Samurai Gun Season One DVD Review - www.impuslegamer.com -

Feature 7.0
Video 9.0
Audio 8.0
Special Features   0.0
Total 8.0
Distributor: AV Channel
Running Time:
100 minutes
Classification:
MA15+
Reviewer:
Felix Stacia

8.0


Samurai Gun
Season One

Being barely uninitiated in the cerebral quagmire that is Japanese animation, I’m not sure how helpful my comments on this one will be.  I am sure fans of the genre will instantly dismiss my ‘insights’ and move on—and I can’t really blame them. 

Director Kazuhito Kikuchi’s Japanese Western tells the story of Ichimatsu, an altruistic, technology-embracing samurai (he has a gun) whose piece of resistance in the face of a brutal, autocratic shōgun is could hardly be describes as ‘non-violent’. 

I could certainly relate to him. By day he hangs out with prostitutes, whilst by night he heroically runs to their rescue. I only had the first disc of the first season to work with, so I only have a scratchy impression of the plot, partly because of its slow development. The animation reminded me of expressionistic noir. Whilst there are dominant colours—both warm reds and cold blues and black—there is never an overwhelming saturation. Everything is kept subdued and disconcerting. 

The level of violence I found quite unexpected. It took a while to get used to, but even so, the scene with a woman’s abdomen being pierced and then sadistically, meticulously broken as per a delicious lobster is a bit too much. I forgot that it is just a drawing—I had to double-pinch myself. 

The disc offers both original Japanese and English soundtracks. The period feel, coupled with the hint of feminist stance made it quite attractive, personally speaking. The violence could be a bit much for those new to this game, but from what I am learning, it goes with the territory! 

Felix Staica






 
 



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