Hakkenden: Legend of the Dog Warriors
Distributor: Geneon Animation
© 1993 AIC/Pioneer LDC, Inc.
During the feudal wars, the Awa clan faced certain extinction. A careless promise by their lord leads to salvation and disgrace when their family dog, who brings back the head of the enemy warlord, insists on marrying his daughter. Their unnatural union bears fruit; when both are killed, the eight unborn pups are reincarnated as the eight Dog Warriors - The Hakkenden.
OAV Series: 13 episodes
Average Ratings: 65
Number of Review Sites: 6
Number of Review Links: 7
"If you like samurai drama and action, there's a lot to like about The Hakkenden. "
Anime Jump! (Christian Nutt) - 3 stars (out of 5)
"... if you like samurai tragedy you may well like this."
Anime Meta-Review (Andrew Shelton) - watchable
"...an enticing tale, especially if you're into the earlier time periods of Japan..."
Anime on DVD (Chris Beveridge) - B+
"The Hakkenden presents a good mix of no-holds-barred samurai action...richly portrayed characters, and an intricately woven plot."
Animetric (Rowena Lim Lei) - 4 stars (out of 5)
Ep. 1 - "The series had promise and is so far well worth watching, probably being the best of the small genre of samurai anime that consists of such titles as Yotoden and Ninja Scroll." (Jonathan Harmon) - 4 stars (out of 5)
Ep. 2 - Read the review (Jonathan Harmon) - 3 stars (out of 5)
The Anime Cafe
Vol. 1 - "…this is not an easy series to follow…I found the story fascinating."
The Anime Review (Jason Huff) - B+