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

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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 ...
 Enishi Yukishiro (voice)
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)
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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 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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Trivia

The flashback to Enishi's revenge scheme in episode two was a major part of the final story arc of the Rurouni Kenshin manga. However, the television series ignored it completely. Thus, this is the only Kenshin anime production in which any scenes from the manga's revenge arc were animated. See more »

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

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

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Follows Rurouni Kenshin: Wandering Samurai (1996) See more »

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Kenshin Finally Finds Rest in Kaoru's Arms.
17 September 2010 | by (Kenya) – See all my reviews

This film is a recollection of Kaoru's memories with Kenshin who makes the decision to wander again. Kaoru strongly supports him, promising to welcome him home with a smile and their child Kenji Himura.

Kenshin eventually becomes ravaged by an unknown disease that is much like leprosy(the writers have admitted there is no medical explanation for Kenshin's condition). To share his pain, Kaoru convinces Kenshin to infect her with the disease through sexual intercourse. Kenshin then leaves to go assist in the First Sino-Japanese War (primarily over control of Korea) as he had promised the Meiji Government, not fighting and killing, but instead helping people.

After the war's end, Sanosuke discovers a very ill Kenshin sometime after he had fallen overboard on a ship. Sanosuke arranges Kenshin's return to Tokyo by boat. Upon arriving, a bed-ridden Kaoru, almost on instinct, gets up to walk outside the dojo on the cherry blossom path, seeing her husband struggling with each step to meet her.

The two finally meet, and Kenshin collapses into her arms as he clutches her to him. Kenshin tells Kaoru that he returned for her, and Kaoru quietly greets him with his old name, Shinta, for he had asked it before he left the last time. Soon, they end up beneath a cherry blossom tree, where Kaoru tells him that they will invite everyone for a cherry blossom viewing, and continue to gather in the years to come. With the silence growing stronger, Kaoru realizes that Kenshin has died quietly in her arms. Upon brushing his hair off his left cheek, Kaoru notices Kenshin's scar has faded away, signifying an end to his life of pain and bloodshed and commencement to a life of peace. In the final scene before the credits, she holds his head in her arms and weeps.

After the credits finish rolling, there is a scene which shows Kenshin and Kaoru's son, Kenji, walking with a young girl, Chizuru, beneath the cherry blossoms, saying that they will live happily together.

In conclusion we feel happy for Kenshin that he has finally find peace at last in Kaoru's arms. In death he has finally freed himself from all of his past crimes. His son can now start the life he himself never had and live as a honorable citizen.

8/10 because it is a rather slow story and it is definitely not for children and teenagers. Older couples will find it more to their liking.


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