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Carried by the Wind: Tsukikage Ran Vol. 1 - A Tale of Two Travelers (2002)

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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Bandai Entertainment
Genre: Anime
Running Time: 100 min.
Languages: English, Japanese
Subtitles: English
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This title is currently out of print.

Wandering the lands of Japan  Ran is a master swordsman with a strong sense of honor combined with the courage and strength to right wrongs and battle injustice. But that doesn't stop her from having a good time! Stuck with an unwanted traveling companion, Myao, the two will bring law and order to the countryside... if they don't kill each other first. A comedic, action drama from start to finish ... the way of the Samurai will never be the same!

GreenCine Member Reviews

This anime period comedy is the shnizzle by JBellows June 14, 2004 - 4:53 PM PDT
6 out of 9 members found this review helpful
Its got a female Yojimbo type character, an annoying but bootilicious side kick and some awesome samurai fight scenes. And the episodes are stand alone which, for this series, works.

Oh, and its all about sake. Any anime devoted to sake gets a 10 from me!

More blood by WConyers May 29, 2004 - 6:06 PM PDT
3 out of 5 members found this review helpful
How can you slice someone with a samurai sword and not draw blood? That was the question I kept asking while watching Tsukikage Ran. At first, I thought Ran was just using the back of the sword to bruise her opponents, but then I heard, "You just killed that guy!"

That aside, I enjoyed Tsukikage Ran. The traveling theme is popular in anime now, and I thought it was done well here.

However, some of the "maidens" are drawn the same in different episodes. After first I thought they were recurring characters, but no...

I only watched the DVD with the English audio, so the story may have more depth in Japanese.
I wish they had left the dumb, fat Disney characters out.

Xena meets Yojimbo while we listen to Enka and drink sake by hneline1 January 25, 2003 - 10:28 PM PST
12 out of 12 members found this review helpful
Think of this as Xena Warrior Princess meets Yojimbo, so that instead of Xena and Gabrielle wandering the Greek countryside, it's the masterless woman samurai Tsukikage Ran and the martial artist girl Myao wandering through Edo period Japan. This is a parody of the popular jidaigeki TV genre in Japan, which often showcases a lone wandering samurai with his faithful comic sidekick in some variation or other.

I like the Enka music that gives this series the same period feel as a jidaigeki live-action show, but you may not like it if you're used to J-pop (think country music vs. pop music). The sword fighting scenes are well done and in keeping with traditional choreography, with Ran slicing then pausing before we see which combatant falls. The world that Ran and Myao traverse looks historically accurate for the Edo period -- no magic, monsters or blue hair in this anime! This disk includes a very helpful Extra section where several cultural issues are explained, such as what is the common food that Myao orders (oshiruko), what is the monetary system (ryo, bu, mon), what are the different ways that sake is served, and what is a Shinto shrine.

For all that cultural richness, I admit that I wasn't impressed with the characters or the storytelling. Ran is a blank slate who only gets animated when she anticipates drinking sake. So far, there is no explanation for any of her actions. Myao is an annoying hanger-on whose denseness and slapstick antics is only one step above cookie-cutter. Each episode is contained, which is great if you don't like long story arcs but bad if you're looking for character development. The stories themselves are entertaining but nothing outstanding.

I will keep watching because I like the genre and the historical period and the sword fighting. However, I just have a feeling that the characters and stories are not going to improve.

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(Average 7.34)
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