Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan - Shin Kyoto-hen

Rurouni Kenshin: New Kyoto Arc

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Synonyms: Rurouni Kenshin: Shin Kyoto Hen
Japanese: るろうに剣心-明治剣客浪漫譚- 新京都編
English: Rurouni Kenshin: New Kyoto Arc
German: Rurouni Kenshin: New Kyoto Arc
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Type: OVA
Episodes: 2
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Dec 17, 2011 to Jun 23, 2012
Producers: Aniplex
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Studios: Studio Deen
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, DramaDrama
Themes: HistoricalHistorical, SamuraiSamurai
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 46 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 7.111 (scored by 1215312,153 users)
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Ranked: #35582
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Popularity: #3927
Members: 26,937
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A large scale remake of the time after Kenshin leaves Tokyo up until before the inferno of Kyoto.


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Characters & Voice Actors


Furuhashi, Kazuhiro
Director, Storyboard
Kaburagi, Hiro
Episode Director, Storyboard
Kato, Toshiyuki
Episode Director
Okada, Mari


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Ending Theme

1: "Nanairo no Kaze (七色の風)" by Rina Sumioka (住岡梨奈)
2: "feel you" by Rina Sumioka (住岡梨奈)

Mar 23, 2013
The most succinct way to describe Shin Kyoto Hen would be: "glossed over." What else would you expect from a two hour retelling that attempted to cover 27 episodes of the original series? That's not to say, however, that the OVAs are entirely without merit.

The environments are strikingly beautiful. The characters are modernized: cleaner and redesigned to better suit the current aesthetic, but unfortunately look washed out and unfinished when set against the detail of the backgrounds. Cinematography is done very well; the usage of color and light, particularly contrasting Kenshin's meetings with Misao and Shishio, is a nice touch.
Animation was hit ...
Dec 25, 2014
First thing is that if you haven't seen the Rurouni Kenshin/Samurai x's serie, you can enjoy this OVAS, but surely will not understand much of the things that happen. Second thing, I noticed that people were disgusted with the OVAS because of difference between the original and this one's, but I don't see it like that since this are, again, OVAS, not the remake of the arc or anything else but a great scale ensemble of the Kyoto arc events within another more dramatical point of view and story, that personally love it.
Ok, here I go:

STORY: 8/10
I rate the story as very good because, ...
Oct 15, 2017
what's the point of this?
Every five minutes or so I had to wonder that. Why would you have the sword collector and not give him swords? Why have over the top techniques and not show the name painted across the screen? Why reanimate and exclude the animation intensive scenes? Why have Kaoru and Yahiko if you take out all their scenes? Why have Kenshin's master and super fast Soujiro if there is no secret super fast final technique? Why have Soujiro loose his calm over a moral issue if you don't show whis moral issues? Overall this feels like someone with a plot synopsis ...

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What are the episodes of the arc in the anime?
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