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Seisouhen, Rurouni Kenshin’s Second OVA

Darren Pangan   May 31, 2007

Here’s another look back review.
If you’re a big Rurouni Kenshin fan like me, you must be dying to see the Jinchuu Arc animated. But I already gave up on that as there aren’t any signs that’s going to happen. I think they’re final solution to catching up with Jinchuu Arc without having conflict with the final part of the series is the Seisouhen, Rurouni Kenshin’s Second OAV. I have a copy of that video which I bought a few years back along with Samurai X: Remembrance.

Seisouhen was released on December 12, 2001. Like the first OVA, it contains very deep emotion. But unlike the first one which is quite a mix of action and drama, this second OVA has very little action and the only one I could remember was Kenshin’s fight scene against Enishi Yukishiro. It is a two part series that runs a total of more than an hour.

Samurai X: ReflectionIt’s a little harder to come up with a summary with this one because they stuffed it with too many stories and wasn’t very well organized. But basically, Kenshin was asked by General Yamagata to fight for them for the last time. The tension among their neighboring countries are getting higher and it seems that war is going to happen. Kenshin agrees to fight for the last time and left his wife Kaoru and son Kenji and traveled to China. The part where Jinchuu arc was supposed to take place happened before that incident. Enishi Yukishiro, Tomoe’s younger brother was out to take revenge for the death if his sister. He blames it all on Hitokiri Battousai (Kenshin) and wants to get back at him by taking his loved one, Kaoru Kamiya. The stories ending was quite unexpected but I think I already spoiled too much. :P
I consider the first Rurouni Kenshin OVA, Tsuiokuhen as the best OVA series. But this second OVA doesn’t come close to that. The animation maybe just as good but the story is quite disappointing. I was expecting to see Jinchuu Arc story animated and it was merely an attempt that didn’t turn out well. They tried to be artistic with the presentation by using tons of flashbacks but the result is something confusing and somewhat boring.

The video that I bought is the Japanese version. I haven’t really seen an English version but I’m pretty sure that there’s. I didn’t like it very much and like I said I find it a little boring. Maybe if I wasn’t a big Rurouni Kenshin fan, I would even consider this an absolute crap. The only good thing about this video is the animation, the music, and Kenshin’s fight scene against Enishi.

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4 Responses to “Seisouhen, Rurouni Kenshin’s Second OVA”

  1. Amanda Liu http://

    Who actually enjoyed watching Seisouhen? That’s what I want to know.

  2. Darren Pangan http://anime2manga.com/

    I guess, generally no one. But i did like the fight scene with Enishi, although it was short.

  3. Scarred Sword Heart http://www.myspace.com/scarredswordheart

    Seisouhen’s “version” of the Jinchuu Arc is absolutely pathetic! All the moments of character growth are stripped out and replaced with an almost entirely different story. It’s a shame too because the art work and animation are flat out gorgeous. What a shame to waste those beautiful sunsets and nature scenes on garbage that masquerades as canon.

    Stick with the manga and the Tsuiokuhen OVA.

  4. gotrice

    i also thought it was crap but i think the ending was quite tragic and sad although it was DEFINITELY not canon and not what the author wanted. but still, tragic is tragic and that ending was SAD

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