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A great series unfortunately plagued by sub-par filler episodes
I've read most of the manga series before I saw the anime, so I was a bit disappointed by it. Since the anime came out at the same time as Watsuki was drawing the manga, there were many occasions in which filler episodes were drawn because the show had to continue. Not only were these fillers not in the original manga continuity, many of them were totally lame and poorly written. There are a few gems among these fillers, but for the most part the anime was at its best when it was totally true to the original work.
The voice actress (yes, actress) does a very good job as Kenshin when he's being serious, but in "rurouni" mode it becomes painfully obvious that she is a woman trying to sound like a man. However, many others are of the opinion that this is exactly what makes her the perfect role for Kenshin: she portrays the two sides that Kenshin embodies--the rurouni who has given up the killing sword, and the hitokiri still thirsting for blood--very well. If this gets released in the United States, I highly urge you to get the subtitled version, and I definitely recommend that you read the manga as well.
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