Samurai X: Director's Cut Collection
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If you've never seen this OVA before, brace yourself. Its look and tone are almost completely different from the "Rurouni Kenshin" tv series and movie, with frivolity stripped away to yield a stunning examination of what happens to idealism when it's used to justify any means used to achieve those ideals. This OVA is not kid's stuff. It's violent and heart-rending and subtle, and you will never look at Kenshin the same way again.
It's probably best appreciated after seeing the second season of the tv series, which introduces a number of characters who also appear here. And once you've grown accustomed to the way Kenshin behaves ten years after the war, it's truly eye-opening to see the way he was and how/why he changed to what he later became. However, it can also be watched on its own, without having seen any other RK at all.
Some new footage was added to bump the runtime back up, but most of it is in tiny snippets that don't add much, with the spectacular exception of a battle sequence near the end where Kenshin fights his way across a bridge toward an artillery-besieged town. (By contrast, much more footage was added to the director's cut of Seisouhen (Reflections), including Kaoru's wedding and early married life, but no US release date has been announced for that as yet.)
Buy it. Watch it. Never forget it.
In any incarnation the sheer brilliance of the production is obvious. Set ten years before the events of the Rurouni Kenshin television series, it trades up the cartoonish look and tone of its forerunner for harsh, uncompromising, realistic tragedy. The stylistic gap between the two series is immense; yet there is no feeling of inconsistency, as viewers of the TV series already know Kenshin's past was dark and violent. Not only does the prequel perfectly illuminate the history of an established protagonist, it is a fascinating and emotional character study in its own right. Kenshin goes from an idealistic youth to a cold-hearted killer, only to be redeemed through love lost and the realization that swinging his sword is destroying his own life as well as the lives of the people on the receiving end. His journey is at once tragic, uplifting, and totally convincing.
And the sword fights kick ass.Read more ›
The film delves further to Kenshin early years or his past, before meeting Kauro, Sanosuke,etc. From a child, his name was Shinta, witnessing the murder of his parents, being adapted & raised by his mentor master Hiko, & up to being an eventual hired & ruthless assassin, thus,was christened as Battousai.This film comprises 4- 30 mins. episode and the movie characteristic story-elements itself are extremely dark & very depressing, talky, serious in tone & heavy,domestic, & the dramatic core story preceded the little action sequences, which is only a secondary emphasis.
This movie is one of my favorites & is one of my most cherished DVD. Though not action-oriented like it's predecessor on TV, this movie simply is very memorable and lasting, as the story,mainly, explores a geniune, true-to-life example of how two people live a life, as in exemplified by Kenshin & Tomoe. More than about Rurouni Kenshin further adventures, which it is,as this prologue served to tie up loose ends of Kenshin's past-- his past origin.
However, the film absolute high point is following the dramatic,day-to-day ,slice of life of Kenshin and his wife Tomoe,albeit rusely married.Kenshin & Tomoe living together as a virtual husband and wife thus, manifesting a true-to-life portrayal of a couple struggle to subsist on a daily basis.This side of Kenshin has never intensely delved before,his marital side.Read more ›
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I, literally, just finished watching this. I am so disappointed. When I read this story in the book, I was completely enthralled. I read late into the night because I Just. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Heather
This is my absolute #1 Favorite Anime! You have to own the entire series, arcs, and movies.Published 4 months ago by kenneth
Fantastic!! I purchased this for my boyfriend 12 years ago and both he and I loved it along with the rest of the series! A must have for Ruroni Kenshin and all other anime fans.Published 5 months ago by Nikki Renee
Great Backstory for those who followed the Rurouni Kenshin tv series, great artworkPublished 7 months ago by donald swaney
The experience I have with Ruroni Kenshin is something that begins with when I grew up watching it on Cartoon Network. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Nicholas King
My absolute favorite anime. Great story and beautiful animation.Published 19 months ago by Marco Cutrim