Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan - Ishinshishi e no Chinkonka

Samurai X: The Motion Picture

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Synonyms: Rurouni Kenshin: Ishinshishi e no Requiem, Kenshin - Samurai X, Rurouni Kenshin Movie, Rurouni Kenshin - Requiem for the Restoration Royalists, Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan - Ishinshishi e no Requiem
Japanese: るろうに剣心 -明治剣客浪漫譚- 維新志士への鎮魂歌
English: Samurai X: The Motion Picture
German: Rurouni Kenshin: Der Film
Spanish: Kenshin el Guerrero Samurai: La Película
French: Kenshin le Vagabond Film: Requiem pour Les Ishin Shishi
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Dec 20, 1997
Studios: Gallop
Source: Manga
Genre: DramaDrama
Themes: HistoricalHistorical, SamuraiSamurai
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 1 hr. 31 min.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 7.561 (scored by 2593525,935 users)
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Ranked: #14562
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Popularity: #2697
Members: 48,326
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The war against the Tokugawa Shogunate ended years ago. But there are some who are not happy with the outcome. Shigure Takimi watched his friends and family get slashed down in the name of freedom and prosperity. Now he and a band of desperate rebels have sworn to settle one final score. Only one man stands in their way: Kenshin Himura. But when Shigure discovers Kenshin's true identity as the Hitokiri Battousai, his fight becomes a personal vendetta.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Campbell, Charles
Producer, Recording Engineer, ADR Director
Tsuji, Hatsuki
Director, Storyboard, Chief Animation Director, Character Design
Mano, Akira
Episode Director
Nishimori, Akira


Opening Theme

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"Niji (虹)" by L'arc-en-Ciel

Ending Theme

"Towa no Mirai (永遠の未来 - Eternal Future)" by Animetal

Mar 24, 2009
oOoOoOo (All reviews)
This is essentially a standalone episode of "Rurouni Kenshin" stretched to a running time that this story does not support. Yes, another tale of disgruntled veterans of the violent Meiji Restoration, coming back for blood! Such concepts work in the series (see the second arc) because of well-developed characters. Even the most simple plot idea can be made epic by a cast we care about! Almost all of my enjoyment for this movie was derived from my existing fangirl obsession for everything Ruroken. When viewed as part of the larger Ruroken story, this movie is certainly good for an afternoon read more
Mar 15, 2014
Playcool (All reviews)
I will make this review a short one, I didnt planned to make it at first, but since I cant find anything agreeable to my Point of View at other's reviews, I m writting this.
I was avoinding to watch this movie, I had seen the amazing 64 episodes and the filler arcs downed a bit my enjoyment of the overall 95 episodes, so I had enough for some time of the classic anime kinda of style that Rurouni Kenshin was at first, and that I though this whole movie would me! And so I saw the OVA's and the 2012 "kyoto arc movie" first, I read more
Jan 16, 2010
Shathur (All reviews)
About the review:
This review was written by me some time ago, i.e. before I was a member on MyAnimeList. Therefore, I have no score on Enjoyment and you wont find any section called Enjoyment in this review. I think you will do fine without it, though. ^^

Story 8/10

Since the Rurouni Kenshin movie is produced in the middle of the production of the Rurouni Kenshin series (henceforth referred to as "the series"). I usually watch related series/movies in chronological order, so I wasn't sure when to watch it, but I decided it would probably be best watch it after I had completed the series.

This movie read more
Oct 13, 2015
Well, it's a non-canon anime movie of an already existing franchise. You probably know how these go by now. If you don't, I'll fill you in:

1. Plays like an extended filler episode that doesn't expand upon the already existing franchise out of either some fear of meddling, lack of ambition, or likely both.

2. Introduces new characters with stock personalities and motivation which ties into...

3. Recycles themes and stories expressed in the main series without any attempt at one-upping them.

In this feature length film, Kenshin and the rest of the gang go on vacation or something for no real reason and discover Shigure Takami, yet another read more


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Can i watch this movie?
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