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Rurouni Kenshin Vol. 1: The Legendary Swordsman (1997)

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Studio: Anime Works
Genre: Anime, Action Anime
Running Time: 100 min.
Languages: English, Japanese
Subtitles: English
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The Meiji Revolution marked the end of the rule of the Shogun and the Samurai in Japan. In Tokyo, where swords with blades have been banned, Kaoru bumps into the wandering Kenshin while looking for the man that is tarnishing the name of her fencing school. While looking for Battousai the Manslayer, a vicious murderer, Kaoru bumps into a wandering swordsman and mistakes him for the killer. The wanderer claims that he cannot kill with his sword, which has the blade on the wrong edge. She offers the wanderer sanctuary at her school. Kenshin proves valuable when the murderer, a vengeful ex-student, comes to kill Kaoru...

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The Late Great Battousai by KidFox December 3, 2004 - 12:07 AM PST
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
This is a great series, and one that I think can be appreciated by fans of anime as well as those who are are just starting or may not usually enjoy it much. I watched the entire series with my old roommate who had a lot of hangups about anime, and she loved it. Its got humor, suspense and tragedy and some episodes even got me to cry a little. The characters are all very likable--to the point where you might find yourself liking them a little TOO much. I know I found myself biting my nails even considering that Kenshin, Kaoru, Sano or Yahiko might get hurt.
Some episodes are animated very well, but all of the episodes have a clean and easy style with little CGI touches that really add to the storyline. In my opinion the series reaches its peak in about the 18th or 19th volume, all of the storylines afterward feel kind of hashed together, with very little character development. That would be my only disappointment.
The greatest joy in this series is Kenshin, hands down. He's a wonderfully thought out character, and his loyalty, friendship and courage is heartwarming and touching. Without him, it would be just another swordfighting episodic show. Just be careful not to hold your friends up to the standard of character he sets, or you'll always be disappointed. :)

this is a fun series by psifry May 7, 2003 - 3:56 PM PDT
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
I started watching the series on TV a few months back and really liked it. It's nice that they try to have a storyline that lasts at least a few episodes, so there isn't necessarily a great sword-battle at the end of each episode.

The DVD version is uneditted, so you will see the character stab the "villains" unlike in the TV version where one moment they are fighting, the next the enemy is "gone." (You can see what I mean in episode 8 or 9)

Animation style is very nice and clean, and will slip into a more childish approach to draw a laugh.

Storyline is fairly straight-forward and easy to follow.

This is actually a series I would recommend.

The start of an absorbing series by hneline1 April 26, 2002 - 11:07 AM PDT
5 out of 5 members found this review helpful
I'm impressed with this series. Although the basic premise is that of a super-skilled, honorable, handsome wandering samurai with a mysterious past helping people (how many times have we seen that one?), what makes this series absorbing is that it's set in a very real time in historical Japan. The beginning of the Meiji era (late 1800's) was a rough and amazing period where feudal Japan suddenly started adopting Western ways very aggressively. The conflict between medieval and modern, killing and protection, ideals and materialism, pro-imperialists and pro-shogunates and pro-democracy is fascinating. The characters in this series are multifaceted and it's hard to distinguish good from evil. And of course, there's a lot of thrilling sword fights and blood spurting. In this particular DVD, the main protagonists meet and each has his own reason for becoming friends. Maybe it's not necessary to watch this DVD, episodes 1 - 4, before watching some of the others in this long series, but it does help in understanding some of their relationships and motivation.

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