Shigurui: Death Frenzy

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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Crazy for Death
Japanese: シグルイ
English: Shigurui: Death Frenzy
French: Shigurui : Furie Meurtrière
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Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 19, 2007 to Oct 11, 2007
Premiered: Summer 2007
Broadcast: Thursdays at 23:30 (JST)
Licensors: Funimation
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, DramaDrama
Themes: Adult CastAdult Cast, GoreGore, HistoricalHistorical, Martial ArtsMartial Arts, PsychologicalPsychological, SamuraiSamurai
Demographic: SeinenSeinen
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 7.361 (scored by 3800638,006 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #24322
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1789
Members: 125,710
Favorites: 921


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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)

Characters & Voice Actors


Cook, Justin
Ueda, Yasuyuki
Koyama, Yoshihiro
Saitou, Yuuki
Assistant Producer


Opening Theme

Apple Music
Amazon Music
Youtube Music
"Shigurui" by Kiyoshi Yoshida

Ending Theme

"Koji" by Kiyoshi Yoshida


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 ...
Sep 27, 2015
Mixed Feelings

Shigurui or "Death Frenzy" is a...controversial anime. This anime has a LOT of gore, a LOT of nudity and sexual violence, and doesn't exactly tackle its gloomy subject matter with artistic subtlety. Basically, imagine combining the 1990s OVA Ninja Scroll with elements of Rurouni Kenshin, Berserk, and some exploitation movie that the Cinema Snob would review! THAT is exactly what Shigurui feels like to watch! Despite all of this...I actually enjoyed this series. This is definitely not a series for everyone, but it has some positive elements that are truly worthy of praise.


The story starts in the year 1629 with a large kendo tournament using ...
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 ...

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