- 1 Season
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.