"I'm reviewing the economy boxset season 1 of Rurouni Kenshin. So to start off, what's an economy boxset? It's a boxset that is manufactured to be sold cheaper. Instead of having to buy it for $139.95, you can purchase it for $79.95. All 6 dvds are contained in one dvd case. They still have the japanese and english audio tracks. Some people complain about the subtitles not fitting the english dub. The reason is that the subtitles were made ONLY to fit the japanese audio track. The extras are the same as the $139.95 boxset. There are no custom sleeves for each dvd and no deluxe box to hold them in. That is what makes this one cheaper.
NOTE: THIS IS THE SAME AS THE Rurouni Kenshin Wandering Samurai - Premium Box 1. I think the economy boxset is the better buy because the only difference are the collectable sleeves and box."
The most powerful anime I'll watch with family
Merennulli | Somewhere | 10/29/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is another of the great classics of Anime. It combines several major elements (love, philosophy, and action) to form a story that is entertaining while still captivating and profound.
While there is some violence, this is a rare gem among anime in that there is nothing perverse or offensive thrown in to water it down. It sticks to its purpose and doesn't pander to baser interests.
The story spends the right amount of time developing its characters, keeping the cast relatively small so the series isn't devoted to constant introductions, but large enough for variety. It then leaves itself plenty of time to explore its characters and their past, and does a good job of moving between them.
Perhaps most interesting is the philosophy. Samurai are famous for being "poet warriors", possessing both a fighting spirit and a sense of deeper truths. This is expressed beautifully in Kenshin's persona and behavior, not merely in speech, but in his methods and actions.
This is one story that made me feel I had truely gained something of value by watching it."
Kenshin - No Kills Hitokiri!
James B. Mansur | Palmdale, California United States | 01/06/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Kenshin is among the best animes ever produced. The story is epic and it has plenty of side story humor. The characters for both the good guys and the badguys are not generic typical people. Most of them have a complete past and a story behind them that makes all of them unique.
I gave this Anime a rating of 5 stars for the following reasons: 1.)Completed story 2.)Character uniqueness 3.)Side story humor 4.)Believability (I admit the sword fighting can seem over the top but I am refering to the stories.) 5.)Knowledge (it may seem somewhat silly but this anime is packed with excellent qualities. plus the characters make mistakes and work to correct them, nobody is perfect and it points that in their constant vigilance in making up for what they have done wrong.)
I strongly recommend Season one and Season two of Rurouni Kenshin. Season 3 has the lowest rating becuase the storyline is somewhat generic and the characters are not particularly amazing. This is amazing work and I would advise adding it to any anime collection. Worth every penny.
The Best Anime
M. Kuoch | Sacrament, CA USA | 05/03/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a great series to spend your money; it is worth it! It has action as well as romance and comedy. It keeps the watchers really entertained and wanting to know what happens next. The characters each have a distinct personality. They are all well rounded characters. Iam an anime fanactic especially when it comes to story lines that has a little bit of romance and comedy but I'm don't like much action... it seems to boring and serious... but this is different. I really recommend this series. You won't regret it!"
Sword of peace
E. A Solinas | MD USA | 01/13/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Picture this: a feminine-looking, goofy swordsman who has vowed not to kill, but is secretly a lethal ex-assassin known as Battosai the Manslayer.
Yep, the title character of Nobuhiro Watsuki's "Rurouni Kenshin" is a pretty unusual lead for an action series, but then this series is really rather unusual -- a meditation on changing times, and on fighting to preserve peace and life rather than to bring death. "Rurouni Kenshin - Season One" is a brilliant combination of sword-swinging action, delightfully wacky humor and a teeny hint of romance. Okay, more than a hint.
Searching for the legendary manslayer Battosai, a young dojo owner named Kaoru assaults a sword-carrying stranger whom she assumes is the one she's searching for. Turns out his sword blade is upside-down, and he insists that he's just a wandering swordsman who won't kill anybody. Unfortunately someone using the name Battosai is disgracing Kaoru's dojo -- and they have their eyes on revenge for an old wrong.
It's only then that the mysterious Kenshin shows what he's really capable of, and who he really is -- the true Battosai. Kaoru asks him to stay on, and they're soon joined by Yahiko and Sanosuke, a teenage ex-pickpocket and a young "fight merchant."
Among the other problems: a corrupt assassin who is murdering officials, corrupt police, a bogus faith healer, a sumo wrestler being bullied by his peers, a teacher being forced to take up his sword again, a band of treacherous pirates who capture Kenshin, train robberies, circus sabotage, an old friend of Sano's who is bent on vengance, and a fanatical swordsman who wants to make a warrior kingdom. On the grimmest note, they clash with an amoral businessman who is forcing a young doctor to create a super-potent opium... and has hired the Oniwaban Group (ninjas) to enforce his will.
Based on Nobuhiro Watsuki's manga, "Rurouni Kenshin" has become a classic for its story about overcoming the past, fighting for the sake of peace, and for the setting of the early Meiji era -- when Japan awkwardly leapt forward technologically and socially. But on a less epic scale, it's about one young man with a terrible and bloody past, who is now atoning for his past deeds by using his sword to protect instead of to destroy.
The first season starts off fairly light-hearted, but gradually gains some darker shadings (the whole opium subplot) and explores the sociopolitical corruption and strife of all these sweeping changes (Sanosuke's tragic captain Sagara). And obviously any series with a swordsman is going to have some action, and these scenes deliver a whirlwind of sword blows and superhuman leaps, which can do anything from smashing an opponent's arm to hammering a crowd of people to the ground.
But there's also plenty of comic relief in here, usually supplied by Kaoru's short fuse (and her perpetual spats with Yahiko and Sano), and Kenshin's sheepish space-cadet attitude and tendency to get in trouble by doing the right thing.
Kenshin is a lovable, rather odd hero -- he's goofy, spacey, eager to please and polite to a fault, with rumpled red hair and threadbare clothes. But when he fights seriously, he gets creepy empty eyes. Kaoru is blunt and strong-willed but also quite kind, while Yahiko is a sharp-tongued, good-hearted kid. And Sanosuke makes a good addition to round out the cast -- he's got a tragic past as part of the unjustly-maligned Sekihotai "false army," but with Kenshin's influence he begins to move on.
The first season of "Rurouni Kenshin" is a mixture of more lighthearted filler and darker, bloodier arcs from Nobuhiro Watsuki's manga. A brilliant classic anime."