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Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan - Tsuiokuhen

Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan - Tsuiokuhen

Alternative Titles

English: Samurai X: Trust and Betrayal
Synonyms: Rurouni Kenshin: Tsuiokuhen, Rurouni Kenshin: Reminiscence
Japanese: るろうに剣心―明治剣客浪漫譚―追憶編

Information

Type: OVA
Episodes: 4
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Feb 20, 1999 to Sep 22, 1999
Duration: 30 min. per episode
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company

Statistics

Score: 8.891 (scored by 48088 users)
Ranked: #132
Popularity: #254
Members: 76,313
Favorites: 2,585
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action drama historical romance samurai

Synopsis

In the days before the Japanese Revolution, Hiko Seiijuro, a wandering master swordsman and hermit, encounters a bandit raid on a slave wagon. Hiko kills the raiding bandits in hopes of saving as many lives as possible, but only manages to spare one life from the massacre. Hiko leaves the child, advising him to go to the nearby village and have them take care of him. A few days later, as Hiko comes back to check upon the child he saved, he is shocked to see the child had created graves, both for the slaves he befriended and the bandits who killed them. Seeing potential in the young one, Hiko takes the child under his wing, names him Kenshin, meaning "heart of sword," and teaches him about the art of swordsmanship under the Hiten Mitsuruugi Ryu.

Struggling in a constant challenge with his ideal beliefs reflecting against the harshness of reality, Tsuiokuhen tells the melancholic and dark story of Himura Kenshin as one of the most feared assassins of the Japanese Revolution: the Hitokiri Battousai.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Related Anime

Adaptation: Rurouni Kenshin
Sequel: Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan

Characters & Voice Actors

Himura, Kenshin
Himura, Kenshin
Main
Suzukaze, Mayo
Japanese
Suzukaze, Mayo
Suzuki, Masami
Japanese
Suzuki, Masami
...
Yukishiro, Tomoe
Yukishiro, Tomoe
Main
Iwao, Junko
Japanese
Iwao, Junko
Magnaghi, Debora
Italian
Magnaghi, Debora
...
Tatsumi
Tatsumi
Supporting
Uchida, Minoru
Japanese
Uchida, Minoru
Paul Shepard, John
English
Paul Shepard, John
Hijikata, Toshizo
Hijikata, Toshizo
Supporting
Koyama, Rikiya
Japanese
Koyama, Rikiya

Staff

Campbell, Charles
Producer, Recording Engineer, ADR Director
Furuhashi, Kazuhiro
Director
Hata, Shouji
Sound Director
Matsumoto, Jun
Storyboard



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Aug 13, 2008
TheCriticsClub
There's a universally accepted truth as far as anime shounen stories go: nine times out of ten, the manga is better than the anime adaptation. While that is the case with Rurouni Kenshin as a whole, what Studio DEEN did with Rurouni Kenshin: Tsuiokuhen can be called nothing short of a masterpiece. In the manga, Nobuhiro Watsuki describes Kenshin's past that's full of strife and hardship, but with a touch of comedy to help tone down the entire seriousness of the situation. Studio DEEN abolished what little comedy Watsuki went with and, along with flawless animation, a unique art style, and a beautifully composed soundtrack read more
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Mar 11, 2014
creamypie
"The moment you find the courage to give up your life for someone.. Would be the moment you understand love." - Kenshin Himura

The prequel to the original television series Rurouni Kenshin, Trust and Betrayal (Tsuiokuhen), is absolutely one hell of an OVA. While the manga and the original television series are actually more a shounen type, this OVA is a true serious historical drama. If you're looking for a tear jerking show, don't look any further because you require nothing to watch to understand this OVA. While this short anime managed to combine a lot of brutal and violent fight scenes with a very dramatical read more
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Recommendations

Similar in depth and action, it's more emotional although not as realistic.
Engaging historical stories of ninja and samurai with a very similar storyline and plenty of action, violence, and gore.
In both the protagonist is an homicidal ronin sword master who develops a romantic relationship with a beautiful woman encountered during his journey.
Both anime are extremely nice to watch and have the same tragic ending.

Opening Theme

"In Dreams" by Taku Iwasaki

Ending Theme

"Quiet Life" by Taku Iwasaki

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