I think we’ve found a winner.




Tadanaga Tokugawa looks totally insane and sadistic in this anime, no lies.

Along with Mononoke, Shigurui has proven to me it’s one of the better anime this summer. The animation is incredibly fluid with detail, and as I thought the blood actually DID look quite… good. Brought to you by none other than MADHOUSE. As expected, it has a lot of barbarity and slaughter – quite a few of the scenes actually gave me quite a bit of a scare. I might not continue seeing how much of a wuss I am, but I won’t deny the high standard quality the show brings – the animation is quite excellent and the story isn’t half bad either.

Even if I may not, well, continually watch and write about it – first impressions are soon to come. Why, would you look at that, I already did!

OH SHI- Is that the dude’s trachea I see?! o_O Wow… ummm… beautiful? Barf.

2 thoughts on “I think we’ve found a winner.”

  1. Regarding your reply in the comment in the other Shigurui post: I’m rather surprised at how many folks ’round the forums love Texhnolyze, yourself and yours truly included. I mean, it’s not the type of place that you’d think that, but I think it’s close to ten people…

    TEX and Shigurui are love ’em or hate ’em anime, depending on if methodical pacing and meticulous direction is your cup of tea. Evidently it is yours.

    Another thing that I admire about Shigurui is that it’s hyper-violent but not in a ridiculously over-the-top vein such as Gantz or even its original manga incarnate (judging from what I’ve skimmed from the first four chapters). It’s bloody, but for the most part it kept in a realm of realism.

    There’s also an air of refinement about it that’s severely lacking in supposed samurai anime (anything that of the Rurouni Kenshin franchise beyond the OVAs, anyone?). It’s because of this that I’d love for Madhouse and Hamasaki (director of Texhnolyze and Shiguruito adapt Takehiko Inoue’s masterpiece manga, Vagabond. A good number of folks would cry out in anguish over this, including those who I believe who have good taste, but considering that the pacing in Vagabond is practically identical to that of what Hamasaki usually sets, I can’t imagine anyone else capturing the feel of that series quite as well.

    Also, will you be blogging Mononoke? (Wouldn’t mind seeing your thoughts on the two other summer greats, Baccano! and Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, too.)

  2. @HellKorn: I’ll probably have something up on Mononoke sometime today. I’ve been pretty busy lately and it’s been pretty hot lately so I’ve been cooped up in a room that DOESN’T have a computer most of the time. But yeah, I’ll probably have some first impressions sometime today.

    As for Baccano!, I’m actually torrenting it working on getting it right now. As for Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, I never got around to it – but it looks good.

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