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Overview

Kaze no Yojimbo (旋風の用心棒, trans. "Bodyguard of the Wind") is a 2001/2002 Japanese animated television series based on Akira Kurosawa's chanbara film Yojimbo.

The series follows George Kodama into the small town of Kimujuku. The wanderer quickly realizes he is an unwelcomed visitor and becomes caught up in a violent conflict between rival crime syndicates.

Kaze no Yojimbo aired on Nippon Television from 2 October 2001 to 19 March 2002, totaling 25 episodes.

Plot

Lone investigator George Kodama comes to the small coastal town of Kimujuku, looking for a man called Genzo Araki. The townsfolk, however, are reluctant to offer much support, since they are deeply suspicious of outsiders and of each other-a strange building pattern has caused Kimujuku to be literally cut in two by the railway tracks, with different architecture and attitudes on either side. George's investigations drag him deeper into a 15-year-old mystery about a disappearing train carriage, its contents a perennial subject of rumor and gossip.

Like Samurai 7, this anime relocates and refashions the action of a Kurosawa movie, in this case the divided town of Yojimbo (1961). However, the running time of a TV series offers the potential for a much slower pace and far more depth than the movie's simple parable, introducing local legends about "demons" that may refer to forgotten contacts with foreigners, and an ever-widening conspiracy with ties to the top that has more in common, not with the movie, but with the 1961 Yojimbo TV series (*DE). Considering that it is set in modern times and runs six times as long, one wonders why anyone should bother to play up the connections to Kurosawa at all.

Songs

Opening Theme:
"Tokyo" by Escargot
Ending Theme:
"Situation" by Escargo
Episodes
Season/Ep# Name Airdate
1 - 25
"So Long" (第二十五話)
03/19/2002
1 - 24
"The Close Call" (第二十四話)
03/12/2002
1 - 23
"The Great Excursion" (第二十三話)
03/03/2002
1 - 22
"Tanokura Manor Ablaze" (第二十二話)
02/26/2002
1 - 21
"The Search for the Truth" (第二十一話)
02/19/2002
1 - 20
"Bingo" (第二十話)
02/12/2002
1 - 19
"The Sniper" (第十九話)
02/05/2002
1 - 18
"The Vendetta" (第十八話)
01/29/2002
1 - 17
"The Great Sting" (第十七話)
01/22/2002
1 - 16
"Swapping Hostages" (第十六話)
01/15/2002
1 - 15
"The Counterattack" (第十五話)
01/08/2002
1 - 14
"False Reconciliation" (第十四話)
01/01/2002
1 - 13
"The Man Who Returned" (第十三話)
12/25/2001
1 - 12
"The Echo" (第十二話)
12/18/2001
1 - 11
"Lurking in the Gloom" (第十一話)
12/11/2001
1 - 10
"Red Dreams, White Memories" (第十話)
12/04/2001
1 - 9
"The 15-Year Truth" (第九話)
11/27/2001
1 - 8
"The Casino Train" (第八話)
11/20/2001
1 - 7
"Legend of the Demon" (第七話)
11/13/2001
1 - 6
"The Gate Wouldn't Rise" (第六話)
11/06/2001

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Publisher Bandai Entertainment
Start Year 2001
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Aliases Bodyguard of the Wind Yojimbo of the Wind
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