Yuuko
Japanese

Oren

Supporting
Sasaki, Run
Japanese

Narrator

Supporting
Kobayashi, Kiyoshi
Japanese

Imura, Daizen

Supporting
Kishino, Kazuhiko
Japanese

Okuni

Supporting
Fujita, Toshiko
Japanese

Marouji

Supporting
Genda, Tesshou
Japanese

Gunbei, Tashiro

Supporting
Sugawara, Masashi
Japanese

Utsuki, Kazuma

Supporting

Staff

Takahashi, Naoko
Producer
Dezaki, Osamu
Director, Storyboard
Urakami, Yasuo
Sound Director
Wolskel, John
Script


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Ending Theme

"Koibito to Yobasete: Let Me Call Your Sweet Heart (恋人と呼ばせて-Let me call your sweet heart-)" by Chikako Sawada




Reviews

Jul 27, 2010
Mixed Feelings
Contrary to animegorey's review, I actually found this to be better than Ninja Scroll but not so much because of the quality but because it's less fantasy and therefore comes much closer to the appeal of such shows as Fist of the North Star.

The biggest disappointment is that the ending disappoints when it could have been easily continued. Certainly the protagonists while not necessarily being special aren't very annoying compared to most other samurai films.

Not annoying might be underselling the characters though. The professional assassin feel of the characters carry this movie. That is, while normally the lack of character development is a detriment ...
Jan 17, 2009
Mixed Feelings
Cheap ass version of Ninja Scroll. That's all I could think of as I watched this and thought about the trailer I seen for this. How dare they compare this to NInja Scroll. Dub was boring and poorly cast, story is familiar at best, action and violence is cheap and generic. Don't let the trailer fool you. However, If your a fan of cheesy dubs and the horribly over-acted OVAs, this one's for you. Weak blood sprays and cheap character design really make for a low-budget looking title. Yet, as a fan of these types, I have this dvd in my collection. It's right there ...
Nov 24, 2022
Wow, what an absolute mess this is. Imagine an exploitative chanbara film from the '70s, with multiple complex plot threads, numerous warring clans, and countless opposing characters, but for some reason only given less than 50 minutes to attempt to be told. That's what watching Sword for Truth is like. It's like if Lone Wolf and Cub tried to get its point across in the runtime allowed for a pilot television episode, setting up all sorts of storylines, introducing characters, and then just ending, with nary a resolution or any sense to be made of the proceedings. Nothing here stands out, the animation isn't even ...

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