I’m embarrassed to say that I’ve never seen Kurosawa Akira’s classic SEVEN SAMURAI. There’s a new anime series that recently launched called SAMURAI 7, which sees itself as a futuristic adaptation of Kurosawa’s film, even adding his name before the title. I’ve seen the first two episodes, which I found to be enjoyable (although I was a bit put off by the big fighting robots in space at the beginning; but they disappear after 5 minutes), but I must say that I have trouble seeing how this relates to the original film. But no worries, as I’ve taken this as a cue to finally getting around to seeing SEVEN SAMURAI. More on this later.