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Japanese: 村正
English: Muramasa
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Aug 21, 1987
Producers: Tezuka Productions
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Source: Original
Genre: HorrorHorror
Themes: HistoricalHistorical, Martial ArtsMartial Arts, SamuraiSamurai
Duration: 8 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 6.151 (scored by 27032,703 users)
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Ranked: #85032
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Popularity: #7789
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"A man with arms which can kill people like puppets is not aware that he himself has already become a puppet." In this short hand-drawn silent animation, a wandering samurai learns this lesson firsthand.

Along his travels, the samurai comes across a straw dummy at the base of a tree, with a sword lodged in its body. Upon drawing it out, the samurai learns that the blade is imbued with magic, and immensely powerful. The power comes at a price, though, and wielding the blade begins to slowly drive the warrior mad. He now has a choice to make: remain himself, or sacrifice his sanity for ultimate power?


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Tezuka, Osamu
Saitou, Masami
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Takatou, Kazushige
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Feb 14, 2021
Excuse me, I'm Spanish and I don't usually write in English. If you want you can read my review in Spanish.

Like Phaedrus and Aesop, Osamu Tezuka likes to make fables. On this occasion, we will talk about Muramasa (1987), an eight-minute short film that tells the story of a man who one bad day obtains a demonic sword with a great capacity to cut anything, but which distorts the perception of its owner by point that for him all human beings are straw dolls that must be cut. The short film is a simple allegory about the madness of war.

At first the cursed sword, as ...
Apr 18, 2017
Rate a 7
few subtitles in the beginning but none throughout the film
Modern art film

A life lesson based on reality without much in terms of fiction. Goes with the old saying with power comes responsibility. Anyone can buy a weapon. A gun or knife are most common. Question commonly asked is it more protection based or harmful? In the this anime they make a case for harmful you be the juror. Introduction and conclusion both had their strong points. In introduction they were blatant with the goal by showing it in quotation form. As for conclusion it related back to the introduction in a symbolic manner ...
Feb 27, 2016
Muramasa is, in my opinion, an anime which is underrated and certainly requires reexamination. While it might not have stood out for some reason or the other, to me (a person who finds himself appreciating and has recommended this anime alongside Shigurui) it certainly holds strong and for some interesting reasons.

As a story, its actually bare boned - the synopsis itself is a bit of a spoiler on its own, hence watch it without actually reading what the anime's story is (or blackout as soon as you start seeing it). In itself, the story was in my opinion, something which could be considered straight from ...

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