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Ji Chang has dreamed of becoming the world’s greatest archer since childhood, and in order to do so he hopes to become the disciple of the legendary bowman, Fei Wei. However, each time he approaches the skilled man, Fei Wei denies him saying that the young archer is not ready. After five years of private training Ji Chang tries once more to gain his mentor’s favour, and this time succeeds. Soon the master willingly teaches him the ways to become a great archer, but will brilliance prove enough for a man wishing to be the best in the world?
A wandering samurai, in his travels through the forest, runs across a straw man with a majestic sword stuck into it. He takes the sword and feels within him a surge of great power – a power that soon begins to distort his mind and soul. The samurai continues to wander, striking down straw men in his wake; but what is really going on, and what will happen to the samurai?
- both of these are short 80's movies by famous directors: Osamu Tezuka and Kihachiro Kawamoto respectively;
- both of them look very different from usual anime;
- most importantly, both tell a very interesting parable-like story about a medieval warrior and his weapon. The tone of the stories is different (Muramasa is dark & dramatic and Fusha no Sha is calm & contemplative) but the pacifist message is very similar.
So, if you're interested in the topic and don't mind uncommon animation techniques, give them both a try.