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Aug 22, 2014

Rurouni Kenshin (Samurai X): Kyoto Inferno Movie Review: Action packed cliffhanger


I finally got a chance to watch the Rurouni Kenshin" Kyoto Inferno after a struggle to really see the movie and continue my review of the film.  My first review of Rurouni Kenshin was December 2012 and rated the film 96.25% on my other blog, "The Delano Observer."  Thanks to Animax Philippines for inviting Naruto Cosplayers PH (NCPH) to be one of the media partners for the block screening.  As for the movie, this time I believe the second installment of the targeted trilogy was way better and more action packed.

Shishio's character was really brilliant, captivating and shocking.  You can see how cunning he is and how he want more than just revenge.  The actor, Tatsuya Fujiwara who played Makoto Shishio was perfect for the character.  Added to the perfection was Ryunosuke Kamiki's rendition of the character Seta Sōjiro.  The brilliant performance of these two main antagonists is what made the movie an eye freezing experience from start to finish.

Makoto Shishio

Seia Sojiro live action and anime

Ryunosuke Kamiki as Seta Sojiro

Sanosuke Sagara portrayed by Munetaka Aoki, added the much needed humor to the otherwise very serious and action-centered film.  His wits, love for action and "stupidity" will surely make you laugh while watching the film.  Of course let us not forget Yōsuke Eguchi who portrays Saitō Hajime.  Saito for me is an anti-hero in the Rurouni Kenshin series since though he is fighting alongside Kenshin, he also wants deep in his heart to put Battousai behind bars and deliver justice.


The story centered around how Kenshin Himura was drawn back into fight because of his eagerness and empathy to stop the terror being spread by Shishio throughout Kyoto.  The cries, the destruction and the horror being done was just too much for Kenshin.  Inspire of Kaoru's request for him not to be involed, he  disobeyed her and enter into the war.

Kenshin was caught off guard as his most beloved sword was cut into half in his battle with Sojiro and he had to find a replacement for his sword only to find out that it's father is already dead.  Desparation will engulf our hero as he tries to save a child, Japan and the person he cared for the most, Kaoru.

Added to the already very rich story and plot is the hunger of Auoshi Shinomoru to seek revenge from Kenshin to what had happened to his team during the fall of the Shogunate.  He is unwilling to change his course and clouded by this revenge that he had done the worst thing in front of the person who idolized him the most, Misao.

Yōsuke Eguchi as Saitō Hajime
 Yūsuke Iseya as Shinomori Aoshi
Ryosuke Miura as Sawagejō Chō

I might already said some spoilers but the spoilers above will definitely bring you to seek more about Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno.  Let me tell you that this movie will freeze your sight on the screen from start to finish and will smile in the end seeing the person who took Kenshin from where he fell.


I would give Rurouni Kensin Kyoto Inferno a rating of 9/10.  Not that I have questions about it but there are still somethings that could have been done better.  I hope the Ten Swordsman will be more involved in the next movie, Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends.  Plus, correct me if I am wrong, there is a giant among the ten swordsman right?  Then, what about the Gattling Gun?  Was the first movie depiction of what happened in the anime wrong thus is being corrected this time?

What are you waiting for?  Watch Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno now, it is still showing in cinemas.


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