Rurouni Kenshin Review
WHAT THE UTTER FUCK!? YO WHAT THE CLEAR UTTER FUCK?! Kenshin is downright my favorite anime of all time and will probobly always be. Just the concept of a badass assassin wandering around protecting people and kicking the shit out of stuff sounds cool. The collection of utterly cool insanely violent badasses surpasses most other animes. I mean, Saitoh, Aoshi, Hiko, Sejuro, EVERYONE! I'm probobly forgetting like 80 other fucking crazy badasses but whatever. This anime is utter bliss. From the original OVA, which is by far the fucking coolest bloodiest ova ever, to the series, one of the longest and most engaging ever, to the movie and the horribly bloody uncontrolably awesome 2nd OVA, Rurouni Kenshin just plan kicks utter fucking ass.
Three years ago, even before Evasource started, I saw Mog walking through a hallway with a stack of tapes. They contained Kenshin episodes, and that anecdote was completely irrelevant. He then showed me the OVA, which contained some ludicrously badass stuff; I didn't see the actual series until around two years later, completely in shitty RM format. The two OVAs, Memories and Seisouhen, are, as Liquid has said, godly; they contain some of the best animation and undoubtedly the best action sequences I have ever seen in anime. Any fan of anime at all would be well advised to seek both out and watch them repeatedly. The series, though, is a different matter. Personally, I've only seen up till around episode seventy or so, around the end of the Kyoto arc; as far as I can tell, the part of the Kenshin series most worth watching lies between around the upper twenties and the mid sixties, the totality of said arc. Immediately after that journey through utter animated badassedness, I encountered a story about a goddamn fisherman; needless to say, at that point I just flat out stopped watching. The majority of the episodes before that arc are primarily filler as well, serving no real purpose (with notable exceptions) and actually quite irritating. The Kenshin series wobbles between greatness and mediocrity, hitting a high note around the thirtieth episode and staying there for several dozen more before descending, again, into filler; myself, I lack the patience to deal with that shit, and would much rather watch the OVAs over and over instead.
Sophomore year I literally watched episodes 1-29 and after hearing how awesome it was supposed to be, I was kind of let down. After meeting Liquid and hearing him ramble about how badass it is, I watched episode 30 which I had from a bunch of tapes I "borrowed" from some kid. Episode 30 contains literally the best fight in the series, like the way Kenshin actually flips around and stuff (he was clearly stabbed but whatever). If only the animation and shit was consistently badass it'd be a fucking awesome series. The OVA is actually God. Like, you literally see God when you watch it, fuck that Bible shit, pray to Kenshin OVA you motherfuckers. Both OVA's are LITERALLY AWESOME. YO THE SECOND ONE? THE SECOND ONE? THE FIRST ONE? The first episode of Memories (first OVA) literally has Kenshin CREAMING people, like random people. And in the series he stops killing for no reason! In the OVA this guy had the life, killing ruthlessly and fucking Tomoe, in the series he was just fucking Kaoru and not killing. The amount of badasses this series has produced is actually stupid.. Saitoh? Aoshi? OVA Kenshin? SEISOUHEN ENISHI!!? YO, KENJI? KENJI FIGHTING ENISHI? Both OVA's are so much better than the series it's demented. Kenshin OVA's are up there with the best anime ever, the series is decent but most of the episodes are just fillers. The upside is that it has Aoshi, the definition of badass. One notable episode is when Kenshin learns the Succession Technique from Seijiro.. possibly the best anime scene of all time. The will.