Based on the legendary Akira Kurosawa classic epic feature film, Seven Samurai.
Set in a futuristic world that has just witnessed the end of a massive war, scores of villages are terrorized by Nobuseri bandits. But the Nobuseri are no normal bandits. They were once Samurai, who during the war integrated their living cells with machines to become dangerous weapons now appearing more machine than man.
Volume #1: Search for the Seven (Eps #1-4)
Absolute power corrupts, and the Nobuseri bandits reign of terror is increasing its hold on the countryside. But one group of villagers has had enough, deciding to hire samurai to protect their village. Kirara is a young priestess who travels to the city seeking out protection. One by one, she encounters brave samurai that the war has left behind. These men of skill and valor are each unique and not without their quirks. But can they come together as one to defend the helpless village? With its futuristic but rustic atmosphere, well-developed characters and incredible CG animation and high production value from the GONZO Digimation, Samurai 7 is poised to be an instant classic.
Volume #2: Escape from the Merchants (Eps #5-8)
After the mysterious murder of the Imperial Envoy in the Magistrate's home-with a bloody sword as the only clue-a citywide hunt for all samurai begins. With a high price suddenly on their heads, the band of a samurai must quickly escape the city.
Volume #3: From Farm to Fortress (Eps #9-12)
Kikuchiyo has been foolishly captured by the Bandits, and the samurai must leave the caverns to rescue him. When daylight approaches, the towering machines plan to ambush them. Clearly, a traitor is in their midst. Kambei knows legions of Nobuseri will be searching for them soon, and decides the group must get to Kanna, though the team of seven is incomplete. To survive the trek, new bonds of trust must be forged. As their journey begins, the samurai must confront an even more dangerous deception: betrayal from the farmers who hired them.
Volume #4: Battle for Kanna (Eps #13-16)
Last minute preparations have been made, as the impending battle for Kanna draws near. In the furious climax, not all of the Samurai will survive. There is no turning back.
Volume #5: Empire in Flux (Eps #17-20)
The once impenetrable band of seven, now diminished to six, was forced to come to terms with inevitable when Gorobei risked his life to save his brethren. With sword in hand, Kambei is determined to find answers. Leaving the surviving samurai behind, Kambei departs on a solitary trek, with an even more perilous mission in mind. After a confrontation with the Emperor lands him in prison, Kambei awaits his fate as the purported assassin of the Imperial Envoy. But, turmoil at the Capital is far from over. Ukyo's sudden rise to power has put Kambei at his mercy, and sparing his life is not what this scheming Emperor has in mind.
Volume #6: Broken Alliance (Eps #21-23)
In an unpredictable mix of heroics and political maneuverings, the rescue team finds a way out of the Capital alive. But the true struggle has only just begun. As Kambei's fate is reflected in the executioner's blade, the freedom of Sanae and Mizuki hangs in the balance. Deep rifts sinuously divide the samurai as Ukyo's plot rapidly unfolds. Using Kanna's success to his advantage, he brilliantly machinates an insidious war of constituents against allies in order to achieve his two-faced goals. Ukyo has one essential caveat: burn Kanna to the ground. At a time where every move is crucial, can the samurai survive mutiny within their own ranks?
Volume #7: Guardians of the Rice (Eps #24-26)
Facing impossible odds and unavoidable sacrifice, the samurai know this battle will determine the fate of not only Kanna Village, but that of an entire nation. The final battle has arrived. It ends here.