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English: Muramasa
Japanese: 村正


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Aug 21, 1987
Producers: Tezuka Productions
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Source: Unknown
Duration: 9 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 6.391 (scored by 1,273 users)
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Ranked: #56052
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Popularity: #5149
Members: 2,433
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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
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Takatou, Kazushige
Takatou, Kazushige
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Jun 12, 2012
Muramasa is a short animation directed by Osamu Tezuka, proclaimed king of the anime/manga industry. It features a tale of a cursed blade, and how its new owner meets his inevitable doom. Produced just two years before Tezuka's untimely death, Muramasa is startling in the intensity of its narrative, art, and sound. It leaves a gash upon the brain; Muramasa will not be forgotten soon.

To give you a little history lesson if required, the animation is called Muramasa, as there once was a famous bladesmith called Sengo Muramasa. He was exceedingly proficient at his trade; however it was always said that he was a bit... read more
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Oct 17, 2012
Welcome Lovely fans to the second review of horror anime month. Today we're looking at a short offering from the legendary Tekuza Osamu. You may know him as the creator of Astro Boy, Black Jack and many others. Today's selection is a rather odd choice for him. A lot of his works are lighter-hearted action series. A horror film is pretty atypical. Let's take a look at Muramasa and find out what he did with it.

The plot is really basic, it would have to be given that Muramasa is all of nine minutes long. A wandering warrior finds a sword stuck inside a straw dummy. read more
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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 read more
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