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  • Directors: Takesi Koike
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Manga Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 4 July 2011
  • Run Time: 72 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004W7CIQ6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,319 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Miyamoto Musashi is an instantly familiar name to any Japanese citizen, a legendary swordsman who has become part historical figure and part romanticised hero of myth. In addition to writing one of the key texts on Japanese samurai tactics and philosophy The Book of Five Rings he is also famous for inventing the Ni-Ten Ichi Ryu style of fighting with two swords, perhaps the most obvious, internationally recognized visual trademark of the samurai. But even with so much academic study dedicated to Musashi's life, so many books written on him and an almost infinite number of movies, anime and manga stories inspired by his legendary exploits and teachings, still questions remain unanswered. Musashi: The Dream of the Last Samurai attempts to answer one of these in particular what motivated the great warrior to adopt and perfect his dual bladed style?

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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ryuto on 9 July 2011
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This is an interesting concept: Attempt to explain the the life, thoughts and martial arts of Japan's most famous strategist/warrior by untangling the few historical facts we have about him, dispel the fictional and misleading account of him make famous in a novel by Eiji Yoshikawa and present it all with manga-type scene reconstructions narrated by the host of the documentary. The concept is very well executed, although some of the CGI is a bit jerky here and there, the narrative is very informative and the history and ideas about Musashi are compelling. But its the CGI host(and his short-skirted, bob-haired bimbo assistant) that spoils this title for me. In an attempt to make the whole thing a bit more humorous, the narrator is CGI-ed as a South Park-like character who, unnecessarily, trips over things, is squashed by his assistant who is constantly trying to dispatch him, Cato-style, and many other distracting silliness going on with them both for the duration of the documentary. It turns a potentially excellent adult documentary, presented in a new genre (manga) into an irritating, childish cartoon. Simply removing the images of the CGI narrator and assistant plus the associated sound effects would have elevated this to 4 stars if not more.

If you can get past this, probably though gritted teeth, then you will learn something new. If you get distracted by this kind of silliness, don't buy this!
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OK this is not a regular anime project.
Miyamoto Musashi is a sword fighting legend of Japan, and this anime-documetary looks into some aspects of his life: how he stood out in battle, how he developed his 2-sword style, and how he won some of his man-to-man battles.

The documentary itself is pretty interesting and you just might learn some new things about Musashi and his style. The fighting scenes are also very good, paired with a very nice soundtrack.

The reason that people give it such low ratings (I would have given only 1 star if it wasn't for Musashi legend!) is this --annoying for our poor eyes-- professor-commentator!! It is a cheap-made 3D figure that tries to be funny, but instead manages to make this very interesting story boring!!

The idea for a funny commentator is not bad, but why so poorly made in 3D? Redraw it, put a truly funny character and make some really nice gags! There are so many artists in Japan that can do that so much better!! Hard to believe they didn't find them!!
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i enjoyed every moment of it, it really gives you an insight into the legend musashi. yeah there are some annoying moments but i always got more happier when manga scene kick in. but they should splice the manga scenes and make it into a full length manga film. up to you if you are interested!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. R. Le Grand on 11 Nov. 2012
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This is NOT the anime you are expecting. I was expecting an animated version of something along the lines of 'Vagabond'. It is not. Far from it. It's a pseudo-documentary hosted by a terrible 3d animated character that is more annoying than anything I have ever seen coming out of Japan. I am very disappointed with Mamoru Oshii's work on this. I expected more from the director of 'Ghost in the shell'. This project needs the animation parts extracted out, a new injection of funds, a re-cut, re-voice to turn it into something that is watchable. You've been warned.
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