Samurai X: Trust & Betrayal (1999)

Corruption Causes Justice To Appear As Insanity

Samurai X: Trust & Betrayal” (or if you prefer “Rurôni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Roman Tan: Tsuioku Hen”… whew, that’s a mouthful…) is an extension of the series by the same name. It comes in four half-hour episodes. It has a distinctive darker tone than the T.V. series which is particularly appealing to me. The main character is the same but his story feels very different. This title was directed by Kazuhiro Furuhashi.

Trust Act 1: The Man of the Slashing Sword

The story begins when Kenshin Himura was just a boy. In fact, that wasn’t even his name. He witnesses the savage extermination of everyone around him only to be saved by a passer-by of colossal skill. This man dispatches every attacker within seconds and leaves the boy alone to fend for himself.

The next day, the mysterious samurai, Seijûrô Hiko,
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