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SHIGURUI

Shigurui fans, let's unite!!

How can it be that such an amazing series has so little internet popularity?!
It has samurai! And swordfights! And blood! Loads of blood! And generally cruel scenes... But everything is portrayed so beautifully!

Two swordsmen are about to slice each other to death in an illegal tournament: one of them only has one arm, the other is blind and lame in one leg...

...And that's when we're taken back 7 years to find out how their story went >D


It's a story of friendship (?) and rivalry between the committed, collected Fujiki and the skillful, ambitious Irako.
They are often showed as opposites in the art such as in the dvd boxes above and in these two tankoubons covers:

The author often shows us their naked bodies (and sometimes guts) in illustrations and splashpages, I think it's a beautiful, powerful way to show us their strenght.

As the big fan of Irako that I am, I can't help but show you this as an incentive:


Or his red lips that made Fujiki so mad the first time they battled:


I could go on and on, but I think this post is long enough.
The anime was subbed by A-E and Saizen, but it looks like it's now licensed -> http://funimation.com/shigurui/ so just wait a bit more and all of you English speaking people can watch it in high resolution and understandable language!!

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aflyingteapot From: aflyingteapot Date: September 8th, 2008 10:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Is that so? :OO
Then watch it! It's wonderful (^O^)b
thomasvye From: thomasvye Date: September 8th, 2008 11:27 am (UTC) (Link)
You know I'm in! :DDD
aflyingteapot From: aflyingteapot Date: September 8th, 2008 11:31 am (UTC) (Link)

Hehehehe

>D

*high fives you*
kuroraka From: kuroraka Date: September 10th, 2008 12:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
I loved the anime, it was disturbingly beautiful (or beautifully disturbing?)! Irako!♥

Would love to write more, but gotta run. Great community, especially since i missed the meme!^^
aflyingteapot From: aflyingteapot Date: September 10th, 2008 01:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

Oh, Irako ♥

I have so totally added you to my friends and be welcome to come back and talk about Shigurui whenever you please!! :D
<33
kuroraka From: kuroraka Date: September 10th, 2008 03:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Oh, Irako ♥

Added you back! I'm thrilled to see that you also like Oofuri, Mononoke and Zetsubou Sensei!♥
aflyingteapot From: aflyingteapot Date: September 10th, 2008 03:54 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yay for new friends!

Yush! We're in a lot of different communities together! :D
I talk spazz a lot about Oofuri, so it's good to know you won't bebored :D!!
angeldomain From: angeldomain Date: February 13th, 2009 02:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
You are wise in your tastes, Shiguri is a manga for great heroes.
aflyingteapot From: aflyingteapot Date: February 13th, 2009 02:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
It overwhelms me to know there is another fan out there!
angeldomain From: angeldomain Date: February 13th, 2009 02:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, what a prompt reply. I've been shoving Shigurui in every respectable throat whereever I saw one. It isn't simply the art and anatomy, the masterful storytelling blows almost everything out the water.
aflyingteapot From: aflyingteapot Date: February 13th, 2009 02:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
SUCH UNDENYABLE WORDS ;A;
It really makes reading an experience.
angeldomain From: angeldomain Date: February 13th, 2009 02:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
And Ushimata sure makes me shit my pants in terror.
aflyingteapot From: aflyingteapot Date: February 13th, 2009 02:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, talk about creepy O_O
I think the only one who really nearly gave me nightmares was old Kogan, though *shudders*
From: agaragarmonk Date: September 1st, 2009 04:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Several times while reading volume 1 of Shigurui, I had to step back and ask "Why did the artist make the choice to draw this panel at such an angle that brings the man's fundoshi to prominence in the composition?" :D:D:D I really did not expect that...
Anyway, Shigurui is really beyond outrageous in all kinds of subtle and not-really-subtle ways. For Example, as I recall lots of *maiming* goes on, not just slice wounds, but things that Should Not happen to a human body. and the aforementioned views up dude's yukatas. and other more horrifying things.
I'm a fan, though! I have to refresh my self on what actually happens.
aflyingteapot From: aflyingteapot Date: September 1st, 2009 09:27 am (UTC) (Link)
It's great to hear from another fan!!
All I can say is the artist really seems to like to experiment and be as outrageous as possible XD I personally think Shigurui as a whole bets on being as shocking as possible, but never forgetting to be artistic and intriguing about it :D

If you haven't watched it, I highly recommend the anime! The music and atmosphere it creates really adds to the story u_u (especially the songs! Like the one the peasant's singing in vol.1 when she stumbles on Irako >D)
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