What are the best samurai anime?

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    #1Samurai Champloo

    Samurai Champloo

    Samurai Champloo follows the journey of these three eccentric individuals in an epic quest full of action, comedy, and dynamic sword fighting, all set to the beat of a unique hip-hop infused soundtrack.

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    Thomas Carpenter
    Written on February 22, 2019
    "Compared to Cowboy Bepop, Cowboy Bepop has more of that spaghetti western genre. Yet both have the same aim to depict a multicultural pulp fiction, more than just a samurai anime. I was able to watch I think when it was still airing more than a decade ago. I have always loved Shinichiro Watanabe. Recommending this as one of the best samurai anime ever."
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    Gintama is a Japanese action-comedy anime produced by TV Tokyo that stars the voices of Tomokazu Sugita, Daisuke Sakaguchi, and Rie Kugimiya. The pilot episode premiered on Spring 2006. Each episode runs for a total of 24 minutes.

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    Melissa Stephens
    Written on February 22, 2019
    "I like that a lot of games based on this samurai anime were released and they are all multiplatform, like PlayStation 2, Nintendo DS, and more. I have always believed that Gintoki Sakata has always had the heart of a samurai. And you can see in the episodes that they mainly consists of Gintoki and his friends. It is really one of the most comedic samurai anime of all time."
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    #3Shigurui: Death Frenzy

    Shigurui: Death Frenzy

    Shigurui: Death Frenzy is a Japanese manga series made by Takayuki Yamaguchi. This animated action and drama series directed by Hiroshi Hamasaki, written by Seishi Minakami, and produced by Madhouse Studios.

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    Christine Carr
    Written on February 22, 2019
    "Although shigurui s not a historically accurate show. Well, I can say that because Tokugawa era isn't really about fancy clothes and fairy tales at all. Yet, if we talk about samurai anime, this is rather on the dark side of the genre."


Did you know that despite the katana being the most iconic samurai weapon, the original sword they carried was called the "chokuto"? In contrast to the katana, the chokuto was a straight, slim, and single-edged sword. As the years went by, curved swords became the standard method of forging, and thus the katana was created. Despite being the hulking, brutish warriors that movies presented them to be, the majority of the samurai were actually well-educated, studying flower arrangements, calligraphy writing, and produced ink paintings as well as poetry. In addition to visual arts, the samurai were also expected to be knowledgeable in history and literature.

Presently, the samurai has gained a mythical status among modern society, partly due to their strict code of honor, called the "bushido". They became so popular in modern media and literature. Hence the growing popularity of samurai moviessamurai novels, and television series, especially in anime. Such is their popularity that these samurai warriors have been incorporated into action and romance anime and became a staple in almost all anime sites. Mostly prevalent in anime shows and films which feature sword-fighting, the samurai has been shown participating in both ancient and sci-fi battles. Even if not directly presented as a samurai, one can always expect an anime character to follow the bushido, at the very least.

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    #4Rurouni Kenshin

    Rurouni Kenshin

    Rurouni Kenshin (also known as Samurai X) is a samurai-based anime show. It tells the story of a master swordsman that is traveling around Japan during the Meiji era. He arrives at a martial arts school in era of the opium trade wars.

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    Liu Ma
    Written on February 26, 2019
    "Nobody can never be too old for samurai anime, especially those anime which features historic events. Samurai X i think premiered in 2003 I guess? I feel old now but yeah, this is classic."
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    Bleach is an anime series that is based on Tite Kubo's manga series of the same name. It follows Ichigo as he becomes a Soul Reaper, dedicating his life to protecting the innocent and helping spirits find peace.

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    Juan Stanley
    Written on February 26, 2019
    "Well, this is one of your mainstream shonen anime. No wonder its samurai-themed plot is appealing to guys. This is comparable with two other famous anime namely Naruto and One Piece. The Shinigami or the Soul Reapers are the star in this anime"
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    #6Samurai 7

    Samurai 7

    Samurai 7 is a 2004 action/anime television series set in a futuristic world, produced by Gonzo and based on Akira Kurosawa's highly regarded 1954 movie Seven Samurai. 

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    Helen Valdez
    Written on February 26, 2019
    "Hell yeah, I am a sucker for any samurai anime that revolves around any historical theme. If I am not mistaken, this samurai anime is one of the most influential films in the japanese history. This was based on an old movie but it also has its own unique stories. "
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    #7Ninja Scroll

    Ninja Scroll

    Ninja Scroll is an animated film written and directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri. Released in 1993, the film received favorable reviews from various critics and won the Citizen's Award at the 1993 Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival.


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    Bob Tang
    Written on February 26, 2019
    "Story line was heinous. The ninja fight scenes are somewhat predictable as the entire plot can really be suggestive. Yet, the story isn't bad at all. Character development is awesome. Aesthetic wise, it succeeded to at least be at par with the other animes. Music and sound scoring classic and oldschool!"
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    InuYasha is a feudal fantasy romance anime based on the manga series of the same name by Rumiko Takahashi. This anime was broadcasted at the Weekly Shonen Sunday from 1996 to 2008. 

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    Andy Su
    Written on February 26, 2019
    "Story itself is very weak if I can be very honest. But I am still recommending this samurai anime because InuYasha's character development is great. It is a classic shounen, even the sound pieces they are diverse and beautifully complex."
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    Hakuouki, also known as Demon of the Fleeting Blossom: The Mysterious Tale of the Shinsengumi, is a Japanese anime series created by Studio Deen based on the manga of the same name. 

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    Xie Fu
    Written on March 12, 2019
    "any sword anime (anime involving swords) are a must-watch for me, even if its sci fi or medieval anime. as long as it involve swords, im cool with it. i never enjoyed samurai animes tho, but i watched a few episodes of this and it made me change my mind a little lol well see what happens"
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    #10Ronin Warriors

    Ronin Warriors

    Ronin Warriors is a Japanese anime series directed by Masashi Ikeda for episodes 1-19 and Mamoru Hanatsu for episodes 20-39. It originally aired from April 30 1988 to March 4 1989.

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    Zheng Hao
    Written on March 12, 2019
    "I really enjoy any samurai anime movies or series that involves samurai fallen from grace. Makes you realize that even high members of society can fall and their struggles to get their honor back."


Best What are the best samurai anime
1Samurai ChamplooTV Shows 14 Paid
2GintamaTV Shows 11 Paid
3Shigurui: Death FrenzyTV Shows 4 Paid
4Rurouni KenshinTV Shows 3 Paid
5BleachTV Shows 3 Paid
6Samurai 7TV Shows 2 Paid
7Ninja ScrollMovies 2 Paid
8InuYashaTV Shows 2 Paid
9HakuoukiTV Shows 0 Paid
10Ronin WarriorsTV Shows 0 Paid

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