Sadly I've not read this manga, but did watch the original series and the live action adaptation. I enjoyed both, but I am definitely enjoying this anime version much more than the first one. I hear some showing concern over the pace or it skipping, but I think it's too early to tell (and will edit my review once this wraps up). Does it skip around? Yes, but that's because I know what "should" come next, and so far they've filled in some gaps with flashbacks that I thought were handled very nicely. I have a feeling some of the content I'm used to seeing at the beginning will be handled similarly, as this is supposed to be at least 24 episodes afterall, so there's plenty of time to show the rest.
I am truly enjoying how they are handling this, as it's a fresh take, much more artistically told than the prior version and the animation is captivating as well. The entire thing is just so enjoyable, not to mention the amazing job they did casting the voice actors (Kenjirou Tsuda as Manji is simply perfection). I love the violence, the historic setting, the seriousness yet touch of lightheartedness that in no way overshadows the fact that this is a dark story, and well...samurai. It has everything I love going for it.
So far, my only complaint is the intro song. I would've liked it actually had they sang it in Japanese, but the English of the vocalist is cringeworthy. If it didn't have subtitles I wouldn't even know WTF he's trying to say because he's struggling so bad. Anyway, minor thing and I skip the intro anyway so I'm not giving the series a hit for that.
Overall...loving it and can't wait to see how thee other episodes play out. I live for anime like this, so it's a little slice of heaven for me. :D
**update** Will update this if anything changes, but 7 episodes in and still loving it!