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Samurai X

Mayo Suzukaze , Junko Iwao , Kazuhiro Furuhashi    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
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Director Kazuhiro Furuhashi has recut the four-episode Samurai X OVA into a seamless feature that serves as a prequel to both Samurai X: The Movie and the light-hearted TV series. The action unfolds in 1864, at the beginning of the revolution against the Tokugawa Shogunate that culiminated in the Meiji Restoration. The orphan Shinta is transformed by master swordsman Hiko into Kenshin, an assassin who believes he is using his sword to bring about a better world. When he and the mysterious Tomoe hide from the intrigues of Kyoto in a remote mountain village, Kenshin finds peace, raising crops and savoring the passage of the seasons, but this tranquility cannot endure. Furuhashi choreographs the characters' inner conflicts as skillfully as the epic sword fights, infusing them with an elegant sensuality. In either format, Samurai X OVAs capture the violence and poetry of samurai culture in a story of exceptional emotional depth. (Rated 17 and older: violence, alcohol use, mature themes) --Charles Solomon

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3.0 out of 5 stars From someone who knows better May 31 2004
The 3 stars are in no way a reflection of the story, animation, or anything pertinent to the story. It is for this director's cut dvd of the original OVA's trust and betrayal.
This directors cut merges the ova's trust and betrayal. As mentioned by someone else, very little is added, but the reflection's ova directors cut should have more added when it's released in the US.
Reflections is the one that i thought really needed a director's cut. This is coming from someone who is a Rurouni Kenshin fan.
As far as this director's cut for betrayal and trust goes, I was hoping for more. This just felt like they took the breaks out of the original OVA's. When I hear the word's director's cut, I immediately think of restored scenes that the director was forced to cut for one reason or another. This felt like there were no restored scenes, except for the one that someone mentioned in another review above.
Another reason for it only getting three stars, is there are no extra's whatsoever on this disc. The only things they have are language selection, scene selection (Which has moving animation featured for each scene you can select. I always like this!) and lastly some trailers for other anime. There are no extra's!
Buy it? Or don't buy it? hmmm . . . If you're a die hard fan of Rurouni Kenshin, you will buy it without any need for me to coax you into doing so. If you're not a die hard fan, but already own all of the OVA's and are too lazy to use your remote from a sitting or laying down position to press a button to skip past the credits of one act to go into the next act then this is perfect for you!
It may seem like I'm exaggerating a bit, but I assure you I am not.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing...No other words for it April 26 2004
Now I'm a fan of the Rorouni Kenshin Series and an anime otaku (fan) but when I first saw the Trust/Betryal OVA, I was blown away. The animation is superb and the storyline is much darker and less comical then Rorouni Kenshin. Not that I don't like funny but seeing Kenshin kill mercilessly is something else that should be seen to fully appreciate the series.
The first part (Trust) begins with a stunning crafted (and violent) scene where Shinta (Kenshin) sees his entire slaver "family" killed by bandits. His master-to-be, Hiko, saves him and changes his name to Kenshin.
We skip a couple years and see Kenshin in his late teens (17 or so) where he's an assassin who kills political members. But his assassin career doesn't last, during a mission, he recieves the first slash of his X scar. He meets Tomoe, the fiancee of the man who gave him the scar, soon after. As his comrades are killed in a raid, he and Tomoe escape to the mountains where they become lovers.
The ending is extremely sad where Kenshin, after learning that Tomoe was working to kill him, stumbles blindly through the snow to find her, still contemplating whether to kill her.
He gets the slash on his back we see later in the series turning that time and is almost beaten before he finally gets the sense to swing and kill him. But with the same blow, he kills Tomoe who was trying to protect Kenshin from his opponent's final strike. Just before she dies, she, having learned that Kenshin killed her fiancee, completes his X-shaped scar, before her body falls still.
Kenshin cremates Tomoe in a small house and walks away, his last defense against his killer instinct taken away by his own hands.
This is an overall triumph in Japanese animation. The violence, extreme and graphic at times, is not a reason to skip such a terrific anime. If you are a true Kenshin Fan, you need to see this.
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By Amber
My God! I was totally blown away by this! This is the single most moving film I have ever seen, and I have seen a lot of dramas. This is nothing like the Rurouni Kenshin series, as it is a lot darker, both in terms of lighting, color, and perspective. There is not a single hint of humor in it, but as the hero is a young assassin trying to come to grips with himself during the Japanese civil war, I don't see how there could be any funny parts. You WILL NOT be laughing at any point in this. IF you don't want to be in tears at the end, then don't watch this.
I have been a Rurouni Kenshin fan for years, so I thought that I would give this a try for the backstory on Kenshin and his life during the Bakumatsu. I knew it would be somewhat depressing, but I was put through the emotional wringer--and loved it. Every time I watch it I cry. It is that powerful.
This is the favorite in my collection. I have shown it to my mom, and she loved it as well. This is definitely for those mature people who want to see the definitive sad, moving love story. Betrayal, love, loss, pain (both physical and emotional), and ideals come into play in this wonderful film.
Kenshin joins the fight against wishes of his mentor and the warnings that he will be used by those in power, who will only want him for his incredible sword skills. Sure enough, his power and skills are abused by his superiors, who put him in the position of being their primary assassin. His ideals of honor, righteousness, and loyalty are skewed by his job as a murderer, and he begins to lose himself.
Enter Tomoe. She meets Kenshin by chance and begins following him around. They start to fall for each other, but there are too many secrets still hidden, and too much to overcome...
I cannot stress enough just how EXCELLENT and WORLD-CLASS this film is. If you want to see a story guaranteed to make you cry, then this is it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A True meaning of life
I got this dvd 2 days ago and let me tell you it is the best! The action is quite spectacular and the visuals are stunning. Read more
Published on July 5 2004 by unknown
5.0 out of 5 stars A different Ruouni Kenshin.
Samurai X is just a different name that ADV films just made up,well anyway it doesn't matter.This movie is the greatest it actually shows Kenshin's first love "Tomoe". Read more
Published on May 30 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars The prelude To the Rurouni kenshin Series.
Samurai X is (of course) the prelude to the rurouni kenshin series. It starts out with a boy named Shinta (kenshin) traveling with a bunch of slave traders that gets ambushed by... Read more
Published on May 27 2004 by matthew
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow
the first time I saw this, my mouth dropped to the floor. Not as good as the original Rurouni Kenshin, but pretty good
Published on May 21 2004 by Jack Skellington
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful movie...
This movie is among the best I've ever seen. No expense is spared in the creation of Samurai X: Trust and Betrayal. The animation is crisp, smooth, and extremely detailed. Read more
Published on April 13 2004 by Eric Schmidt
5.0 out of 5 stars This is incredible!
Whether you are a Rurouni Kenshin fan or not, you must see this. Everything about this movie is fantastic. The pacing is steady, not fast and rushed like the anime or manga. Read more
Published on March 20 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars A Work of Art Without A Doubt!
Beautifully drawn, Samurai X is just an anime masterpeice. I would reccomend it to any anime fan of Rurouni Kenshin, or anime lover. Read more
Published on March 18 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
Probably one of the best movies I have seen in a very long time!!! I love the Manga series, so I wanted to see the OAV. I immediatley fell in love with it. Read more
Published on March 10 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow WOW WOW!!
This is the most incredible movie I've ever seen. I watched the entire Rurouni Kenshin series, asking myself what could've happened to Kenshin back then? This story is beautiful. Read more
Published on Feb. 10 2004 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A thing of beauty
This may be the most visually stunning film I've ever seen. It's like it was intended to be art, not entertainment. Read more
Published on Jan. 13 2004 by Sarah Baiocchi
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