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5.0 out of 5 stars buy Rurouni Kenshin DVD , then this OVA;, October 5, 2003
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This review is from: Samurai X - Trust & Betrayal (Director's Cut) (DVD)
"Samurai X-trust & betrayal" is essentially a prologue to the Rurouni Kenshin TV series. Or they call it an OVA or direct-to- video animation film. I suggest to newcomers, to watch first the samurai X TV series then watch this to fully comprehend and grasp who Rurouni Kenshin is,it's cast members, & the central setting & ideas of the series.
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. Though extremely hardcore in context to the film objective, this DVD ultimately proved a valuable souvenir, not solely because of Rurouni Kenshin but also this anime feature-lenght is rare, in terms of tackling such subject matter--heavy, marital relationship. Not to imply Rurouni Kenshin is a secondary importance to this DVD, which is not entirely correct, as this DVD is significant and a timeless collection of Rurouni Kenshin saga.
Be prepared to view this movie because it's simply not easy to watch. You need to be mentally & emotionally ready to ingest this film as the film is extremely heavy & seriously depressing. I especially see fit to recommend this to anime lovers and anime watchers.Though I believe, in fact it can be appreciated by everyone when given the opportunity.
But, for Rurouni Kenshin newcomers or tryers, it is more practical to watch first the actual TV series in contrast to this advanced DVD. That series shall served as your introduction to the world of "Samurai X" or "Rurouni Kenshini".The core story of Samurai X(Rurouni Kenshin), not only about learning its characters, but also explore into an era of samurai regime- such as it's setting in feudal Japan & the honor of being a samurai warrior.Some episodes are light-hearted and fun, some have good characterization piece, some episodes are subdued,poignant & talky as in the final TV episode & some if contain samurai fights,mostly are exciting, susepenseful & intellectually stimulating. If you are contemplating to sample, you need to start at Rurouni Kenshin DVD (the TV series)at least up to vol. l4, then return to this DVD for better comprehension and appreciation in regards to the casts of characters and story theme.
Highest possible recommendation.
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