Shigurui onlineA film about fierce battles for life and death. When the ruler longs for a bloody spectacle, the fighters in the tournament are ordered to fight with military weapons. Tadanaga Tokugawa - the cruel daimyo Surugi is obsessed with death, he sees a majestic meaning in it. The tournament will lead to big losses, but the ruler doesn't care about that. Spectators gather for a terrible performance, where two fighters crippled in past battles are to perform: the one-armed Gennosuke Fujiki and the blind Irako Seigen. They left the school of Iwamoto Kogen, now the two longtime rivals must meet again in the samurai tournament ...
The rather well-known Japanese animation studio Madhouse has been operating for about a quarter of a century, and during this period it has managed to exhibit many works for the audience. From my point of view, this project really deserves praise. The series is compiled for only one season and is not aimed at a wide audience. There are age restrictions here. It is worth noting that the series has a versatile design and is sharpened identically to the legendary weapons of the samurai who have sunk into history and history. The cruelty and overt brutality of the film, most likely, can only be compared with the cruelty of the characters and mores of that time. The magnificent graphic performance and excellent study of ethnic musical themes provide the viewer with an undeniable opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the serial atmosphere. For a person who is not aware of the history, culture and traditions of Japan, it is recommended to use auxiliary materials as an explanation during the viewing period, without which a lot of on-screen actions may be misinterpreted, or not completely realized. From my point of view, in this work there is no clear distribution and formulation of evil and good, as well as the main character is absent here, representing one of the parties. All heroic images are thoroughly worked out and form a single whole, in which the raging spirit of that era is embodied, leaving the viewer the opportunity to make an independent choice. This anime is not intended for all viewers. Initially, it should not be viewed by adolescents. This fact is justified not even by the presence here of scenes of obvious violence, demonstrated with possible details of the anatomical plan and all kinds of horrors, because such things can often be seen on TV in our time. That is why it will be difficult for teenagers to understand what is happening. In this case, the viewer is not presented with an animated film, which tells about the brave and high-spirited samurai, constantly moving, saving various princesses and enjoying life. This is a viscous, slow, full of pauses, designed for a meaningful and thoughtful perception by those people who have made up their minds and are able to make up their minds with others.
The well-known MadHouse studio presents to the audience the following project, which does not fall under the existing stereotypes and is rather controversial. It can't help but amaze how he stands out from the cohesive ranks of other samurai action movies and dramas that have been heralded in the genre. It is so distinctive that it is not possible to compare it with other anime, since the event is futile and thankless. It is as controversial as it is unique. Identical to a samurai duel, there are no unnecessary elements.Romance, humor, languidly melancholic bisonens, pompousness and excess pathos here would look at least blasphemous in relation to the conceptual orientation of the entire series. Any stroke on the background of the picture, any lightning-fast movement and any static type of frame, here has a certain meaning. In appearance, the anime turned out to be so complete that I would like to believe in the above statement. 1629 year. The beginning of the Edo era. From the Suruga province, the Tokugawa Tadanaga daimyo decides to hold a tournament using real weapons, which violates all existing foundations. Such an innovation should lead to the death of 16 swordsmen out of 22 participating in the competition. On this episode with a historical background, you can finish. Initially, the viewer sees the preparations for this tournament and the only duel where, on the basis of an unthinkable coincidence, a blind swordsman with a damaged foot and a one-armed warrior meet. This fact is simply inconceivable, and therefore the audience does not hesitate in their own expressions, defining everything that happens as an insult to the tournament as such, and the duel, in their opinion, is not worthy to be called that. Meanwhile, the shortcomings only hardened the rival spirit, and from the outside it might seem that problems to the soldiers are not at all an obstacle, and they themselves are dangerous and sinister opponents. But the unusualness of the fight lies not only in the shortcomings of the opponents - they know each other and feel a burning hatred for one another. Naturally, this fight will be deadly and will be the end of their long confrontation. From this, the story begins, but here, it ends. Further, another long history, preceding this battle, will be demonstrated. It is noteworthy that this anime initially lacks good or bad. Also, the main character is missing here, which at least somehow stood out. A pair of samurai who have their own life paths. Each of them has its own bushido, and no matter how strange it may seem, but also their own goals and ideals. They are completely different. With the passage of time, their rivalry transforms into confrontation and enmity, then reborn into hatred. It was not the circumstances that turned out that way, it was just the way it had to happen. It makes no sense to give preference to someone, but each viewer will be able to choose a certain hero for himself. The series is notable for its incredible cruelty. Naturally, the anatomical details can hardly be called accurate, since the spine in its cross section is not round, and when cutting off the head of the trachea, it is not possible to see. Meanwhile, this fact in no way diminishes the achievements of the animators, since the pulled out eyes and guts did their job completely. When you watch anime, you involuntarily start to frown. The fact that the authors focus on outright cruelty can be seen from the initial episode. And the episode of the first series, when, as an argument for his master, he removes the intestines from his stomach, immediately dispels all doubts. Meanwhile, it is impossible not to notice the relevance of bloodiness, since it is an integral part of the samurai life of that era. The conversation concerns only a part of that period, the atmosphere of which is successfully conveyed to us by the authors. And the atmosphere turned out to be just excellent. Dull, gloomy and fantastic art, where only red stands out as bright. In fact, the musical accompaniment fits perfectly, although it is still not worth listening to the soundtrack separately. In addition, the authors purposefully use the old Japanese language. They wanted to demonstrate to the audience a detailed and accurate image of those times and that life. We can confidently say that their idea was completely successful. Fights of samurai are presented separately, which are completely devoid of pretentious attacks and pirouettes, bombastic dialogues and ranting. It may seem that static shots in themselves carry so much tension and dynamics that the thought involuntarily arises: “This is how the real fight should be”. In this respect, anime stands out quite strongly, which is virtually identical to the genre of Japanese cinema "chambara". In films, this is how fights are presented - just a few strikes, of which the first is often decisive. For connoisseurs, viewing will also be interesting - the first ten centimeters is the main part of the defeat of the katana, which in this case is observed and demonstrated repeatedly. Still, the anime turned out to be ambiguous. Naturally, the details and details are great fun. The life atmosphere of the dojo conveyed is great. I always want to define this anime as an incomparable composition. Meanwhile, there is always a certain "but", and in the present series it is quite significant. It is enclosed directly in the plot guide. In this respect, the authors made a mistake. The turn of the story and its narration is unhurried and to some extent prolonged, there is a lack of intrigue. Many viewers, most likely, will not be able to find the culmination, and the ending can completely cross out the impressions received when watching. Be that as it may, but summing up the above, it is worth noting that the anime turned out to be wonderful in terms of the uniqueness of the entourage and content. In this case, it is not the story of a couple of people that is considered, but a fragment of their life. Naturally, this series of samurai demonstrates from a newly appeared, in fact, documentary position, and in such a genre as a samurai thriller, he made a very serious leap. I cannot recommend it to absolutely everyone for viewing, since the spectacle is presented in a slightly different form than the manga and directors have already taught us. Here, not only the plot captures the spirit, but also its successful combination with the atmosphere. The pleasure that you get when viewing, when immersed in the aura and the world of the picture, is not possible to compare with something. If, nevertheless, it was decided to look, then it should be done especially carefully on the initial series, since it is very easy to get confused in events and names. If someone watches the series in full, then in any case, some emotions will form, since there can be virtually no one left indifferent after watching.