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Feudal Japan meets The Sopranos in a darkly haunting animated series

Created by studio Madhouse, producers of the animated feature Batman: Gotham Knight as well as the anime classic, Ninja Scroll

Not for children, extremely realistic samurai sword fights which include disembowelment and dismemberment

  • Genre: Action,Drama,Historical,Martial Arts
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
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Ninja Scroll meets Fight Club!

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Story

Two damaged warriors wear the scars of a twisted and violent past. Bitter rivals for the secrets of their master’s sword and the right to his daughter, these samurai inflict wounds on each other that would destroy lesser men. The final chapter of their saga unfolds within a brutal samurai tournament, a gruesome contest arranged to satisfy the bloodlust of a cruel tyrant overlord. The disfigured legends of the blade must summon the strength for one last battle – a final lesson in the artistry of violence where nothing is more beautiful than the kill.

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  • Sword Match at Sunpu Castle
    Episode 1 - Sword Match at Sunpu Castle

    Two warriors share a twisted and violent past. These disfigured legends of the blade must face each other in a brutal samurai tournament arranged to satisfy the bloodlust of a tyrant overlord.

  • The Yodare-Azuki Ceremony
    Episode 2 - The Yodare-Azuki Ceremony

    After defeating Gennosuke, Seigen faces a superior foe to earn the right to meet the sensei. The battle is the most difficult of his young life, and a dark secret awaits him at the journey’s end.

  • Kamaitachi
    Episode 3 - Kamaitachi

    Kogan emerges from his death-like slumber eager to name an heir. Seigen and Gennosuke are both worthy candidates, so the master himself proposes a devious challenge to determine his successor.

  • A Children's Song
    Episode 4 - A Children's Song

    For years, the tormented Lady Iku believed her body was cursed, but now, she has reason to suspect the man who has loved her for so long may hold the key to her deadly secret.

  • Secret Swordplay Technique Instruction
    Episode 5 - Secret Swordplay Technique Instruction

    Questions arise about Seigen’s past, and Gennosuke vanishes after being passed over as heir. Amid suspicions over Iku’s conduct, Kogan summons Seigen for instruction in the Shooting Star Technique.

  • Birth Cry
    Episode 6 - Birth Cry

    Seething with betrayal, Kogan begins the systematic destruction of his former heir. Seigen is forced to face off against familiar opponent in a battle where neither samurai emerges unscathed.

  • Fangs
    Episode 7 - Fangs

    A new student, Suzunosuke, slays an unwelcome ronin in a blind rage. Pleased with the young pupil’s instincts, Kogan sends Gennosuke to teach the novice a true lesson in the art of the kill.

  • Chorus of Cicadas
    Episode 8 - Chorus of Cicadas

    Gennosuke finds the mangled head of a comrade - a disturbing warning that could bring the dojo shame. When a Kogan mercenary crosses paths with a mysterious shadow of a man, the death toll mounts.

  • Tiger Cubs
    Episode 9 - Tiger Cubs

    Mie’s despair over her cruel treatment eats away at her mind. Her body - starved to the point of near paralysis - is powered only by the deranged fantasies locked inside her head.

  • Kengyou's House of Punishment
    Episode 10 - Kengyou's House of Punishment

    A letter arrives summoning the Kogan clan to the palace of Kengyou Shizuhata. Upon arrival, Shizuhata wastes no time in luring Gennosuke into a duel with the barbarian warrior Sekiun.

  • Moonlight
    Episode 11 - Moonlight

    The tricks of the blind draw Gennosuke and Ushimata away from the dojo at the worst possible time. While the sensei rests unguarded, Seigen and Iku begin the final leg of their quest for vengeance.

  • Mumyo Sakanagare
    Episode 12 - Mumyo Sakanagare

    With Iku watching, Seigen prepares to make Kogan pay for his many sins. As the sun rises on the final battle, the eyes of the innocent are witness to the gruesome end of at least one mighty samurai.

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frumpyframpton

02-25-2014

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"Worth Watching, Despite the Plot"

Visually and aurally this is a largely unparalleled experience in animation, and should be watched if only because of that. The story is reasonably straight forward, though it's told in a convuluted m... more

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  • $29.98 $22.49 Add

    Includes: Eps 1-12

    Two damaged warriors wear the scars of a twisted and violent past. Bitter rivals for the secrets of their master’s sword and the right to his daughter, these samurai inflict wounds on each other...

    Rating: TV-MA

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  • $29.98 $22.49 Add

    Includes: Eps 1-12

    Two damaged warriors wear the scars of a twisted and violent past. Bitter rivals for the secrets of their master’s sword and the right to his daughter, these samurai inflict wounds on each other...

    Rating: TV-MA

    Available Now!

  • $44.98 $33.74 Add

    Includes: Eps 1-12

    Two damaged warriors wear the scars of a twisted and violent past. Bitter rivals for the secrets of their master’s sword and the right to his daughter, these samurai inflict wounds on each other...

    Rating: TV-MA

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