In the wake of a rebellion that shook Japan twenty years prior, Togame Hida, general director and strategist for the army, seeks to obtain the 12 "deviant blades" created by master swordsmith Shikizaki Kiki to help add stability and security to the Bakufu government. To aid in this endeavor, she looks to enlist the help of Yasuri Mutsune, head of the Kyotou-ryu school and hero of the rebellion. But when she arrives on the island where he lives in exile, she finds him dead, succeeded by his skilled yet slightly daft son Shichika. Undeterred, the two set off from the island in search of the swords armed only with Togami's sharp strategic mind and Shichika's powerful, swordless Kyotou-ryu.
In Gintoki's Japan, the arrival of the various space races known collectively as the Amanto ended the era of the samurai. The Amanto's highly advanced technology resulted in total conquest and a severe economic shift. Now, former samurai such as Gintoki scrape together whatever livelihood they can. Gintoki's profession of choice is that of a yorozuya: he'll complete any job for money. However, he’s unmotivated; and spending most of the day on the couch with the latest issue of Jump and a carton of Strawberry Milk is his preferred pastime. It turns out that his new unpaid employees, Shinpachi and Kagura, are going to interfere with his pastime even more than with his "work"! Of course, none of this means he has really given up on his samurai ideologies!
Shows with historic thematic infused with a breeze of modern spirit. Similarities involve a lot of comedy, dialogues (read: blabbering) and awesome action guaranteeing no boredom for the viewer.
Deadly giant bugs have begun to rampage through Edo Japan, and the Mushibugyou Protection Office must exterminate the threat. With the body count rising, the group requests aid from famed samurai Genjuurou Tsukishima, but due to an injury the man sends his inept-but-determined son Jinbei in his stead. Almost killed in his first encounter with the creatures, Jinbei is saved by his new colleagues of the Mushibugyou: fiery ninja Hibachi, violent warrior Koikawa, young onmyouji Ichinotani, and the enigmatic Mugai. Now, the group must learn to work together to overcome the many-legged menace!
Both animes have a pretty colorfull animation style and are set in a medieval japan where samurai and shoguns rule. Where Katanagatari is more political, storybound and focussed around 2 main characters who collect legendary katana's and fall in love, Mushibugyou is more comical and episodal and about a boy who fights bug monsters who threaten Edo.
Both animes have their moments of comedy and entertaining fights, but they can both get serious as well.
Katanagatari, a lengthy series and Recollections of a Cerain Pilot, a movie, are two surprisingly similar masterpieces. Both involve a 'princess' (who doesn't always behave like royalty) having to rely on a warrior for his unmatched abilities. Also both anime feature a relationship developing between the two protagonists but if I talk about this any further I'll b-
Himura Kenshin was a boy orphaned by the murder of his parents. Now he is the Hitokiri Battousai, the most feared and skilled killer in 19th century Japan. In the midst of a blood bath, he meets the love of his life, Tomoe. Will he continue to fight his enemies in a killing rage or will she sheath his bloodstained sword?
Akitsu Masanosuke is a shy, self-conscious and slightly cowardly man with a goal of becoming a great samurai. However, when he is dismissed from his job after two days he must live the life of a ronin until he can return to service. So when a man named Yaichi approaches him offering food and a job as his bodyguard, it all seems too good to be true - that is, until Akitsu learns that this confident stranger is in fact a gangster of the Five Leaves who specializes in kidnapping and lives in the city’s red-light district. While the ronin’s sense of justice makes him think twice about accepting the offer, Akitsu’s grumbling stomach, his growing familiarity with the rest of the Five Leaves, and Yaichi’s determination to recruit the budding samurai, may well have other plans...