The Kyoto Arc Takes Its First Steps
Chon-ny | 06/25/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The first major step into the Kyoto Arc, following the catastrophic arrival of Saitoh, and Kenshin's subsequent abandonment of his gang. He meets his first companion, 16-year-old Misao Makimachi, a member of the Oniwabanshu who has been searching for her friends--the same crew Kenshin obliterated in earlier in the series. Tensions are high as Kenshin knows Shishio could very well strike anywhere at anytime. To recap for newbies, the Rurouni Kenshin series follows Himura Kenshin, once the most feared Hitokiri or assassin of the Bakumatsu, a violent era in feudal Japan where power was up for grabs. He has and continues to wander Japan keeping his vow not to kill and fighting with a reverse-edged sword.This is the first dark step in the series as the chance upon the bloodied corpse of a man, his unconscious younger brother in his arms. Kenshin, Saito and Misao get to confront Shishio, but only get to fight the beast left in the village, a tights-clad, axe-knuckles-wearing hulk named Senkaku. We are also first introduced to Shishio's right hand man, and perhaps the most dangerous of his Ten Swords, Soujiro. This is a complete emotional volume from a complete series. The light-hearted moments in the beginning are tempered by the serious and heartbreaking scenes in the middle; the tension is on a constant high throughout all the episodes featured here. Kenshin's urge to return to his darker, killing side doesn't quite surface yet, but the young, talented Soujiro, will create a tremendous obstacle during their first swordfight.Highly recommended and necessary for Kenshin fans; there's also enough of flashbacks and information for you to view this DVD on its own, and have some, but not a complete idea, of what is going on. Get the series if you can."
Ice Blue Eyes:Weird. This after Shadow of Wolf
Chon-ny | 12/05/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Yes I am the punk kid again (I could get used to that name) who keeps on getting ignored on this website. Just read this because it will help you with buying the DVD or da VHS. Fisrt of all let me start off with the stuff u shud b warned about. There is a reason why this is 13^.
:Blood (yep, lots of blood)
:Violence(yep, not lots of violence)
then now that u know that u need 2 wut tis is about. Kenshin leaves Karou's dojo. Before I get on with wut tis is about I will say who some of te familiar faces are.
Aoshi Shinomori: Leader of the Oniwaban group who passed away in Shadow Elite because of Kanryu Takeda's gattling gun. (Oh yea, Aoshi uses 2 Kodachi's instead of 1
Hajime Saito: Former member of the Shinsengumi who is sort of a good guy. he is not very freindly either
Katsu: A former member of the Sekihotai. He isn't in very much of the episodes. just at the begining of the first episode.
Sojiro: Boy assasin working for Makoto Shishio. He is the kid who killed Akubo in Shadow of Wolf.
Makoto Shisio: Evil mastermind behind the whole point of Legend of Kyoto.
This Dvd is about what happens after Kenshin leaves. Sanoske gets into a cat fight with Saito again and looses again. Meanwhile after running away from an angry police guard Kenshin meets a girl named Misao who really is a member of the Oniwabanshu she joins his journey and keeps on bugging him about wut happened to Aoshi and the rest of the Oniwaban group. But then later on the horror starts. Kenshin and Misao find a man on the ground with blood all over his face holding a kid. He tells them about how Shishio conquered an entire town and sent one of his officers who killed all the police and every time they got a new person to go up against the evil dude then he would die 2. Well after the boy wakes up he shows Kenshin the town. Kenshin looks around and he see's the corpeses of the kids mom and dad with alot of blood under them hanging by a rope. Then Saito appears. This leads to something funny. When he sees Misao this thing popsover his head and it has Megumi's, Karou's, and Misaos heads. Megumi's head has fox ears over it and Karou's has some sort of other animal ears on her head and Misao's head has weasel ears over her head. I t just goes 2 show u about wut he thinks about Misao and the other girls. Well lets get back to the story. They go 2 find out more about the town and they find out that Shishio is in the town and he just arrived. Kenshin and Saito go to the manshion were they are greeeted by Sojiro. Then it ends. I liked this Vhs version and I will see the rest of leend of Kyoto when I get a chance."
I Know I'm An Aoshi Fangirl, But...
claire-oujisama | New Zealand | 11/30/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"...it's safe to say that I enjoyed this video for more than just the Shinomori Aoshi factor. To be honest, I was startled more by the humourous nature of most of the character interactions in these episodes. If you've seen much "Kenshin" you'll be used to such things, perhaps, but I was actually blown away by it all. All the episodes (though particularly the last on this tape) made me laugh out loud at points, sometimes only seconds after I was just about to cry at the injustice of certain scenes. It's quite amazing how well done these episodes are, for they are designed to yank your emotions around like a yo-yo; up one second, down the next. I'm glad I bought this tape, even though I am definitely the poorer for it. :)"
Rurouni Kenshin continues to rule...
PsychoGoatee | USA | 07/20/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Rurouni Kenshin is up to its eighth DVD volume, and its consistent quality continues to satisfy. The story continues with Kenshin on his journey to Kyoto, and he meets up with characters new and old along the way. The DVD is solid technically as well, with high video/audio quality, and nice menus and extras. Rurouni Kenshin is an awesome anime series, highly recommended."