Is It Evil? – Rurouni Kenshin (film)

Rurouni Kenshin – An Action/Comedy series about an assassin. The Anime lasted 95 episodes across 3 seasons, not including OVAs. But we’re not here for the show. We’re here to ask that all important question: How Evil is the Rurouni Kenshin film series?

I’m going to skip the summary this time and leap right into what I think about these movies. I know what you’re thinking. Live action anime interpretations never turn out all that great (Chris Edit: Ahem, actually, this stigma is very specifically aimed at Hollywood anime adaptations, but please continue). Well, I must say that for these that isn’t the case. These 3 movies have restored my faith in adaptations. They didn’t just loosely adapt the show, they nailed it. They even included some of the OVA content about his past. Then again, I may be geeking out just a little. As much as I love the movies, there are some things that suffered from the adaptation. For instance, Kaoru is less dependable, and more of a damsel in distress than she was in the show. For those not aware, Kaoru is Kenshin’s love interest, and she’s a sword master. In the show, she could fight well until they fought someone of Kenshin’s level. In the movies she lost to thugs. That’s the biggest let down I could come up with. If you’re like me this won’t bug you too much (though if you’re like Chris, you’ll probably find that infuriating) but if it will, just watch the anime. It’s a good story either way.

I would have to say it’s about as evil as a Killer Robot Army. That’s all I have for you today. Thanks for letting me waste your time, people.

Keep It Classy,
Evil Bob

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