Anime: Kaze no Yojimbo

Kaze no Yojimbo is one of the first Seinen anime series I have ever watched. Thinking back, it might be one of the titles which converted me into a fan of the seinen genre.

By Studio Pierrot
Genre: Action, Adventure, Mystery Seinen
Aired: 2001

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Kaze no Yojimbo (trans. Bodyguard of the Wind) is a 2001/2002 Japanese animated television series based on Akira Kurosawa's chanbara film Yojimbo.

The series follows George Kodama into the small town of Kimujuku. The wanderer quickly realizes he is an unwelcomed visitor and becomes caught up in a violent conflict between rival crime syndicates.

Jyouji "George" Kodama arrives in the town of Kimujuku in search of a man named Genzo Araki. Unable to find him, he learns that the town is divided in two distinct factions. Sensing that Kimujuku's residents are hiding something, Jyouji takes work from each faction, playing them against each other in an effort to uncover the secret and the whereabouts of Genzo.
The town's secrets and mysterious characters triggers audience's curiosity and speculation. George himself and his circumstances is an enigma. His true identity and motivation for finding Genzo Araki is unclear. The series continues to keep viewers at bay as each episode builds up mysteries and peels them bit by bit. Not only that the plot entertains, but stimulate the brain (at least mine).

Kaze no Yojimbo's art and animation is simple and nothing out of the ordinary. The colors are quite somber and faded. It creates and maintains a depressin bland nothing much, but they are not boring to watch at all. In contrast, their personalities are well developed and complex. Even though the animation may not be satisfactory, but it can be overlooked because of its quality plot.

Must watch!


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