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casandra29

  • Madison WI
  • Joined Nov 20, 2015
  • 36 / F

I wanted to give the story a higher score, unfortunately I gave it the highest score I could give. The story of Kenshin is excellent and the ending part of this OVA series was exceptional and extremely emotional. However, the beginning seems to jump around excessively. I understand the point of the flashbacks is most likely to illustrate how Kaoru is thinking back about the past as she waits for Kenshin. However, if you decide to watch this OVA series you should definately have seen the anime or read up to the part with Enishi before watching this because the flashbacks would only confuse you if you do not already know the story. 

The animation was above average but I could definately tell that this was made before Kenshin's New Kyoto Arc. However, I was suprised to find out it was made after the OVAs about Kenshin and his Previous Wife. I really felt that the OVA's with Kenshin and Tomoi were made extremly beautifully both when it came to the intense action scenes and when it came to the extremely emotional scenes. The animation just felt more powerful than it did this time. However, maybe that was the intention given the circumstances of the characters. After all, they were no longer young and healthy. Maybe the duller animation was symbolic... or maybe I'm just reading too much into it. 

The sound was also extremely good. I don't have much to say about it though. The Voice actors all did a excellent Job. I watched the engish Dubbed version and was more than satisfied with everything on this aspect.

The Characters I gave a high score to. I felt compelled to give them a 10, but I unfortunately couldn't. This is because they really don't give enough information about the characters and what they were doing between the time skip between Enishi and present day. They share a bit of information and flash back to things we already know about. However, other than Kaoru, Kenshin, and a bit about their child and Enishi, they really let the other characters go. They give little tid bits of info and let you imagine the rest. I know it is only 2 short OVA's but I really felt they could have done more with the character development. That is why this catagory recieved a 8.5. Honestly, it probably should be lower. However, Kenshin and Kaoru's preformance in the movie make up for what the other characters lack quite a bit and made me feel pretty confident in giving the characters this overall score. I especially like how mature Kaoru is in this series over how she is in the original anime.

Overall, I'd definately suggest watching this OVA series if you are a Ruroni Kenshin Fan, even Casually. If you aren't then I think you could still enjoy it if you get some backstory first about the characters and what had happened. 

7/10 story
8/10 animation
8/10 sound
9/10 characters
8/10 overall
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