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  • Directors: Hiroshi Hamasaki
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Manga Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Jan. 2013
  • Run Time: 286 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002AF4BRG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,204 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Ninja Scroll Meets Fight Club in One Superlatively Stomach Turning Anime - AintItCoolNews 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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Ninja Scroll Meets Fight Club in One Superlatively Stomach Turning Anime --AintItCoolNews

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By William Jenkins on 19 July 2009
Format: DVD
I brought this set back from a holiday to America a few months ago, and my initial impressions were not good- I found that most of the characters were grotesque and depraved, all truely unlikable. I also found that the fight scenes were very slow paced and unimpressive, and finaly the cherry on top of the cake- this series ends only halfway through the story- they expect you to buy the manga to find out how it ends!!! (for me it's ok to get either the manga OR the anime, not half of each!)

!!BUT DON'T STOP READING YET!!

That is only one way to look at this series, determined to prove to myself I had not wasted my money, I rewatched the series just last week and tried to look at this title with optimism.
To my surprise I kept coming up with positive things to say!

It is worth mentioning that this series begins at the end and then tells the main bulk of story through flashback, this creates a sense of inevitability- you know that a certain character loses an arm somehow and another character becomes blind at some point. As the story slowly builds up to these moments things begin to become quite tense as you will most likely be constantly trying to guess when everything is going to kick off- it is suspensefull and it grips you, the fight scenes are no longer boring and slow paced they are intense as each one feels as though it is building to somthing big, you KNOW it is.

The characters still seem a little sick to me, even now, but during the second play through I began to pick up on little bits of plot I had missed first time round, this gave me a better understanding of the reasoning behind their actions (obviously).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Miran F. Mashadi on 11 Aug. 2010
Format: Blu-ray
Dear Reader,

Essentially a tale of two competing swordsmen, Shigurui marks itself from the rest of the pact with a perversity that pervades each episode and solid writing that compliments the visuals. This is a dark anime that explores the extremes to which the two 'protagonists' push themselves over mastery of themselves and, eventually, each other.
This is mature stuff for certain, and should you wish to partake of this demented tale, you will find yourself rewarded. The stories, although appreciated in their own right, build to a greater whole. This then is a product of richly crafted episodes that amount to a greater ambition.
Therefore, go forth and purchase this strange beast and do so with a glad heart.

Yours Sincerely,

Miran.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ikemen on 1 July 2010
Format: DVD
Shigurui might be a Marmite "love it or hate it" movie, but it would be a double tragedy for those who appreciate this type of production to miss out.

This anime reminds me of why I love film, and of why film is an art form. I feel like I'm watching an Akira Kurosawa movie but have to remind myself that this is a recent production (2007) and one of a quality so rare these days. You can forget Hollywood heroes and feel good underlining themes, and revel in a taste of real life at its most dramatic. It is all too often that a genuine production like this is belittled because it does not meet the preconceived views of some people. I could point out that this anime only touches on the cruel social norms reportedly suffered in this era according to historical texts, such as the historical novel this anime is ultimately based upon (Suruga Jo Gozen-Jiai).

I do NOT "enjoy meaningless violence and sex", but I must say that if people cannot see the meaning, and thereby appreciate a realistic immersion in the feudal culture of the characters with which we are expected to emphasise, then that is their mistake. I can tell you that I hate the Saw movies which my wife makes me watch and most other horrors with their gratuitous violence.

Samurai Champloo is great fun to watch but if you can appreciate something more involving, more mature, a lot more mature, then Shigurui may be for you.

P.S. I have spent a lot of time and money developing my audio system over the years, and this single soundtrack made the investment all worthwhile. Again, if you cannot appreciate the sounds of nature, and traditional music in simple small but high quality arrangements, then that is a matter of taste and not grounds for criticism.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mrfluffy on 31 Mar. 2011
Format: Blu-ray
I think this has been the most surprising buy for me as I thought this kind of anime would grate on my patience.To my delight my feelings on shigurui were the total opposite.
The story in shigurui is mainly about two rival samurai who are both competing for their masters secret sword technique and his daughters hand.This is very gory and bloody ,Every body part you can think of gets sliced.
It captures the samurai perfectly and is probably one of the best samurai films I have seen as well as shogun assassin.
Most of the action in this is slowed down so you can see every detail going on in each sequence and most of the fights are pretty much about the kills focusing around the actual time of the demise almost like a moving painting, so don't expect to have long drawn out fights like in afro samurai and samurai champloo.Not to say there are not many fights in shigurui because there are plenty and they are just as entertaining, its just that the fights are often one move to 3 move kills.It makes this anime different from the rest.
My only gripe is that this series was cut short but for me the ending was perfect even thou you can tell their was more to come, trust me you wont be disappointed with the ending.
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