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Samurai: Hunt for the Sword

A Parent's Guide to Anime
Rated: PG

Parental Guidance Advised

Reviewed by Rosalyn Hunter:

I viewed this as a commercial dub. It had pretty, clean animation and a functional, understandable script. It was, however, uninspired and was not as deep as the writers hoped it would be.

A young man, son of a sword master, takes over the management of his dad's dojo when he goes away on important business. All the students leave because they have no faith in the kid, and all that is left is a collection of cute girls. Another dojo steals a legendary sword, and the boy must fight the head of this dojo to the death to get it back. This is punctuated by women talking about their breasts.

Blood is shown in some situations. Most of the fights are pretty tame though. Two killings off screen. One gratuitous cutting in half to show us who the bad guy is.

Typical boys samurai drama. Mostly harmless fluff. Totally anachronistic women in ancient Tokyo. Flat. Uninspired. Derivative.

Parent's Guide Rating:

yellow (parental guidance advised)

Suggestive situations - close up on woman jiggling breasts as she says "do you like them?" (The excessive talk about women's breasts kept me from showing it to my five year old).

Gratuitous cutting in half of a man. Lower body shown falling away bloody. Otherwise fight scenes are not that bad.

Flashback where boy sees father kill a man. Blood spatters on the boy's face

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