Season three starts off with some comic Kenshin episodes
Lawrance M. Bernabo | The Zenith City, Duluth, Minnesota | 01/06/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
""Firefly's Wish" is volume 15 in the "Rurouni Kenshin" series and the start of season 3 and the "Tales of the Meiji" story arc. After the epic second season's "Legend of Kyoto" storyline, these four episodes (63-66) constitute an interlude before the first warning of the coming danger and the mystic swordsman Shougo Amakusa. But at this point the man who fought a battle that changed the future of Japan is spending a lot of time trying to do the laundry.:Episode 63: "The Legend of the Fireflies: A Girl Who Waits for Her Love," is actually not about Kaoru, but rather is a story told to Kenshin by an old fisherman with a past not unlike Himura's own. I find it very interesting that this is the first episode of the third season, since the tone it sets is totally dispelled by the other three episodes, which are all extremely comic. But maybe it does portend something for the future. This is the best episode of this particular quartet.Episode 64: "The Birth of Prince Yahiko?: An Elegant Debut into Society" is one of those episodes where a character, Yahiko, finds that he is a ringer for a young prince who is visiting Japan. Assassins are after the prince, so Yahiko takes his place and has to learn how to behave like a member of civilized society.Episode 65: "Find the Lost Treasure! The Great Detective Dog Notaro" finds the lives of everyone turned upside down as a stray dog comes into their lives (and promptly steals and buries their prized possessions). This is one of those episodes where it seems that in every scene the animated faces go all bug eyed and angular. But the dog seems to be having a good time.Episode 66: "Kaoru Ecstatic!: Kenshin's Proposal?" Well, that would certainly be a surprise. Kaoru is starting to let her daydreams about a romance with Kenshin get the better of her and a friend decides to lend the couple a little push. But fate plays an even bigger role as Kenshin finally catches a fish and finds himself engaged to Kaoru. Is this going to be enough to get Kenshin to acknowledge that something is going on? Things have certainly been building in this direction, but do not get your hopes up, boys and girls."The Firefly's Wish" is a decent collection of "Rurouni Kenshin" episodes, with the first episode being rather touching and the last one quite comic. Granted, this volume suffers in comparison to the previous one, but there needs to be a little rest and recreation between Kenshin Himura's epic battles. There are a couple of above average episodes here and the promise of another great adventure. The extras include the expected outtakes from the dubbing sessions and another excellent set of lienr notes. This time we learn that lobsters, sea bream, and freshwater eel are seafood that often symbolizes a festive occasion in Japan and that "Atama Ni Hana Ga Saita" literally translates as "losing your marbles" but literally means "flowers bloomed in your head." You can really get into the details provided in these sections."
A wish for the future
Faisal | Qatar | 01/01/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The first volume of Tales of the Meiji, the third arc of the Rurouni Kenshin story. After returning from Kyoto, Kenshin, Sanosuke and the others are looking for a rest from the ghosts of the Revolution. Despite Yahiko being mistaken for a foreign prince and Sanosuke finding a treasure-hiding dog, peace prevails at the Kamiya dojo. During this breather, Kenshin and Karou think back to the one moment they had together among the fireflies. Kenshin may still be haunted by the love he buried in the past, but now he has the chance for a wish for the future."
Mmm, delicious filler episodes
Lawrance M. Bernabo | 03/08/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Come on, you wouldn't want to get back to serious stuff right away after the Kyoto arc, would you? First episode: Kenshin goes fishing. Not much happens. Second episode: Yahiko and a prince switch identities and the other main characters tag along. Entertaining. Third episode: It has a dog. The dog is cute. Yay! Fourth episode: I can't really go into this without reducing the shock/"You're kidding!" factor, but it is quite entertaining as well."
The last official manga translation
Xochitl Rivera | Chicago, IL USA | 02/27/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"For those Rorouni kenshin fans out there, this is the last translation of the creator's original manga series onto T.V. Treasure this as if there where no more upcoming DVDs. It basically consists of romance, antics and alot of laughter. There is no major story lines, but you will find the following:An old man with a story
A big dog
An engagement ring (hmmm.....)
A Prince Yahiko
And a honeymoon....(hmmmmmm....)Enjoy."
Interesting, however I guess i expected more...although
skynorm | Derry, New Hampshire United States | 05/02/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"As one of the other reviewers said the first episode was especially good. However, I guess i was expecting more from the series in this DVD. I guess I just got used to the Kyoto Arc, I forgot how average the filler episodes between arcs were. For example, before Kyoto and after the Oniwabanshuu Arc, there were alot of filler that weren't especially good, except for the episodes with the Jinpuu Squad. I have to say that the third episode on the DVD with Notaro must have been the worst one, but it wasn't bad in it's own right. The last episode on the disc, in my opinion, was really good because it finally dealt with the romantic feelings between Kenshin and Kaoru. There was alot of forshadowing in that last episode, and even thoughout this disc and through the series. There even is some hinting about a relationship between Sano and Megumi. Interesting...."