Darren Pangan December 4, 2006
Nobuhiro Watsuki’s Rurouni Kenshin was a sure hit. But what’s even more amazing are it’s OAVs (Original Anime Videos), especially the first one. Rurouni Kenshin’s first OAV, Tsuiokuhen, which was translated and the title was changed to Samurai X: Trust and Betrayal, has got to be the best OAV series that I’ve seen. I bought a video of this a few years ago (I don’t remember exactly when) as recommended by a classmate in college. Although Rurouni Kenshin is popular in our area, not many people have seen the OAVs.
Although the Rurouni Kenshin is a mix of comedy, action and drama, Tsuiokuhen doesn’t have the humor that the series have. This OAV series is seriously heavy drama that can really get you carried away. I feel depressed everytime I watch the video. There’s also action but it doesn’t take the center stage. But these fighting scenes are really, really good because the animation and movements are detailed. Most of the fight scenesa are brutal with lots of violence and blood spill. I don’t know if that’s a good thing but graphically, it looked really good and well made. This series is made up of four episodes. In the English version, they called them “Acts”:
Act 1: The Man of the Slashing Sword
Act 2: The Lost Cat
Act 3: The Previous Night at the Mountain Home
Act 4: The Cross-Shaped Wound
The story is based on a part of the Jinchuu Arc found in the manga. There were a few differences but the whole essence is unchanged. It tells the story of Kenshin Himura when he was younger, ambitious, and agressive. When he was still a little boy. Back then his name was Shinta. During the war, the people he considered as family were brutally murdered but he somehow survived. A master swordsman, Seijuro Hiko found him, took care of him and trained him to become a swordsman. Eventually, he joined a rebel clan and became a popular assassin known as the Hitokiri Battousai. One mystery character in the TV series appeared here too. Her name’s Tomoe and she became Kenshin’s wife.
Everything about this video is heavily emotional including the language and music. I watched an English dubbed version and the voice actors did a very good job. I haven’t seen the Japanese yet.
Samurai X: Trust and Betrayal is my favorite OAV series of all because of its excellent quality. The animation, story, drama, action, everything in it couldn’t be any better. I don’t see anything negative about the series. I recommend this anime to everyone. Actually, I lended my video to all my friends already and their reactions were the same.
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