shigurui to me is simply like that, 'couldn't be better'. After 'ninja scroll ( the movie, not tv series ), I have been waiting for a real deal like Shigurui for a long time. The story line is developed well with conflict between two fate twisted sword mean. It's not for kid or teen, but for adult to watch. Actually for people understand the struggle you have to go though on the way up. Most of people can only imagine the scarficie to reach the top. I guess only the one on the top knows best how much he had lost. The two character here are both the best skilled warrior. But no.1 is just one. Talent is not enough to achieve ultimate goal, but also the endless pain. Along with the tempation of love, power.... There is no evil or good in this one. None in this story presents justice. All maters is settled in final duel, but who wins? No one.
I know people wondering the story is not complete. That is right. The animation is only half way through. If you want to see all, try the manga comic books. I have all 15th volume. I don't even remember how many times I read them. The ultimate battle is the first duel between Fujiki and Irako. That explains how Fujiki lost his left arm. Again, although talented, Fujiki has to pass the way to hell then beat Irako at the real sword match.
Personally, i think the comic book version is way better than animation. But having both is a MUST.
I rate this 5. If top score is 100, I will give it 99. The one point less is due to the endless waiting of next half of animatin series.