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Aug 8, 2010
ok.... so the Tokugawa (Edo) Period, in a nutshell, was more-or-less peace from 1600 to 1867. this story takes place during that time period. the drama of deceit and betrayal run deep in this plot. this show is not typical by any means. if you are not Japanese or do not understand Japanese historical culture, you may want to do some research into the culture. this show is very true to Japanese theater from music to character's actions. this is NOT a Naruto or a Bleach type show; DO NOT EXPECT IT OR COMPARE THIS TO THOSE TYPE OF read more
May 7, 2010
The OVA vs. the series

Even-though the premise is the same, the story has been re-vamped. This is what makes the OVA a better watch than the series. While watching the series, I experienced a bit like too much was going on. The revisions in the OVA fixed that for me. Yes, it's a post-apocalyptic that is similar to the likes of Evangelion, Escaflowne & RaXhephon, but there's a different fight here. Most have not seen this because they are too wrapped up in the fact that it resembles older titles. In a sense, I could even say it is read more
Feb 22, 2010
Ok.... so you've probably read some reviews of this ONA & you're probably like... "WOOOW...." I will not go into each episode because you have already taken that trip through the other reviews. So here's the "skinny" from someone who has watched anime for many years.

This can be compared to The Animatrix & Batman Gotham Knight. It is a collection of stories that take you into the Halo universe. It gives you a history of how things began & stories from other perspectives, that will tie-in answers to unanswered questions of the game followers. Those who don't follow the game read more
Jan 20, 2010
Unlike many of the reviews prior to my own, the story here is a story that far surpasses what was understood. If you have seen Ninja Scroll (movie & /or series) & The Blade Of Kamui, you can almost tie the 3 movies together. Not only is there a forbidden, Romeo & Juliet-type love going on here. This was a time when the government was trying to get rid of both ninja and samurai. If you go through the characters of these 3 titles, you will run across similar names. This particular story is indeed a bloody battle of the read more
Jan 12, 2010
Created by Takashi Okazaki, this title will be a legend in its time & for times to come. Okazaki, being from Japan, did what traditional creators HAD NOT... this was not about Samuel Jackson, Kelly Hu, & Ron Pearlman being the huge voice overs that people took to. This is a story that crosses boundaries on a much larger scale.

This is a story of "good vs. evil" told in the culture of the Japanese, placed in a future, post apocalyptic era in a multi-cultured society as we live in today. The music combined with the mixed Far East/Western scene combinations read more
May 28, 2009
ok.... let me put this into perspective...... this ORIGINALLY came out in 1986. FOR IT'S RELEASE TIME.... you had a great story in a post nuclear world! the only thing close to this WAS Mad Max. you had the bad guys you HAD to hate, but they were such bad guys, you liked them as characters & the roles they played. Kung Fu movies were the only thing that was showin' martial arts back then & here was a 'cartoon' that exploited not only martial arts, but different styles that attacked pressure points only & killed you!!

in '86.... that was highly impressive & revolutionary read more