Slash slash chop chop: A must-watch samurai anime list

There is something about the samurai. He possesses wit and wisdom, is swift of sword - or shall we say 'quick of katana' - and cuts down bad guys in his way. He is noble, righteous and has enough flair and audacity to right all the wrongs in the world. In the anime world, the image of the samurai can be milked to the very last drop, and he would still be unbelievably cool. The samurai simply reigns. takes its pick of must-watch samurai anime series to totally pay attention to. Slay on!

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Afro Samurai
Making its first appearance in a manga magazine in 1999, Afro Samurai creator Takashi Okazaki essentially took his adoration of black culture to invent, of all characters, a black samurai. As a boy, Afro Samurai saw how his father - then the most invincible in the world with the No. 1 headband - fell to Justice (great name for a villain) in a battle, the one who was then No. 2 in the world. As Justice went on to usurp his dad's position as the world's best fighter, Afro grew up to become No. 2. As he seeks Justice to avenge his dead father, he meets several colourful characters who battle him for his headband. Very epic.

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Rurouni Kenshin: Tsuiokuhen
You have heard of Rurouni Kenshin. Well, every enigmatic hero (and anti-hero) has a past, and this one's no exception. Rurouni Kenshin: Tsuiokuhen is a short prequel to this series, clocking in at just four (but great!) episodes. When hermit swordsman Hiko encounters a bunch of bandits ambushing a slavewagon and saves a young boy's life from the massacre, he takes the boy in and grooms him in the way of the sword. Herein starts the story of Kenshin's life. Who was he really like as the fearsome assassin Hitokiri Battousai? How did he get that distinctive x-shaped cheek scar? Many, if not all, your bugging questions from Rurouni Kenshin, will be answered here.

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Yasuri Shichika, like many of us, has no sword. But, unlike us, he has a number of things going for him: he is the esteemed seventh head of the Kyotoryuu school of martial arts, and the son of an exiled war hero. Together with Togame (a feisty samurai general who commands him to collect twelve legendary blades with her) the two set out on a trip to round up these swords... and here at home, we round up good eats and beer bellies. Life can be so unfair.

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