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Rurouni Kenshin logo

Rurouni Kenshin
(Samurai X)

Episode 27: Inazuma no Kenshin! Hokori Takakinazo no Onna Kaizoku Shura

[ production info ]

Copyright: Fuji Television, Sony Picture
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 8 jacket

Back at the pirate's home base, Shura once again challenges Kenshin to a battle, however Kenshin refuses to fight her any more. As thanks for saving Kaoru's life, Kenshin willingly offers no resistance to Shura should she decide to kill Kenshin. Shocked by his action, Shura decides to put off fighting and killing Kenshin until the next day. However, unbeknownst to Shura, the rest of the pirates are less than happy with her leadership abilities. However, more interestingly, it appears that the merchant whose ship Kenshin and party were defending, was carrying opium. The pirates (without their leader) decide to go in partnership with the smuggler merchant in an effort to earn the easy life. Of course, the smugglers seem to have gained a few stowaways who are planning on rescuing Kenshin.

Kenshin finds that instead of being able to relax and accept his upcoming death, the young female pirate Shura wants to know why Kenshin can just throw away his life as he has for Kaoru; and just what was so special about Kaoru anyways? However, in the midst of his explanation, Kenshin and Shura are interrupted by an explosion on board one of Shura's ships and Kenshin finds that he must fight to defend Shura from a mutiny among her ranks.

[ capsule review ]

Call me a sap, but the one thing I really enjoyed about this episode of Rurouni was the very beginning when Kenshin didn't resist Shura as thanks for saving Kaoru's life. It's the first time we have any clear indication on Kenshin's part, of his feelings for Kaoru. Also, we're getting an even gentler image of Kenshin than one would normally expect of an infamous killer/assassin and it is for the character development that we see in Kenshin that really makes for this story. Shura's curiosity about Kenshin and his feelings for Kaoru only increase that feeling of Kenshin's gentler nature.

Beyond that however, I found that the change in the drawing style was really beginning to catch my attention and I still feel rather ambivalent about these changes. Otherwise, the other interesting question brought up in this episode is that if Kenshin could escape so easily, would he have done so to save his life, or would he have simply died had nothing else occurred in this story... of course if he did then we'd have no story and no hero either...
- JYN, 98-07-17

[ café rating ]

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