Rurouni Kenshin: New Kyoto Arc [Blu-ray]
Although she's only sixteen and looks even younger, Misao Makimachi is already a skilled and competent member of the Oniwabansh? ninja clan. Which is a fortunate thing for Misao, as her onimitsu talents may be all that keeps her alive when a journey in search of the leader of the clan, Aoshi Shinomori, leads her instead into a face-to-face encounter with an even more dangerous man and a plot to overthrow the Meiji government! Quickly enmeshed in the affairs of the legendary assassin Hitokiri Batt?sai, now known as Kenshin Himura wielder of the reverse-blade sword, Misao finds herself pulled into the middle of a deadly intrigue against Makoto Shishio, who is orchestrating the conquest of all Japan, beginning with Kyoto! Get ready for blades to flash and blood to flow as Nobuhiro Watsuki's acclaimed Rurouni Kenshin returns at long last to the world of animation in an epic masterpiece: Rurouni Kenshin - New Kyoto Arc!
Based on Nobuhiro Watsuki's manga, Rurouni Kenshin: New Kyoto Arc (2011) is a retelling of the adventures of Kenshin Himura, the deadliest assassin in Japan during the civil wars surrounding the fall of the Tokugawa Shogunate. Although he remains the greatest swordsman in the country, Kenshin has renounced his violent past. He fights with a sakabato, a reverse-blade sword that can disable but not kill an opponent. His relatively quiet life is disrupted by the power-mad Makoto Shishio, who survived a botched execution by government agents. An attempt to incinerate his body left him alive but hideously scarred. Shishio plans to overthrow the Meiji government and make himself ruler of Japan. Only Kenshin can defeat him, but will that effort force him to break his oath never to kill again? Must he once again become a murderer to prevent a civil war? Rurouni Kenshin: New Kyoto Arc tries to cover in 90 minutes the storyline that occupied 34 episodes of the 1996 broadcast series. Not surprisingly, the filmmakers can only skim the surface of the story. There's simply no time for the character interactions, elaborate duels, awkward romance, and broad comedy that made Rurouni Kenshin one of the best-loved anime series of all time. Even the climactic duel between Shishio and Kenshin goes by too quickly to make much of an impression. J. Shannon Weaver, who also provided Kenshin's voice in the OVA prequel Samurai X, gives a much flatter reading than Richard Hayward in the Rurouni Kenshin broadcast series. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood showed it was possible to remake a popular series and improve it, but New Kyoto Arc feels incomplete and unsatisfying. (Rated TV MA V: graphic violence, grotesque imagery, tobacco use, sexual situations) --Charles Solomon
- Aspect Ratio : 1.77:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated Unrated (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 6.5 x 5.25 x 0.3 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Director : Charles Campbell
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Animated, Dubbed
- Run time : 1 hour and 30 minutes
- Release date : March 5, 2013
- Actors : J. Shannon Weaver, Meg Bauman
- Subtitles: : English
- Studio : Sentai Filmworks
- ASIN : B00AO05AZQ
- Number of discs : 1
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But still as a Ruronai kenshin fan and for this price, it is great.
Now about the dub. It's pretty awful. Now I know that they got the Kenshin from all the other OVA's and movies, but all around it's pretty lack luster. And most of the pronunciations are pretty awful as well. Now maybe this is just coming from a person who enjoyed the cast from the (Media Blasters) dub of the original anime, but this just was lacking. All around.
The Japanese track makes it better, but it doesn't do enough to realy save it. All around it's pretty lack luster. And actualy if we're honest about the animation - it looks pretty some places but it looks wonky and messed up plenty of other places. All around mediocre. If you want the Kyoto Arc - Read the manga. Watch the original anime. Watch the Live action movies. Just don't watch this.
final verdict...if you're not a HUGE Kenshin fan, I'd pass on this. It's expensive, there are NO extras, and I wasn't even that impressed with the new animation. I'm being generous giving it 3 stars.