Rurouni Kenshin New Kyoto Arc Part 1


So I think this OVA is supposed to be a remake of the Shishio Makoto arc in Rurouni Kenshin but from Misao's perspective. It was very nice to see Kenshin back in action again, especially in high definition. Still, the OVA was a bit lacking for the show. Because of the amount of information that they're trying to condense, a lot of stuff is cut out. As a result, the story changes a lot of things. Some stuff is just minor reordering of the timeline, but other things become completely different, such as Usui's death.

Also, the show loses a lot of its shounen aspects, such as calling out names for attacks and the big battles scenes. The battles are fairly short, and the movements feel a bit sped up to finish them quickly. While this sort of captures the essence of Kenshin's style, it really takes away from the impact of the show. They also take out much of the comedy from the original show, notably taking out Kenshin's signature "Oro." While I understand that they probably didn't have the time for the random comedy scenes, it just doesn't feel like the same show anymore.

The music in the show is all familiar, and sounds pretty good...although some tracks sound a bit different. But I like that sort of freshness in the sound. Another thing that I liked is that even though the show is meant to be done in Misao's perspective, they don't make it super obvious by focusing only on her. The focus is there, but it isn't excessive. It was nice to watch as someone who loved the original show and wanted maybe a bit more, but I'd say it isn't the most impressive thing in the world. Unfortunately, I believe the next part of the OVA won't come out until August, so there's a lot of waiting. What were your reactions to this OVA? Impressed? Disgusted? Annoyed that they put in a sex scene? The show needs more Saito Hajime...he's a boss.



  • John Sato

    March 31, 2012, 8:58 p.m.

    I just watched this today. I was pretty disgusted (and also annoyed that they put a sex scene in...I don't mind the actual content that much (it wasn't nearly graphic enough to be offensive), but c'mon. This is Rurouni Kenshin). I don't know...I just don't see how you can compress like 24 episodes of TV into 2 40 minute OVAs.

    Also, every time Shishio spoke, his voice totally reminded me of Hidenori and Yoshitake from Danshi Koukousei doing Dragon Quest characters. It totally took me out of things.

    And yes, more Saito. I actually thought they'd speed it up so that when Shishio sent Usui out, he and Saito would fight then and there. But now Saito's best Kyoto arc battle can't happen...

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    marthaurion

    March 31, 2012, 9:41 p.m.

    Saito's the best character and they jacked him!!

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  • Nico

    June 21, 2012, 6:32 p.m.

    John: Part two is in cinemas in Japan now.

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