Rurouni Kenshin: New Kyoto Arc [Blu-ray]
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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.Read more ›
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
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
Summary: this is a superficial retelling of the Kyoto arc, diverging sometimes drastically from the original story, with mediocre animation and no rewatch value.
The Good: it made me really appreciate the original TV series; it made me want to go back and watch the original Kyoto arc again. Also, since some scenes were completely untrue to either the manga or the anime, it was occasionally interesting to see odd interactions you would never otherwise see (like Shishio fighting Usui directly).
The Bad: only good for a Kenshin fan (someone who wasn't really conversant with the plotline would be immediately lost), except that Kenshin fans will be the ones who are most disappointed. Not deep enough for you to become emotionally involved, yet not superficially beautiful enough to blow your mind with fight scenes or animation. I would say, "determinedly mediocre."
This OVA destroys the entire point of Kenshin's character by having him (Kenshin) straight up kill Shishio. Dead as a doornail. With his own hands. And PS: it's an easy, no-sweat-breaking fight for him. Piece of cake. Shishio's like a low-level henchman, difficulty-wise.
In the end, I wish I had gone back and selected a few episodes from the original series or reread my manga than spending my time watching this. You want to buy it? I'll sell it to you for cheap. ; )
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The animation is decently pretty. But that's about it. The story isn't as fleshed out as it should be. If you don't already know Kenshin you'll be lost. Read morePublished 2 days ago by K. Duffy
Animation was good. But really trying to condense a whole arc into 2 hrs was not a good idea. And why throw a sex scene in? It was disturbing...Published 4 months ago by Mariah Walker
I have seen the original show, the whole show. I bought the whole thing on DVD years ago. When I first saw that they were making an OVA of the show, I thought that it would be a... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kaniki
Horrible, horrible, horrible. This is meant to be a retelling of the Kyoto Arc of the Rurouni Kenshin anime. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is my absolute #1 Favorite Anime! You have to own the entire series, arcs, and movies.Published 9 months ago by kenneth