This great tale takes us back to the very early days
of Japan’s feudal system where warlords and samurai ruled the earth. A
quest has been undertaken for artefacts that will hopefully save the
entire world from the age of darkness that has befallen the world.
We are introduced to the great samurai Minamoto and
the hopes of the world that are placed upon him and the successful
completion of his quest. Minamoto becomes unwell and before anyone can
find out, his sister Hiraku takes over this highly important role,
disguising her identity and becoming a “samurai” on this adventure.
There are a collection of artefacts that she has to
find and the world that she lives in is fouled by the presence of
bandits on the road and political infighting that threatens to destroy
the ruling family. It seems that only by collecting all the Magatama,
can Hiraku restore the order that is so desperately needed.
The animation on the title is lovely with a very
traditional look to the drawing, combining heavy shadow work and
detailed backgrounds. I preferred listening to the Japanese audio on
this edition. Subtitles were adequate and ably assisted in the
Extras on the disc were a treat and actually well
fleshed out. Of particular interest was the additional information about
the period in which this storyline takes place.
If I had a complaint it would be that the story is a
bit slow, however it seems that we’ll be building up the characters to
continue their adventures. Hiraku is a well developed lead character in
a complex storyline that makes for good viewing. Recommended.