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In an age when samurai enhanced their bodies mechanically, a great war broke out. After the war's end, these "Bandits" (having become mere robbers) have lost their samurai code and now rob villages for their rice and women. The peasants of Kanna Village are filled with despair and agree to hire some samurai to retaliate, but with only rice in their food stores and no money to offer, it seems that time is running out. Now, the villagers must set out to look for samurai willing to accept such a deal -- but are there still such men that abide by the samurai code, and protect the weak?

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Samurai 7 2006 TBD
Name Role
Hideki HASHIMOTO Character Design
Takuhito KUSANAGI Character Design
Toshifumi TAKIZAWA Director
Kaoru WADA Music
Eitetsu HAYASHI Music
Akira KUROSAWA Original Manga Creator
Daisuke ITOU Producer
Kazuhiko INOMATA Producer
Shouji MURAHAMA Producer
Takao KOBAYASHI Producer

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Samurai 7 SmugDude 9/10 Oct 31, 2007

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Rurouni Kenshin

Rurouni Kenshin

In the revolutionary Meiji period, Japan is undergoing enormous political change. It is a time when vagabonds and terrorists will use any method to prevent the modernization of their country, even if it means trampling on the innocent in the process. In such a time, Himura Kenshin, a wandering samurai, has dedicated his life to protecting the weak and desperate peasants from those who would oppress them. However, Kenshin has a dark past which threatens to destroy the values he is fighting for. When he meets his new friends Kaoru, Sanosuke, and Yahiko, and tries to build a peaceful life with them, events conspire against him. Can Kenshin overcome the demons within and without, and finally ensure the peaceful future that Japan deserves?

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MidnightsMelody

Both series are about people fighting the government. Both have samurai who know what it is to be a samurai, and those who have misunderstood what it is to be a samurai completely, those who will do anything for money, and those who could care less about money. Moreover, both have (a) main character(s) who are completely misunderstood by everyone, and in both, the most important thing is protecting others. I'm sure if you like one, you'd love the other!

tasanime

The main protagonists in each series seem to want to fight for a greater good and to amend for previous sins, using great skills and techniques. They both revolve around the protection of communities and require a great leader as well as the kindness of those who desire protection - with an added twist of humour. If you're a fan of Samurai actions, than you are already fans of them both.

kenaniah

Both series feature butt-kicking sword fights and some literary value. Samurai 7 is an awesome remake of Kurosawa's 1954 film "Seven Samurai", and the plot of Ruroni Kenshin (movies/OVAs, don't know about the TV) play out a well-constructed tragedy.

RedCrossRobbery

Both Rurouni Kenshin and Samurai 7 carry out as typical samurai series, but the main resemblance is Kenshin to Kambei. Very cool, collected samurai who have kind hearts.

Zarrokian

Although their stories are different they are about samurai who protect the innocent and go to great lengths to strengthen their bodies, minds, and souls in order to protect the ones they love. They are both mainly about action but you can find a very healthy dose of comedy and romance in both of these anime. They also feature samurai vs. (ex)samurai and samurai vs. men with guns which show just how hardcore the main characters can be at times... over all id say if you like sword fighting animes these are some must see and if you like action in general i can say you will probably like these as well.

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Samurai Champloo

Samurai Champloo

Samurai Champloo is all about style, from the dj-style scratching scene changes to the hip-hop-inspired soundtrack to the eclectic character design. Mugen's fighting style is a funky meld of capoeira and limb-cutting, and Jin is the dramatic foil; he is all steel and old-school samurai style. What binds them together is the desire to test each other's abilities, and a promise to a girl named Fuu: to find the samurai that smells of sunflowers, who plays a pivotal role in her past. Together they travel through edo-era Japan, finding battle and comedy wherever they stop.

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riseofanimal

If samurais are your like and you enjoyed Samurai 7 then there is no doubt that you will enjoy Samurai Champloo. Both have a similar story basis, and are greatly illustrated. Champloo might have a bit more comedy, but we all need to laugh a little more.

tasanime

Both host a variety of friends and foes, set in historical periods in which Samurais are no longer needed but a Samurai is always a Samurai, who unwittingly will want to protect those at the mercy of poor government policies. Apart from the mass of great sword fights similarities can be found in added humour and a strong desire to be fed!

kenaniah

Everyone loves the occasionally (somewhat) historacle anime. So if you liked Samurai 7, check out Samurai Champloo--it's somewhat historacle counterpart--with a funky pop-culture twist.

RedCrossRobbery

Both Samurai 7 and Samurai Champloo have a peculiar anti-government of the time feeling. Both have a strange distant feudal leadership that leaves samurai feeling alienated.

HarioSagara

Badass swordfights, interesting characters and funny situations abound in these excellent samurai anime. All the characters in Samurai Champloo and Samurai 7 have interesting backgrounds that have turned them into the samurai they are now. Looking for awesome fight scenes? Look no further, either of these shows deliver in the action department.

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Afro Samurai

Afro Samurai

In a futuristic and wild west-inspired Japan, there are only two rules: the Number 1 rules the world and only the Number 2 can challenge him; these ranks are worn with pride in the manner of headbands. In these harsh times, Afro is a samurai who is on a mission for revenge – an evil gunman killed his father to become the Number 1, and it’s up to Afro to take him down in a shower of blood and entrails. He has mastered the art of the sword and become Number 2, but many others want to hold his title and the title of Number 1 for themselves. With competition and sword fights at every turn, can Afro finally exact his revenge?

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tjhooker

Both Afro Samurai and Samurai 7 have samurai, edge-of-your-seat swordfights, newer and high budget animation, and the characters are always struggling with their pasts. If you liked one try out the other.

marleyblaze

Both have a unique style and well animated action sequences.  If you are looking for a well written anime then you have found it.  

Thrawn

They both have samurai. But more accurately, badasses who happen to be samurai; to the point where a look or pulling a sword out of it's sheath looks cool and pretty badass at times. And to top it off, the fights are even better. Be it a one-on-one or one/seven against God knows how many, it only goes to further solidifiy how awesome they are. They also have a mix of technology with the samurai-era stuff, as I don't really think mecha or robots were commonplace in the samurai era.

From Samurai 7 to Afro Samurai, watch it for more fights, stylized animation and none of that plot stuff, as it'll only get in the way for Afro Samurai. And for more blood. From Afro Samurai to Samurai 7, a way better story, characters, a sense of justice and honourable samurai with the same ol' badass fights.

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Seirei no Moribito

Seirei no Moribito

In the feudal kingdom of Yogo, a dark secret is threatening its proud imperial family, and the Emperor intends to destroy it before it leaks out. Unfortunately this dark secret resides within his son, the young and innocent Second Prince Chagum. Enter Balsa, a wandering warrior who has sworn to save eight lives in penance for those she has taken during her violent career. Upon accepting her role as protector to Chagum, her eighth and final job, the two begin a perilous journey that tests not only their physical endurance and mental resolve, but also the tentative relationship they build along the way. Will Balsa fulfill her penance and protect Chagum as he seeks to understand the nature of his secret? Or will the Emperor's relentless assassins and other powerful enemies get them first?

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veqtor

Both Seirei and Samurai 7 excel at combining a fairy tale-like plot with incredible animation. Though the plots are very different and Samurai 7 has strong steampunk elements, if incredible and well-animated fight scenes are your cup of tea, check these out.

poetax

The fighting, which is an important factor in both, is styled and choreographed in a similar fashion. Color pallet, stylization, and line quality are also very similar (they look the same) Though Samurai 7 is about warring and Seirei no Moribito is about singular battles, the feelings of saving something are equally important to the plot. You will surly like one if you like the other

ch0p5tixmast3r

Both Samurai 7 and Moribito have strong stories that have a similar progression propelled by both deep and interesting characters, as well as a plot line. Each is about warrior(s) that fight against a Kingdom for a greater good and have their fair amount of action and plot.

For people like me who care about art, the art-style also has a similarity, though Moribito's is cleaner looking.

Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo

Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo

Albert de Morcerf had it all: wealth, loving parents, great friends. The only thing lacking in his life was excitement... until that fateful day on Luna. After a chance encounter with bandits and a daring rescue, Albert invites his newfound friend and savior, the Count of Monte Cristo, to his home in Paris. Little does he know what fate has in store for him and his loved ones. Just who is the mysterious Count, and what does he want? As tragedy touches the lives of those around him, can Albert’s only recourse be to wait and hope?

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Ayshza

i can't say that these animes are related or that they are alike in any way but there's something in them that makes me recommend them both. first of all the story is completely different ant other than the distant future there is no common point, the characters are also different, their motivations are different, the animation stile are on the opposite poles and so on...but still what makes me recommend both of them is a strange feeling that if you liked Gankutsuou you will definitely love samurai 7, if you are the kind of person that looks for the little things you will most certainly love these 2, as for me i loved them both as they both speak about humans who have endured 2 much pain as they went through life and the ways they deal with it, both stories have something tragic in them that leaves a deep impression, all in all i strongly recommend them both (once you've got used with the animation stile of Gankutsuou, which by the way can be really tiring you'll simply get drown into it, as for samurai7 the story, the characters are absolutely great as well as the animation, just breathtaking)

LadyPsychic

While the plots of these two seires are very different, they do share a few similarities.  First off, both were made by GONZO.  Secondly, both take the classic stories they are based on (The Seven Samurai for Samurai 7 and The Count of Monte Cristo for Gankutsuou) and add sci-fi/futuristic elements to them.  Also, I found both series to be very enjoyable and very well made.  Samurai 7 is a more action packed series, while Gankutsuou has more emphassis on character and plot development.  Still, if you want to see a classic tale be given a futuristic twist then you should check out both.    

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