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The thief with a consience: Myoujin Yahiko
Rurouni Kenshin logo

Rurouni Kenshin
(Samurai X)

Episode 2: Gaki Samurai. Sutta! Monda! De Monkasei

[ production info ]

Copyright: Fuji Television, Sony Pictures
Length: 25 minutes
Rating: Contains Violence, Parental Guidance Suggested
Format: Original Japanese (LD/VHS)

Screenplay: Director: Producers: Character Design: English Version Executive Producer: Translation by:

[ plot summary ]

Kenshin TV LD 1 jacket

Things have been very quiet at Kamiyaka-dojo since the false Battousai was defeated. While Kenshin seems quite content to take care of domestic affairs, Kaoru is quite bored of the quiet life; especially since Kenshin won't help her practise either. Needing a bit of a change, Kaoru decides that Kenshin wants to pay for dinner in town. On their way to dinner, Kenshin notices a young boy thief named Myoujin Yahiko. Yahiko apparently bacame involved in a yakuza group a long time ago due to a debt incurred when his mother was ill. Kaoru therefore decides to free Yahiko from the group but doesn't entirely realise what she got herself into. It's time for Kenshin to save the others from a rapidly deteriorating situation with the yakuza group...

[ capsule review ]

Kenshin get a little help with laundry from his new friends.

Yahiko's in trouble already!

Enter Yahiko, to be Kaoru's new pupil at the dojo and a rather annoying kid to boot too. To date, the anime follows the original manga quite closely. Generally the animation quality in this series has been pretty typical TV quality level animation although the music has been fairly decent. Again there is generous use of comic relief which may wear a bit thin after awhile. Otherwise, the voice actors seem to have settled into their roles quite well. The story to date has concentrated both on introducing characters and maintaining a good pace of action to keep most people interested. Also, we get a bit of character development on both Kenshin and Kaoru's parts as we find that they simply can't leave the poor child thief to fend for himself and instead needs step in to his aid. More importantly, we find that Kenshin seems to be quite gentle in spirit despite being a near super-human fighter who killed so many people in the past.
- JYN, 98-07-17

[ café rating ]

Original: Subbed: Dubbed:
Story: 3 stars N/A N/A
Direction: 3 stars N/A N/A
Acting: 3 stars N/A N/A
Animation: 3 stars N/A N/A
Music: 3 stars N/A N/A
Translation: N/A N/A N/A
Overall Rating: 3 stars N/A N/A

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