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Rurouni Kenshin Vol. 13: Innocence and Experience (1997)

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Studio: Anime Works
Genre: Anime, Action Anime
Languages: English, Japanese
Subtitles: English
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Synopsis
Sojiro, a young boy, stands beside the bodies of his murdered family. He holds a bloody sword in his hands, and lets the warm rain wash over his face. He is smiling pleasantly. Kenshin Himura, sworn to defeat the evil Shishio, has only one obstacle left between him and the mad lord himself. This obstacle is Sojiro, the boy assassin. Kenshin has already beaten many opponents on the road to Shishio, but Sojiro is special. He is faster than Kenshin, stronger than Kenshin, more skilled than Kenshin, and his temperament makes him immune to the special techniques of Kenshin's Hiten Mitsurugi Style! He is called the Tenken, because his swordsmanship can only be a gift from the heavens.

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*run away in tears* by Cosplayer October 14, 2003 - 5:28 PM PDT
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1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
This was just stunning! It's so complex! I fyou think it's just another samuri flick (which are very good by the way), think again! This a comedy/romance/action/drama/historical show that just so happens to be about samuri. Minus the one when Kenshin leaves, this is my fav one in the series! I almost cried, yeah...

A different path from Kenshin by hneline1 May 9, 2002 - 2:24 AM PDT
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3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
In these episodes, the final battle in Kyoto occurs, Kenshin faces Soujiro Seta, and afterwards crosses swords with Makoto Shishio himself... building up to the next disk, which concludes the Kyoto Arc. We see something of Soujiro's past and how it was similar to Kenshin's as a child, except that they had different masters influence them. Soujiro has accepted Shishio's philosophy of "the strongest live, the weak die" while Kenshin believes in protecting the weak. Another strand in this complex tale is uncovered when we learn that Shishio wants to control Japan so that it becomes strong enough to defend against Western colonization... which is not a purely evil goal, is it? This series continues to work on many levels and is well worth watching, despite the length. One additional note -- in each volume, there are Extras such as Outtakes and Liner Notes. The Liner Notes are explanations of terms used in the episodes and are an excellent tease into the Japanese culture of that day. The Outtakes are pretty silly, usually just the English voice actors flubbing their lines, but in this particular disk, watch them until the very end -- the last outtake made me laugh out loud. ;-)




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Crazy Stuff the Japanese Can Come Up With
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Animes with anything you can find in any Western entertainment, only better and with Japanese flair! All these comments are "inside comments," so if you haven't a clue what I'm talking about, (and actually care) you need to see them!
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