Rurouni Kenshin Live Action Movie


So while I was on my flight to China, I got the chance to watch the live-action adaptation for Rurouni Kenshin. I'm not sure of how I was thinking in my sleep-addled state, but I enjoyed the movie quite a lot. I'm not sure how it is for those who are not familiar with the series, but as a fan of the manga and anime, I'd say it was pretty good. For anyone familiar with the series, the movie is sort of a combination of the Jin-e arc and the Megumi/Kanryu arc. If you wanna compare to the New Kyoto OVA that I reviewed before, it's a lot better in my opinion.

For those unfamiliar with the show, the story takes place in the Meiji era in Japan. It follows the swordsman Kenshin Himura, who fought in the Bakumatsu war as the legendary Hitokiri Battosai. Following the war, he vowed never to kill again and wanders the world as a rurouni (hence the name of the series). Looking at the movie as a whole, it seems very serious in comparison with the anime, but this is likely a result of time constraints. Many small things are altered in the story, but they don't seem to detract too much from it. For example, the fake Battosai is Jin-e...stuff like that.

While I was watching the show, I felt like they were trying to do way too much stuff in one movie...what with the opium stuff, the battle against Jin-e, Kenshin joining the dojo, the fight with Sanosuke, introducing Yahiko...this constitutes quite a few episodes in the anime. However, I thought the fusion into a "single story" worked out pretty well. They were able to put in so many characters: Saitou, Yahiko, Sanosuke, and Megumi manage to show up. Very cool that they were able to integrate everyone.

I suppose I have a few problems with the show, but they may just be me. For one, they drop the whole "attacks with names" thing, only having Kenshin use SoRyuSen at the very end. Gatotsu is also used, but without the name given. I guess it's to make the movie more "mature", but it makes it lose some flair for someone like me. Still, I will say that it makes the fights seem a lot more fluid with the lack of pausing for a special move. Those fights just looked great. There's also the thing with Kaoru's appearance being off for the type of character she's supposed to be. Also, I hated the character Gein (masked guy). I felt like he was supposed to be Aoshi, but failed.

Honestly, I'd say that this movie was definitely a lot better than I was expecting. I'm glad I had the chance to see it because I probably wouldn't have thought to look for it otherwise. For people new to the series, it's a nice combination of action (it's got swords!), idealism, and a bit of romance. For people familiar with the series, there's some new stuff there for you. Add in a nice soundtrack (I really liked the battle music for the fight in front of Kanryuu's mansion) with ONE OK ROCK for an ending song. Works for me.



  • -blacksheep

    Jan. 3, 2013, 11:05 a.m.

    I watched this last December and as someone who has neither watched the anime nor read the manga, I certainly enjoyed it. Although it does seem like a number of arcs were tackled, gotta agree that they were fitted well together to make one good story(: ~and on a sidenote after watching this movie, I'm slowly trying to get a copy of the anime :3

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    marthaurion

    Jan. 3, 2013, 5:21 p.m.

    Well, good luck with finding the anime. I think I have a bunch of LQ videos from it, but I can't remember where they're from...it's a hard one to find, but I definitely enjoyed it. Though I should point out that the manga is probably easier to find and it goes further into the story than the anime does (it actually explains Kenshin's vow not to kill and the scar on his cheek). The anime is original content (sorta filler-ish) after a certain point.

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    -blacksheep

    Jan. 4, 2013, 4:18 a.m.

    thanks for that~ althoughI'm not really sure about reading the manga since I'm more of an anime person these days... and 250+ chapters seems like a long way O.O welly luckily I was able to find this site with a bunch of LQ anime that have a lot of long running series :3

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    marthaurion

    Jan. 4, 2013, 4:38 a.m.

    the anime is around 100 episodes...not that much different lol

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    -blacksheep

    Jan. 4, 2013, 7:27 a.m.

    well that's true. lol. but I just prefer watching than reading.

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    marthaurion

    Jan. 4, 2013, 7:30 a.m.

    up to you :P but I think you're missing out if you don't read the Tomoe/Enishi arc after you finish

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