The Onimusha anime, based on Capcom’s cult classic video game series, drew much anticipation but falls short of expectations.
For fans of the original Onimusha games, the anime provided an opportunity to relive the demon-slaying samurai world.
The anime revisits the world of samurai and demons, focusing on real-life samurai Musashi Miyamoto and his battles against the Genma.
However, the reviewer expresses disappointment, as the anime fails to capture the essence of the beloved gaming franchise.
The connection to the video games seems superficial, and fan-favorite Genma are replaced by generic monsters.
One positive aspect of the Onimusha anime is its fight choreography, credited to renowned action director Takashi Miike.
The action scenes are gritty and fluid, offering a more mature and visceral experience compared to typical anime.
The anime isn’t afraid to incorporate violence, though it doesn’t reach extreme levels, adding intensity to the series.
Despite the mature action, the anime struggles with character depth and emotional connections to the cast.
Musashi takes the spotlight, while other characters are sidelined, leaving unexplored potential for character development.
The use of CGI in the anime’s visuals receives mixed feedback, with characters sometimes appearing stiff outside of combat.
In summary, the Onimusha anime doesn’t live up to the expectations of fans, offering a standard samurai tale that fails to differentiate itself.
While the fight choreography and violence add some excitement, the lack of character depth and missed opportunities leave fans wanting more.