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Rurouni Kenshin: The Complete TV Series


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The Meiji Era was one of great renewal for Japan, where swords and killing were outlawed. However, many survivors from the time of Revolution still live, lurking in the shadows and waiting for a chance to use their killing blades again. Only Kenshin Himura, formerly one of the most brutal of killers, hopes to keep his swordsman's honor and still live in the new era.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Richard Cansino, Dorothy Elias-Fahn
  • Directors: Kazuhiro Furuhashi
  • Format: Animated, Box set, Color, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 22
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Anime Works
  • DVD Release Date: May 25, 2010
  • Run Time: 2375 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00393SFW0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,688 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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66 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Ristar on September 1, 2010
Format: DVD
I purchased this title from Robert's Anime Corner Store. This set contains three 22mm dvd cases inside the paper thin cardboard box art shown above. The cover art for the three season sets is the same artwork used for the economy season boxsets 1-3. The dvd cases have no inserts and are your standard dark grey color. The dvd cases comprised of one 6 disc scanavo case, one 8 disc scanavo case, and one 8 disc gengeric spindle case. The generic case for season 3 had 8 discs sitting on top of each other on one spindle. I found this to be unacceptable, especially considering the M.S.R.P is $159.99. Moreover, each time I need the get to the 8th disc out I have to take the other 7 discs out, potentially placing them in harms way. I contacted media-blasters directly with 2 emails and left a voicemail trying to get my generic spindle case swapped out 8 disc scanavo case. It's been over a month now and they never responded. I'm not sure about you, but I expect more from a set that costs well over $100.00.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Bowoneshi on December 24, 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I ordered these from Amazon a few months ago and it was only ~$90. Now it's $500+ Wow! Anyway, if they ever drop back down in price, I recommend this series to anyone. The only issue is the discs are all packed on top of each other on 1 spindle instead of separate slots. This is an easy fix by buying blank DVD cases. Although beware! The cases are NOT the standard 27mm and will not fit in the cardboard slipcase. You have to get the 22mm cases. I got mine cheap here: [...] I ordered 1 6-disc (22mm) and 2 8-disc (22mm) for just a couple of dollars. (Season 1 only has 6 discs and season 2 and 3 have 8 each).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robin Sena on May 31, 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
EDIT: 6/1/14 - I have just discovered an inability to play episode #38. The episode that plays is actually episode #40 which is also on the next disc. Also, I cannot play episode #39 correctly. If I attempt to play it from the start it automatically jumps to Part B of the episode. However, I am able to start playing Part B and then rewind to see the first part. Because of this, I have reduced my rating to 4 stars. These are the final episodes on the first disc in the season 2 box.

TL;DR - good packaging (seems everyone gets something different); minor annoyances with the disc layout not matching the seasons; no booklets; outtakes are a nice addition.

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Packaging:
The outside and the covers of the individual season boxes seem to have remained universal. The inner contents are what has changed. Unlike other reviewers, my copy of this set has the same DVD holding throughout (I have added a photo to show this) where each disc is in a single slot so they do not overlap.

There are no booklets for any of the sets.

The plastic feels a little cheap and I worry if I am too forceful with it, I will break it but that is a general worry of mine with most DVD cases.

My only complaint is this:
The set is split into the 3 seasons of the show, each box claiming to have the DVD's for that season HOWEVER, my season 1 box contains discs with episodes 1 - 35. Season 1 only has 27 episodes. This is really only a minor inconvenience and not worth being upset about, but I found it a little...confusing to have it packaged this way.

Also - since there are no booklets it can be hard to know what discs contain what episodes.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Viennywrites on October 5, 2011
Format: DVD
Himura Kenshin is an ex-assassin, known as "Hitokiri Battousai" in the Meiji era. After having battled the Bakumatsu war ten years before, Kenshin now wanders around the country helping people to atone for his gruesome past and vows never to kill again. In the first episode of the series, Kaoru, a dojo instructor, stumbles across Kenshin and claims him of being the murderer that is killing the people of the village and ruining the reputation of the Kamiya Kasshin fighting technique. Later, the imposters are found out and justice is served. In the next few episodes, other main characters are introduced, including Yahiko, a child thief, and Sanosuke, an ex-fighting merchant. Season two's plot is mainly about Kenshin and his ex-enemy(for now at least) trying to stop the evil and powerful Shishio from conquering Japan. Season 3 is nothing too interesting besides some filler episodes with some minor bad guys thrown in.

It's really a shame that this anime isn't more known - it deserves to stand along high in popularity with fellow classic shows like Inuyasha and Bleach. RK has a very deep and dark intricate plot with lots of action and drama. All of the main characters are worth liking (even the bad guys!). Season 1 was focused mainly on character development but the season following has one of the intensest episodes in the entire series. Some of the greatest sword scenes also are displayed in this season. The plot delves into each of the characters' minds and dark but hidden pasts and also explains how they got to be who they are.

This show has amazing Japanese voice castings (not so much the dubbed, unfortunately). There wasn't a single character's voice in the subbed version that I didn't like.
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Defective Discs
It could be you have a bootleg set as there are new bootlegs for the series now.
Mar 6, 2014 by WingLT |  See all 9 posts
Bootleg Sets Now!
At most you guys got factory defects. But, I find it hard to believe that there are bootleg sets of this item without pictorial proof. Many companies change the cases of their product over time. I.e. Bandai with the cowboy bebop, code geass and gurren lagann set went from black to clear case.... Read More
Jul 17, 2014 by gamertag |  See all 32 posts
Question on the new complete collection set...
It wasn't redubbed for Hulu. The dub that is being streamed is Sony's international dub and was marketed as Samurai X. It's the version they would use in places like the Philippines or South Africa--random English speaking countries around the world.

This boxset, by Media Blasters, features the... Read More
Mar 29, 2010 by A Togashi Fan |  See all 6 posts
Is this an Offical R1 release?
Think of it this way, This is not a import this is the original series of RK done by Media Blasters. So instead of buying each season separate, you get it all in one. No worry's this is 100% original :)
Jul 27, 2010 by J.P Mishler |  See all 4 posts
Question on this complete series boxset?
yes its the same as getting all 3 seasons and yes its done by Media Blasters.
May 27, 2010 by Travis L. Chapman |  See all 3 posts
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