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Rurouni Kenshin (TV Series) Review

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Genre: Action,Samurai,Comedy
Rated: 13+ for violence and language
It's like: Trigun but set in Japan's Meiji era instead of the West
Related Titles: Ninja Scroll & Trigun

Short Synopsis: Ten years ago during the Meiji Revolution, a deadly samurai called "The Hitokiri Butousai" roamed the battlefield. With his help, the revolution was a sucess; however, it came at a price. The reformed manslayer, now a simple man named Kenshin Himura, bears the deaths of his victims on his soul. Hoping to repent for his sins of the revolution, Kenshin uses his reverse-blade sword for good. Kenshin is joined by Kouru, her student - Yahiko, and the troublemaker - Sanosuke.

Story: Rurouni Kenshin has a pretty good story overall. The first arc, the Tokyo Arc, mostly consists with the introductions of characters and humorous stories. The second arc, the Kyoto Arc, is awesome! It really builds up to be one of the most exciting and action-packed stories ever! Then lastly, the third arc consists of a few different sub-par, and usually boring, stories. With the exception of the last 20 or so episodes, Kenshin's story rocks!

Characters: The characters in Rurouni Kenshin are pretty well done, overall. The main character, Kenshin, is one of the best main characters.. ever! He's funny at times and then awesome at times. The other characters are pretty interesting, too. Kouru can get annoying, but you love her in spite of that; Yahiko is the kid who just wants to be one of the guys, and who can't relate to that? Sanosuke is also very cool. He's the tough one. Nicely done.

Animation: Kenshin's animation is pretty good. It stays consistanly good, until the last few episodes, but that's ok (those episodes suck anyways). Fight scenes are done nicely, squashed faces and other problems like that are rare, and the colors just feel right. Not exactly OVA quality but very good nonetheless.

Music: The music here is above average. Rurouni Kenshin has quite a few different opening/closing themes, and most of them are pretty good and memorable. The music within the anime is pretty tight, too. The music is one thing that really draws you into the fights. Very good.

Dub: Nicely done. Voices really seem to fit the characters. There are a few characters whose voices are off or just annoying, but for the most part, the dub is actually pretty good. Kenshin's voice is just one of the jewels here. Not the "ulimate dub" but far above your average dub.

Overall: Rurouni Kenshin is really a treasure. Even with its flaws, I'd recommend this anime for just about anyone. Girls will like the pretty boys like Aoshi and the love stories, and the guys will like the intense fighting and epic story.

Seth's Ratings:
Plot/Story: 8.5/10
Characters: 8.5/10
Animation: 8.5/10
Music: 8.5/10
Dub: 8.5/10
Overall: 8.5/10 (duh)
Final Verdict:
Buy it if you have the cash. It's a long series.

The Good:
+ It's the perfect blend of fighting, comedy, drama, love, etc.
+ The action is nicely animated and keeps you interested.
+ The characters are all really great.

The Bad:
- Near the end of the series, the animation does begin to lose luster.
- The entire last third of the series is made up of filler episodes.

The Ugly:
* Stop watching Rurouni Kenshin once the Shishio arc ends.