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Rurouni Kenshin: Requiem for the Ishin Patriots (1997)
"Rurôni Kenshin: Ishin shishi e no Requiem" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Animation, Action, Drama  |  20 December 1997 (Japan)
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The war against the Tokugawa Shogunate ended years ago. But there are some who are not happy with the outcome. Takimi Shigure watched his friends and family get cut down in the name of ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mayo Suzukaze ...
Kenshin Himura (voice)
J. Shanon Weaver ...
Kenshin Himura (voice)
Miki Fujitani ...
Kaoru Kamiya (voice)
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Shigure (voice) (as Judson L. Jones)
Kara Bliss ...
Kaoru (voice)
Yûji Ueda ...
Sanosuke Sagara (voice)
Gray G. Haddock ...
Sanosuke (voice) (as Gary G. Haddock)
Mîna Tominaga ...
Yahiko Myôjin (voice)
Shaneye Ferrell ...
Toki (voice)
Derek Wade ...
Yahiko (voice)
Ken Webster ...
Saitou (voice)
Hirotaka Suzuoki ...
Hajime Saitô (voice)
Clay Towery ...
Kajiki (voice)
Bill Wise ...
Tomono (voice)
Bill Harwell ...
Yamagata (voice)
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The war against the Tokugawa Shogunate ended years ago. But there are some who are not happy with the outcome. Takimi Shigure watched his friends and family get cut 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 Battosai, his fight becomes a personal vendetta.

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Trivia

The Japanese VHS by SPE Visual Works retail price was 14,800 Yen. See more »

Quotes

Saitoh [sword drawn, as Kaji falls]: I never told you my definition of justice: It is to kill evil immediately.
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Crazy Credits

The DVD from ADV Films replaced the original Japanese title card to read: 'Samurai X: The Motion Picture'. See more »


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Kill one guy, you gotta take on all his friends
23 August 2003 | by (Virginia) – See all my reviews

This story is as amazing as the other OVA's and the Kenshin series. True, plenty of fans have had their differences over the two. But I disagree with any disrespect given to this movie.

This movie, compared to the first parts of the OVA (Trust and Betrayal for us pro-English/Japanese-handicapped folk) is closer in style and story to the Kenshin series. The animation is identical to the series though the voice acting cast is different since this movie predates the series by a few years.

From the flashbacks to Kenshin's assassin days to the fact that he's fighting the same battles a decade later, we see that Kenshin's determination to kill with his sword in his former days will never allow his more peaceful side a chance to really be at ease. As in the series... Kenshin's victims, or rather their friends and family, dog Kenshin's every step with either ideas of revenge, making him feel guilty about his deeds, or forcing him to confront impetuous adversaries in order to make things right.

Kenshin uses his reverse-blade sword to try to save himself and his opponents from deadly mistakes. But he finds out how hard it is to atone for such unspeakable bloodshed.

This movie is a little easier on Kenshin's personal life than Trust/Betrayal, but attentive viewers will share in Kenshin's deep frustration when so many subverse elements ruin his chances to make amends.


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