Ok, the name need some work.  But the show is based on Carrie Asai Samurai Girl series of books.  The books them selves do have better titles, such as, The Book of the Shadow and The Book of the Heart etc.

ABC Family seems to have been doing something right this past year.  They have the summers highest rated show in The Secret Life of an American Teenager, they have another rating grabbing show in Greek coming back, they have the highly acclaimed Lincoln Heights, and other notable shows like The Middleman, and Kyle XY.  And now they have Samurai Girl.

Samurai Girl is a six part TV mini series airing on ABC Family this weekend.  It is about a nineteen year old girl, who at four was the sole survivor of a plane crash and was nickname Heaven by the media and then was later adopted by a wealthy and powerful Japanese family.  The story start with Heaven (Jamie Chung, Dragonball) on her way to San Francisco for an arranged marriage to her fathers’ business partners son.  Heaven is hesitant to marry someone she does not love, but before she can go through the whole process, ninjas attack the wedding reception in an attempt to abduct Her.  That’s right, ninjas!  Lucky for Heaven, her brother Hiko who had run away from home a year ago and was not invited to the wedding shows up out of no where and rescues her, but not before loosing his life.  This is where the adventure of revenge, curiosity, and love begins, as Heaven must now learn how to become a Samurai to avenge her brother’s death by finding his killer and why he died.

I know it sounds a bit cheesy, but believe me when I say that once you get past the first 15 minutes, you’ll get sucked in the story.  If you are looking for an all out kung fu movie, then this might not be your cup of tea.  This is still ABC Family.  The action is decent, but it is a little toned down for its’ viewer.  The plot and story line are good, you’ll want to know what happen next and why things are happening the way they are.  The show also does a good job at pacing the story along, so you won’t get bored.  The love story however need some work, but then again, I don’t think that is why people are going to be watching this series.

I’ll be looking forward to watching the last part of this series on Sunday.  If you haven’t watched any of episodes yet, don’t worry.  ABC Family will be airing all the previous episode before they show the final two episode and you can always catch them on their web site.

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