YMMV / Samurai 7

  • Base Breaker: Katsushiro. Some see him as whiny, useless and gets people killed by accident because he's such an idiot. Others find him an improvement over his original counterpart: This Katsushiro is much more devoted to his samurai training, which makes him much more conflicted concerning his relationship with his love interest, and the anime's Kanbei doesn't take him as much for granted.
  • Complete Monster: Born in a feudal village oppressed by giant mechanical bandits, Ukyo was eventually adopted into a noble family, growing selfish from being spoiled. After ascending to the throne as Emperor, Ukyo learns the bandits are actually servants of the empire, used to rob the peasants and happily continues to use them; ordering the bandits to attack the villages and raid all the food, including the peasants' emergency supply so they will starve, shocking even the bandit captain. Wanting Kirara, the priestess of one village, for his harem, when she rejects him, Ukyo attacks her village with an army, to force her into service to him. A callous man, Ukyo responds to the deaths of his current harem women by remarking how difficult they will be to replace.
  • Counterpart Comparison: Each of the samurai can be compared to their counterparts in the 1954 film.
    • Kanbei is more or less the same, but younger, prettier and even more reserved. He's also more accepting towards both Katsushiro and Kikuchiyo.
    • Shichiroji is more mild-mannered, but he has a bigger role than the Shichiroji played by Daisuke Kato.
    • Katsushiro is much more solemn, if no less the Ensign Newbie, and is more dedicated to becoming Kanbei's disciple than in the film.
    • Heihachi is a Gadgeteer Genius in the series, and more of a Nice Guy, while the original Heihachi was more or less hired for moral support and had a tendency to put his foot in his mouth. He also got along better with this version's Kikuchiyo.
    • Gorobei is very different from his counterpart, being a street performer and Combat Masochist.
    • Kyuzo's personality is the same, but his motive is different.
    • Kikuchiyo's brash and rambunctious personality is the same, but he has a closer relationship with the village's children, whom Mifune's Kikuchiyo would argue with, which only made them love him more. Also, he's a cyborg instead of a human this time.
  • Growing the Beard: The first two-thirds of the movie follows the plotline of the original Seven Samurai as close as it can, which works as well as you would expect when you adapt a 207-minute movie into sixteen half-hour episodes. The last third is an original storyline, allowing the series to finally stretch its wings and kick things into Serial Escalation territory.
  • Ho Yay: Examples are on this page
  • In-Name-Only: The original source (the movie Seven Samurai by Akira Kurosawa) did not have any of the following: mecha, the village priestess or her Annoying Younger Sister, Ukyo or his father or the whole plot involving Ukyo's lust for the village priestess, super-human samurai who can jump from spaceship to spaceship in hard space without any protection and slice mecha in half with only their katanas, robotic samurai (which some people believe kills Kikuchiyo's characterization and motives completely), one of the seven actually working for the bandit-mecha-warlord... etc, etc.
  • Memetic Mutation: People like to remember that Rikichi SOLD HIS WIFE!
  • Narm: Kikuchiyo's death scene, while both very awesome and sad, the fact that he was reduced to Smoldering Shoes makes it a tad bit funnier than it should have been.
  • Off-Model: For some reason, the animation in parts of the episode "The Friend" look really sloppy, particularly a scene in which Shichiroji dances, and a scene where he fights an invading thug.
  • Shipping: Hmm, let's see...
  • The Scrappy: Katsushiro is hated by a good part of the fans, for his whininess and for accidentally killing Kyuzo.
  • Woolseyism: The English Dub takes several liberties with the translation.