Samurai X - Reflection (Rurouni Kenshin)
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All of the OVA's, 'Reflections' included, lack the comic relief of the TV series. In that sense they are an acknowledgement of Kenshin's contribution, and the ongoing price he would have to pay for being a murderer. In 'Reflections,' Kenshin seeks the ability to be at peace again. And Kaoru, the loyal wife of his later years wants desperately to be as important a part of his life as his first love, Tomoe, who sacrificed her life at his hands so that he could go on to fight the Shogun.
The pressures of their lives drive them apart on more time, as Kenshin travels to China to help the living. But the real story is the retelling of their relationship and it's themes in carefully interwoven flashbacks. The threads of destiny and duty wind tighter and tighter as the drama, reminiscent of Greek tragedy as well as Noh plays, comes to its bittersweet conclusion.
It is almost unfortunate that 'The Cross-shaped Wound' (the last episode of the previous OVA volume) reached such a high standard of artistry. 'Reflections' is wonderful, beautifully written, illustrated and scored, but it lacks the utter magic of its predecessor. I can't fault it though, it is the difference between excellent and perfection, and I am delighted to have experienced both in the same series.Read more ›
The story of Reflection takes a beloved character and reflects a flawed understanding of just who Kenshin was and what his story was about. His essential nature has always been that of a deeply scarred man attempting to atone for his past. He has always suffered and felt guilt for the killing he has done, yet he is also the wanderer who has cared for many people. A man who never abandoned his principles such that his very example has helped other unhappy and guilty souls find peace and purpose (i.e. Megumi, Sano, Saitou, Aoshi, even some of Shishio's Juppengatana). To believe that this man would, after all his been through - even after making his peace with Enishi - STILL be wandering around Japan, abandoning Kaoru and their son, is just unbelievable.Read more ›
The first half of Reflections is built around fragmentary recaps which can't be fully understood without prior familiarity with the original manga and/or the parallel first two seasons of the tv series. The plot then proceeds through the manga's Jinchuu Arc in a manner that's only slightly less cursory, and similarly requires foreknowledge of either those manga volumes (not yet translated by Shounen Jump as of the DVD's release date) or the Trust/Betrayal OVA, or optimally both.
And then there's the whole question of how the OVA depicts Kenshin's behavior after the manga timeframe; in many fans' opinion, he completely reverses the direction of character development that was shown throughout the manga, negating the peace he'd supposedly found. So while Reflections is dependent on its context, it simultanously undermines that context's core themes, which is a really irritating paradox.
A mitigating factor in the Director's Cut is that it adds some happy scenes that weren't present in the original version: Kenshin's second wedding; early scenes from his marriage including the birth and childhood of his son. Kaoru and Saitou also have a brief conversation about, er, something. (Maybe if I actually understood Japanese I could attempt a summary.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is my absolute #1 Favorite Anime! You have to own the entire series, arcs, and movies.Published 9 months ago by kenneth
Fantastic series!! I purchased this 12 years ago and it's stilla great series to watch! Highly recommended to all anime fans of all ages!!Published 10 months ago by Nikki Renee
Despite a generally poor reception, I had high hopes for this. Trust and Betrayal was, and remains, one of my favorite films, and criticism for the sequel seemed to focus on the... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Joe E Lewis
This is the ending movie for kenshin, I didn't realize it at first when I got it but I still love it!Published 17 months ago by Lea
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Actually movie is good but it drags on. Wish there was more.... "Umph"!
This is the worst anime movie I have ever seen! Don't get me wrong, ruronin kenshin is a anime series this particular movie makes it bad. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Jonathan Bruce
The brilliance of Samurai X was not to be understated (I will refer to it as the only true Samurai X film, because of its iconic place as the portrayal of Kenshin's origin. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Nicholas King
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