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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Anamorphic
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Sentai Filmworks
  • DVD Release Date: March 5, 2013
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AO05AN8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,669 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Although she's only sixteen and looks even younger, Misao Makimachi is already a skilled and competent member of the Oniwabansh? ninja clan. Which is a fortunate thing for Misao, as her onimitsu talents may be all that keeps her alive when a journey in search of the leader of the clan, Aoshi Shinomori, leads her instead into a face-to-face encounter with an even more dangerous man and a plot to overthrow the Meiji government! Quickly enmeshed in the affairs of the legendary assassin Hitokiri Batt?sai, now known as Kenshin Himura wielder of the reverse-blade sword, Misao finds herself pulled into the middle of a deadly intrigue against Makoto Shishio, who is orchestrating the conquest of all Japan, beginning with Kyoto! Get ready for blades to flash and blood to flow as Nobuhiro Watsuki's acclaimed Rurouni Kenshin returns at long last to the world of animation in an epic masterpiece: Rurouni Kenshin - New Kyoto Arc!

Customer Reviews

Supposedly the Kyoto Arc is the "fan favorite".
sailorchironmoon
So it gets really confusing having to watch a movie that says one thing and subtitles that don't always match plus they were pretty big letters.
Jeffrey T Arbaugh II
Perhaps the only decent feature is the English dub, which is actually better than the original English dub for the TV series.
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60 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Ace on January 11, 2013
Format: DVD
Im not one to take shots but just a change of picture with simplified storyLOL it's insulting that 6 ppl actually found that helpful. Obviousy the person below and those who rated that remark have not actually seen this and is just going off the cover and some summaries they've seen i guess.

First lets clarify the title this is Rurouni Kenshin: Shin Kyoto-Hen Zenpen it is a remake of the Kyoto arch and Kenshin's battle with Shishio not sure why amazon is just listing it as Rurouni Kenshin and with the date of 1996 as this is not the original tv series nor the year it was released hopefully this will be corrected as not to confuse ppl.

Anyways back on point having seen and own the original series and as well as reading all the manga I have to say Rurouni Kenshin: Shin Kyoto-Hen Zenpen really was a pleasant surprise after hearing it was a remake you figure it was probably just going to be a recap cutting out some of the the filler from the tv series that wasnt in the manga but that isnt the case. There is absolutly no resued footage from the tv series it is all new animation which I have to say far surpasses that of it's predacessor tho seeing how it's been what over 10 years since the original tv series you would figure as much but the new breath taking animation alone isnt what gives this a worth watch/buy there is more to it than a pretty exterior. Rather than just following the same events/fights and battles leading up to the Shisho confrontation it offers new perspectives from Misao and other companions of Kenshin it's like looking from the outside in giving new narrative but dont worry Kenshin is very much still main attraction and the plot result is still the same just with added story and a new take on the fights.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Meadows on January 17, 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I love Kenshin. The manga and the show, it's a very charming fun story. This is not.. a 30+ episode story cut into an 80 minute short. There's no comedy, the acting is horrible and if you're a new fan there's no way in Hell you"ll be able to follow the story. Did I mention the violence? Violence in anime is fine, I love Berserk, but in Kenshin?! Some of the scenes in this are comparable to Shigurui. Just stay away.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By C Cheung on June 14, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Okay, let me start off by saying that I am a purest when it comes to anime series and I grew up watching Rurouni Kenshin on Toonami and I own the Mangas and original DVD from Media Blaster. When I heard that they were creating a new OVA series after so many years, suffice to say I was excited, but that where it ends.

The good:
As far as the animation goes, this Blu-Ray is great because of the bright, vibrant colors and 1080P video. It looks awesome on my 42" Plasma TV

The Bad:
This is a hacked up, condensed version of the Kyoto Arc, which was magnificently animated during the original release many years ago. For purest like myself, this version is an insult to the original animation and story. This OVA lacks the comedy, action and storytelling from the original. In addition, because of the nature of the release, they squeezed the entire arc into 2 disc, roughly about 2 hours.

Anyone who is a diehard fan or Rurouni Kenshin, I would say to pick this up as a used copy if you're interested in seeing this or wait til the price drops. But if you are expecting anything new or revolution because it's Blu-Ray or has new animation, you'll be very disappointed
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By sailorchironmoon on April 27, 2014
Format: DVD
Supposedly the Kyoto Arc is the "fan favorite". This is only because it was animated well the first time around. The Jinchuu arc never gets a fair shot. I can speak for many fans when I say this was just a disappointment and that an animation of the Jinchuu arc would've done better!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jasper Rabbit on December 29, 2013
Format: DVD
Preface: I love the Kenshin manga and very much enjoyed the original anime - especially the Kyoto arc (the subject of this movie).

Summary: this is a superficial retelling of the Kyoto arc, diverging sometimes drastically from the original story, with mediocre animation and no rewatch value.

The Good: it made me really appreciate the original TV series; it made me want to go back and watch the original Kyoto arc again. Also, since some scenes were completely untrue to either the manga or the anime, it was occasionally interesting to see odd interactions you would never otherwise see (like Shishio fighting Usui directly).

The Bad: only good for a Kenshin fan (someone who wasn't really conversant with the plotline would be immediately lost), except that Kenshin fans will be the ones who are most disappointed. Not deep enough for you to become emotionally involved, yet not superficially beautiful enough to blow your mind with fight scenes or animation. I would say, "determinedly mediocre."

The Ugly:
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This OVA destroys the entire point of Kenshin's character by having him (Kenshin) straight up kill Shishio. Dead as a doornail. With his own hands. And PS: it's an easy, no-sweat-breaking fight for him. Piece of cake. Shishio's like a low-level henchman, difficulty-wise.

In the end, I wish I had gone back and selected a few episodes from the original series or reread my manga than spending my time watching this. You want to buy it? I'll sell it to you for cheap. ; )
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