MyAnimeList.net

Ranked #13
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 47908 users)
Ranked: #132
Popularity: #254
Members: 75,997
Favorites: 2,578
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.

My Info


Popular Tags

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



Write a review | More reviewsReviews

May 29, 2013
Tatterdemalion
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
I found this review Helpful  Not Helpful
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
I found this review Helpful  Not Helpful

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

Recent News

No posts for this board were found

Recent Forum Discussion

Poll: How did you like it? ( 1 2 3 4 5 )
Masamasa
91 replies by judals »»
04-02-14, 10:02 AM
Poll: Rurouni Kenshin: Tsuiokuhen Episode 4 Discussion ( 1 2 3 4 5 )
hznu
93 replies by judals »»
03-30-14, 8:36 AM

Fansubbing Groups

Which fansubbers do you like the best? Click + to approve of their subs for this show. Click - if you don't think they did such a great job.
Rabbit-Force [Rabbit-Force] 19 of 20 users approve
Anime HQ [AHQ] 14 of 19 users approve
Athena no Seinto [AnS] (Spanish) 6 of 9 users approve
KATeam - Kosher Anime Translation [KAT] (Hebrew) 5 of 6 users approve
Group list truncated, click to view all

Related Clubs

Shinsengumi!, The Quotes Club, Random Anime Cards Emporium (R.A.C.E.), Critics and Connoisseurs, ~OTAKU 4 LIFE~, Hiko Seijuro fanclub, Anime Obsession, Claim a Ninja!, Get Your Quota! For MAL Claims Clubs, Edo era club, CNCFixins, Advertising Club, Black Hair Fanclub., The Classics Club, DARK AND BRUTAL ANIME CLUB, Secret Identity, Claim an Anime Studio Club! , The Favorite OST Petition Club, Anime Experience, see all

See All | My FriendsRecently Watched By

Help     FAQ     About     Contact     Terms     Privacy     AdChoices