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Rurouni Kenshin: Restoration, Vol. 1 Paperback – June 4, 2013
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As for art style, my personal feelings are that the art sometimes feels "softer" than the original RK artwork, not that this is bad and not that this is true for the whole manga. In fact I like both styles fine and it doesn't affect my enjoyment either way. RK Restoration still boasts dramatic "lines" (my brain is too tired to figure out a better way to describe it xD) to depict the action and I feel that Watsuki-sensei does a terrific job of portraying action scenes on two dimensional media.
As for the story itself, I don't want to reveal too much, but I will say that we are introduced to a larger portion of the main cast earlier than in the original. If it wasn't clear, RK Restoration is not a prequel or a sequel of the original RK, but in fact a parallel version of what could have happened if certain elements were changed. But at its core it stays true to a story about a samurai finding a potential home in a post war/samurai era with people who can accept him based on his present actions and not defining him by his past (yes, this is a very simplified version of the core story, and I know not very eloquently put, so please forgive me).Read more ›
Restoration does not try to build on the original manga, or supplant that canon. Personally I am grateful for this; after the depressing travesty that was Reflections, I don't want anybody, even Watsuki-san, to mess with the happy ending we had in the original manga. I was content to let it end where it ended. But there was a part of me that missed seeing new adventures with the Kenshingumi. I think this reboot is perfect for filling that desire for new Ruroken while still allowing the original manga to remain on its pedestal in my heart.
Restoration is what is referred to as a parallel universe reboot. Kind of like the new Star Trek movie(s), it takes the characters and the world we are familiar with, and just shakes them up a little bit. In this version, character interactions are a little different. Some events don't take place. Some characters are introduced in different ways.
I was delighted by this new foray into the world of Ruroken; in some ways it was like reuniting with old friends after a long absence. Definitely recommended for Rurouni Kenshin fans.
But he faced a quandary. Where could he place the stories in the existing manga adventures? Afterword would be not really about Kenshin so much, and as a prequel would be filled with great Kenshin action, but not many of the other beloved characters such as Kaoru, Sanosuke, Yahiko, or Megumi. So what to do?
Watsuki solved this by deciding to do an "alternate" telling of the exciting manga stories. Several details are different in this rather fast-paced retelling, but the essential facts of the history and of the characters remained the same.
The author admits outright that he loves American comics, and that he is used to alternate worlds and takes on characters, so he figured why not do an alternate take on Kenshin and company.
I think the author did quite well with such a fast-paced, condensed version. The stories are exciting so that new readers ought to greatly enjoy them, current fans of the original manga will also enjoy the new spin on some of the storylines and characters of old.
The only problem I would cite is that Watsuki didn't quite do so well in fleshing out the characters and interactions in such a condensed format. I hope he has a couple of more volumes to expand on the characterization and make it work better overall.
I do like how consistent Kenshin is in his almost-pacifism. He will mess you up if you mess with him or his loved ones.Read more ›
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Big Fan of Rurouni Kenshin for years. I was hesitant at first seen as this was a retelling of the story with some alterations. But I really enjoyed it. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Francisco
Excellent reading for those into Japanese culture and literature.Published 21 months ago by Raymeek Williams
I am a fan of the Rurouni kenshin anime series so I decided to check out this manga reboot.They make it easy to understand whats going on and have nice character introductions. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Zakaria Ahmed Syed
I loved the rourouni kenshin series in TV. I do not really read manga, but i was curious, and this item was just what I thought it would be!!!Published on April 21, 2014 by Helen S
This review is based on the condition which was pretty bad. I had this item replaced because of foxing on the top of the books pages. Funny thing it was only half of the top. Read morePublished on January 28, 2014 by Eric
Loved the series (both anime and manga,) and I when I heard that he, the author, was making an updated version, I knew I had to get it. Read morePublished on January 5, 2014 by Shaquana Nicole Mathis
I mistakenly bought this, not being alert to the fact that it was a manga production. It might be good for children.Published on January 2, 2014 by charles drucker
I got exactly what I expected, in perfect condition. Got it on time. The book was fantastic, although I still love the original story.Published on October 22, 2013 by sommer