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SAMURAI 7 #6 - - Watch & Learn

This samurai moonlights as a charming cooking/travel show host.

That’s one of the quicker ways to establish a classical/historical feel to your plot, isn’t it? Have the bad guys take some brute force, comprehensive approach to finding your good guys by rounding up everybody of their type. I feel like half the stories in 1,001 ARABIAN NIGHTS have exactly that sort of development. Surely, it seems so antiquated a notion thanks to due process, warrants, profiling technologies and all other standards of modern life that we take for granted.

Switching gears briefly… I’m finding much amusement in the similarities I’m seeing between Gorobei and TV’s very own Anthony Bourdain. The face, voice and attitude... I’m pretty convinced that the dub actor probably saw the character design and decided to lean in Tony's direction. I'm just tickled over the notion of Mr. Bourdain playing a steam punk samurai during his off-time in between seasons of NO RESERVATIONS.

Getting back to the historical aspect - - and the aforementioned blunt samurai hunt - - throughout this series, I’ve been kind of wondering what exactly defines a “samurai.”

Look, it’s not a stupid question, all right?

I kind of assumed that a samurai was somebody trained, sanctioned and command by some official outfit like a shogunate to serve as its muscle - - either for warfare or peace-time policing. If any one individual fell out of his unit and went rogue, then he’d immediately be labeled a “ronin” and branded with a reputation as dishonored as mercenary. Granted, this show bears no allegiances to reality whatsoever, but when “Mifune” breaks all the samurai out of jail and Kambei soundly trumps them like the amateur poseurs they are, I couldn’t help but wonder if “samurai” basically just means anybody carrying a sword in this world. It’s a term as general as “warrior”; but cooler sounding perhaps.

Anyway, I’m wondering if that was the case in real history. Don’t make me go to Wikipedia, you lunatics. Educate me here!

Watch this episode, "The Fool” hereand decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.

Tom Pinchuk’s a writer and personality with a large number of comics, videos and features like this to his credit. Visit his website - - tompinchuk.com - - and follow his Twitter: @tompinchuk

YotaruVegetaon Sept. 17, 2012 at 8:28 p.m.

In the show, isn't who is a Samurai basically defined as who served in war? I guess you also count people who are trained under samurai. Kikuchyo is supposed to be the one who is definitely not supposed to be a samurai.

Nightwolfon Sept. 18, 2012 at 12:03 a.m.

@YotaruVegeta said:

In the show, isn't who is a Samurai basically defined as who served in war? I guess you also count people who are trained under samurai. Kikuchyo is supposed to be the one who is definitely not supposed to be a samurai.

No they were samurai before the war, just most of the ones were seeing fought in it. How is Kikuchyo not a samurai just because he didn't fight in the war?

YotaruVegetaon Sept. 18, 2012 at 8:33 a.m.

@Nightwolf: I don't remember anything anymore. Isn't (wasn't) he just a farmer's son? He doesn't have formal training is what I can say for sure.

Dig Deeper into Samurai 7

Samurai 7 is an anime series based off Akira Kurosawa's 1954 film Seven Samurai (七人の侍 Shichinin no samurai). It centers around a town who hires a group of wayward warriors to defend their home from bandits.

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