Samurai 7

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  • TV-PG
  • 2004
  • 1 Season
  • 7.6  (3,867)

The war is over, but peace is still out of reach in this anime series, based on the classic movie Seven Samurai. In a dystopian, alternate-future resembling feudal Japan, the peasantry is at the mercy of the emperor, Bandits, a scheming merchant class, and mysterious Guardians. The constant warring has finally come to an end, only to leave the world in upheaval. The feudal structure is disintegrating and the weapons of the war, samurai turned into mechanical fighting machines, rampage across the countryside victimizing everyone in their path. Without a war to wage, the Bandits turn on the peasantry, stealing their harvest and their women. These constant attacks take their toll, causing one village of rice farmers to fight back. The elder of Kanna village sends water priestess Kirara, to find samurai with the strength and the honor needed to protect their village. Without money to pay the samurai, the villagers can only offer rice as payment, which makes hiring protectors for Kanna a difficult task. Eventually, Kirara meets Kanbei, a master samurai, and although he refuses her offer at first, he soon realizes that the priestess of Kanna has gotten herself into more danger than even the bandits pose. Together, they gather together the seven samurai needed to protect Kanna village: Kanbei the master, Katsushiro the apprentice, Gorobei the entertainer, Heihachi the drifter, Kyuzou the loner, Shichiroji the friend, and Kikuchiyo the fool. Each samurai has his own reason for protecting Kanna village, and each is not the man he first appears to be. However, it soon becomes clear to them that protecting Kanna from bandit raids is not going to be enough. There are more dangers that await the samurai, than the villagers of Kanna could have foreseen. Directed by Toshifumi Takizawa for Studio Gonzo, the Japanese version features the voice talents of: Masaki Terasoma, Romi Paku, and Fumiko Orikasa. The English dub features the voices of R. Bruce Elliott, Sean Michael Teague, and Colleen Clinkenbeard as Kirara.

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Plant!
26. Plant!
December 25, 2004
The explosive fight against the Capital continues, with both sides suffering major losses. The mighty Capital has been downed, but its inertia continues to propel it toward the village at a disastrous speed. Saving the village now will take more costly sacrifices. As the dust settles, what happens to the survivors who must bury their fallen friends?
Fall!
25. Fall!
December 25, 2004
In addition to the Capital's terrifying Mujou Gun, Ukyo has created a fleet of Nobuseri drones - a mindless army numbering in the thousands that follow his every command. Undaunted by the impossible odds, Kambei drives the samurai directly into the heart of the massive fleet. The ultimate battle for the future of the peasants and the empire has begun.
Promise!
24. Promise!
December 11, 2004
Katsushiro, still acting on his own, has returned to Kanna to defend it from the approaching Capital. This will be a daunting task - the massive air-ship's main weapon could level the village with a single blast. Unbeknownst to Katsushiro, Kambei and the rest of the samurai are racing toward the Capital as well, poised for the final showdown.
Liar
23. Liar
December 11, 2004
Ukyo is brilliantly playing Kanna's success to his own advantage, calling on ronin samurai to defend other villages from the Bandits, while at the same time secretly ordering the Bandits to increase their attacks on the villages. But to achieve his two-faced goals, Ukyo has one essential caveat. Kanna must be burned to the ground.
Slap!
22. Slap!
November 27, 2004
Kambei's rescue has created deep rifts between Katsushiro and his sensei. Kambei believes the young samurai was too rash in his attempted heroics, and Katsushiro believes Kambei was arrogant to battle the Capital alone. At a time when every move is critical, with Ukyo's plot rapidly unfolding, can the samurai survive their team being split in two?
Fools!
21. Fools!
November 27, 2004
In an unpredictable mix of heroics and political maneuverings, the rescue team finds a way out of the Capital alive, and takes refuge at the Firefly House. With Kambei pardoned, Sanae and Muzuki freed, and peace promised to Kanna, it seems the samurai's work is done. But the merchant Maro has a warning: the true struggle has only begun.
Change!
20. Change!
November 13, 2004
Ukyo's sudden rise to power has put Kambei at his mercy, and mercy is evidently not what this scheming clone has in mind. Kambei will be executed in a public display. Kikuchiyo and Katsushiro's rescue party arrive in the city just in time to hear the news of their leader's scheduled beheading. But can they battle quickly enough to save him?
Disobey!
19. Disobey!
November 13, 2004
Kambei's confrontation with the Emperor - and Rikichi's wife - has landed him in a prison cell, awaiting his fate as the purported assassin of the Imperial Envoy. But the turmoil at the Capital is far from over. A political whirlwind has engulfed the empire with Ukyo at its center; and the outcome could make him more dangerous than ever before.
Evade!
18. Evade!
October 23, 2004
From the very beginning of this new Era of Merchants, little has been known about the Capital, and the divine ruler who manages this complicated system of control. Who is this man, responsible for the rise of the Merchants, the energy trade, and the Bandits torment of the peasants? With sword in hand, Kambei is about to find out.
Cut!
17. Cut!
October 23, 2004
The samurai must come to terms with the aftermath of battle. They can't look to Kambei for leadership; he departs on a solitary trek to the Guardian's cave, having an even more perilous mission in mind.
Death!
16. Death!
October 9, 2004
Kanna is bombarded by rainfall as the Bandits make their final attack on the village. Deploying waves of attackers from every direction - from ninja-like foot soldiers to the giant Benigumo machines - the Bandits clearly will not stop until the village is destroyed. In the battle's furious climax, not all of the samurai will survive.
Soaked!
15. Soaked!
October 9, 2004
The samurai's heroics have won momentary peace for the village, but as Kirara's Dowsing Crystal indicates, much darker clouds are on the horizon. While Katsushiro and Kirara battle with their feelings for each other, Kyuzo proves just how fearless and skilled a samurai can be - embarking on a solo mission into the heart of the enemy camp.
Go Wild!
14. Go Wild!
September 25, 2004
The first attack has sent the Bandits into a retreat, but it won't take them long to strike back. Now Kambei initiates an even bolder plan ? handing Kyuzo, Gorobei, Katsushiro, and Kikuchiyo over to the enemy. With the entire village on the brink of destruction, can the samurai defeat the Bandits from the inside of their own massive ship?
Hit!
13. Hit!
September 25, 2004
The first battle has finally arrived. Are the villagers ready? Or has all of their hard work been in vain? They will find out only when their defenses are tested at last.
Cry!
12. Cry!
September 11, 2004
Katsushiro has taken a step on the samurai path he can never take back: he's made his first kill. Kirara is guilt-ridden, feeling she's pushed Katsushiro into spilling blood before he was ready. Meanwhile, the village is thrown into an uproar, debating what to do with the traitor, Manzo. Only a surprising revelation from Kikuchiyo can reunite the splintered group.
They've Come!
11. They've Come!
September 11, 2004
The samurai finally arrive at Kanna Village; and find no one there to greet them. Recent threats from the Bandits have shaken the farmers' resolve, and not all of them want the samurai's help. As the samurai begin their preparations for war, they must confront something even more dangerous: betrayal from the farmers who have hired them.
Gather!
10. Gather!
August 28, 2004
Knowing legions of Nobuseri will be searching for them soon, Kambei decides the group must go to Kanna immediately, though the team of seven is not yet complete. Dividing into smaller groups to avoid detection, the samurai and farmers embark down three separate paths to the village. To survive the trek, new bonds of trust must be quickly forged.
In Half!
9. In Half!
August 28, 2004
Kikuchiyo has been foolishly captured by the Bandits, and the samurai must leave the caves to rescue him. But as soon as they reach daylight the towering machines ambush them. Clearly a traitor is in their midst. Can Kambei and the others survive their first clash with the Nobuseri? And how should samurai deal with betrayal?
Anger!
8. Anger!
August 14, 2004
The samurai escape a merchant raid, only to find themselves in a cavern city under the watchful gaze of the Shikimoribito. Who are these mysterious "Guardians"? Man or machine? Ally or enemy? A new friend tries to explain, but she is hiding something, too. Will these secrets mean trouble for the samurai, and the farmers they've sworn to protect?
Cure!
7. Cure!
August 14, 2004
With Kikuchiyo's fate uncertain, Kambei leads the samurai into a city of relaxation - and pays a visit to a trusted friend. Shichiroji fought with Kambei in the Great War, but has settled down to a peaceful life with a woman he adores. Can samurai truly abandon the warrior way? Will Shichiroji leave his love, and take up his sword again?
Leave it to me!
6. Leave it to me!
July 24, 2004
After the Imperial Envoy is murdered, a citywide hunt for all samurai begins. The team plans a fast escape, but blundering Kikuchiyo seizes the moment to prove himself to the team.
Lame!
5. Lame!
July 24, 2004
Frustrated by their inability to find willing (and capable) samurai, Kambei's group stops at a teashop to recharge. There, they are told of a wandering, moneyless man who chops wood with his sword to pay for meals. As they soon learn, that is only the start of this nomad's peculiar, rice-loving, philosophizing ways. But his uniqueness could prove invaluable.
Let's Go!
4. Let's Go!
July 10, 2004
The group has gotten the Magistrate's attention - never a good thing. Viewing samurai "relics" as a threat to merchant authority, their scuffle with his son makes a convenient excuse. He orders the group's execution, farmers and samurai alike. As they battle a string of assassins, Kambei encounters one silent, incredibly skilled samurai he is determined to recruit.
You Must Be Kidding!
3. You Must Be Kidding!
July 10, 2004
Since the Great War ended, society has been turned upside down. Samurai honor has been replaced by the materialism of the merchants, and displaced warriors must find new ways to survive. For one battle-scarred man, that means entertainment, exploiting his skills for daily bread. But with his real-world approach and adaptability, he may be exactly what the farmers need.
Eat!
2. Eat!
June 12, 2004
Kirara's Dowsing Crystal found a samurai strong enough to lead them, but he refuses to help. Volunteering instead is the untried Katsushiro, but the Crystal does not point to him. Could Kirara's tool of divination be wrong? The answer must come quickly, when the Magistrate's pleasure-loving son kidnaps Kirara, and the young samurai faces his first real test.
Slash!
1. Slash!
June 12, 2004
Facing starvation at the hands of the Nobuseri, the farmers of Kanna Village make a desperate decision: hire samurai to wage war. The village's Water Priestess, Kirara, her little sister Komachi, and a heartbroken man named Rikichi journey to a giant merchant city. Navigating dangerous streets filled with ronin, they must find willing samurai before their village is lost.
Description

The war is over, but peace is still out of reach in this anime series, based on the classic movie Seven Samurai. In a dystopian, alternate-future resembling feudal Japan, the peasantry is at the mercy of the emperor, Bandits, a scheming merchant class, and mysterious Guardians. The constant warring has finally come to an end, only to leave the world in upheaval. The feudal structure is disintegrating and the weapons of the war, samurai turned into mechanical fighting machines, rampage across the countryside victimizing everyone in their path. Without a war to wage, the Bandits turn on the peasantry, stealing their harvest and their women. These constant attacks take their toll, causing one village of rice farmers to fight back. The elder of Kanna village sends water priestess Kirara, to find samurai with the strength and the honor needed to protect their village. Without money to pay the samurai, the villagers can only offer rice as payment, which makes hiring protectors for Kanna a difficult task.

Eventually, Kirara meets Kanbei, a master samurai, and although he refuses her offer at first, he soon realizes that the priestess of Kanna has gotten herself into more danger than even the bandits pose. Together, they gather together the seven samurai needed to protect Kanna village: Kanbei the master, Katsushiro the apprentice, Gorobei the entertainer, Heihachi the drifter, Kyuzou the loner, Shichiroji the friend, and Kikuchiyo the fool. Each samurai has his own reason for protecting Kanna village, and each is not the man he first appears to be. However, it soon becomes clear to them that protecting Kanna from bandit raids is not going to be enough. There are more dangers that await the samurai, than the villagers of Kanna could have foreseen.

Directed by Toshifumi Takizawa for Studio Gonzo, the Japanese version features the voice talents of: Masaki Terasoma, Romi Paku, and Fumiko Orikasa. The English dub features the voices of R. Bruce Elliott, Sean Michael Teague, and Colleen Clinkenbeard as Kirara.

Samurai 7 is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (26 episodes). The series first aired on June 12, 2004.

Where to Watch Samurai 7

Samurai 7 is available for streaming on the SKY PerfecTV website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Samurai 7 on demand at Amazon, Vudu and Crunchyroll.

  • Premiere Date
    June 12, 2004
  • IMDB Rating
    7.6  (3,867)