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Rurouni Kenshin: Tsuiokuhen

Alt titles: Samurai X: Trust and Betrayal

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Himura Kenshin was a boy orphaned by the murder of his parents. Now he is the Hitokiri Battousai, the most feared and skilled killer in 19th century Japan. In the midst of a blood bath, he meets the love of his life, Tomoe. Will he continue to fight his enemies in a killing rage or will she sheath his bloodstained sword?

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related anime

Anime Name Type Year Relation More Info
Rurouni Kenshin: Special Techniques TV Special   Same Franchise
Rurouni Kenshin TV 1996 TBD
Rurouni Kenshin Movie Movie 1997 TBD
Rurouni Kenshin: Seisouhen OVA 2001 TBD
Rurouni Kenshin: New Kyoto Arc OVA 2011 TBD

related manga

Manga Name Year Relation More Info
Rurouni Kenshin 1994 TBD
Rurouni Kenshin: Kinema-ban 2012 TBD
Name Role
Masahide YANAGISAWA Character Design
Kazuhiro FURUHASHI Director
Taku IWASAKI Music
Nobuhiro WATSUKI Original Manga Creator
Yoshinori NARUKE Producer
Kazunori NOGUCHI Producer
Katsunori FURIHASHI Producer

Official Editorial Reviews

Title Author Score Date
Rurouni Kenshin: Tsuiokuhen kamenoko 10/10 Aug 11, 2006
Samurai X: Trust and Betrayal kamenoko 10/10 Aug 11, 2006

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Rurouni Kenshin: Tsuiokuhen ParaParaJMo 9/10 Mar 13, 2014
Samurai X: Trust and Betrayal ParaParaJMo 9/10 Mar 13, 2014
Rurouni Kenshin: Tsuiokuhen hiandstuff123 10/10 Dec 24, 2013
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Recommendations if you like Rurouni Kenshin: Tsuiokuhen

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Berserk

Berserk

Born beneath the gallows tree from which his dead mother hung, Guts has always existed on the boundary between life and death. After enduring a terrible childhood, he spends his adulthood in brutal combat, pitting his strength against others in order to build his own. Life is simple enough for Guts until he meets Griffith, the inspirational, ambitious, and beautiful leader of the mercenaries, the Band of the Hawks. When Guts loses to Griffith in a duel, he is forced to join the group, and, despite himself, finds a sense of camaraderie and belonging amongst them. However, as Griffith leads his soldiers from victory to victory, the bloody wars and underhanded politics reveal a side to him that nobody quite expected. Can Guts, a simple warrior, defend those who have come to mean the most to him, all the while struggling not to lose to the darkness he has carried with him his entire life?

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j0f00
Kenshin OVA is very dark. Berserk is even darker. Like Kenshin OVA, Berserk is definitely adult themed in terms of violence. It is also pretty depressing at the end. Also discusses serious trauma for a youth who then turns his rage into a power skill with the sword. One of the best, just like Kenshin OVA
sothis
The only series comparable to the Kenshin OVA - violent/gore-wise. Emotionally compelling as well.
shalist
For one, there's the fight scenes, and the amount of violence. More importantly though, both stories are serious/realistic (in that the main character, though powerful, is most definitely human), with characters of significant depth, and storylines that'll leave an impression.
freakzilla

This OVA is better drawn, more serious and bloody. That's why I feel this is an even better match to Berserk than Rurouni Kenshin itself.

Allanon
Somehow i can relate the sad and lonely kenshin who just strives forward and follow and kills for his imperialists to gatts who actually is just as lonely himself and follow his friend griffith and the band of the hawk towards goals that actually are not his own. And all the time he keeps wondering what he will do when the goal is achieved.
kamirura
Blood, swords and fighting. That's what you will get in this series. Kenshin Tsuikohen and Berserk don't really have the same kind of story though but it's defenitly a good fighting series.
puolukankukka

Both the Kenshin OVA and Berserk have betrayal and lonely rider themes, are violent and romantic, and have a dark overall feeling.

Eleventh

First of all, both of these masterpieces need to be watched by everyone with any depth and tolerance for violence. In addition to the stroke of genius, both Tsuiokuhen and Berserk possess a truly captivating dichotomy of basal gore and heart-wrenching emotion. Anyone who enjoyed being challenged by one of these will surely enjoy the other.

tasanime

Both strike a chord in the hearts of its viewer amidst the chaos and mayhem that are the main plots. Comparisons can be made in the compelling, believable and somewhat lonely main characters, men who wield incredible strength but must learn a tough lesson in life in order to retain their humanity. These are two true action masterpieces which deserve as much praise as each other and a jolly good viewing.

katsujinken

Like Kenshin, it is a psychologically realistic exploration the motivations effects of the killing life on one's mind and state of being, albeit in a very different ways. Likewise the drive and effect of ideology are explored but instead of the deadening of the heart and soul as we find in Kenshin, in Beserk it is the corrupting effects of power and ambition.

Both have compelling narratives, and while Beserk may not have the lavish animation we find in Kenshin, it is still an immersing and engrossing watch.

And both have compelling narratives albeit in highly different settings.

MugiwaraMarius

Both Rurouni Kenshin: Tsuiokuhen and Berserk tell dark and violent stories with gore aplenty. However both series are able to back up the violence with emotionally compelling plots.

Ninja Scroll

Ninja Scroll
  • Movie (1 ep x 92 min)
  • 1993

Jubei Kibagami is just a wandering swordsman minding his own business... until fate lands him in the middle of a battle with the terrifying Devils of Kimon! Now the fate of all of Japan lies in the hands of a vagabond samurai, a deadly female ninja and a perverted old monk as they take on an enemy who is, literally, immortal.

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TheBurningCrow

Ninja Scroll is a ninja movie for fans of the Kenshin OVA. A violent and dark story and a historical aspect can be found in both.

Blackbird
Even if Ninja Scroll hasn't Kenshin's interesting historical background, and is less dramatic, It's a pretty good samurai-action movie. So if Kenshin makes you dream about katanas, give Ninja Scroll a try :)
j0f00
Ninja Scroll is less plot-oriented than Kenshin. Amazing battles, and great sword-play. Much more magical and fantastic. Still adult-oriented. Jubei is much more kickass than Kenshin is, I think, but the lack of plot leaves much to be desired.
miaka
if you did like Rurouni Kensin the you should like Ninja Scroll. both got this very neet fighting sceens and alot of blood, but also a cute love storie. both is plaied in old Japan. Kenshin is more real than Ninja Scroll because the "evil" guys in Ninja Scroll have lots of veird powers, while in Kenshin there is most swordfighting.
freakzilla

Both Kenshin Tsuiokuhen and Ninja Scroll are violent and emotional anime, set in somewhat similar settings. Though Kenshin is a bit more emotional you can't help but get the same feeling from both.

sothis
The Kenshin OVA and Ninja Scroll share more than just a ton of violence. A lead male character, who is determined to win the battles with his enemies dominates both of these features. Kenshin OVA definitely is a lot more emotional and beautiful, while Ninja Scroll appears grittier because of its age. Ninja Scroll also is a bit cheesier, with wacky monsters and random things that make you groan in a bad way (like the often shown bouts of random sex). I do think each of these would be loved by you, if you liked the other.
tasanime

Katanas aside, these anime are to be viewed by someone who can appreciate well choreographed fighting sequences then feel the need for reason behind the blood-shed, never getting a straight answer but enjoying the ride there. Both are a pleasurable watch with a historically appeasing storyline (Kenshin more so) and a romantic sub-plot. And although Ninja Scrolls is by far the more violent and less realistic of the two it is compelling never the less.

jdolson

Both of these anime involve violence, whores, and more violence. Rurouni Kenshin is much better in terms of plot and character whereas Ninja Scroll does a good job of creative goryness, but both are enjoyable anime. Ninja Scroll should definitely not be watched by kids though!

Theta

These are both epic war stories set in the samurai period. These splendidly animated masterpieces are sure to delight fans of the genre.

 

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Basilisk

Basilisk

Oboro, a naive, love-struck girl, is pledged to Gennosuke, an idealist. Both are successors to opposing ninja clans with a long history of hatred kept barely in check by a covenant of peace. Just as the two vow to reconcile the clans with their marriage, the shogun orders the feud to resume in order to resolve an internal struggle that threatens to tear the Tokugawa shogunate apart. Even worse, Oboro and Gennosuke themselves are forced to lead their clans in battle. Can the star-crossed lovers resist the brutal circumstances and remain true to their love as the death toll rises?

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asucrews

Basilisk with Rurouni Kenshin: Tsuiokuhen is a bit of an odd recommendation, but here is why it works. Both have two sides wanting each other dead, both sides will do anything to see the other side killed off, and both have two people who are willing to sacrifice themselves for each other and do whatever it takes to be together. Both Basilisk and Rurouni Kenshin: Tsuiokuhen have great fights, good storylines and a love story to boot.

tasanime

It is more than just action, blood and violence that connects the two - it is the deeper meaning that really binds them. The leads are pawns for a greater purpose, going to great lengths in order to win a battle at the cost of their hearts and conflicting loyalties. Both will make you feel nought but sorrow for those who must fight with nthe repercussions of their actions hidden, ultimately at a loss to themselves. Seriously, you must watch them both!

LucyChan

both series are about love that grows in the middle of a fight.

both have a lot of blood showing and are depressing in a way.

chamomille

Tragic love stories which take place in difficult times of japanese history. Both anime let you enjoy unique animation and interesting fights. Moreover, they both make you think about japanese values which were acknowledged at that time and which are sometimes acknowledged even today. If you liked one, you'd surely like the other.

Apples

I know from an outside view these two animes don't look like they'd be comprable but I think at the heart of both there is a lot tying them together. Rurouni Kenshin: Tsuiokuhen is about Samurais where Basilisk is about Ninjas, but they type and level of action falls equal to the other (ocassionally Basilisk is more extreme). They main characters Kenshin and Gennosuke are extremely similiar, with Kenshin it is a more progressive piece. Also Tomoe relates to several different females within Basilisk. Both animes incorporate the depth of the human heart into their storylines making the bloodshed more than a visual captivation, but an emotional rollercoaster. I believe if you liked one you will like the other!

Anathemus

I find both shows very similar in terms of main plot wich is the forbidden love between the main characters, but Basilisk and Ruouni Kenshin follow different directions. Basilisk is way more focused in the fighting scenes than Kenshin.

MugiwaraMarius

Basilisk and Rurouni Kenshin: Tsuiokuhen are both gory, violent shows with brutal fight scenes. However these shows also share an emotional core about characters that are in love but fighting on opposing sides. Both shows deal with the issue of loyalty being in conflict with the feelings of the heart. 

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Sword of the Stranger

Sword of the Stranger
  • Movie (1 ep x 98 min)
  • 2007

Kotarou is a brash young orphan in war-torn Japan, on the run from mysterious pursuers with Tobimaru, his faithful canine companion. Clueless as to why anyone would want him, much less imperial warriors from mainland China, a chance encounter with a strange wandering swordsman could not be more unwelcome in Kotarou's skeptical eyes – especially when the stranger has a secret past that has caused him to seal his blade. Forced by circumstance to work together for survival, the unlikely duo forge a tenuous friendship that is threatened all too soon when Kotarou's pursuers thrust the two into a dizzying whorl of clashing ambitions between men both big and small. Will the stranger manage to overcome his past and save them both from peril with his blade?

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Merryberry

Both of these series share the common theme of characters that are trying live in a difficult era. Both stand by the way of the sword and while Trust and Betrayl the character is starting his journey, Sword of the Stranger, we see the main character ending theirs. Either way, the style of artwork and storytelling are both similar and you should be able to enjoy both of them.

awpaperwings

The main characters of these shows both have a desire to express to people that war is not great and glorious, but is bloody and filled with regret later. In both OVA's the main character is very sullen, and ends up traveling with a companion that they must protect. Although the storyline is very different in each, both are animated very well and contain a rich, well developed story.

LovelyOne

These two anime are basically two interpretations of the same character, at different times in life.  Although  they are unrelated anime with very different storylines and animation, they are equally action packed, dramatic, and amazingly similar. (In my opinion they are based on the same person.)  Both are a story of a red haired samurai with great skill and power.   

Theta

These are both epic war stories set in the samurai period. These splendidly animated masterpieces are sure to delight fans of the genre.

 

FullMetalAnimest

They are both at about at the same awesmeness level

But i think its Sword of the Stranger > Rurouni Kenshin:Tsuiokuen

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Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade

Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade
  • Movie (1 ep x 102 min)
  • 2000

Constable Fuse is part of an elite Special Forces unit known as the Capital Police whose mission is to maintain peace during a time of civil unrest. Fuse becomes entangled within a web of intrigue and politics between the Capital Police, the government intelligence bureau, and a secret society known as Jin-Roh – the Wolf Brigade.

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Blackbird
Just as much drama as Kenshin OVAs. Perfect animation, historical background (but very different: after World War II).
j0f00
Jin-Roh is an amazing anime. Great artwork, very adult-themed, and an excellent stand-alone. Much like Kenshin, the main-character isn't someone who is expected to be an incredible warrior.
forfeit
What Jin Roh and Kenshin - Tsuiokuhen share is the same dark, yet realistic atmosphere, and also intensive romance, shocking drama and much bloody action. Without doubt, these share much and one who watches one of them will like the other.
tasanime

Both are based on true events within different periods of history, staying true to the concept of war and the effect it can have on both sides of the conflict. You can draw similarities in the male leads, not initially likeable characters largely due to their role in battle. The beauty in both is the evolving nature of the leads, best observed in their developed relationships and the way this impacts on their being. Both explore this in beautiful detail and are to be viewed by someone with an appreciation of the realities of inner and outer turmoil.

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