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Rurouni Kenshin: New Kyoto Arc (1996)

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3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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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 (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AO05AN8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,409 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

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!

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54 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All new animation with a more compact story January 11, 2013
By Ace
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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmmm, not sure about this one 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for the uninitiated. Or anyone else, really. January 23, 2014
Format:DVD
I can say a lot of things about this OVA. A lot of things your Grandma wouldn't want you reading, but I'll try to keep it witty and PG.

The Rurouni Kenshin New Kyoto Arc is an OVA that retells the middle and typically highest praised story in the saga. An evil mummy-dude is gathering an army of villains to turn Japan back to it's chaotic and warring ways, and our hero Kenshin is the only one able to take him on.
You following so far? Good. Sounds pretty exciting, huh? Well, you'd best get the old DVDs or manga, because what we have here is a shadow of the arc's former glory. A polished turd whose only praise is it's aesthetics. And that's shallow praise, mind you.

If you haven't seen or read any of the story before, you're lost. Characters just show up without any coherent rhyme, reason or exposition. Even if you do know them, the characters are poorly written and never given any time to breathe or show real personality as the events of what did take weeks if not months in the original story's time is now put into a couple days. Dragged in all the main players? Check. Gave Kenshin his new super move and weapon? Check. Allude to the villain and his lady having gross mummy-sex? Check and eeeugh... Great! Now put em all on a boat and SWOARDFIGHTZ!
Oh, also have punch-dude use his mega punch against evil punch dude who you're pretty sure taught punch-dude the mega punch but the story forgets to remind you so whatevs.

So... yeah. In summary, what we have here is an appalling mess. Underwritten characters shoehorned into an incoherent plot with no backstory or exposition with no time to become invested with anything or anyone as flashy yet forgettable fights plod on until bad guy dies and the credits roll. A series this well known and beloved deserved much, much better. I'd only recommend buying this as a terrible gift to a fellow fan who you'd like to infuriate, otherwise douse it in oil and set it aflame like a certain renegade assassin.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars If you like Kenshin you won't like this. 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A great
Case was broken. But other then that. A great movie
Published 15 days ago by ageless empire
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Loved it. Hopefully they will make another story with the other cast.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Pointless
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. Read more
Published 4 months ago by sailorchironmoon
4.0 out of 5 stars WORTH THE BUY, NO DOUBT TO ME
I have had a chance to see ‘Rurouni Kenshin: The New Kyoto Arc’, online. It was subtitled. But I have to say, Number 1, I just had not expected it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Beau
2.0 out of 5 stars Honestly: not good.
Preface: I love the Kenshin manga and very much enjoyed the original anime - especially the Kyoto arc (the subject of this movie). Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jasper Rabbit
5.0 out of 5 stars the best
the best anime i ever had so good and it works like its ever ben used so thanks you a lot
Published 10 months ago by Amanda
2.0 out of 5 stars Inferior to the Original, Puzzling Plot Changes, and May Be...
(Minor spoilers throughout.)

For those unfamiliar with Rurouni Kenshin, it was originally a manga (comic) from the 90s that was adapted into an anime TV show while the... Read more
Published 10 months ago by ahw
4.0 out of 5 stars Come on, it wasn't that bad.
The dvd set had both parts of New Kyoto Arc in one package, which was convenient and saved money. The art style was bright and colorful, and the English dubbing was very good. Read more
Published 11 months ago by mary nell gilley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great retelling of the arc
I was really excited when I heard they were revamping the Kyoto Arc but was worried when it wasn't from Kenshin's view. Read more
Published 11 months ago by H. Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for completing the Kenshin collection!
How could I not love this? I don't understand how others didn't like this. The new animation is BEAUTIFUL and I really appreciated the more mature take on the Kyoto Arc. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Alisanna
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