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Monday, March 17, 2008

Fuma no Kojiro 風魔の小次郎 Screen Caps

Round 1:A Visit From Kojiro
Yagyu Ranko along with a classmate is searching the mountains for the Fuma ninja clan, when a young girl bounds by seemingly flying up a peak, she followed by Kojiro who knocks down a giant bees nest, then as the bees swarm around him, he slices each bee in half with his wooden katana. At the Hakuo Gakuin high school, Hojo Himeko the acting school principal and student is being informed on the latest attacks on Hakuo Gakuin students, most of who were in the top sport clubs. Other students are being offered money to transfer to Seishikan high school. Hojo is acting in behalf of her dead grandfather the former principal, after school by the entrance a girl is being held by three students from Seishikan, when they recognize Hojo they grab her too, just then the whip wielding Ranko and Kojiro arrive at the school. Kojiro falls in love with Hojo as soon as he sees her.

This show is a load of fun, it’s based on the Fuma no Kojiro manga by Kurumada Masami and it definitely shows with it’s over the top ninja action sequences and the hearted eyed computer graphics in the heroes eyes when he meets Hojo, comparing her to a fairytale princess. The manga was adapted into three anime OVA series in the late 80's and early 90's entitled Fu-ma no Kojiro-: Yasha-hen, The War For Sacred Swords and Fu-ma no Kojiro-: Fu-ma Hanran-hen. There is a scene in this first episode where Kojiro has to cross-dress to play soccer on the girl’s team that’s straight out of Shaolin Soccer my favourite Steven Chow movie to date. Another plus for the show is Fujita Rei (Garo, RH Plus) plays a student and swordmaster for Seishikan. Juken Sentai Gekiranger fans will recognize the star of that show, Suzuki Hiroki as Reira another of the Fuma ninja clan.

Download the first eight English hardsub releases by DoReMii fansubs, the bit torrent files are here.

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Blogger Ning said...

Does this show have fantastic fight scenes or is it just a comedy?

3/17/2008 11:36:00 PM  
Blogger Kevin said...

@ning Of the seven episodes I've seen the first is just comedy and introduction to the main characters. But as the series progresses the fights become more serious and people die. Some of the fights are great sword fights others are conducted uses the ninja arts. Don't give up after the first episode if your not looking for comedy, because it maintains a pretty good mix usually. The Kojiro scenes are usually the most comical stuff in each episode.

3/18/2008 11:32:00 AM  

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