1. rubberluffy
    Posted December 24, 2012 at 12:56 am | Permalink

    As a huge fan of the manga, I appreciate this only direction and animation wise, but I dislike it for being so fucking self-serious. The other OVA, Reflection, is total garbage, though.

  2. Posted December 24, 2012 at 1:04 am | Permalink

    Too much tomato juice can do that to your system. Get poked ever so slightly and all of a sudden you just up and esplode in all your scarlet, sticky goodness.

    I mostly liked Tsuioku-hen for the music. There’s nostalgia value from having read the manga, but Iwasaki Taku’s soundtrack brought the adaptation to another level.

  3. Shadow
    Posted December 24, 2012 at 1:55 am | Permalink

    Well, i really liked trust and betrayal. But i think it was handled at least 10 times better in the manga, but that was obvious putting around 20 chapters in 4 ovas is difficult. But i mostly blame my refusal to adapt to the art style, i still believe if Nobuhiko Watsuki had directed it, i would have loved it even more.

    Also the reason Kenshin is a boring character on the ovas is because he is a 15 year old, he doesnt have a true set ideals and just believes in what his superiors believe *in this case kill those that support the shogun* It is on the last part of the last ova that we kinda can see what Kenshin truly thinks, and what will make him such an awesome character 15 years later.

  4. Gunslinger
    Posted December 24, 2012 at 3:18 am | Permalink

    After more than 100+ episodes of kenshin, trust and betrayal feels like a work of art if only because of the animated sword fights. In the original series, they hardly animate fights, kenshin just stands there, then there are a couple of lines drawn on the screen to symbolize him slashing someone and that is it.

  5. Posted December 24, 2012 at 7:47 am | Permalink

    It is kind of funny how these OVAs are so violent and full of death while the main series is the exact opposite. Then again, the main series is the exact opposite because Kenshin already killed far too many (during the time period of the OVA’s) and wants to kill no more.

    With that said, I strongly recommend you watch the main series. I am not saying that because it is great or anything (I haven’t seen the anime, only read the manga), but because it feels like a staple in anime history. Everyone seems to have had at least some exposure to it.

    You know the whole “good guy in Shonen does not kill bad guy” trend? I have a theory that it was Kenshin that popularized that trend.

    And to be perfectly honest, Kenshin is the one character that actually deserves the right to spew that cheesy dialogue (the not killing thing is a major part of his character and not just something tacked on for moral reasons).

    As someone else said, be careful about the movie. I wouldn’t call it super bad per say, but it is downright depressing.

    Oh and nice review. :P

  6. Scamp
    Posted December 24, 2012 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    I had largely the same reaction you had when I saw this, but I remember for a while this was considered basically the best anime of all time. I never really got why, maybe you need to have seen regular Kenshin to get that experience

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