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Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan: Tsuioku Hen 

In the era of Japan's Meiji Restoration, an assassin regains his humanity.
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Series cast summary:
Mayo Suzukaze ...
 Kenshin Himura (4 episodes, 1999)
Junko Iwao ...
 Tomoe Yukishiro (4 episodes, 1999)
Nozomu Sasaki ...
 Enishi Yukishiro (4 episodes, 1999)
Masami Suzuki ...
 Shinta (4 episodes, 1999)
Shûichi Ikeda ...
 Seijûrô Hiko (4 episodes, 1999)
Tomokazu Seki ...
 Kogorô Katsura (4 episodes, 1999)
Wataru Takagi ...
 Shinsaku Takasugi (4 episodes, 1999)
Ryûsei Nakao ...
 Îzuka (4 episodes, 1999)
Hirotaka Suzuoki ...
 Hajime Saitô (4 episodes, 1999)
Akari Hibino ...
 Sôshi Okita (4 episodes, 1999)
Minoru Uchida ...
 Tatsumi (4 episodes, 1999)
Tetsuya Iwanaga ...
 Akira Kiyosato (4 episodes, 1999)
Satoshi Tsuruoka ...
 Jubei Shigekûra (4 episodes, 1999)
Mitsuaki Hoshino ...
 Katagai (4 episodes, 1999)
Hiromi Setsu ...
 Ikumatsu (4 episodes, 1999)
Rikiya Koyama ...
 Toshizô Hijikata (4 episodes, 1999)
Hiroshi Takahashi ...
 Isami Kondô (4 episodes, 1999)
Hiroshi Shimozaki ...
 Sudo (4 episodes, 1999)
Norihisa Mori ...
 Ishiji (4 episodes, 1999)
Azusa Nakao ...
 Kasumi (4 episodes, 1999)
Noriko Namiki ...
 Akane (4 episodes, 1999)
Kaori Yuasa ...
 Sakura (4 episodes, 1999)
Shizuka Okohira ...
 Landlady (4 episodes, 1999)
Takahiro Hirano ...
 Soldier (4 episodes, 1999)
Teppei Takasugi ...
 Soldier (4 episodes, 1999)
Tomokazu Yokoyama ...
 Soldier (4 episodes, 1999)
Makoto Ueki ...
 Patriot (4 episodes, 1999)
Kôichi Tateishi ...
 Brigand (4 episodes, 1999)
Hidenori Konda ...
 Brigand (4 episodes, 1999)
Nobuyuki Saitô ...
 Brigand (4 episodes, 1999)
Mariko Nagahama ...
 Shirakawa Woman (4 episodes, 1999)
Sachiko Ikeda ...
 Nobii (4 episodes, 1999)
Miki Nôsô ...
 Woman (4 episodes, 1999)
Naomi Matamura ...
 Woman (4 episodes, 1999)
Reiji Kamiya ...
 Additional Voices (4 episodes, 1999)
Naoko Seto ...
 Additional Voices (4 episodes, 1999)
Mitsuyo Tanaka ...
 Additional Voices (4 episodes, 1999)
Mika Ishibashi ...
 Additional Voices (4 episodes, 1999)
Sachie Maruyama ...
 Additional Voices (4 episodes, 1999)
...
 Akira Kiyosato (4 episodes, 1999)
Jose Brown ...
 Kondo (4 episodes, 1999)
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 Shigekura (4 episodes, 1999)
Katherine Catmull ...
 Katsu / ... (4 episodes, 1999)
Ken Cook ...
 Additional Voices (4 episodes, 1999)
...
 Tomoe Yukishiro (4 episodes, 1999)
Martinique Duchene ...
 Flower Vendor / ... (4 episodes, 1999)
Mallard Fillmore ...
 Soudou (4 episodes, 1999)
Lainie Frasier ...
 Landlady (4 episodes, 1999)
Corey Gagne ...
 Katsura (4 episodes, 1999)
Brian Gaston ...
 Enishi (4 episodes, 1999)
Samantha Inoue Harte ...
 Additional Characters (4 episodes, 1999)
Christa Kimlicko-Jones ...
 Kasumi (4 episodes, 1999)
Ellie McBride ...
 Etoro (4 episodes, 1999)
Tish Morone ...
 Additional Voices (4 episodes, 1999)
Noah Passavoy ...
 Additional Voices (4 episodes, 1999)
Jason Phelps ...
 Takasugi (4 episodes, 1999)
John Paul Shepard ...
 Tatsumi (4 episodes, 1999)
Boon Sheridan ...
 Additional Voices (4 episodes, 1999)
Jason P. Stingley ...
 Additional Voices (4 episodes, 1999)
Douglas Taylor ...
 Katagai (4 episodes, 1999)
Lara Toner ...
 Ikumatsu (4 episodes, 1999)
Kari Waggoner ...
 Additional Voices (4 episodes, 1999)
J. Shanon Weaver ...
 Kenshin Himura / ... (4 episodes, 1999)
Ken Webster ...
 Saitou (4 episodes, 1999)
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 Urara (4 episodes, 1999)
Joe York ...
 Hiko (4 episodes, 1999)
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In Meiji era Japan, Kenshin Himura has been trained in the deadliest of sword arts. When the House he was hired by is defeated and forced into hiding, Kenshin must pretend to be the husband of Tomoe. The only catch is, Kenshin killed her fiance, and she is now secretly spying on him. While in hiding, Kenshin and Tomoe grow to love each other, and Kenshin comes to terms with who he is. This is the backstory to the Rurouni Kenshin manga and to a lesser extent, the television series based off of the manga. Written by Annonymous

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Exiled Assasian, Tormented Woman. (Betrayal DVD Box) See more »


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TV-MA | See all certifications »

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22 August 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rurouni Kenshin: Trust & Betrayal  »

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(4 episodes) | (director's cut)

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Trivia

The story of Rurouni Kenshin is a highly fictionalized tale very loosely based on real historical figures. The region 1 DVDs published by ADV include some brief notes that connect the anime characters to their historical counterparts. See more »

Quotes

Tomoe: So you kill people that you think should die. Or rather, you've entrusted that decision to your leaders.
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Crazy Credits

The original DVDs from ADV Films replaced the original Japanese title card to read: 'Samurai X: Trust' and 'Samurai X: Betrayal'. This is restored for the Director's Cut DVD. See more »

Connections

References Saving Private Ryan (1998) See more »

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Quiet Life
by Taku Iwasaki
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Not an anime review, but movie review
9 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First and foremost my goal is to write a review about a movie, not an anime. Many people consider this one of the greatest anime ever made but it kind of saddens me that people only treat it as an anime and recommend fans of anime to watch it. I see Kenshin OVA Trust/Betrayal as a movie and recommend every movie fan to watch it.

If you are looking for a summary, read somewhere else. If you are trying to find out why this is a great movie, I will try my best to convince you.

Kenshin OVA is a character driven movie with excellent character development. The two main characters, Kenshin and Tomoe, have humane and non exaggerated personalities, they are conflicted with their emotions, and they grow and change. I guess what I am trying to say is that the two main characters are not cliché.

The stories' setting takes place during the late 1800's in Japan, where a civil war is taking place, where the samurai era is coming to an end, and the shogunate is fighting to keep its place. People who don't know Japanese history of that time period probably going to get a bit confused, but the historical setting provided the movie more depth and political intrigue. Like the current trend of war movies, the historic conflicts are not presented in black and white, but rather shades of gray.

The action sequence is something to behold of. It is violent, gruesome, bloody, but does not feel gratuitous, due to the mood and setting the animators have created. The sword fights short, but quick, intense, believable (realistic), and original in presentation. Far better than any live action choreography.

Finally there are many subtle touches that makes the movie feel more like a work of art, rather animated violence. The animators are created a lot of scenes with nature. Whether it is the subtleness of snow flake or sakura leaves falling, or the glistening of the lake from the sun, the animators created a world of beauty. On top of that, the soundtrack just masterfully sets up the mood of the scene. The soundtrack is haunting, kinetic during battle, and subtle and poignant. Most importantly the soundtrack is memorable.

Kenshin OVA Trust/Betrayal is on the top tier of anime, however if the movie had gotten greater exposure, it would belong in the top tier of movies.


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