Same rating that I had given to Berserk, but whereas Berserk was more on the quantity of kills, Shigurui is on the quality. That is, every victim dies with the full blood and gore in excruciating detail, pieces of body organs were generously distributed throughout every episode. Worse of all, violence is not the only reason why this series was disturbing. At least unlike certain Nice boat anime that was broadcasting around the same time, this series was consistent throughout, so watching the first episode would give you enough idea on what the rest of the series is like. Personally, I probably wouldn't have gotten past the first episode if I wasn't translating it.
Based on the manga of the same name. The anime followed the manga fairly closely. The manga is definitely worth reading, especially before watching the anime -- the anime contains some very beautiful language, but it would be slightly difficult due to archaic expressions, reading the manga would definitely help.
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