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20NfPr5R Says, in 2-1-2010 at 17:56:56 from     

He’s there for comic relief and his character really detracts from the dark/serious tone of the story/animation.
Rating: 3 / 5

Darien Says, in 2-1-2010 at 18:49:03 from     

I watched this on Spike. It’s ok, not great but ok.

My biggest beef, why no Japanese language option? Sorry, but dubbed anime sucks.
Rating: 3 / 5

J. Mckee Says, in 2-1-2010 at 21:12:00 from     

This has to be the worst anime I have ever seen. The animation is good and that is all. The story blows and the voice acting is even worse.
Rating: 1 / 5

Mr. X Says, in 2-1-2010 at 23:03:28 from     

Everything about this anime feels like a scientifically engineered marketing product specifically designed for the American public. That explains both why the animation is high quality (spent money on production) and why everything else sucks so bad. You can’t really care about the characters nor the story because the people who created them didn’t either. The purpose of this show was to make money. Probably the reason why they kept it short, so they could test the water and if it sells well, we’ll see a lot more of this type of “anime” in the future.

I put “anime” in quotes because it really isn’t anime… If you don’t know anything about anime and you think you liked this, do yourself a favor and watch the “real thing”… Samurai Champloo would be a good place to start, Ninja Scroll is a classic, but slightly dated and might put you off if you’re just getting into anime. If you want the best Samurai story ever told on screen, check out Kenshin (the 4 episode OVA, not the 80+ episode TV show). There’re many others, google animenfo for more…

I’d give it 2 stars for high quality production, but the whole “it’s all about making money” undertones of this production compels me to stick to 1 star…
Rating: 1 / 5

Maria L. Granfield Says, in 2-1-2010 at 23:45:10 from     

Right off the bat I was disappointed in this because when I buy a dvd collection that says “SEASON ONE” i expect a season, not 5 episodes! (thats false advertising!) I did not realize this until the last episode and it was by far one of the most over-rated animes ever.

Visually speaking this is great work. the characters appearance and their mannerisms were unique. I especialy liked samuel jackson’s contribution as ninja ninja and I like that it opened animes to a crowd of people that may not like anime. This gets it the two stars I gae but thats all i can say good about it.

The plot was, for lack of a better word, bad. The story was rushed, every fight scene had a well animated more or two but the rest of the fight would be a “been there, done that” kind of fight. The only unique battle I can recall was the fight against afrobot, it was entertaining, but not that good. Afro was a totally uninteresting character who was not likeable, I actually thought Justice was the good guy by the end of the anime because Afro was so bland and cliche (a jimi hendrix lookin guy with an afro smoking a joint. . . wooow original) And why did they make such a big deal about the soundtrack? Not that monumental, definatley thought Rza would contribute more to a major anime soundtrack than those bootleg mixtape level beats.

All in all this was, as the title says, a recycled Samurai Champloo. This was another “been there, done that” moment for me becuase Samurai Champloo already conquered the Hip-Hop/Samurai Anime idea and did so in epic proportions. If you are a fan of anime then you will treat this like a mediocre painting, you’ll look at it, say thats nice, and never want to look at it again.

P.S. I couldnt even sell it to FYE for 1/2 of wat i paid 4 it!
Rating: 2 / 5

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