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[Kaoru, captured by Jine, is now the prize of a fight to the death.]
Rurouni Kenshin logo

Rurouni Kenshin
(Samurai X)

Episode 7: Kekka no Shidou. Aisuru Hito o Mamore.

[ production info ]

Copyright: Fuji Television Network Inc., Sony Pictures Entertainment (Japan) Inc.
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 2 jacket

Kenshin must pursue Jine after he kidnapped Kaoru to "help" Kenshin revert to his former self; hitokiri Battousai. Will Kenshin be able to save Kaoru; will he revert to his former self? Or can he fight and defeat Jine without losing himself to his former self? More importantly, can Kenshin defeat Jine without breaking his self-imposed oath of never killing again?

Jine, wanting to fight and kill the old Battousai from the Bakumatsu period tries to push Kenshin even further by using one of his special attacks, shi no ippo, on Kaoru. Kenshin has but five minutes to defeat Jine. But more importantly, if the person on whom shi no ippo is used cannot defeat the attack on their own, the only way to keep that person from dying is for the attacker to be killed. At the very least, it seems to have had the desired effect of making Kenshin very angry and revert more to his old self. So, will Kenshin kill Jine to save Kaoru?

[ capsule review ]


[Kaoru, under the Ki attack of Shi No Ippo.]


[Kenshin, in an open kamae stance, prepares for the final strike...]



Considering that the main focus of this story is the battle between Jine and Kenshin, naturally there is a lot of fighting happening here. Still, there's a lot of talking going on especially during the duel. Even so though, the dialog gives us yet more information about who the characters were and a little more information about what was happening in Kyoto when Kenshin was there. Thus far, this series is well above average for your typical anime series. Mind you, it's followed the manga series very closely as well.

All in all, the voice acting is interesting for Kenshin's character, and you get a distict feeling that hitokiri Battousai and Kenshin really are quite different somehow; much of which is reflected in the different manner in speech. Also, at the end of the last episode, we saw that Kenshin is depicted in "reverse colours" when he gets really angry. Makes you wonder if this will be true for when he reverts to hitokiri Battousai, or only when he's angry. Time will tell.
- JYN, 98.08.12

[ café rating ]

Original: Subbed: Dubbed:
Story: 4 stars N/A N/A
Direction: 3 stars N/A N/A
Acting: 4 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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