The legendary swordsmith Shikizaki Kiki made 1000 swords in his career. The more swords a state had, the greater success they had in the wars. When the Shogun emerged victorious, he collected 988 of the swords...but those were just practice. The final twelve swords were the pinnacle of his career. Each of them has powers so extraordinary, one man could defeat small armies. Shogunate strategist Togame has been ordered to recover them. She first hired a ninja...but the worth of the swords is so great the entire ninja clad defected the moment they recovered one. Then she hired a swordsman...but he kept the sword for himself.
Her last hope is Shichika, the seventh and last practitioner of the Kyotoryuu -- No Sword School. He and his sister live on an island cut off from civilization -- they have no need for money. His sword school does not use swords -- he would not want the swords for himself.
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Fairly decent story and the artwork is quite good.
I'm in love with this series. Romantic Comedy set in historical setting. Word play. Martial Arts (No Sword Style) versus Samurai. Characters are beautiful design both artwork and in voice. Dialogue gets long in the tooth at times but it does use the standards of Japanese theatre.
not bad at all. i also like the pacing u get from the miniseries format. lotta story in a comparitively short amount of time.
When the beautiful girl on a deadly quest turns out to be a bit of a goofball, I consider it a good sign. But when she makes a claim to be a professional strategian, and then comes up with a plan that hinges on ordering the hero to fall in love with her, that's perfect. I would definitely watch the rest of this series.
Review Date: Feb 14th 2010
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