HAKKENDEN, THE LEGEND OF THE DOG WARRIORS
MOVIE COMPANY: PIONEER
DVD reviewed by Dennis A. Amith
RATING: For ages 13 and up
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DURATION: 420 minutes 

 
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Anime Synopsis:

During the war-torn feudal wars in Japan, the Awa clan faced certain extinction from a rival clan backed by demonic forces. However, a careless promise by their lord leads to both salvation and disgrace when their family dog brings back the head of the enemy warlord and insists on marrying the lord’s daughter. Their unnatural union bears fruit but when both are killed, the eight unborn pups are reincarnated as the eight Dog Warriors - The Hakkenden. As they slowly find each other and come together as a group, these eight warriors, who represent the eight separate aspects of Bushido, engage in bloody battles with demonic entities and evil samurai in a final attempt to redeem their clan! Contains all of the OVAs!


DVD EXTRAS:

• Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
• Color, Animated
• Dual Language: English (Dubbed) or Japanese, both with optional English subtitles, Recap of the series

KNOWN DVD SECRET(S): None that I know of


DVD REVIEW:

When HAKKENDEN, LEGEND OF THE DOG WARRIORS first came out on video tape, I was mesmerized by the series. I really loved the anime and sometimes I would wait long periods of time for the US release and unfortunately I had to go back and forth with the Japanese and English dub version of the series because I couldn't find it all in complete Japanese subtitled format.

But I remember watching this series and there was a change of animation. It looked very nice and fluid and then all of a sudden things looked very simple. The rumor has it that they changed art houses and thus the two different anime styles.

Whichever was the case, the strongpoint of Hakkenden was the growing of the series through each episode and how each warrior comes together and the stories of each warrior and how they relate with one another to take down evil.

It's a beautiful and complicated story that I come to love.

The DVD includes all 12 episodes + the recap extra video. The only thing that I wish they included but they didn't (in order to give the full A+) include the music video that was released after the series ended. It was a video compilation that was used for raves but they released it and they should of included it in the DVD (unless it's hidden, which I haven't found yet).

All in all a great anime series for those who are looking for an anime with a good samurai based storyline.

THE ANIME:  A
THE DVD EXTRAS:  C-
THE DVD OVERALL:  B+

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