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INFO FILE
Title:
Carried by the Wind: Tsukikage Ran Vol.1: A Tale of Two Travelers
Format:
Bilingual DVD
4 episodes
100 minutes
Production:
Bandai Entertainment
Comments:
How can you go wrong with drunken female samurai?
Overall Rating:
82%

Animefringe Reviews:
Carried by the Wind: Tsukikage Ran Vol.1: A Tale of Two Travelers
By Dusk Pennington

Tsukikage Ran is a breathtaking drama about a lonely ronin samurai... no wait, A heart-warming romance of a female samurai and her true love. No, no it's definitely the story of a justice-seeking warrior. Ok, maybe not any of these, but definitely all of these rolled into one. What we have here a story set in the Edo period of Japan's colorful history.

It's essentially about a wandering female samurai and her sometimes-companion, who just happens to be a kung-fu master of the iron cat fist fighting style. While at first glance this is merely a very light-hearted and comical series, it does have some depth in its historical truths and references. The series begins with a calm scene of a samurai sleeping under a tree. The story quickly picks up and moved directly into the action, complete with swordplay and heroic acts. The action and character development move nicely, along with a good amount of dynamic energy. The series then continues with good deeds, heroics, and plenty of Sake.

The art and design that you see in the series is a little minimalistic and lacking in the detail that big money offers. But however, it has a nice feel, and the look is good enough to draw you into the overall story. The music is wonderfully period-based, and will let you feel the soul of the series. As for the dub, I think that they could have done a little better with it. Honestly, I didn't feel that the voices fit the characters very well. They didn't lay over the soundtrack well, and they seemed a little out of place.

Feature-wise, the DVD was okay. The obligatory sketch gallery was also included. Also they did do another nifty thing with the extras that I thought was nice - they included the 30-second commercials that would have aired on TV. The insert also was very nice. It has a brief history of Japan to help those of us who haven't studied Japanese history, with a time line of Japan. Four episodes was also a good amount to put on this particular disc - enough to sit and watch in one sitting, and still leave you craving for more.

Honestly, I would like to recommend this to anyone who thinks that enjoys Japanese period anime. Female viewers will enjoy watching the antics of our drunken heroines as well. The women take center stage without being bikini-clad goddesses, showing as much skin as they can get away with. It is truly good, and mostly clean, fun. If you liked Rorouni Kenshin and enjoy a fair dose of comedy, then there's a fair chance that you will find this series enjoyable. Then again, I am slightly biased because this has always been one of my favorite series. Why not pick it up and give it a shot?

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