Judge Mitchell Hattaway once shot a samurai with a Super Soaker. Nobody ever said he was particularly bright.
Welcome to the Wild Wild East.
Japan's Edo era is coming to a close. A small band of freedom fighters known as the Samurai Guns have come together in an effort to end the bloody rule of the Tokugawa Shogunate. Although they lead normal lives by day, Ichimatsu, Daimon, and Kurenai spend their nights on covert missions, employing advanced weapons supplied to them by the Ukishima Shrine—weapons they hope will help bring an and to the oppression of the Shogunate.
The first four episodes of the anime series Samurai Gun are included on this release. Here's a brief synopsis of each:
• Episode 1: "The Man With the Samurai Gun"
• Episode 2: "Experimental Railroad"
• Episode 3: "The Sleeping Flower"
There is absolutely no reason to recommend this series. The characters are thinly drawn. The plotting is crude and far too episodic. The stories are repetitive. The animation itself is incredibly lackluster. On the other hand, if you're looking for nothing more than liberal doses of graphic violence and leering sex, then this series is just for you, as these two elements appear to be the series' primary selling points.
The only flaws in the transfer are some infrequent jagged edges and a few instances of grain in a handful of darker scenes. There is very little heft or channel separation in the Japanese stereo track; there is very little surround action in the English Dolby Digital dub, although you do get a wide spread across the front of the soundstage and some nice low-end activity. That being said, I'd advise anyone who does watch to stick with the Japanese track, as the voice acting in the dub is a bit of a mixed bag and the dialogue in the English script has a tendency to contradict what you'll find in the original version. (The dub is also considerably more profane than its Japanese counterpoint; why this is so is beyond me.) Extras include the standard clean opening/closing sequences, previews, and art galleries. You also get seven minutes of outtakes in which the English cast improvises unfunny dialogue over footage from the series.
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