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Day of the Samurai 

Batman visits one of his teachers to help fight Kyodai Ken who has learned the secret of a death touch attack.

Director:

Bruce Timm (as Bruce W. Timm)

Writers:

Steve Perry, Michael Reaves (story editor) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Kevin Conroy ... Batman / Bruce Wayne (voice)
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. ... Alfred Pennyworth (voice)
Robert Ito ... The Ninja / Kyodai Ken (voice)
Goh Misawa Goh Misawa ... Sensei Yoru (voice)
Julia Kato ... Kairi Tanaga (voice)
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Storyline

Batman visits one of his teachers to help fight Kyodai Ken who has learned the secret of a death touch attack.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

23 February 1993 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

Kairi Tanaga appeared in the two-parter episode "The Curse of the Kobra" in Batman Beyond, as an old woman appearing near her seventies. She had settled in Gotham City, continuing the dojo of Sensei Yoru set up behind a fish stall. In this episode Wayne sent his successor as Batman, Terry McGinnis, to her to improve his martial art skills. She later helped Terry to end the Kobra gang's doomsday scheme while confronting Zander, the Kobra heir and her former student. See more »

Goofs

During the rooftop fight scene between Batman and Kyodai, the same background is used in two sequential cuts. See more »

Quotes

Alfred Pennyworth: I couldn't see through the smoke. Was Kyodai...?
Bruce Wayne: I don't know, Alfred. I wish I did.
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Connections

References Batman: The Animated Series: Night of the Ninja (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Cuéntale
Batman Theme
Composed by Danny Elfman
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Lots Of Great Visuals, Interesting Info & Action In This Episode
6 May 2008 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

In an animated series that features great colors, this episode ranks among the most colorful. Of course, the setting is Japan you are going to get a lot of brilliant yellows, oranges and reds. The half hour is drawn beautifully.

The story winds up being a "ninja versus samurai" one with Batman being the good guy (samurai) and old foe Kyodai Ken being the bad one (ninja). The latter went back to Japan after Bruce Wayne beat the crap out of him in an earlier episode. Now Ken is still seeking revenge and he lures Bruce/Batman to Japan by kidnapping a star pupil of Wayne's old teacher and good friend.

This episode was chock-full of goodies, from information on the differences between being a ninja and samurai warrior, to some excellent action scenes to fantastic, brilliant colors. The setting is Japan, so it's no surprise this is filled with great visuals and lots of orange, yellows and reds.

The climactic scenes pits a fight between Bruce Wayne/Batman and an old foe and it's held under an erupting volcano. Not only is that different, but since opponent knows Batman's identity, the latter takes off his mask and fights as Wayne in the Batman costume. The fear is that Ken has discovered an ancient martial arts secret: a killing blow. Can Wayne defend against it?

Earlier we discover the difference between a ninja and samurai; what "giri" means; the history of the two foes in this episode and lots more. It's one of the better episodes.


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