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Samurai X

Kazuhiro Furuhashi    Unrated   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bloody good! Aug. 17 2004
The OVA series really opens your eye to what Kenshin was about before he turned in his killing sword for the Sakabatoa. You see his past from when he was a boy who witnessed the killing of innocent people right before his eyes to him roaming the streets of Kyoto killing loyalists of the Tokagawa. The first 3 DVDs are devoted to Kenshin the Hitokiri Battosai while the last 2 DVDs takes place years after the show when he started a family with Miss Kaoru. This is definatly 1 to add to your collection if you a big fan of Ruroni Kenshin.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All you can ask for in a compact package! June 20 2004
From the groundbreaking work of Nobuhiro Watsuki, Rurouni Kenshin, comes the prequel and the sequels to this paramount anime series. The Trust and Betrayal (prequel) OAVs are unparallel to anything you have ever seen before. The darkness that surrounds the story of kenshin's old man-slayer days reflets his feelings at the time and adds greatly to the story. For all you thrill-seekers, the action in this movie is unmatched by any other. Also, there's a very complex love story intertwined masterfully into the blood and gore that was the transition period between the Tokugawa Era to the Meiji Era. These turbulent times were the perfect setting for this story to take place. The battles fought in the movie were actual historical battles at those exact locations. The names of the clans were also real (The "Imperialists" [Choushu clan] Mibu's wolves [Shinsengumi], etc). The plot is wonderful, the story reels you in and the animation and music is simply superb! The animation is sleek and you feel as if you're witnessing all the action first hand! The music is also a vital part of this series. The composer of all the great instrumentals in this movie is Taku Iwasaki. The music sets the mood for the movie. For example in the battle scenes when "One more Red Nightmare" comes on, it sets that dark killing mood into place that just compliments those scenes perfectly. "Shades of Revolution" also gives teh movie that mysterious touch, with the eerie wolf howls and violin pieces, it is again unparallel to any other music in any other anime series.
The same can be said of the Reflection OAV. This is the sad part of the story, how the whole story wraps up. Of course, not in the original plotline of what Nobuhiro Watsuki originally wrote, but it is indeed a good rendition.
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4.0 out of 5 stars samurai x ova June 19 2004
I have only seen this anime in the orijinal japanies as American voice work can be a bit lacking, that hasn't stopped me from being ingulfed in the kenshin univers, as with manny of the fine anime films and manga books no detail was left obscure, the series was full of purpose and uncluttered. I would suggest this series to any one, weather they watched anime or not, for this is one of the reasons i do.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the Best May 7 2004
I love the anime series of Rurouni Kenshin, but the OVA's, especially Trust and Betrayal, are simply amazing! I loved seeing Kenshin as a young and serious hitokiri and later, as a happily married man.
One of the box collection extras are brief character analysis, including Kenshin, Tomoe, Hiko Seijuro, and Enishi. Kenshin's superiors are also included, something I thought was extremly helpful, as I kept confusing some of the leaders of the clans. Also, some historical background information is provided which further helped me understand what things were like during that time period.
Again, I LOVE Kenshin and would highly recommend the OVA collection to anyone who doesn't already own the OVA's.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sadly, audio mastering spoils this wonderful anime April 22 2004
Samurai X (or Rurouni Kenshin) OVAs are among the best anime ever produced. The story, the art, the characters, everything just blew my mind away when I saw them for the first time, and still does. But, alas, something went awry, probably in the mastering phase of this release:
For some unknown reason there are very annoying problems in the audio, which heavily affect the watching experience. Every now and then, when there is music, speech and sound effects playing simultaneously, music drops about 10-20 db, and the sound effects control the whole soundscape. Then, after a few seconds, the music strengthens again as suddenly as it weakened.
Especially in this kind of story, where music plays a really big part in the atmosphere, these kinds of problems can't be forgiven. For me, it destroed the whole watching experience, which means that I'm forced to watch old digitized vhs-versions.
Shame on the guys who mastered this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT ANIME MUST SEE March 27 2004
By Chrisby
ok this movie was probably one of the BEST anime movies i have ever seen. I loved seeing how Kenshin got his way into being batosai the man-slayer. If you like buying anime movies like this i say go ahead and buy it, its worth the price. but if you are a person that likes a movie once and would never go and watch it again, try to rent it. i give this a 5/5. it is definatly for more mature people because theres a lot of blood and killing. i recommend 13+ for ages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Samurai X March 11 2004
By A Customer
Hmmm. Well, Im a bit biased, since I live anime. Now that that is out of the way, I would like to tell you what I think of this. Rurouni Kenshin is my favorite anime. It is about a famous ex-assasin turned wanderer and his struggles involving his past, internal, as well as externally. When I first heard of Samurai X, I thought that it was just Rurouni Kenshin being released in US under a different name. However, I soon learned that it is the story of when he was still Hitokiri Battousai, the manslayer. While the title is appaling, since it has nothing to do with Kenshin, since he is not a samurai, nor is that an X on his cheek(cross), I think that this is a spectacular mini-series and a must own for any anime fan and especially Rurouni Kenshin fan. However, this is NOT one for the kids. Bloody, violent, and full of saki this anime is. I feel that hasnt seen an R rated flick should be kept away from this masterpiece. It may cause some emotional scarring ;). However, if you even like anime a little, and arent scared by some gore, then this is for you!
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