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Samurai Shodown The Motion Picture
Reviewer: Rowena Lim Lei 12/31/1999

Six holy warriors are reborn to resume the fight they lost one hundred years ago. Haohmaru, Charlotte, Galford, Nakoruru, Wan Fu, and Tam Tam team up to defeat the ultimate evil in the form of their former comrade, Amakusa. Amakusa had already given his soul to an evil god. The holy warriors must learn from their past mistakes and seal the evil once and for all.
*Yawn*... Samurai Shodown's plot is on the predictable side. The fact that the fighting scenes don't have much impact doesn't help either. The art borders from so-so to okay, but the animation is below average. The action scenes are bland compared to other fighting game-based anime I've seen. In terms of character development, there is very little to none at all. Another thing I should point out is that they changed Amakusa's gender in the English version. Amakusa is a man in the original Japanese, but since his clothes and hairstyle can come across as feminine, they turned him into a her. Amakusa is portrayed as a witch of sorts in the English version, but he's actually one of the toughest male samurai warriors in the original SS. I was not satisfied with the voices they used in the English dub. Also, the dubbing itself was not very good. The characters' lip movements and the words just did not synchronize. On the positive side, the pacing is okay and I didn't fall asleep or anything. Maybe fans of the game will like this better than I did, but I doubt it because I used to be a fan of the game too. I suggest you just play the game to get your SS fix.
The video tape's box looks deceptively nice. This is one of those anime videos I wish I had never bought.

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Review Title:
Samurai Shodown The Motion Picture
Alternative Titles:
Samurai Spirits, Samurai Showdown
120 Minutes
General Rating:
1 out of 5 stars
Suitable For:
Older Children
Adventure, Historical, Samurai
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