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Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan - Tsuioku-hen


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
Producers: Aniplex
Studios: Studio Deen
Source: Manga
Duration: 30 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)

Statistics

Score: 8.841 (scored by 68,630 users)
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Ranked: #212
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #407
Members: 119,480
Favorites: 3,676
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Episodes: /4

Synopsis

When mankind's savagery surpasses his fear of death, there is little hope for those who wish to live honest lives. Beneath a full moon, a young boy witnesses the murder of the bandits who had enslaved him, and is then christened with a new name by the man who rescued him. This boy is Shinta, now known as Kenshin Himura, and he is destined to become a swordsman. The softness of his heart does not befit the occupation, but his desire to protect the innocent is absolute.

Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan - Tsuioku-hen details the origins of the man who would bear the name of Hitokiri Battousai long before he swore his oath not to kill and before he earned his reputation as an assassin. The young man’s heart is divided between justice and corruption, while the fate of a nation rests on his actions.

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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
Saitou, Hajime
Saitou, Hajime
Supporting
Suzuoki, Hirotaka
Japanese
Suzuoki, Hirotaka
Shishio, Makoto
Shishio, Makoto
Supporting
 

Staff

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


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"In Dreams" by Taku Iwasaki

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"Quiet Life" by Taku Iwasaki



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TheCriticsClub
Aug 13, 2008
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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mistress_reebi
Jul 7, 2007
Also named: "Samurai X: Trust and Betrayal", this is a prequel to the anime series 'Rurouni Kenshin."

One word for this anime: Amazing! It's so good that it's hard to decribe. This is one of the only anime series that will make the viewer's jaw drop to the floor and be filled with emotion. Those who are Rurouni Kenshin fans will love it; those who are new to the series will still like it. It's a drama and may not be as interesting among younger viewers and is more mature than the anime. Those who are sensitive to extreme violence and blood may want to turn read more
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Nervin
Dec 1, 2015
Throughout the past decades, japanese history and culture is often portrayed in various mediums, in particular that of movies which often take place in the last two centuries of Japan's history. This era is characterised by a slow shift from feudal traditions to the modernization brought from the west, being the transition from the Edo period to the Meiji period, also known as the japanese revolution in 1868, of importance in this case. Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan - Tsuiokuhen narrates the tale of Himura Kenshin's past and his struggle with his own beliefs against the harsh reality he faced. It is truly a masterpiece, read more
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Tatterdemalion
May 29, 2013
Surprising though it may be, it’s really incredibly rare to find a samurai anime that is actually good. As far as the samurai genre goes, Akira Kurosawa pretty much closed the book with 1954’s “Seven Samurai” and since then, is seems as if whenever anyone attempts to tackle the genre, there exists a mysterious force that compels them to strip away any and all sense of authenticity and add in superpowers, vampires, aliens, or hip-hop (not that that is necessarily a bad thing but it certainly gets tiresome). That’s one of the reasons why Rurouni Kenshin: Tsuiokuhen is so refreshing, it daringly tackles the story read more
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