In Japan, legends tell of a strong clan of warriors who fought unarmed and walked the path of the undefeated. Since the Heian period, this clan known as the Shura helped shape and form history as we know it with the help of their legendary Mutsu Enmei-Ryuu style. Watch history unfold in this epic tale as the Shura and their ancestors witness the days of the swordfighter Musashi, fight with the one-eyed Jubei Yagyu and help influence the fall of the Shogunate and Shinsengumi; and most importantly, touch the hearts and minds of everyone they meet…
In the world of underground fighting, there is no time limit, no referee, and no ban of technique, not even murderous ones. This is the underground world that Baki, the young champion fighter must fight in to show the world how strong he can be. Only by challenging and accepting the strongest opponents from the world can he hope that one day he can overcome his greatest opponent of all, his father.
Unarmed Comba, lots of opponents and dofrent styles.
Shura no Toki has historical elements in it, but Baki has some Fantasy elements. Both are exeletn Fightin animes whit good blot.
Looking for some serious beat'em up anime where bare-handed martial arts are more important and thoroughly considered than your average lame 1000 episode long anime?
Try this one and you won't regret it!
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?
In ancient Japan, many wars and revolutions took place. Kenshin and Shura no Toki have to do with said wars, and the main characters are both the top of their class. They also have a somewhat big influence in history according to each series. And although Kenshin and the Mutsu clan have different views on what strength is supposed to be used for, they both understand that it's necessary to get things done.
Both Kenshin and Shura no Toki are about samurai and swordfights. Both are a bit funny and have a main character who is a lot stronger than anyone else.
Both Rurouni and Shura have the same kind of beginning and kept reminding them of eachother. A lone traveler meets trouble on his path and helps out a maiden in distress. The great thing of these two anime's is that it tells a tale that spans quite some time and works in one of the more turbulent times of Japanese history, the Meiji period. Both these series are a tale about a lot of fighting, but with a good undertone of a romantic story. The main character in both is calm and cheerfull for the most part and confers this to his closest friends.
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.
Shura no Toki and Champloo are both about swordfights and samurai. They also both have comedy, and in both anime the main character(s) are guys who are a lot stronger than everyone else.
First of all Samurai Champloo is a great anime. I guess apart from being about swordfights and never loseing, both these anime have the same feel about them. You easily get to like the main characters and its easy to follow them through their journey. Both have that bit of comedy to them so its not just fighting or contemplating about warriors psyche. For me both are a must see.
It is the era of Bakumatsu – the last years of the shogunate. In the general turmoil caused by warring groups with different political interests, a curious theatrical group known as the Yuyama Troupe is set out for revenge. They come across a mysterious young swordsman, Akizuki Youjirou, who seems to be burdened with a dark past. Thrown around by currents of history, powerful people from different factions and personal relations, Akizuki tries to fulfill his mission to destroy an ancient, cursed relic, the Lord’s Head, which has caused chaos and bloodshed for thousands of years.
Can an anime strongly focused on the last phase of the Bakumatsu be a great show, enjoyable by all the people out there quite far from being history geeks?
Well, these shows surely prove that...
Well, watching the history parts of Bakumatsu i always have that creepy feeling, wait didnt i watch this already? But no, i didnt. The final episodes of Shura are telling a story about the same period in Japans history as Bakumatsu, even telling about some of the same historical figures in a differnet way. This suits both of this anime well. By the way, for me, Shura is the better one, beacuse its a bit more to the point. Bakumatsu has less sense of purpose so i lost the meaning of the plot on few occasions.
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.
Although both anime use quite a diffrend style there is some similarities (besides setting). The major one would be that both anime main characters fight unarmed, does'n't use a literal sword when fighting and in place of a sword, uses hands and legs as weapons. That particular keeps me interested when watching good fights and there is plenty of that in both anime.
Both anime focus on a lineage of individuals who use unarmed techniques against armed foes. Additionally the main characters (Shichika in the case of Katanagatari or the people of the Mutsu Enmei-ryuu) are seemingly aloof from the rest of the world, while their partners are far more knowledgeable/savvy about the world.