Samurai were the fiercest warriors in feudal Japan and drove fear into the hearts of their enemies. Many tales of the samurai and their mighty swords, both real and fictitious, have been adopted into anime and these are five must-watch samurai anime series that you won’t want to miss.
The critically acclaimed, stylish, hip hop inspired samurai anime, Samurai Champloo follows the samurai Mugen and Jin as they escort the ponderous Fuu across Edo period Japan to find the samurai that “smells of sunflowers.”
Japan has been conquered by aliens who have barred anyone from carrying samurai swords effectively ending the rule of the samurai. However, Gintoki Sakata still believes in the way of the samurai and accepts samurai jobs with his sidekick Shinpachi Shimura to pay his rent in this episodic, comedic, science fantasy. Overall a really great sci fi anime with some classic flair.
Samurai Hitokiri Battousai used to be a ruthless assassin that inflicted pain and fear in the minds of anyone he crossed until one day he suddenly vanished. Denouncing his old lifestyle, he is now the reformed Kenshin Himura, a pacifist that wishes only to save the persecuted people of the world.
Drifters is a 2016 historical fiction series following Samurai Toyohisa Shimazu who suddenly finds himself transplanted from feudal Japan to a mysterious fantasy land. Joined by two other Samurai, Oda Nobunaga and Nasu No Yoichi, the three must find a way to save themselves and this wonderous place from a group known as “the ends.”
Afro, voiced by Samuel L. Jackson, is on a quest to avenge his father who was struck down by a gunman who desired to attain his father’s ranking as the number one Samurai on the planet.