Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan - Tsuioku-hen

Samurai X: Trust and Betrayal

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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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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, Martial ArtsMartial Arts, SamuraiSamurai
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 30 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 8.711 (scored by 129686129,686 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #442
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #769
Members: 258,130
Favorites: 5,935

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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


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


Opening Theme

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"In Dreams" by Taku Iwasaki

Ending Theme

"Quiet Life" by Taku Iwasaki

Aug 13, 2008
TheCriticsClub (All reviews)
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
Jul 7, 2007
mistress_reebi (All reviews)
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
May 29, 2013
Tatterdemalion (All reviews)
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
Dec 1, 2009
js930 (All reviews)
The word masterpiece is used too much these days.. I haven't seen anything that deserves that title as much as Rurouni Kenshin: Tsuiokuhen. While the original Rurouni Kenshin is meant as a typical shounen (comedy, action, a bit of romance?), this is a serious historical drama. Those words might turn you off, but you'll be surprised how well it is done: never is Tsuiokuhen truly slowpaced, never will the action be disappointing, never will the animation cease to amaze you. And the music. Ah, the music. Taku Iwasaki at his best.

Story - 10.

A serious, sad story. A romantic drama. Or is historical a better word? read more

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