In Japanese culture, the Samurai are one of the most important parts of their history. Considering that, it is one of the biggest inspirations for Japanese artists. They adapt the Samurai culture and history into their anime shows, giving some amazing fight sequences and even better discussions on honor and friendship. They are military members, but they are much more than that. They have a sense of code and honor that no one else in Japanese culture, and maybe even the world, has.
The following list will talk about the best animes with Samurai out there and believe us, there are many of them. Samurai have always been in anime, and while they tend to be in animes that are less about fantasy and more about real life, that doesn't mean they don't make for some fantastic battle scenes. Here are the 10 Best Samurai Anime.
10 Samurai 7
Samurai 7, is, you guessed it, based on the film Seven Samurai. It is very similar to the film. It's set in a futuristic world that has just been through a war that has put it on the brink of extinction.
Villages and cities are being torn apart by bandits who were once samurai soldiers. However, these samurai have now merged with machines and have become weapons. It made the last spot on the list because while it may be a good show, it just has the same taste of something that has already existed, making it not that original.
9 Brave 10
Brave 10 is about two warriors who also have superpowers and the interesting rivals and friends they meet throughout their adventures. It's a perfect mixture between fun-filled fantasy and action-packed anime.
There is a huge theme of balance in the show, on what it means to be good and bad, and how no one is just one or the other. The show manages to balance fun, action, and very real themes in the anime in a great way.
8 Saraiya Goyou (House of Five Leaves)
This anime deserves to be on the list literally just because of its amazing artwork. The story is pretty similar to quite a few others; it follows Akitsu who is naive but brave and ends up learning that there is a lot more to being a samurai than just holding a sword and looking cool.
However, the artwork is so wonderfully unique and beautiful that it is worth the watch. Besides, the story might sound repetitive but it's still excellent nonetheless.
7 Shigurui: Death Frenzy
If you haven't guessed from the title, Shigurui is a story about darkness, death, and lots and lots of blood. It's incredibly violent, and a lot of the characters experience long moments of hopelessness. If all of that sounds good, then you'll be okay with that anime.
It begins way back in 1629, in a tournament where students fight each other with actual swords. The story is about the first match that involves Fujiki Gennosuke and Irako Seigen, and what happens after the fact, and their pasts and what led them to the place that they are in now.
6 Sengoku Basara (Samurai Kings)
This anime manages to combine superpowers and samurai swordsmanship all into one neat package. It's a nice mix of the modern and the old fashioned, which is what makes it such a good anime.
The show follows the heroes of the show and their constant battles and struggles to battle their rivals, take down someone called the "demon king", and to take back the land that they feel belongs to them.
5 Basilisk: Kouga Ninpou Chou (The Kouga Ninja Scrolls)
This anime is perfect for fans of Romeo and Juliet. It's a beautiful love story told in the point of view of a prince and a princess from rivaling families who are falling in love.
The rival families are from ninja clans, and the constant blood feud is pushing them over the edge. While they ask for a truce throughout the anime, it, of course, wouldn't be a true anime if not for the secret battles that happen between the two families.
In an alternate Japan, Mushi, which are giant insects, begin to attack people and essentially bring down the whole country. Because of that, there are warriors that are rounded up and sent to fight them.
The story follows one of the samurai, Jinbei Tsukishima. He's a member of the City Patrol, and he is the one who takes the place of his father, who cannot fight anymore.
3 Afro Samurai
This show is set in a future version of Japan, and there is a legend that whoever holds the Number 1 headband will have god-like powers. It's all very Thor-like. Whoever has Number 2 can challenge Number 1, but anyone can challenge Number 2. Enter Afro Samurai.
He is constantly fighting battles, which is okay considering he's a master samurai. He goes through the anime going up against his rivals, trying to defeat evil, and becoming the best samurai in the world.
A huge anime, Gintama is an anime that takes place in the Feudal era of Japan. In this world, Japan has been taken over by aliens and the samurai have lost their powers. Our main character, Gintoki is forced to go from job to job because of it.
There are some amazing themes in the show that has to do with the government, rising up in rebellions, and of course, like every anime, power, friendship, and love--in whatever form it comes in. It's a truly excellent show.
1 Rurouni Kenshin (Samurai X)
Our number one entry had to be what is arguably the most successful and famous samurai anime in the world.
The story follows Kenshin Himura, an ex-assassin who is trying to find his way in life. He is a wandering swordsman, trying to protect the people in Japan instead of going back to his former life. He has seen that the world is bloodthirsty and thrives on violence, and he knows that it's wrong. There is a huge theme of personal peace and forgiveness.