Kaitouranma The Animation

Samurai: Hunt for the Sword

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Japanese: 快刀乱麻 THE ANIMATION
English: Samurai: Hunt for the Sword
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Type: OVA
Episodes: 2
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Nov 26, 1999 to Dec 23, 1999
Producers: AIC, APPP
Licensors: Media Blasters
Studios: animate Film
Source: Visual novel
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure
Themes: Martial ArtsMartial Arts, SamuraiSamurai
Duration: 28 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 5.881 (scored by 867867 users)
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Ranked: #98452
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Popularity: #10169
Members: 2,481
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It is the late Edo period, and there are many who desire to usurp the Tokugawa shogunate. Shinjuro Tateoka is the unassuming son of a notable dojo's leader. When his father Tessyusai is suddenly sent on a mission by the shogunate, the dojo's management falls into Shinjuro's hands. After losing most of its regular students, the dojo welcomes several young girls into its walls.

Despite the changes, life at the swordsmanship school is surprisingly peaceful—until the shogunate calls upon all prominent dojos to patrol the city following a slew of burglaries. Now facing a group of cunning thieves who seem to have greater aims than just stealing a few treasures, Shinjuro struggles to find a balance between his exciting life with beautiful women and the needs of the government.

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Kaitouranma The Animation is an adaptation of the 1999 PlayStation video game Kaitouranma Miyabi by Imagineer Co., Ltd. The series was released in English as Samurai: Hunt for the Sword by Media Blasters on May 29, 2001.

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Dec 6, 2012
Hunt For The Sword Samurai was a blind buy for me and though very little impressed me or could be considered exciting, it was certainly not a waste of time.

The plot has been regurgitated from dozens of other anime series. A thieving samurai faction has discovered where a magically endowed sword hilt is located and is determinted to make this dojo their next hit. If it was that easy though, they would have been able to overthrow the reigning government officials without competition. However, a young samurai named Shinjuro, a recently promoted headmaster to his samurai dojo, will not idly sit by ...
Jun 10, 2014
Mixed Feelings
This is an OVA series about a young man who has to fight against an evil group bent on obtaining the hilt to an evil sword in order to take over the world. His father runs a swordmanship school, and when he hears the news he leaves on a journey to find a sacred sword that can battle against the evil one. That leaves his son in charge of the school, and also in charge of fighting against the bad guys. He's a little wimpy and naive; and is of course drooled over by several girls, but surprisngly he's a good fighter. This is a ...
Apr 28, 2010
Mixed Feelings
Samurai: Hunt for the Sword feels like what would happen if you wrote an anime using cliff notes. It's not bad, but it's far from unwatchable. I would go as far to say that this might just be the most safely mediocore titles I've ever seen.
[STORY 5] Remember back when every seventeenth century feudal Japan-based anime opened with ninjas raiding a shrine and slicing down lots of useless guards? I might be a sucker for those cold openings, but I can't help it, it's so cool in classic, B movie fashion.
Door breaks down
Guard A: "Whose there!?"
Ninjas rush in ...


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