With Deadman Wonderland finishing up its run on Toonami, Funimation has announced the next show on the 11:30 pm CT / 12:30 am ET docket. The 2004 series, Samurai 7, is next on the list. The show will begin on August 18th, 2012. The Studio Gonzo anime is based off the beloved 1954 Akira Kurosawa film, Seven Samurai. It's rather famous for it's $300,000 an episode budget. It also ran on the Funimation Network back in 2010. It also aired on IFC and Razer.
I am a fan of the series and use the videos below to get a general understanding of the show, before you watch it on Toonami.
Here's a synopsis for those who are new to Samurai 7.
From the wiki editors on Anime Vice.
Based on the classic film “7 Samurai” by Akira Kurosawa, Samurai 7 follows the story of 7 samurai warriors who are recruited by the priestess of the rice village to defeat the bandits known as the Nobuseri who steal their rice and kidnap their women and children.
The series has a very different style from the movie, adding mechas, robot samurais and futuristic elements to the story. Plus, the inclusion of 4 new characters.
Samurai 7 - Subtitled - Episode 1
Check out the first episode below in the original Japanese with English Subs provided by Funimation.
Seven Samurai (1954) trailer
The trailer for the 1954 Akira Kurosawa film.
JesuOtaku Anime Review - Samurai 7
The light-hearted and very in depth JesuOtaku video review.