Aoshi and Kanryu plan to take up arms against Kenshin and Sanosuke, and the prizes are the life of the young doctor Megumi and the title of "Strongest Man." To achieve victory, Kenshin must break down the barriers surround... more »ing the Oniwaban, while Sanosuke must break down the barriers surrounding Megumi's heart.« less
Rurouni Kenshin is THE BEST anime series out there so far
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Rurouni Kenshin stands for wanderer Kenshin. During the "bakamatsu", the war which brought about the Meiji period in Japan, a legendary "hitokiri" (assasin) was instrumental in putting the new government in place. Near the end of the war, he decided to become a rurouni and atone for his crimes of killing.Some years later Himura Kenshin was stopped on the street by the owner of a dojo and from there the story begins. I can't stress this enough but the story have the most wonderful plot ever :). It is a serious yet lighthearted series. Historically, some of the characters existed and some of the events did happen :). Fight wise, many weapons were real and certain moves real as well. Fantastic & intricate plotline - a tangle of politics, morality, the past coming into clash with the new era and Kenshin himself trying to atone for his sins and protect those around him. Alright, now that the intro is done for those who don't know. I suspect this video contains episodes 9-12. If so, 9-11 is the continuation of what started as a new short story from episode 8 with the introduction of a new important character and the tangle the new character is in. Episodes 8-11 introduces a group of new character and the plot become important to what will happen way later on in the most important 1st arc of the series - the Kyoto arc. Specific to 9-11, there is a lot wonderful skillful fighting and character building. Beautiful plot and story - you do not wnat to miss these episodes. Episode 12 is specific to one of the main characters and is an episode of character development with style :). I do hope this has been useful in getting people to want to purchase the series :). I am obssessed with the series and believe me it is THE series to obssess over so buy it!"
Definitely the best eps of the first season.
Jason Pratt | Dyer, TN United States | 12/03/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This DVD features episodes ('eps') 9-12, first season. All four are critical eps, insofar as they deal with important characters and/or feature highly distinctive and entertaining stories.Eps 9-11 conclude the four-ep arc started in ep 8 (the final ep of the previous DVD), and the threat level against Kenshin & Co. continues to ramp up very satisfactorily.Ep 9 is the weakest of the arc, in terms of flat-out action; but sets up the reason for the action in eps 10-11, and meanwhile it does feature the first solo fight of Kenshin's main sidekick, Sanosuke Sagara. Of particular interest in eps 8-11, is the introduction of Aoshi Shinomori (sp?), a fan-favorite villain/hero who (in these eps, anyway) is actually a better fighter than Kenshin! (Let's put it this way: Kenshin forces an impressive draw, and although he ends badly cut-up by Aoshi, he never managed to get his own blade through Aoshi's defenses.) Another impressive feature about this arc (and about the series in general) is that the villains aren't always entirely villainous. Arguably, these eps (along with ep 8 from DVD 2) comprise the best story-arc of the first season.The 12th ep seems at first to be slightly disposable, but has its own unique charm: it's marks the first time that young Yohiko has gained enough strength to stand up effectively for justice by himself. A minor continuing character is introduced in it. It is 'canonical', in the sense that it comes from the manga, and future episodes refer back to it.These episodes still feature one of the better end-title song/credit sequences for the series, 'Tactics' (although the actual words, when translated, are extremely dippy. |g|) The opening title song, 'Freckles', is still here. The 12th ep may feature the second end title-sequence/song for the first season, which I found to be less impressive. (Typical cheerful sappy J-Pop.)"
It is cool but nothing like Legend of Kyoto
Jason Pratt | 11/25/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Okay let me start off saying that this DVD contains Violence, minor profanity, and a LOT of blood. When I say a lot I am not joking. If your about 8 or under watch the kitty versions on cartoon Network (You will still get the point and they are not that corny). But if your parents say yes then feel free to buy it. it may say 13 and up but people don't always follow the ratings. I am 11 and I still think it is a little babyish about how Kenshin never wants to kill again. I first heard about this series on Carton network but i could not exactly get to see a lot and it was close to when they started to end putting it on. So later on I heard about it from one of my dads freinds who let's me borrow some of his DVD's. Then when he let me borrow some i was amazed at the animation. Like this DVD, the second one was pretty good too, I saw it with my freinds and they liked it. This one is really focused on the fate of Megumi Takani. A guy named Kanryu Takeda who is in a way working with the Oniwaban group led by Aoshi Shinamori is trying to catch her to make opium. It was the first time I heard that word but anyways the battle scenes are pretty good but there is another episode in this DVD about a girl who Yahiko has a crush on. She is being used by this gang of theives who want to use her to get money. But when Yahiko gets her out of that mess she is F R E E. One funny thing to do in this episde is when Karou kamiya (Yahiko's teacher) comes to congragulate him you change the voice speaking thing to Japanese. And it sounds really funny. One thing that puzzles me is why do girls like Aoshi. I know he is a sort of nice guy but can't you see the way he is cruel the rest of the world? He doesn't give a darn about innocent pedestrians. Please. I need to know that way i can... well thats no ones buisness. This DVD was like so good but you need to see the rest of the series to like this even more. I havn't seen all of Legend of Kyoto or Meji Era, but if they are both better then Wandering Samurai then they would both have to be extremly good to top this series"
Great Battles, moving story...
Dressi | Gainesville, Ga United States | 05/24/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is one of the good ones to own out of the Rurouni Kenshin series. This finishes the little plot dealing around Megumi and her introduction, who later becomes Sano's eye-candy... Anyway, it's a great DVD to own having some great battles and a vilan you want to kill yourself. I recommed getting Battle in the Moonlite as well. Also the Flames of Revolution is a great addition as it goes to detail a little more between Kenshin and Kaoru. Kenshin can be a little like Tenchi universe at times, so do bare with it if you aren't familiar with Kenshin at all. Samurai X is also about Kenshin, a little older and prior to his no-killing days. I would also recommend getting the Samurai X motion picutre, same art as the Wandering Samurai and moving to the point were my mother cried... but she does that, a mother thing. She also cried during this DVD, Shadow Elite, so go on and add it to your collection of Kenshin. I wouldn't suggest starting with this one, it won't be confusing, your just missing some really good stuff in the beginning."
The epic battle between Himura Kenshin and Aoshi Shinomori
Lawrance M. Bernabo | The Zenith City, Duluth, Minnesota | 07/08/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It is a minor regret that Episode 12 of "Rurouni Kenshin" was not episode 8, because that way the four-part storyline begun in Episode 8, "A New Battle" would have all ended up on Volume 3. In that episode we were introduced to Megumi Takani, a young woman descended from a long line of doctors who is now involved in producing opium for a drug ring, and Aoshi Shinomori, the former master spy and assassin, who is now the chief enforcer for the opium ring. By this point the core group has been established around Himura Kenshin as he and Sanosuke take up arms against Aoshi and the drug lord Kanryu. In Episode 9, "The Strongest Group of Ninjas," Kenshin's group meets up with the fearsome warriors of the Oniwaban who call Aoshi their leader. However, these battles are just a prelude for the main contest, an epic swordfight between Kenshin and Aoshi that involves all of the strengths of this acclaimed anime series. This is a fight where who the two warriors are, how they were trained, and the very weapons with which they fight all matter. This is not a quick and dirty fight but a classic duel of superior swordsmanship and the most memorable sequences in "Rurouni Kenshin" to this point in the series.Episode 10 "Fare Well, The Strongest Man" reminds us of the old lesson that the enemy of my enemy can be a strong ally as both Kenshin and Aoshi are provided with a rude reminder by Kanryu that technology is threatening to make the samurai and his sword obsolete. Unfortunately, despite the more adult and sophisticated turn these episodes take for the most place, we are still subjected to the cutesy anime pretty much every time Kenshin's interest in Karou is touched upon. This same thing is employed in Episode 12, "The Birth of a Boy Swordsman," where "little" Yahiko suddenly finds himself having funny feeling in the presence of the new girl working at the dojo. But like virtually every woman in "Rurouni Kenshin," this one has secrets and Kenshin and the others must let Yahiko fight his own battle.Volume 3, "Shadow Elite," is where this anime series proves it is a cut above the rest and one of those classic examples of animation that is too good for the kids at which it is supposedly aimed. This is one anime that bridges the younger and older audiences. In terms of the Extras this time around the Liner Notes offer only a few new Japanese terms (e.g., "kempo," "Kougen Ittou-ryu"), there is an art gallery, rules for a fan art contest (too late), trailers for other anime, and the original Japanese credits (the original lyrics are an absolute hoot). I hear the series gets even better, which is pretty impressive given where it is at this point when we are only a dozen episodes into the saga. Of course, it is hard to be a wandering samurai if you stay in one place, but that is just another minor matter."