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Samurai X


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  • Directors: Kazuhiro Furuhashi
  • Format: Animated, Box set, DVD-Video, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: A.D.V. Films
  • Release Date: Jan. 27 2004
  • Run Time: 205 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00016RNYY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #95,708 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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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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By A Customer on March 10 2004
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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If you liked rouni kenshin you would love this, that you'll will! except the voices are different and kenshin looks different too, really. but really kenshin in rurouni kenshin is different as samurai x is before rurouni kenshin, anyway this show is really gory, that it is! i mean gory but its cool that i can see it, im only 13! well kenshin in this definitly not merceful"i hope i wrote it right" but that makes it better, that it does! rurouni kenshins good but its kinda BORING, relly.........well..........um........not really just kinda! if you listen to me samurai x is better but rurouni kenshins my 3rd fav show, 1st is NEON GENESIS EVANGELION! 2nd is samurai x! you gotta see neon genesis evangelion its the best so i bought the whole box set! well if you like gory, bloody, god sword fighting like matrix fast moves youll like this, that you will also evangelion! im pretty sure, that i am! its kinda weird thou! also go get the motion picture SAMURAI X RUROUNI KENSHIN! its kool too! (^_^) well i hope you like my summery! bye and have a nice day, that you should!
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By A Customer on Feb. 20 2004
First off, let me start out by saying this is an unbiased review as much as it can be. By that I mean that I have only recently been interested in Rurouni Kenshin and have not seen the T.V. series itself.
I've heard complain from friends and reviews of how the OVA collection does not portray the feeling the story does, and it is not as good. However due to my lack of experience with this series and the OVA being my first viewing, I must say it is of excellent quality as a stand alone product.
The visuals is sharp and the sword fights beautifully animated. A very sad story from beginning to end, and I kinda enjoyed it this way. An enchanting plot with great character development. Humor may have helped it out a little bit, but I have no complaints as the serious situations really gets you into the mood and I felt thats how the characters really were. I've heard the voice acting is from a different cast for the OVAs and that it wasn't in such great character. Once again I see no problem in this category, I've had no problems understanding the emotions the characters were trying to portray and did not bother to change to japanese with subs.
So for new people like me that are trying to get into the kenshin series, this is a good place to start. Although I can't really recommend this to the actually fans of the series already, it might be worth checking out also. A last piece of advice is that you may want to save the "Reflection" episodes for later, when you actually watched the whole series. (Slight spolier coming up ahead). I had trouble understanding some of the flashback scenes that Kaoru had, and characters that are in the T.V. series, but the ending was sad and wonderful at the same time. This is actually the first anime in my collection that I've watched more than once.
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