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66 of 79 people found the following review helpful
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
on December 25, 2012
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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
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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.

Full review:
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. This is not a problem if you just start from the first disc and work your way through but I was watching a friend's copy and wanted to pick up with my own and had to go through several discs to find episode 25.

Some things I liked:
The outtakes were actually hilarious especially since they are with the English VA's so you still have the action going on with the show but hear them flubbing their lines or having fun. It was a nice addition. I also enjoy the liner notes and art galleries.

In all:
I do recommend this to people looking to add this series to their collection. It is at a good price here on Amazon right now and a great, fun series to watch.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on October 6, 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. Also, this anime has some spectacular music - good thing there are a ton of soundtracks out with it! The graphics were good and of course, the swordfights were awesome as well.

I recommend this to anyone who likes a good story, samurai and action, or historical Japan (and believe it or not, it does have some accurate historical lessons such as the Shinsengumi and Sekihoutai groups).
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25 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Format: DVD
Once, he was the legendary assassin Battosai. Now, he's a goofy wandering swordsman with an upside-down blade.

Yep, the title character of Nobuhiro Watsuki's "Rurouni Kenshin" is a pretty unusual lead for an action series, but then this series is really rather unusual -- it's all about fighting to preserve peace and life rather than to bring death. "Rurouni Kenshin Complete Series" brings together the entire TV anime, a brilliantly balanced series full of sword-swinging action, delightfully wacky humor and a hint of romance.

Searching for the man who's been disgracing her dojo, a young woman named Kaoru assaults a sword-carrying stranger -- only to learn that he's a peace-loving wanderer who doesn't kill anyone. But when her dojo is in danger, she finds out what the mysterious Kenshin Himura is really capable of, and who he really is -- the legendary manslayer, Battosai.

Despite his bloody past, Kaoru asks Kenshin to stay on, and they're soon joined by Yahiko and Sanosuke, a teenage ex-pickpocket and a young "fight merchant." That's fortunate, because Meiji-era Tokyo is crawling with problems -- fanatical swordsmen, pirates, train robberies, sumo wrestlers, corrupt police, and an amoral business tycoon who is forcing a young doctor to make a super-potent opium, and pits the lethal Oniwaban group (ninjas!) against Kenshin's gang.

But when the Meiji government is threatened with revolution, Kenshin must leave behind his friends and travel to Kyoto (along with a former member of the Shinsengumi, and an annoying kunoichi). Of course, his friends come after him -- but all together, are they strong enough to stop the malevolent, scarred Shishio?

And then there's the final season, which is all filler with a supernatural bent -- Kenshin and company return home, only to encounter a fresh onslaught of problems. Enter a Christian rebellion and another Hiten Mitsurugi swordsman, a vengeful group of samurai, the Black Knights, and an arc about feng shui (uh, whaha?).

Based on Nobuhiro Watsuki's manga, "Rurouni Kenshin" has become a classic for its story about overcoming the past, fighting for the sake of peace, and for the setting of the early Meiji era -- when Japan awkwardly leapt forward technologically and socially. But on a less epic scale, it's about one young man with a terrible and bloody past, who is now atoning for his past deeds by using his sword to protect instead of to destroy.

And it's a pretty solid series overall. The third season is shaky (German knights, feng shui and magic spells?), but the two seasons that precede it are absolutely brilliant -- a mixture of sword-slashing action, tragedy (Captain Sagara's fate), and some very dark storylines splattered with blood and sorrow. But there's also plenty of comic relief in here, usually supplied by Kaoru's short fuse (and her perpetual spats with Yahiko and Sano), and Kenshin's sheepish space-cadet attitude.

Kenshin is a lovable, oddball hero -- he's goofy, spacey, eager to please and polite to a fault, with rumpled red hair and threadbare clothes. But when he fights seriously, he almost becomes another person. And he's got an interesting little gang of friends -- kind, strong-willed Kaoru is his love interest, along with the sharp-tongued, feisty Yahiko and the tough, soft-hearted ex-street-fighter Sano. And there's also Saito, a former member of the Shinsengumi who is now an ordinary Tokyo cop... except he's still a Wolf of Mibu.

"Rurouni Kenshin Complete Series" collects the entire classic anime -- the third season is rather wobbly, but the series overall is simply brilliant. A must-see for anime fans.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 20, 2014
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I've loved Rurouni Kenshin ever since back when I was a little kid watching it on Toonami in 2003. So when I saw this box set of the complete series for a reasonable price, I quickly jumped at the offer. Needless to say, I was not disappointed. I bought this as used but like new condition, but when I received it, it was still in it's original shrink wrap, so that was really awesome. Although, the pieces in the boxes where you open them up were broken, but it's not a big deal, for me at least. The outer box that holds the three season boxes together is a little thin, as other reviews have said, but it should stay in fine condition as long as you take care of it. The way the discs are stored in their respective season boxes are nice and orderly, I have no idea why people have said that there versions came with them all stacked in a tower, I guess I just got a different version, but mine looks the same as the one in the pictures. Oh well. Also if any of you were wondering which dub this was like I was, it's the Bang Zoom/Media Blasters dub, not the s***ty Sony dub where they mispronounce all of the character's names. So yeah, all 95 episodes packed into one nice little box set for a good price, i'd say it's a must have for any Kenshin fan, or a fan of old but very well made anime in general, you won't be disappointed.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format: DVD
From what I've been told, this is one of Japan's greatest animes. As for me, I just found it really entertaining. The story is very unique, yet I have watched it several times over the span of age 12-21 and throughout the years I've found it to be a great show. Season 2 is really the best part of the series, season 1 is for introductions, and season 3 kind of fell short for me, but it's definitely worth buying all three so that you get the whole story. RECOMMEND.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 12, 2013
Format: DVD
How does a man who has murdered countless men, and has seen nothing but death along with experiencing endless pain and suffering since he was a child live his life after he has sworn never to kill again? That is the question that haunts Himura Kenshin the popular character created by Nobuhiro Watsuki. Watsuki's twenty eight volume manga series follows Kenshin's struggle to find atonement, peace and happiness in the new Japan. Along Kenshin's journey he meets new friends in Kamiya Kaoru and Sagara Sanosuke among others as well as old adversaries in Saitō Hajime as well as new and old enemies. Rurouni Kenshin would become one of the bestselling manga series ever in Japan as well as becoming popular in the United States, and the rest of the world that would inspire Studio Gallop to create an anime series based directly off of the popular manga series that many consider one of the best anime series ever made which is questionable depending on your view of how close an anime series should follow the manga that it is inspired from or should it continue even if the manga series has not finished yet. That are some of the things I will attempt to address in my review.

The first season follows episodes 1-27 and introduces Kamiya Kaoru who will become the most important person in Kenshin's new life. Through her innocence, kindness and naiveté he finds a home and hope as he says in to a bunch of thugs who are about to kill Kaoru "A sword is a weapon. The art of swordsmanship is learning how to kill. That is the truth. What Miss Kaoru says is sweet and innocent talk that only those whose hands have never been stained with the blood of men can believe. But, to tell you the truth, I much prefer Miss Kaoru's sweet and innocent talk over the truth, indeed I do." That quote sets the tone for the first season of Rurouni Kenshin. The first season of Rurouni Kenshin follows pretty closely to the manga having all the core characters in the anime series, but adding others including Dr. Genzai's Ayame and Suzume grandchildren. I think Studio Gallop, and the writers decided to add them because they wanted to add more of a human and light hearted element that predominates the first season even with some dark story lines. All is not perfect with the first season especially in the latter part of the season with the three part pirate arc that closes out the first season. The plot was decent at best as Kenshin battles pirates on the open seas, and on Kairyu Island, but the action was what was really disappointing with the final episodes. There was just no real drama or excitement with Kenshin's battles in his search to save everyone, and find Kaoru. It just felt like the writers were just biding time until Season two and the long Kyoto arc. Overall if I had to give a score to the first season of Rurouni Kenshin it would have to be a 4.75. The final episodes did hurt the season, but overall the first season of Rurouni Kenshin was excellent introducing one of the best characters ever creating and introducing a whole new audience to one of the best romances ever in an anime series, and perhaps in mass media in general.

Season two of Rurouni Kenshin is a much darker season as it kicks off the long Kyoto arc that forces Himura Kenshin to face his past once again. Season 2 is my favorite season of Rurouni Kenshin as the series introduces what is perhaps my favorite character in the entire series in Hajime Saito. Saitō Hajime is a former member of the Shinsengumi who were nicknamed the "Wolves of Mibu" Those who have seen Trust and Betrayal know that it is where Kenshin and Hajime first meet. Hajime is one of the few people in Japan who could stand toe to toe against Kenshin and nearly defeat Kenshin. Though they were enemies and fought many times, they also learned to respect each other through their battles, so when Hajime Saito reappears in the first episode of the season two it is quite a shock to Kenshin as Saito nearly kills Sanosuke to try and force out of Kenshin the old manslayer he once was and telling him "You can train a dog with food, you can buy a person with money, but there isn't a man alive able influence the wolves of Mibu! Some things will never change. A wolf will always be a wolf, the Shinsengumi will always be the Shinsengumi, and a manslayer will always be a manslayer!" That quote would set the tone for the dark second season as a new threat arises in Makoto Shishio. Shishio is the manslayer who very briefly appears in Trust and Betrayal as Kenshin's replacement in the shadows. Makoto Shishio has returned to destroy the Meiji government that nearly killed him, and in doing so he would form his own nation that would become a world power. The Kyoto arc is brilliantly animated and written as they show introduces Uonuma Usui "The Blind Sword", Makimachi Misao and Sawagejō Chō among others who bring such life to the show with their well written characters. Overall season two was a wonderful season that I would give a rating of 5 stars to. The season gave me displayed the best fights, and depth in story and emotional impact that I have nothing honestly to complain about.

It is always a risk when an anime series continues on past the point of the manga when the manga is still on going. Will the writers be able to come up with a story that will fit the tone of the manga? Will the audience embrace the storyline that the anime series is showing even though the manga series is still on going? Many manga series like Beserk and Inuyasha decide to end their series, wait for the manga series to end, but others like Dragon Ball Z and Fullmetal Alchemist forge on either giving us endless filler episodes who creating storylines of their own. That is the question that faced Studio Gallop after the end of season two and the Kyoto arc in episode 62 when the Rurouni Kenshin was still on going. Studio Gallop opted not to continue the series, but Studio Deen was willing two and gave us the third and final season of the Rurouni Kenshin anime series. I have found that there are generally two minds to the final season of the anime series. In one corner there are fans who think the final season is nothing but filler episodes and is a disappointment, and in the other corner there are those fans who enjoyed the final season liking its different story lines. I find that I am in the latter of the two categories. The story lines are completely different from the manga. There episode arcs that involve a Christian Amakusa Shōgo who was also a student of Hiten Mitsurugi style of swordsman ship, and wants to set up his own nation in Japan. Another arc involves the dreaded Black Knights who are in a search for the divine elixir that will give them the power to rule the world. No the story lines and characters are not as good as the first two seasons, but the third season is enjoyable with some fun and heartwarming episodes including the final episode that I loved. Yes the third season is the weakest of the series, but it was still enjoyable with interesting story lines and entertaining episodes that I would have to give the final season a 4 out of 5 stars.

The animation is dated compared to the modern anime series that are out now, but the animation is still well done as is the action which is well planned out, and animated. I must warn you that there are I believe there are three dubbed versions of the anime series. There is original version that came with the original release of the DVD's in the United States. There is another one at Cruchingroll that is terrible and heavily edited for a younger audience. I believe there is one more dubbed version out there, but by far the best dubbed version of the series is the original, so if you cannot find the original dubbed series watch it with subtitles you will enjoy far more than watching the terrible other dubbed versions of the series.

The Rurouni Kenshin is an excellent anime series that adds to the manga and the life of Himura Kenshin one of the greatest fictional characters ever created, with great characters, dated but beautiful animation, excellent action, a great soundtrack and a romance for the ages in Himura Kenshin and Kamiya Kaoru. Rurouni Kenshin is one of my favorite anime series I have ever seen giving it a score of 5 out of 5 stars. I highly recommend the Rurouni Kenshin anime series to any anime fan out there, and no you do not have to have read the manga series first to watch the series, so enjoy the remarkable journey of Himura Kenshin as he strives to find atonement for his sins along with peace and happiness, and the wonderful anime series Rurouni Kenshin.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 4, 2012
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This anime is fantastic, I really love it, the boxes look really cool in the outside, it got home on time, but I was extremely disappointed when I opened it because Instead of finding the dvds each in its case they were all piled in a tower. I really love my anime collection, and piling Cds one over the other only gets them ruined, that is the reason I dont give it 5 stars
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 12, 2010
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i received the product at about Thursday of this week. i was watching the dvd collection from beginning to end and when i got to the third box i realized the cd holder part was completely shattered. im not sure who to contact about getting another box or something. but overall the other boxes were in excellent shape. and its a really cool series.
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