They are by far the best anime! We counts down the best anime to come out all the time, including the likes of Yoroiden Samurai Troopers Message, Honoo no Labyrinth, Yoroiden Samurai Troopers Kikoutei Densetsu, and more!
4: Yoroiden Samurai Troopers Message
English: Ronin Warriors Message
MAL Score: 5.95
A 300-year-old book is discovered which chronicles the adventures of the legendary Samurai Troopers… centuries before they happen! But what does this mean? Are the Troopers merely puppets in some cosmic play, acting out parts?
Who is this mysterious Suzunagi, a mysterious girl who entices each of the warriors with their hearts’ desire – salvation, new armors, freedom from a life of fighting. Why is she so interested in the troopers and their armors?
Furthermore, every happy thing in the original series (the idea of friendship, especially) is cast aside, with the characters basically saying that they weren’t friends, that they only fought beside each other to survive. It’s as if the creators of these OAV episodes wanted to piss off every fan of the original series.
Even if you can get past the lack of action in an action series and the wasteful consumption of time (this could have been two episodes, easy), you still won’t find very much enjoyment. The plot is a joke, with next to no explanation of anything and a general lack of sense and substance. The idea that the story of the warriors has already been told in a book that is 300 years old is never even explored; it’s just a background for a few brief moments.
There is nothing redeeming about this. There is no reason to watch it, and there is no reason it should have ever been made.
Unlike the Ronin Warriors show and previous ovas that were full of triumphant fights scenes and awesome 80s music we just get the complete opposite. Its mostly a bunch of flashback footage with a voice over of the characters whining about some emotional crap for about 95% of each episode with the only story being in the very beginning and very end of each episode . Each episode is supposed to be about each warrior but you just get annoyed and want to punch the screen in the face almost the whole time of the actual story focuses on this annoying ghost lady named Suzunagi that is extremely creepy and turns this into some emo stuff. You don’t get any awesome opening theme at the beginning to get you pumped up either it just shows the title then starts the episode and the ending theme is just some creepy and mellow song with all the visuals about Suzunagi’s history and stuff. This is a giant bullet in the head for the series and unfortunately this was the last we see of this series. I actually giving this ova series more credit than it deserves but ya its really bad and probably the worst thing I ever seen.
3: Honoo no Labyrinth
English: Labyrinth Of Flames
MAL Score: 6.23
Meet Galan, a Russian spastic geek who`d do anything to be a real, live samurai. But that`s just an impossible dream… or is it? When his friend Natsu, who is a successor of Japanese emigrants family, gives him the gift of an ancient sword, strange events unfold, and even stranger people drop out of the sky to attack. Now Galan must overcome his ineptitude and join a bunch of beautiful women in a wacky romp through a kingdom that time forgot. Hey, what could be better?
(Source: AniDB, edited)
It’s not just another parody OVA with bunch of fanservice.
It’s a USSR and Russian culture parody. So, for haters it does not count as worthy, but we Russians (and I think Russian culture lovers) like it very much. Not all, but most of us, who is not an ill hooray-patriot and can laugh upon its birthplace.
I am not a patriot (who said wapanese?..), but I still like Russia, so thematical jokes I found sometimes funny. For example, this anime.
It is good. It is really good.
Story: 9. An ordinary tale about neophyte-samurai turns to become a crazy and action story. Imagine that.
Art: 8. Maybe it’s because I like old-fashioned drawing style.
Who said about boobs? Go to hell with your boobs, if you can’t see anything more.
Sound: 8. It’s not so special, but Kalinka-malinka in ending – that’s a very interesting move.
Character: 10. Wapanese-samurai – you won’t see somebody like him in lots of anime, right? Of course, there are some anime and video-game characters which wants to be Japanese, but without such deep color.
Another characters are not so original, but samurai sweeps them all.
Enjoyment: 10. I liked it. Really.
Very good “cranberry”. I laughed out loud.
We want more like this.
This would have to be one of the most random anime that I have ever seen in my entire life, even more random than Paranoia Agent. But I have to admit that this was a pretty funny show and it made me laugh at several scenes throughout both episodes and I really enjoyed it. So I am going to give this OVA a 10 for being so funny and for being so random.
So, when you read the synopsis for the story at first. It sounds completely ridiculous, right? But, when you actually watch the anime and story unfold, it’s hilarious. It’s about a guy, Galan, who is obsessed with the samurai lifestyle and even wants to become one if possible. When his friend, Natsu, gives him a ancient sword as a present, strange events start to happen (i.e being attacked and his friend asking him to marry her). Now it is up to Galan to stop these strange events.
(Also, you got panties in your face, how worse can the story get, right? xD)
The art is very good. Some scenes were badly done, which is why I took points away.
The soundtrack is good, nothing spectacular here.
Man, all the character are so funny! You got Natsu who has a dad who is a pervert and wants to grope her, to which Natsu beats him up (despite that he says he enjoys it). You got a overly protective servant of Natsu, who is really strange. You have a freelance reporter who speaks in a weird what seems to be Texan accent xD And you have your protagonist, Galan, who is stupid at everything he does xD
At first, I thought this was going to be a serious samurai anime. Boy, was I wrong! This is a comedy and it’s really funny and I ended up really enjoying it!
Don’t think this is a serious samurai anime ’cause it’s not! This is a comedy that has many hilarious laughs. If you’re just looking to laugh at something, then I recommend this anime. But if you’re looking for a more serious samurai anime, then this is not it.
Thanks for reading. Let me know your thoughts on this review and any feedback you may have for me. Until next time!
2: Yoroiden Samurai Troopers Kikoutei Densetsu
English: Ronin Warriors Legend of Kikoutei
MAL Score: 6.53
A strange, silent warrior appears. When the Inferno armor is summoned to battle him, the mysterious warrior calls forth his own armor—a black copy of the Inferno armor! Now, the warriors will find themselves half a world away fighting once more to save humanity, but this time, from their own armor!
1: Yoroiden Samurai Troopers Gaiden
English: Ronin Warriors Gaiden
MAL Score: 6.59
Although Talpa has been defeated, the Warriors don’t get much of a break. As they celebrate Ryo’s birthday party, the news tells them of a strange killer in samurai armor wreaking havoc in New York. And the armor looks very familiar. Now, they will have to battle the ancient sorcerer Shikaisen for Sage’s life!
Did YOUR favorite anime make the cut? Let us know in the comments below!
1. Yoroiden Samurai Troopers Gaiden
2. Yoroiden Samurai Troopers Kikoutei Densetsu
3. Honoo no Labyrinth
4. Yoroiden Samurai Troopers Message