Rurouni Kenshin [2012]

2335d43430dd91e887030ad0276774181340601122_fullAlternative Title: Samurai X
Director: Keishi Ohtomo
Original Release: 08/25/12 (Japan)
Runtime: 134 min

Takeru Sato as Kenshin Himura
Emi Takei as Kamiya Kaoru
Yu Aoi as Takani Megumi
Koji Kikkawa as Udo Jine
Munetaka Aoki as Sanosuke Sagara     
Gou Ayano as Gein
Genki Sudo as Banjin Inui
Taketo Tanaka as Yahiko Myojin
Eiji Okuda as Aritomo Yamagata   
Yosuke Eguchi as Hajime Saito
Teruyuki Kagawa as Kanryu Takeda

Credits to: asianwiki

About (yesasia):
Battosai (Sato Takeru) was a proud samurai who decided to give up his way of life after fighting in the bloody battle of Toba-Fushima. Ten years later, samurais are now mercenaries working for merchants like Kanryu (Kagawa Teruyuki), who oppress the people for their own gain. When kendo instructor Kaoru tries to stand up to Kanryu, she is saved by Battosai, now a wanderer named Kenshin. After losing his samurai status, Kenshin has renounced killing and is committed to peace. However, in a world filled with opportunists and oppressors like Kanryu, Kenshin will have to learn how to fight back without breaking his vow.

I Say…

Of course, we can’t expect all 90+episodes and OAV’s to be seen in the movie, right? It focused more on the Megumi season, her story.. her opium making. A lot of the movie segments still remained faithful to the anime, as far as my memory is concerned. Although focused on the Megumi period, it didn’t mean less exposure for main heroine Kamiya Kaoru. She still played a vital part in the movie. And the actress, Emi Takei will surely be remembered for this film always.

The other actors were good  too, especially the villains, but my favorite villain for this movie would have to be Gou Ayano. He shared a moment with Takeru Sato in that sequence… it’s all for you to find out what it is!  Munetaka Aoki gave Sagara Sanosuke a different light… unlike the side kick we’ve known him for in the anime.


All the approbation goes to none other than Takeru Sato for bringing Himura Kenshin to life, putting the audience under nostalgic conditions, remembering the wandering samurai we’ve grown to love. I am certain he worked really hard to mimic Kenshin’s battle stance and the dialect as well! The Hitenmitsurugi-ryu form is as close to how it should be, as I recall… even the way he draws the sakabatou! If you are too familiar with Rurouni Kenshin, you can tell.

I have read from wikipedia that he claims “comedic timing” was the reason for the success of his debut role in Kamen Rider Den-O. Since it’s what he’s good at, he didn’t fail to charm the audience with the exact same thing in this movie. From the original series, Kenshin is a cheerful person when surrounded by the ones he love and wish to protect.

I can say now after watching Takeru Sato in Rurouni Kenshin, that he can adapt to any role he tries to play. I’m sure that more than half of the movie goers who were with me that night do not know him at all, but after this I am certain they’re going to start Google-ing the origin of this actor who just awed them. Soon enough, his “up-and-coming” title will be moving up the next level. Okay, so forgive me for being such a fan, but you can’t blame me if he gets better and better each stint!

Kenshin vs. Jin-e


Review: Rurouni Kenshin Complete Collection (Album)


Rurouni Kenshin Complete CollectionArtist: V.A.
Release Date: 2011.07.27
Publisher Product Code:    SVWC-7682
No. of Tracks: 11


01.Sobakasu (Judy and Mary)
02.Tactics (Yellow Monkey)
03.Namida Ha Shitte Iru (Mayo Suzukaze)
04.Heart Of Sword (T.M.Revolution)
05.1/2 (Makoto Kawamoto)
06.The Fourth Avenue Cafe (L’Arc~en~Ciel)
07.It’s Gonna Rain! (Bonnie Pink)
08.1/3 No Junjou Na Kanjou (Siam Shade)
09.Kimi Ni Fureru Dake De (Curio)
10.Dame! (Izumi You)
11.Niji (L’Arc~en~Ciel)

Like most Rurouni Kenshin enthusiasts say, the theme songs and BGMs are entirely in contrast with the anime’s setting. Being set in the Meiji era, the music gave the series distinction and added appeal to its audience. Rock and Meiji era? Old & new? Something like that. RK’s themes featured the cream of the crop J-pop and J-rock artists, and made the series even more catchy. Listening to the newest release of the theme collection cd really brought back lots of RK memories. My jrock addiction actually began with RK music. I used to be more into J-pop, but the tracks in this collection changed my life in ways I cannot imagine.

This album will surely bring you back in time, if not in the Meiji era. Childhood perhaps? Or your awkward days? Name it. This music collection is a “time capsule” for all Rurouni Kenshin fans like me.