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Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan: Tsuioku Hen 

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In the era of Japan's Meiji Restoration, an assassin regains his humanity.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Mayo Suzukaze ...
 Kenshin Himura (4 episodes, 1999)
Junko Iwao ...
 Tomoe Yukishiro (4 episodes, 1999)
Nozomu Sasaki ...
 Enishi Yukishiro (4 episodes, 1999)
Masami Suzuki ...
 Shinta (4 episodes, 1999)
Shûichi Ikeda ...
 Seijûrô Hiko (4 episodes, 1999)
Tomokazu Seki ...
 Kogorô Katsura (4 episodes, 1999)
Wataru Takagi ...
 Shinsaku Takasugi (4 episodes, 1999)
Ryûsei Nakao ...
 Îzuka (4 episodes, 1999)
Hirotaka Suzuoki ...
 Hajime Saitô (4 episodes, 1999)
Akari Hibino ...
 Sôshi Okita (4 episodes, 1999)
Minoru Uchida ...
 Tatsumi (4 episodes, 1999)
Tetsuya Iwanaga ...
 Akira Kiyosato (4 episodes, 1999)
Satoshi Tsuruoka ...
 Jubei Shigekûra (4 episodes, 1999)
Mitsuaki Hoshino ...
 Katagai (4 episodes, 1999)
Hiromi Setsu ...
 Ikumatsu (4 episodes, 1999)
Rikiya Koyama ...
 Toshizô Hijikata (4 episodes, 1999)
Hiroshi Takahashi ...
 Isami Kondô (4 episodes, 1999)
Hiroshi Shimozaki ...
 Sudo (4 episodes, 1999)
Norihisa Mori ...
 Ishiji (4 episodes, 1999)
Azusa Nakao ...
 Kasumi (4 episodes, 1999)
Noriko Namiki ...
 Akane (4 episodes, 1999)
Kaori Yuasa ...
 Sakura (4 episodes, 1999)
Shizuka Okohira ...
 Landlady (4 episodes, 1999)
Takahiro Hirano ...
 Soldier (4 episodes, 1999)
Teppei Takasugi ...
 Soldier (4 episodes, 1999)
Tomokazu Yokoyama ...
 Soldier (4 episodes, 1999)
Makoto Ueki ...
 Patriot (4 episodes, 1999)
Kôichi Tateishi ...
 Brigand (4 episodes, 1999)
Hidenori Konda ...
 Brigand (4 episodes, 1999)
Nobuyuki Saitô ...
 Brigand (4 episodes, 1999)
Mariko Nagahama ...
 Shirakawa Woman (4 episodes, 1999)
Sachiko Ikeda ...
 Nobii (4 episodes, 1999)
Miki Nôsô ...
 Woman (4 episodes, 1999)
Naomi Matamura ...
 Woman (4 episodes, 1999)
Reiji Kamiya ...
 Additional Voices (4 episodes, 1999)
Naoko Seto ...
 Additional Voices (4 episodes, 1999)
Mitsuyo Tanaka ...
 Additional Voices (4 episodes, 1999)
Mika Ishibashi ...
 Additional Voices (4 episodes, 1999)
Sachie Maruyama ...
 Additional Voices (4 episodes, 1999)
...
 Akira Kiyosato (4 episodes, 1999)
Jose Brown ...
 Kondo (4 episodes, 1999)
...
 Shigekura (4 episodes, 1999)
Katherine Catmull ...
 Katsu / ... (4 episodes, 1999)
Ken Cook ...
 Additional Voices (4 episodes, 1999)
Rebecca Davis ...
 Tomoe Yukishiro (4 episodes, 1999)
Martinique Duchene ...
 Flower Vendor / ... (4 episodes, 1999)
Mallard Fillmore ...
 Soudou (4 episodes, 1999)
Lainie Frasier ...
 Landlady (4 episodes, 1999)
Corey Gagne ...
 Katsura (4 episodes, 1999)
Brian Gaston ...
 Enishi (4 episodes, 1999)
Samantha Inoue Harte ...
 Additional Characters (4 episodes, 1999)
Christa Kimlicko-Jones ...
 Kasumi (4 episodes, 1999)
Ellie McBride ...
 Etoro (4 episodes, 1999)
Tish Morone ...
 Additional Voices (4 episodes, 1999)
Noah Passavoy ...
 Additional Voices (4 episodes, 1999)
Jason Phelps ...
 Takasugi (4 episodes, 1999)
John Paul Shepard ...
 Tatsumi (4 episodes, 1999)
Boon Sheridan ...
 Additional Voices (4 episodes, 1999)
Jason P. Stingley ...
 Additional Voices (4 episodes, 1999)
Douglas Taylor ...
 Katagai (4 episodes, 1999)
Lara Toner ...
 Ikumatsu (4 episodes, 1999)
Kari Waggoner ...
 Additional Voices (4 episodes, 1999)
J. Shanon Weaver ...
 Kenshin Himura / ... (4 episodes, 1999)
Ken Webster ...
 Saitou (4 episodes, 1999)
Cyndi Lou Williams ...
 Urara (4 episodes, 1999)
Joe York ...
 Hiko (4 episodes, 1999)
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In Meiji era Japan, Kenshin Himura has been trained in the deadliest of sword arts. When the House he was hired by is defeated and forced into hiding, Kenshin must pretend to be the husband of Tomoe. The only catch is, Kenshin killed her fiance, and she is now secretly spying on him. While in hiding, Kenshin and Tomoe grow to love each other, and Kenshin comes to terms with who he is. This is the backstory to the Rurouni Kenshin manga and to a lesser extent, the television series based off of the manga. Written by Annonymous

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Ruthless, Deadly, Still A Child. (Trust DVD Box) See more »


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20 February 1999 (Japan)  »

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Rurouni Kenshin: Trust & Betrayal  »

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Among the events in this OVA is included a fictionalized version of what became known as the Ikeda-ya affair, when in June 1864 the Shinsengumi in Kyoto raided an inn, the Ikeda-ya, being used as a hideout by pro-Imperial fighters. The alleged plot was to destroy Kyoto through fire, hopefully destabilizing the Shogunate's grip on the people. In the end, the Shinsengumi broke up the ring, killing 8, wounding another 4, and arresting 20. This made them national heroes in the eyes of the Tokugawa bakufu. See more »

Quotes

Shisengumi Warrior: [referring to Kenshin] That's the one! He's the assassain!
Kenshin: [to Tomoe] You must leave this place, quickly.
Tomoe: [holds Kenshin's hand] I am your sheath. I am destinted to stand with you, no matter what.
Kenshin: You will die...
Tomoe: ...by your side.
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Crazy Credits

The original DVDs from ADV Films replaced the original Japanese title card to read: 'Samurai X: Trust' and 'Samurai X: Betrayal'. This is restored for the Director's Cut DVD. See more »

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Referenced in Samurai XXX (2004) See more »

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Quiet Life
by Taku Iwasaki
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A wonderful miniseries that deserves more exposure
24 November 2002 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

Forget the famous Rurouni Kenshin TV series. This has nothing to do with it. Well, yes, it's supposed to be a prequel, but the tone, mood and depth of it makes it a completely different story. It's a lyric and very adult tale about love, death, politics and betrayal that deserved, not only a theatrical release, but also massive exposure.

Production values are extraordinary and it's packed with more expressive resources than all western animation ever. Look specially for one of the best representations of smell in the history of filmmaking.

But the best part is the story. Layer over layer of meaning and symbolism create a tight, dark and deep tale. Nothing is said, nothing is shown that doesn't bear deep significance, be it a cryptic sentence, a shot of a child's toy or a slash through the face.

And then there's the fights. When "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" opened everybody talked about how the fights revealed character. Well, Rurouni Kenshin does the same thing much better, and it doesn't need 10 minutes each time. The fights are short and brutal, swords actually cut the flesh, but there's so much being told each time.

One of the most beautiful things here is what's left off screen. Rurouni Kenshin is a historical epic, but history isn't shown directly to the viewer, it isn't spelled out for you. We focus on the characters. They go through history, sometimes they even change it, but we are not shown the politics and the fights for power. We stay with Kenshin, an assassin, a mere pawn in those fights. We see the killing and then we hear the vague echoes of what it causes. The story is moved forward, but we have to build it back together with the information we receive through Kenshin's eyes. Yes, this is what critics mean when they talk about a `demanding' film.

Rurouni Kenshin is a work of art. Well worth your time and money. It comes in two one-hour volumes (two chapters each), but the best way to experience it is seeing them all back to back, as a two hour feature film. Two thumbs up and go get it.


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