Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan - Tsuioku-hen


Samurai X: Trust and Betrayal

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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Rurouni Kenshin: Tsuiokuhen, Rurouni Kenshin: Reminiscence
Japanese: るろうに剣心―明治剣客浪漫譚―追憶編
English: Samurai X: Trust and Betrayal
German: Rurouni Kenshin Trust and Betrayal
Spanish: Kenshin: El Guerrero Samurai "Recuerdos"
French: Kenshin Le Vagabond: Le Chapitre de la Mémoire
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Information

Type: OVA
Episodes: 4
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Feb 20, 1999 to Sep 22, 1999
Producers: Aniplex
Studios: Studio Deen
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, DramaDrama, RomanceRomance
Themes: Adult CastAdult Cast, HistoricalHistorical, SamuraiSamurai
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 29 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)

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Score: 8.701 (scored by 138008138,008 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #542
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #877
Members: 276,656
Favorites: 6,284

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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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Staff

Campbell, Charles
Producer, Recording Engineer, ADR Director
Furuhashi, Kazuhiro
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Hata, Shouji
Sound Director
Shimizu, Akira
Episode Director


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"In Dreams" by Taku Iwasaki
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Ending Theme

"Quiet Life" by Taku Iwasaki




Reviews

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 ...
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 ...
Jan 7, 2014
Mixed Feelings
I'll be honest here. I'm not a big fan of romanticized, revisionist historical animation. And when I mean romanticized; I mean to the fullest extent of the word and any other derivation of its definition.

Samurai X: Trust and Betrayal's story concerns itself with a cold blooded and skillful retainer of a rising Shogun. There's some political intrigue yet most of it will require some extensive background knowledge of the era but its main focus is on the retainer's realization of his actions and how he has lost his way despite his original, noble intentions of saving people.

Most of this comes from a woman ...

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