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Rurouni Kenshin (TV series) Review by Ark - DALnet #anime

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Added by Ark on February 15, 2001
Last modified on March 27, 2002
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Definitely one of the best TV series I’ve ever seen. This epic drama is about the adventures of a small group of individuals, and the things that have united and bonded them to be together at Kamiya Dojo.


Rurouni Kenshin (TV series) Picture 1 Before the end of Bakumatsu period there was a man known as Hitokiri Battousai (sword wielding killer) who fought for the Ishinshishi revolution, to open Japan to Western influence. To establish this, the Hitokiri Battousai served as a bodyguard, killed people from rebellious groups and delivered tenchu (heavenly punishment… heh) to those who plotted against their goal. Just before the end of the revolution, this man named Himura Kenshin came to conclusion that killing to establish an utopia was unjust and wrong. To atone for his sins he swore to never kill again, but to protect and help the innocent in need with his sakabatou (reversed blade). Hitokiri Battousai became a rurouni (wandering samurai, vagabond) and disappeared, creating legend…

The year is 1879 Meiji era, 11 years after the end of Bakumatsu. Himura Kenshin is walking the streets of Tokyo and meets a girl named Kamiya Kaoru. After a little scenario where Kenshin saves her life, he is offered sanctuary at her Dojo for his help. Tired from his long journey the rurouni accepts Kaoru’s offer, unknowing that his settlement at Kamiya Dojo will soon draw danger. Kenshin’s vow to never kill again soon becomes a problem when the lives of his new friends depend on him. Fighting to protect his friends he begins to revert back to being the Hitokiri Battousai he once was, his friends being more afraid that he’ll win than if he loses.


Rurouni Kenshin (TV series) Picture 2 The characters are awesome. Further into the series you’ll meet characters such as Sagara Sanosuke, Myojin Yahiko and much more. The characters each have their own little story and unique characteristics that contribute from the light hearted humour to the intense action packed scenarios of the melodramatic drama. The villains are just as interesting, if not more. At an age where people lived by their strong ethical views to revolutionize and shape paths for a better form of government, you can’t expect anything less than characters that have strong and powerful principles to portray their personal qualities.


The animation isn’t outstanding quality or even drawn to an elite degree, even the scenery isn’t very detailed. But keep in mind that this is a long TV series, not a high budget production. Don’t let this put you off though, the story easily covers for this flaw. And even so, there are still some scenarios in the series that are animated beautifully.

Voice Acting

The voice acting for the Japanese dub is excellent, all voices suit the characters. But then again, I’ve never heard bad Japanese dubbing for any anime. The voices for the English dub don’t suit the characters and have little acting. The theme songs are catchy and the BGMs (background music) are perfect for every mood. I definitely recommend the original music CDs.


The story and its setting captivates, the intensity in the Shishio Makoto saga wouldn't let me stop until I watched it to the end, the music is outstanding and the characters are fascinating. The first few volumes of the series are already available on DVD and are quite suitable for any audience, I recommend this series.


There are some short one-episode dramas that are quite dull and don’t have much story content, especially towards the end. The ending doesn’t summarize anything from the stories plot.

Ark's Rurouni Kenshin (TV series) Review Scores
Story :10/10Animation :7/10
Characters :10/10Voices :9/10
Overall Score 93% : Instant Classic

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Lia Well written 06/03/01 01:35:17
Gara Arggghhhh! 06/04/01 06:53:28
Meeki Good Review! 06/04/01 10:27:38
Just an RK fan. This anime is BADASS!!! It actually has go... 07/14/03 12:05:47
Neko Oni Can't beat the Hitokiri! 09/26/03 04:19:54
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