Kotarou is a brash young orphan in war-torn Japan, on the run from mysterious pursuers with Tobimaru, his faithful canine companion. Clueless as to why anyone would want him, much less imperial warriors from mainland China, a chance encounter with a strange wandering swordsman could not be more unwelcome in Kotarou's skeptical eyes – especially when the stranger has a secret past that has caused him to seal his blade. Forced by circumstance to work together for survival, the unlikely duo forge a tenuous friendship that is threatened all too soon when Kotarou's pursuers thrust the two into a dizzying whorl of clashing ambitions between men both big and small. Will the stranger manage to overcome his past and save them both from peril with his blade?
The samurai-theme is very much present in Mukou Hadan and Hakuouki. The main characters of both series end up in the wrong place at the wrong time, and are saved by skilled swordsman/men. In both titles the story has something to do with clans, and war is very apparent in them. If you're interested in action set in the pre-modern era, try these!
Hana is a nine-year-old girl who lives in constant fear of her abusive family; Michiko is a sexy woman who has just done the unthinkable: broken out of the impenetrable Diamandra Penitentiary. After Hana is whisked away by Michiko, who claims to be her mother, the duo sets forth on a high octane ride towards freedom. In the streets of Brazil and aboard Michiko's motorcycle, Hana and Michiko will look for Hana's long lost father, try to learn to co-exist and get along together, and stay one step ahead of the police and afro-clad Atsuko.
If you liked the personalities of, and especially the interplay between, the two main characters of Sword of the Stranger or Michiko to Hatchin, you would like the other's. Both are action titles with a very detailed setting.
After their ship is stolen, Luffy’s crew is adrift for over a week, leaving plenty of time to lament the loss. Then, to add insult to injury, they are tricked and caught by the Thief Brothers, which inadvertently ends up being their first lead as to who has their ship, the Going Merry! The dastardly deed was pulled off by none other than the nefarious Trump Siblings, a group of pirates that terrorize Clockwork Island. Now, the gang must travel to Clockwork Island to not only reclaim their vessel, but also to potentially find the world famous treasure -- the Diamond Clock -- as well!
Blade of the Stranger and the second One Piece movie are action films about a man and a young boy who team up against super-powerful enemies. They both culminate in a really long epic battle atop a ridiculously huge tower.
With the rise of the Iron Age in feudal Japan, man and nature grow increasingly at odds. As mankind infringes more and more into the kingdom of the beasts, many of the elder animal gods begin to succumb to their rage, cursing themselves as they lash out at rural and urban settlements alike. When a young Ashitaka, hero of his village, is imparted with one of these curses after slaying a crazed god, he forces himself into exile to prevent further harm to his village. As he ventures out into the world, however, he discovers just how dire the straights have become - with man and beast ready to break into all out war, his curse becomes the least of his problems. As both sides teeter dangerously on the side of outright slaughter of one another, Ashitaka sets his own problems aside and, using his charisma and honor, seeks to quell the hatred before it gets beyond repair - but will he be in time or is he simply delaying the inevitable?
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?
similar aesthetic, samurai 7 is more about the whole samurai code of honor and lack of this in the antagonists however in this the focal point is the relationship between no name and the boy and the greater overarching plot is fodder in comparison... this does not however contain as much comic relief as samurai seven contained and has only a handful of memerable characters...