In a time of dangerous political turmoil, an enigmatic Japanese swordsman swears to protect a mysteriously powerful boy named Kotaro from would-be assassins, and escort the lad and his canine companion to safety in a remote Buddhist monastery.
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If you're looking for a complex and deep story then maybe you might want to subtract a star or two but no matter your preferences I really do think that this film should be seen by all anime fans at some point, it really does set the benchmark for animation quality and I feel that it has to be seen to be believed.
Beautifully animated; but this insubstantial narrative seems more interested in historical details than plot, character, or theme. Purely for history buffs, and even then, I wouldn't recommend it to them.