Ghost Of Tsushima: Samurai Anime You Must Watch!
Who doesn’t love a good ol’ samurai-inspired anime? From the traditional standoffs to the emotional family feuds and the journey the protagonist takes you on to avenge his people, you cannot deny how greatly important these shows are for the anime fans and the representation of Japanese culture.
With the recent celebration of Sucker Punch Studios; Ghost of Tsushima, this action-adventure samurai-based game is reminiscent of a lot of anime shows that you all need to know about if you don’t already. Whilst engrossing in the gameplay of Ghost of Tsushima, it felt as though you are watching a masterpiece of a movie. Not only that, but the story, themes, and production behind Ghost of Tsushima paint the memories of these Samurai anime.
We cannot start this without firstly recommending Afro Samurai. This short but amazing anime was created by none other than Takashi Okazaki. Fun fact; Takashi Okazaki who is the creator of Afro Samurai, was assigned to the beautiful special art posters for Ghost of Tsushima. Afro Samurai not only does a fantastic job in giving you a jam-packed adventure in a short amount of time, the soundtrack from RZA of the WU-Tang Clan, art style, and message that this anime brings to you will have you wanting more. Afro Samurai brings representation to a whole new level. It is amazing to see a black lead samurai powering through many obstacles throughout his journey. Afro Samurai is highly spoken about in the conversations when you discuss heavy-hitting samurai animes to watch.
Young Afro watched as his father’s life was taken from him under the hands of Justice. Justice quickly took the Number 1 spot and left Afro with Number 2.
Afro vowed to avenge his father’s death years later by hunting down his father’s killer.
Next we have our very own cult classic, Rurouni Kenshin. Kenshin and Tsushima couple up together as they bring traditional and historic themes in their story which represents the culture of Japan, even years later, Kenshin is still very well received amongst the anime industry. The story is very well written, emotional and allows the viewers to grow a sense of attachment towards the show. If you’re looking for something that has a mix of romance, drama, action, and comedy then this anime is for you.
Inspired by the Meji period, Kenshin who was formally known as Hitokiri Battosai, the deadly assassin, soon became Kenshin the wondering swordsman offering aid and protection to those that need it. Upon his journey, he stumbles across a woman named Karou, who was under attack by someone disguised as the fake Battosai. Kenshin saved her and Karou offered for Kenshin to to stay at her Dojo. From then on, he starts to build many new relationships, encounter many old and new enemies, as well as train to become better than ever.
Shigurui is an anime for people who want a serious and intense storyline, mature themes, and who love a gory samurai scene too. Shigurui does not hold back and it’s one anime that provides the balance between a great story and non-stop action. Ghost of Tsushima has its fair share of blood and gore – if you love that, then Shigurui: Death Frenzy is for you. The love and care that has gone into both of these titles adds to their similarities.
Under Tadanagas reign, participants that enter the fighting tournament must use real swords as opposed to wooden swords. Two damaged warriors go head to head and from there the story unravels into an intense journey
Last but not least, a story that takes you straight into the action, but reflects a more modern approach to the theme is Demon Slayer. Aesthetically, Ghost of Tsushima and Demon Slayer hold themselves very highly. If you are looking for something fresh to watch, then this anime is for you. From the art style to the gripping fight scenes, Demon Slayer quickly grew to be a recent favourite amongst the anime community.
Tanjiro becomes a demon slayer after his family was brutally murdered and his younger sister turned into a demon herself. Tanjiro now sets off to find a cure for his sister to turn her human again.
Choosing only these titles was tough, as this list could be endless. We are very lucky to have a wide selection of anime that allows us to learn about parts of Japanese history and the traditional culture.
Let us know if you have watched any of the anime mentioned on this list! Are there any samurai anime that remind you of Ghost of Tsushima?
Until next time, eat, sleep, and breathe anime!
Ps: if you haven’t already, check out NNESAGA’s latest review on Ghost Of Tsushima here.
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