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Mutsu Enmei Ryu Gaiden: Shura no Toki

Alternate title : Shura no Toki

Studio : Studio Comet

Licenced by : Media Blasters

Length : 26 Episodes

Year : 2004

Genre : Shounen - Historical

Synopsis :
In the early days of the Edo period, the Tokugawa Shogunate are annexing all the fiefs into one country. It is still turbulent times where dreams are realised through the force of arms, but at risk to one's life.

Of the tacticians appearing then, the strongest who was hailed as a "Shura", was the name of the giant "Miyamoto Musashi".

Those aiming to be the strongest are fated to have a showdown...

There is a legendary martial arts called the "Mutsuenmeiryu" that the practitioner fights unarmed, existing since the Heian period.

The method and way of this invincible style is continued by the "Mutsuenmeiryu" successors. Their fights with sword masters throughout the ages make up magnificient stories.

Added : 2005-10-30
Synopsis by : Yebyosh
Last update : 2007-10-31
Last update details : Modify info
Score : 8
Number of reviews : 7

Link(s) :

Official #1 : MMV's Shura Website (Japanese)
Official #2 : TV Tokyo's Shura Website (Japanese)

Song(s) :

OP1 : Sacra - Identity

ED1 : Akane Osawa - Natsuhiboshi

Release(s) :

2005-06-22 -- Episode(s) 26 by RevQuest & Katana. BT Link
2005-06-09 -- Episode(s) 26 by Aoi-Anime. BT Link
2005-06-08 -- Episode(s) 19 by Aoi-Anime. BT Link

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Posted by : rae214
Posted on : 2007-05-04        

I think this is the first "fighting anime" that I really watched from start until end. I'm not a big fan of "Dragonball-like anime" so I'm quite amazed that I like this anime.

Story: 9/10
It’s basically divided into 3 parts, representing 3 generations. Each story is unique in its own way, although I wish it was longer! Basically the plot was quite repetitive, the Shura overpowering who people thought to be the strongest during that time, but the "how they did it" part was so interesting that I just had to watch it all!

Drawing/Animation: 8/10
The characters were drawn okay. The males were just a bit crude, but the females were nice. I just love the way expressions change their faces.

Music: 10/10
I love the opening song! I'm still singing it in my head at the moment.

Verdict: Very good anime. Makes me wonder if I could study mutsu enmeii ryu as well and kick ass like the Mutsu guys!

Posted by : seefutbow
Posted on : 2005-08-29        

I followed this when it first came out and stopped because it got licensed. I found it a while ago and watched the series from where I left off, and it was just as I remembered it.

Animation: The character designs were different, and the drawing style was different from what I like. The animation did suffice though. It wasn't extremely well done or to my liking, but it wasn't bad at all. The animation was consistent to a point, but a few scenes seemed to lack the same quality as was seen throughout the series. Not bad. The highlight of the animation was the fight scenes. The fight scenes were well animated and very fluid. Definitely a positive. 8.

Sound: The music wasn't that great. It definitely didn't leave an impression on me. I didn't like the ending song because it wasn't my cup of tea, and the opening song I barely even listened to. The background music I don't even remember, even though I practically just finished watching the series. The overall music just didn't leave a positive impression on me. 6.

Story: The series revolves around three Mutsu users, who are bare-handed fighters, placed in consecutive time periods. To my knowledge, the setting and most of the characters, besides the Mutsu users, are non-fiction, whereas the main characters, the Mutsu users, are fiction. Basically the series goes about detailing how the Mutsu users have influenced Japanese history, but being left out of history records. Very interesting spin on Japanese history. 9.

Characters: The characters were very unimpressive. Their personalities were all the same. For all 3 stories, the Mutsu users and their female counterparts were basically cut from the same mold. The Mutsu users were all aloof with carefree attitudes and amazing physical attributes. The female love interests were all strong-willed women with revenge or something similar set in their minds. Very lacking in this department. 6.

Enjoyment: I really liked this series in the beginning. The first and second Mutsu stories were by far more interesting than the last. The last Mutsu's story involved too much politics, and the pacing seemed to slow down. The action was better in the first two stories too. 7.

Overall: Decent series with some nice qualities, but some big flaws too. If you have some time and you like action, this might be a series for you.

Posted by : SzeKuanTai
Posted on : 2005-07-07        

Overall I thought Shura No Toki was a splended display of fantastic art and tradition in a stylistic manner that kept me wanting more.

Shura No Toki has some interesting character development and some great quick fighting scenes that kept me wanting more. Though I found some of the story a bit difficult to follow since it spans 3 periods of time.
I found myself going back and rewatching the first 3 volumes, just to see if I could connect the rest of the story.

With slight phrases from key characters it helps put the story into light and is one of the best series out there.
I have yet to see the final V.6 and am highly anticipating it's release here in the U.S.
The historical attributes the story offers are also entertaining and gives a good insight into the history of traditional Japan, at least I thought so.

The backgrounds and the use of old style landscape paintings for some of the less and more important scenes were outstanding, and anyone who is an anmie fan or not, would enjoy this series.
The characters are not only likeable but display themes that most people these days don't seem to respect or honor, and is a shame.

I only wish I could find a crew of animators to create such a splendid peice of work.

Posted by : SSS
Posted on : 2005-06-26        

Shura no Toki has a very interesting concept in which the story spans three different time periods with three different main characters. The fight scenes are very fun to watch although at times it is a little short and the story is pretty straight forward and makes sense. The minor flaw is that the story in itself becomes a little repetitive.

The characters are really well drawn and easy to like. It's actually amazing how even though the anime goes through three different main characters, you manage to like them fairly quickly.

I think that this anime is really good, although not the best fighting anime i've seen. I really liked the martial arts and fight scenes, but i think they could've done a better job tying the three time periods together and ending the anime better too.
I would recommend this anime to anyone who likes a good martial arts fight scene.

Posted by : llhtom
Posted on : 2005-04-05        

Finally, some great anime just shown up. SNT is quite awesome and full of action anime. Perfect for action seeker like me and others audience as well. Sounds and music for the anime was good around 9 (1-10 scale). The characters in the anime are fun to watch and you will be sure to be rooting for their adventure. However, don't get me wrong. The animation is very slick. It's well drawn, with nice crisp lines that we all know and love from modern animes. However, I am going to take away a few points for the character design. It is a common problem in anime for characters to look similar, but in this anime, characters sometimes look EXACTLY ALIKE. It can get confusing in a few places where you wonder who is who. So besides the character design, the fights have some nice animation to them. The story is focused on the masters of the "Mutsu Enmei Ryuu" which is a fighting style that doesn`t use weapons. Well, can't say anymore or it would be a spoiler. Overall rating: the anime is quite well done and I am sure you will enjoy the story.

Posted by : HitenMitsuriguiRyu
Posted on : 2004-12-16        

I've been waiting for something like this. This anime combines the badass sowrdsmanship of Rurouni Kenshin and the hand to hand ass kickery of DBZ fighting. I love the story since it follows the exploits of real historical Samurai as they encounter the Mutsu; a group of warriors that use hand to hand techniques. The Mutsu are all a little spaced out and like to eat a lot, but they are all severe bad asses. It's a nice combonation of fiction and non-fiction; especially since it covers Miyamoto Musashi who is my friggin' idol. The animation and music are good, but not spectacular. It's the characters and the basis in reality that make this anime one of the best in my opinion. I'm not going to give away the story but iId definetly recommend this to anyone who likes fightning anime. Yare Yare...WATCH IT!!!

Posted by : hatori
Posted on : 2004-06-29        

"There is a legend. Since the age of Heian, they have fought unarmed and it is said they walk the path of the undefeated. They are the Shura. The people call their techniques... Mutsu Enmei-ryuu." This is Shura No Toki.

If your looking for a good fighting/action series that is very light and not extremely serious. Then Shura No Toki should suit you fairly well it has the same atmosphere as the Ruroni Kenshin except the fight scenes dont get as enteense as the previous. But none the less they are still energetic and captivating though rather short at times: the setting is in Japan; however, it takes place in three different times the main character changes with each time period. The main characters use a unarmed fighting style however they are very lax about fighting unless they are a truly strong opponent . This is where those of you who know your japanese legend and history comes in because each character fights a famous samurai from each respective time. Musashi Miyamoto and Jubei Yagyuu are a few examples.

Anyways if you liked any of the following series then I strongly implore you to give this a try, or anything similar.

Ruroni Kenshin

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