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 Kenshin’s soul is embattled
much like the killing fields of Japan, his hopes for a new world
peace at odds with his life of blood and killing. His world is
thrown into further confusion by the arrival of a mysterious
woman named Tomoe. Her kindness and attention show him a kind of
life he didn’t know existed. Can she help the assassin become
a real man? Or does she hide a secret that could destroy
everything he has come to depend on? Join the battle and
discover the enemy within.
• Region 1
encoding (US and Canada only)
• Color, Animated, HiFi Sound
• Historical Background Notes
• Character Notes
• Full-screen format
SECRET(S): None that I know of
you saw from the tv series "Rurouni Kenshin".
This OAV (Original Animated Version/Direct to video) series is
based on Japanese feudal history but using Kenshin to make a
fictional story. For those who are familiar with the
Tokugawa period and the life of the Samurai, it's not a
beautiful time. In fact when you watch this anime you will
immediately notice how violent this anime is compared to it's
light-hearted, humorous counterpart (tv series).
Needless to say, if
you don't like to watch violent samurai battles, you may want to
pass on the OAV series.
As for me, I have
studied Japanese history and I'm always intrigued by it.
"Samurai X: Trust" is the first two OAV's which
features the history of Kenshin and how he became a master of
the sword. Also, the introduction of many key characters
who Kenshin trusts.
The series will
catch your attention but will make you think about how horrible
and barbaric feudal Japan can be during war. The anime is
just simply beautiful and fluid.
As for the DVD, like
most anime on DVD...hardly any special features. It does
come with an introduction to the characters and a little on the
history of Japan and trailers but that's just it. At least
it has this much, most anime DVD's have zilch.
Kenshin" series was meant for people to watch the TV series
first and think of the OAV as a series for adults. If you start
out with the OAV series and then watch the TV series, you may
feel disappointed. Remember, the TV series can't exactly
show all that violence to the children. Otherwise an
awesome anime OAV series.
THE OAV 1-2: A
THE DVD EXTRAS: C
THE DVD OVERALL: B+
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