Samurai anime is a subgenre of historical anime that focuses on the feudal Japan era and the samurai warriors who lived during it. The following nine titles are some of the best-known and most highly-rated examples of the genre.
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Daigo Kagemitsu, the rich samurai master ,’s is fading, and he would do anything for power, even reject Buddha and establish a contract with demons. His prayers are granted by 12 demons, who provide him the authority he seeks by assisting the expansion of his prefecture, but at a cost. When Kagemitsu’s first baby is born, he lacks limbs, a nose, eyes, ears, and even skin—yet he lives.
This kid is thrown into a river and forgotten. But, by chance, he is saved by a medicine man who gives him with prosthetics and weapons, allowing him to survive and fend for himself. The kid grows and lives, and despite his inability to see, hear, or feel anything, he must overcome the demons that abducted him as a sacrifice.
With each one’s death, he reclaims a piece of himself that is properly his. He walks alone for many years until one day an orphan youngster named Dororo befriends him. In a cruel, demon-infested planet, the odd couple of castaways must now battle for their existence and humanity.
Edo was a metropolis that embodied the energy and ambition of samurai from all across the land. However, following feudal Japan’s surrender to strong aliens known as the “Amanto,” such ambitions now appear to be unachievable. With the once-powerful shogunate restored as a puppet government, a new legislation is enacted that immediately bans the use of swords in public.
Gintoki Sakata, an eccentric silver-haired guy who always carries a wooden sword and retains his samurai status despite the ban, enters the picture. Gintoki frequently goes on attempts to help others as the founder of Yorozuya, a tiny business for odd jobs—though generally in pretty bizarre and unexpected ways.
The Yorozuya, aided by Shinpachi Shimura, a boy with glasses who claims to be learning the ways of the samurai; Kagura, a tomboyish girl with superhuman strength and an endless appetite; and Sadaharu, their giant pet dog who loves biting on people’s heads, encounter everything from alien royalty to brawls with local gangs in Edo’s ever-changing world.
Toyohisa Shimazu is the rearguard for his fleeing soldiers at the Battle of Sekigahara in 1600, and he is badly wounded when he finds himself in a clean, sparkling white hallway. Faced with nothing except a stoic guy named Murasaki and hundreds of doors on both sides, Toyohisa is drawn inside the nearest door and into a world unlike his own.
The odd country is inhabited by all kinds of magical animals, as well as soldiers assumed to be dead from various eras of Toyohisa’s universe. Toyohisa quickly befriends the notorious warlord Nobunaga Oda and the ancient archer Yoichi Suketaka Nasu, and learns about the continent’s political strife.
Furthermore, they have been summoned as “Drifters” to combat the “Ends,” people who are responsible for the Orte Empire’s existence and are attempting to exterminate the Drifters. As the Ends become more strong, the Empire’s oppression of elves and other demihumans intensifies. It is up to Toyohisa and his band of outlandish heroes to fight in a brand-new world war to aid the Empire’s citizens while also preserving the nation.
Fuu Kasumi is a youthful and clumsy waitress who works calmly at a little teahouse. That is, until she inadvertently spills a drink on one of her clients! With a bunch of samurai harassing her, Fuu urgently calls on another samurai in the store, Mugen, who rapidly overcomes them with his chaotic fighting method, resembling breakdancing moves.
Unfortunately for Mugen, he chooses to battle the hesitant ronin Jin, who uses a more exact and traditional style of swordfighting, and the latter proves to be a strong opponent. The only problem is that they wind up burning the entire business and accidently murdering the son of the local magistrate.
The two samurai are arrested and sentenced to death for their crime. They are saved, though, by Fuu, who hires them as her bodyguards. Though she no longer has a place to call home, the former waitress desires to track down a specific warrior who smells like sunflowers and enlists the assistance of the now-exonerated duo to do so.
Despite their initial opposition, the two finally agree to help the girl in her quest, and the trio sets off on an expedition to discover this mystery warrior—that is, if Fuu can keep Mugen and Jin from murdering each other.
Hitokiri Battousai was a renowned assassin who lived in the closing years of the Bakumatsu era. He was feared across the country as a brutal murderer, but unexpectedly vanished at the height of the Japanese Revolution. Although it has been ten years since then, the mere mention of Battousai still strikes fear into the hearts of military veterans.
Unbeknownst to them, Battousai has abandoned his bloodthirsty lifestyle in an attempt to atone for his crimes, and is now known as Kenshin Himura, a travelling swordsman with a positive outlook and a strong determination. Kenshin vows never to murder again and devotes his life to defending the defenceless. One day, he runs across Kaoru Kamiya at her kendo dojo, which is under attack by an imposter posing as Battousai. After getting assistance from Kenshin, Kaoru enables him to stay at the dojo, causing the former assassin to temporarily halt his travels.
The storey is set in Japan. The year is 2030, and the Earth has been entirely overrun by a viral sickness known as “Gibia,” which transforms affected individuals into diverse monsters dependent on their age, gender, and race.
A samurai and a ninja from the early Edo era travel through time together and arrive in a destroyed Japan to assist a professor working on a viral cure.
Before attempting to conquer over Japan, Oda Nobunaga was a teenager who began his route to greatness alongside his younger brother and devoted supporters. The hardships young boys experience promise a future where they might bloom into great men via succession, betrayal, fights, and relationships with one another.
The Bakumatsu era was one in which young men’s souls burned with fear for their country’s future. Takasugi Shinsaku, a Choshu soldier of fortune, sneaks onboard a government ship with his friend Katsura Kogorou in quest of a mysterious “timepiece” with the ability to change time, which he suspects the government intends to preserve for itself.
Takasugi intends to destroy the relic rather than allow such power to slip into the wrong hands, but after obtaining it, the artefact is swiftly stolen, prompting the two to track the mystery thief to the seat of government in Kyoto.
When they arrive in the city, however, they learn that the government has been overthrown and that the deity Susanoo now reigns in its place. Takasugi and Katsura’s memories of the city’s streets and inhabitants are vastly different. Takasugi and Katsura decide to rewind time and preserve their nation from the sinister forces attempting to hijack it, despite the fact that the times have changed.
The people of Hinomoto, who were liberated from samurai tyranny 150 years ago, live tranquil lives and worship their liberators—demons whose real forms remain mysterious gods. Musashi, fated to mine rocks for the demons to feast on, is well aware of the sad reality: mankind is enslaved by these otherworldly monsters, and the samurai are the final line of defence.
Musashi lives in agony until his graduation day, hiding his actual feelings from his friends and growing apart from his childhood pal Kojirou Kanemaki.
When the new graduates arrive to the mine, they are shocked to observe the terrible treatment of the workers and the strange physical appearance of their supervisors. Musashi, on the other hand, manages to survive thanks to Kojirou’s assistance.
Musashi is once again saved from eventual doom by the Takeda samurai clan as the demon commander wreaks havoc on the mine. Musashi, recovering from humiliation and craving for adventure, sets off on a trip to become a warrior and establish his own clan!