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Samurai X: Reflection (2001)
"Rurôni Kenshin: Seisô hen" (original title)

Video  -  Animation | Drama | Action  -  19 December 2001 (Japan)
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Kenshin and Kaoru are married. Kenshin leaves Kaoru with their son, Kenji, to lead a revolution in China. But both of them suffer from a seemingly incurable disease. 15 years later, Kenshin... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mayo Suzukaze ...
Kenshin Himura (voice)
Miki Fujitani ...
Kaoru Kamiya (voice)
Mîna Tominaga ...
Yahiko Myôjin (voice)
Yûji Ueda ...
Sanosuke Sagara (voice)
Mika Doi ...
Megumi Takani (voice)
Yuri Shiratori ...
Tsubame Sanjô (voice)
Nozomu Sasaki ...
Shûichi Ikeda ...
Seijûrô Hiko (voice)
Yuki Kaida ...
Kenji Himura (voice)
Hirotaka Suzuoki ...
Hajime Saitô (voice)
Akio Ôtsuka ...
Jine Udô (voice)
Harî Kaneko ...
Aritomo Yamagata (voice)
Mitsuru Miyamoto ...
Ujiki (voice)
Sukekiyo Kameyama ...
Police Captain Muraki (voice)
Junichi Miura ...
Newspaper Seller (voice)


Kenshin and Kaoru are married. Kenshin leaves Kaoru with their son, Kenji, to lead a revolution in China. But both of them suffer from a seemingly incurable disease. 15 years later, Kenshin tries to return home to his wife before she dies of grief. Flashbacks of Kenshin's previous encounters with friends and foes occur while Kenshin struggles to make it back home. Written by Delton Cox

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The Final Atonement (Reflection DVD Box)


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19 December 2001 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Rurouni Kenshin: Reflection  »

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Most of the flashback scenes that take place are actually scenes originally depicted in "Rurôni Kenshin: Meiji kenkaku roman tan" (1996), redrawn and re-acted to fit the more serious tone of the OAV. See more »


Unlike the Movie and Trust and Betrayal DVDs, The Director's Cut DVD does not have a reversible cover. See more »


Follows Samurai X: Trust & Betrayal (1999) See more »


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A Beautiful Masterpice
11 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I thought it was very very good. Truly a work of art, and a classic in my book. A little slow moving for an Action series, but very good. But I really didn't mind it being a little slow, as action doesn't mean it will be good. My gripe, at times I got a little lost and confused, but none the less, quickly bounced back. And it had absolute wonderful music too, absolutely a beautiful Original Score. I tell you it truly is the most moving soundtrack ever, gives Hans Zimmer a run for his money. It would win an Oscar. The only problem with it is, that it was used a bit too much. When you use music to much it loses it's power for other sequences. Composers have to be-careful with that. But it really was good. If there's a soundtrack out there, I'll be getting it. Not the best of Animation, but oh well, it is an OAV, and Anime is under-budgeted anyway.

And it was an absolute wonderful and powerful story. So beautifully told, too. Two lovers, who are so dedicated to each other, and how war affects them. I cant ask for a better story. It redeems the incredibly bloody action/violence. Another thing I really liked was, even though it was action, it had a lot of drama in it, and mind. I don't like mindless action/violence, riddled with drug content, or language. B/c there comes a point when violence is too distracting, and you loose the focus of the story. I'm may be a guy, but I'm a softy for the sappy stuff. Especially with Romance. That's what I always love about Anime, there is some kind of Drama. "Kawaii overdoes" as was stated on the descriptors of Anime Network's parental guidance warning. And they mean it. And it had the most powerful ending ever. Simple, pure, and heart wrenching. Two Lovers clearly week likely on there death bed, walk down a beaten path to each other, and our long time hero, dies right in her armes. So powerful, it puts you to tears.

Nice use of music, visuals, cast, and theme. Great use of thematic elements, to give it the emotional punch. Terrfic Voice Acting from the English cast. And a really sad ending too.

If you are a Kenshin Fan, and you haven't's seen this, you should!!!! It is wonderful, and even if you are not, if you like action/adventure, or your a sucker for the sweet sappy stuff (like me) you are bound to love this. I strongly recommend it! As I haven't seen the other OAV's, you might want to check those out too.

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