Rurouni Kenshin: Seisouhen - Recommendations

Alt title: Samurai X: Reflection

If you're looking for anime similar to Rurouni Kenshin: Seisouhen, you might like these titles.

Saikano

Saikano

In the not-so-distant future, mankind is at war with itself. The lives of Chise and Shuu are torn apart when Chise is chosen to become the ultimate weapon to fight for Japan against their enemies. Death, sadness, and the hardships of love accompany Sai Kano in its grim look at war and its consequences.

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sothis sothis says...

Like tragedy? Sai Kano is for you. Admittedly, it is SO depressing it comes off as a little cheezy, in my opinion, but still a very sad, good watch.

VRDave VRDave says...

If you liked the emotional tearing you went through with Kenshin OVA 2, you will love the gaping hole left behind by Sai Kano. It's a really beautiful story, just REALLY depressing. Consider this your warning.

freakzilla freakzilla says...

Saikano and Kenshin both involve a body that is being destroyed because of the battles it has seen and how it affects those who suffer because of it and those who try to ease the pain. Saikano and Kenshin's ending have a lot in common when you look at the plot and the characters, and both put emphasis on drama over battles.

Bateau Bateau says...

I recommend this to likers of sai kano because of the similaer theme of sadness it portrays. But Seisouhen is oh so much more. As stated its the Grand Finale and a goodbye to the Kenshin series. Make sure you you watch Kenshin TV and Tsuikohen befor eyou see this. A fantastic story that all lovers of sai kano must see.

Apples Apples says...

If you love a romantic story that tears your emotions to shred then you'll love Saikano! Both animes are similar because they imperfect loves. You ride along with each couple, rooting for them to have their happily ever after but it never comes. Awww star crossed lovers *sigh*

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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freakzilla freakzilla says...

Pain and sadness can be felt in both Basilisk and Kenshin OVA 2. There's some nice action on the side too, though for me that's not where the emphasis lies. What's more is that these are samurai and ninja anime, and are often liked by the same people!

tasanime tasanime says...

Both are Samurai themed and visually stunning in terms of action, but are also deeply moving tales of self-sacrafice. If you enjoyed this in one than you will love it in the other.

Apples Apples says...

Basilisk is like the little sister of Rurouni Kenshin: Seisouhen. Where Basilisk doesn't have quite the background story that Rurouni Kenshin does it still holds the same purity for star crossed lovers. Both animes are an emotional roller coaster and have plenty of action to go around.  

Now and Then, Here and There

Now and Then, Here and There

Amidst a beautiful sunset, Shu is violently whisked away to a grim future devoid of water, and empty of hope; a place where children are forced to become soldiers, and kill countless others in the name of King Hamdo. Shu's companion is a mysterious girl named La La Ru, who may hold the key to survival. Now, he must concentrate on the only things that matter: escaping Hellywood, and finding a way home.

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sothis sothis says...

Another tear jerker. Different kind of tragedy, but still very moving and touching.

tasanime tasanime says...

Both will tug at your heart as painful and deep tales of sacrafice, struggle and sadness that you'd be inhuman not to shed a tear for...(sniff)...

Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade

Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade

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 Blackbird says...

I'm just repeating the recommendations I did for Kenshin OVA 1: Jinroh has as much drama as the Kenshin OVAs and some serious fights.

VRDave VRDave says...

Jin-Roh is a depressing parallel to little red riding hood, and it is quite sad. It will leave you with an 'interesting' feeling, just as you surely felt after watching the Kenshin OVAs. If you liked one of these anime, give the other a try!

Voices of a Distant Star

Voices of a Distant Star

Nagamine is a young high school student who lives a fairly typical teenage life: hanging out with friends, attending class, and falling in love with a wonderful boy. But when she enlists in the galactic army, who is desperate for candidates to fight an alien war, she finds herself drifting farther away from her first love, Noboru. In the depths of space, where a simple email takes eight years to be delivered, will their love truly flourish, or simply fade away?

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VRDave VRDave says...

Voices of a Distant Star is a desperate story that will leave you feeling depressed, and as far away from life as the Kenshin OVA 2 did. If you were a fan of one of these anime, give the other a try.

kilrothi kilrothi says...

In both Hoshi no Koe and Seisouhen, the main character goes on a journey far far away from their loved one. It is unsure when or even if they will be able to return, and both may cause you to shed a tear (or ten).

Afro Samurai

Afro Samurai

In a futuristic and wild west-inspired Japan, there are only two rules: the Number 1 rules the world and only the Number 2 can challenge him; these ranks are worn with pride in the manner of headbands. In these harsh times, Afro is a samurai who is on a mission for revenge – an evil gunman killed his father to become the Number 1, and it’s up to Afro to take him down in a shower of blood and entrails. He has mastered the art of the sword and become Number 2, but many others want to hold his title and the title of Number 1 for themselves. With competition and sword fights at every turn, can Afro finally exact his revenge?

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rivermonk rivermonk says...

Both Kenshin and Afro share the same traits but have different formulas. While Kenshin is far more of a dramatic telling of the lost and regaining of innocence, Afro is a quick-paced revenge story. What the two share is the archetypal lone wolf character with unbeatable skills. The beautiful animation and bloody battles are told in a stylized way.

Cherick Cherick says...

If you like extraordinary fights and samurai, then you'll enjoy Afro Samurai and Kenshin. The characters are different, though you'll see two awesome ways to handle a katana (and for different purposes). It's exciting to see these two lethal warriors fight for their beliefs and their revenge. Enjoy.

X TV

X TV

Kamui has returned to Tokyo with a traumatizing past, but he is not the only one. Many people are returning to Tokyo for the same reason: they play a part in the End of the World. The Dragons of Earth and the Dragons of Heaven now must fight for the destruction or safety of the world. But is this troubled Kamui really the key to saving the world?

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VRDave VRDave says...

The animation of X TV is great, and the show is carried out quite beautifully, which makes it similar to Kenshin in that respect. The story is very serious and not at all light hearted. This is true for the Kenshin OVA as well.

Ninja Scroll

Ninja Scroll

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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Blackbird Blackbird says...

For those who like well animated samurai fights like in Kenshin OVA 2, I recommend the Ninja Scroll movie.

InuYasha The Movie 3: Swords of an Honorable Ruler

InuYasha The Movie 3: Swords of an Honorable Ruler

Inuyasha and Sesshoumaru’s father was a powerful demon who used three swords of great power. While Inuyasha swings the Tetsusaiga to protect his friends, Sesshoumaru carries the Tensaiga and has the ability to save souls, leaving the inheritance of the powerful possessed sword Sou’unga undecided. After laying dormant for 700 years, the seal has broken and it has found its way into Inuyasha’s hands. Determined to claim the sword, Sesshoumaru sets out to find it. Can Inuyasha master Sou’unga and hold back Sesshoumaru, or will the evil spirit of the blade be his master?

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ish1618 ish1618 says...

Inuyasha Movie 3 and Kenshin Seisouhen may not have a lot in common but the concept of legacy and saving the world are active elements in both. So if you liked one, you'd probably like the other.

Wolf's Rain

Wolf's Rain

Kiba is a wolf, one of the last of his kind, and his dream is to find Paradise in a world torn asunder by war. Cheza, the legendary Flower Girl, can lead him to Paradise, but there are others who desire her, and help from other wolves at his side may not be enough. Driven by his noble spirit, he will not forsake his quest.

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freakzilla freakzilla says...

Even though I'll admit these anime are quite different in several aspects, I cannot help but link them to each other when I remember the feelings and actions taken by the characters. With feelings of love and friendship, these guys push forward and face all difficulties.