Kai Doh Maru (2001)
It is the Heinan period of Japan's history: battle is erupting for control of the city of Kyo and evil spirits inhabit the natural world. This is where we find Kentoki, a little girl whose father is disguising her as a boy to protect her from her own family. Hungry for power, her uncle kills the rest of her family and Kentoki flees to the forest where she is rescued by a samurai, Lord Raiko. This marks the beginning of a new world for Kentoki. Raised as a boy, she joins a faction of the Ministry of Defense called the Four Horsemen and begins to earn the title Kai Doh Maru. Her path seems clear until a figure from her past, her once beloved cousin Ohni Hime, reappears under the poisonous manipulation of Kentoki's uncle. Kentoki must struggle with her own feelings about her gender, her cousin, and Lord Raiko if she is to find her clear path once more. ~ Cammila Collar, Rovi … More
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This poor thing is a total mess in every way possible. Animation, story, characters...It's a really bad Kenshin ripoff with a female lead.More
I did like the movie but it was hard to watch, and I mean visually, it was like trying too see through a fogged up window, if you want to know what I mean then just check out the actual cover... the whole movie is like that!
The movie was surprisingly short which left me clueless because the ending to me didn't resolve anything. However, I do believe this story had something and could of been a hit but because of the length and the animation visuals there was very little development in story telling, so what could of been a powerful ending just left me unsatisfied.
I don't know what the animation creators were trying to achieve but I guess ideas wouldn't evolve if we didn't experiment.
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