- Includes: Trust and Betrayal, The Motion Picture, Reflection, Trust and Betrayal Director's Cut, Reflection Director's Cut
Samurai X - Complete
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Nineteenth century Japan: a land torn by warfare and rebellion, where small bands of soldiers seek to overthrow the tyrannical Tokugawa Shogunate. Enter Kenshin, a young orphan whose fighting skills were honed by the great swordsman Hiko. But Kenshins soul is embattled much like the killing fields of Japan, with his hopes for a new world peace at odds with his life of blood and killing.
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When buying this box set, you are getting your money's worth. Usually, this box set runs anywhere from 90-100 USD in some stores, but on Amazon, it practically cuts it in half.
This product does not appear to be a bootleg and is very accurate on the subtitles.
There is also another OVA/OAV box set that has a black box and is a little more expensive. Personally, I favor this one. In the other box set, you do not get the following:
Reflection: Director's Cut
Trust & Betrayal: Director's Cut
(Rurouni Kenshin/Samurai X) The Motion Picture*
Trust & Betrayal
*The Motion Picture is sometimes listed as Japanese only when searching for the "Language" on some sites, such as this, but with this DVD box set, it DOES come in English and also in Japanese, with English subtitles.
(All DVDs = English/Japanese with English subtitles)
That is what you get in this box set, besides the wonderful box art and the beautiful DVD cover art.
The risk of purchasing this box set, or any box set for that matter, is damage to the box itself, not necessarily the DVDs, but hey, sometimes it happens.
Note: On the side of the box, you may see a small logo that says: Rurouni Kenshin or Samurai X. They are both the same.
Little kids should not be watching this. The suggested rating in my eyes would be at least an audience that is mature enough to handle the dialog and the little suggestive themes that are featured. Roughly: 16+
Also: The title is a little misleading, considering it only says 'Samurai X - Complete', but this is NOT the Anime, it is the OVA/OAV collection.
I loved seeing how Kenshin became who he was. These stories were beautifully told, very heartfelt and romantic, imbued with the brutality of the period and the culture. The characters are much more serious and complete, and they talk and act like people rather than "amine characters".
Trust, Betrayal, and Reflection are really worthwhile. I never read the manga, so can't compare these to that, but I must say I was extremely moved by both (literally weeping at the end of the Director's Cut of Reflection). The artwork is so beautiful, so much more refined than the TV series and the movie - different artists/studios. However, the voice actors are the same, which makes the serious versions even more poignant. The music is very good.
I did not watch any English dubs because I much prefer the Japanese language.
The movie is done in the same anime style as the original TV series, and after watching the finer artwork in Trust, Betrayal, and Reflection, it was hard to go back to viewing that style.
However, from a historical standpoint, the movie is very worthwhile in that it shows yet another set of events surrounding the revolution. As with the TV series, it is packed with information about the events leading up to the Meiji regime, and it also elaborates on events that took place after that government took over. Chaos and disillusionment are strong themes.
There are no extras on any of the DVDs.
Thanks for reading, hope this review has been helpful.
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First let me say that the first disc "Trust & Betrayal" is amazing.Read more
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