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Rurouni Kenshin: Reminiscence

Alternate title : Samurai X: Trust and Betrayal

Studio : Studio DEEN

Length : 4 OVA

Year : 1999

Genre : Historical - Romance - Drama - Gore

Synopsis :
The first Rururoni Kenshin OAV's are a look back into Kenshin's past. (See Ruroni Kenshin series synopsis for details on the characters.) The animation style is a stark contrast to the TV series, and the atmosphere is much darker and grittier as well. This is the story of how Kenshin came to be, and what made him the way he is. A great soundtrack, and smooth clean animation with a great story to tell.

Added : 2005-10-30
Synopsis by : Specky
Last update : 2016-07-31
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Score : 9.46 Ranked #1 by users
Number of reviews : 74

Link(s) :

Official #1 : The Rain of Blood - A Rurouni Kenshin OAV Fansite (English)

Song(s) :

ED1 : Taku Iwasaki - Quiet Life

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Original Work
Watsuki, Nobuhiro

Character Design
Yanagisawa, Masahide

 Himura, Kenshin Yukishiro, Tomoe Seijuurou, Hiko Iizuka Yukishiro, Enishi  

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Posted by : MrSentimental
Posted on : 2009-12-13        

So, I finally got to see some of the Kenshin shows. This was the best for me so far. A very good "beginning" story-line.

I was intrigued immediately with Kenshin's introduction, and wanted to know how things would go for him, considering the butal start to things and all. His was the most interesting character in this short OVA, and Tomoe was second. Although there were some slow parts, this show had my attention pretty much throughout.

The artwork was very well done, with appealing scenery. The characters were also drawn to look very appealing. I kept thinking about the Ninja Scroll movie with the artwork here. The action was Ninja Scroll level on occasion, although Kenshin did not have any particularly strong or interesting bad guy characters like in the Ninja Scroll Movie (but no offensive sex scenes either).

The music fit very well, but nothing necessarily catchy that I'd have to purchase. The sound and voices (I watched Japanese with subs) were well done.

So, I feel like I goofed in not watching this one sooner. Very well done. Definitely worth at least a one-time shot. 4 1/2 STARS. 9 out of 10 rating.

Posted by : blade40
Posted on : 2008-11-11        

This is a great movie. This is the story of how Kenshin got his scar and how he became known as the Battousai. I thought that this movie was amazing because this is the one time that you see him go all out without ever holding back. He isn't afraid to hurt others or to kill. The true art of the Hitokiri i displayed in this movie. Also, he is in his prime and uses the reverse blade to its full potential, a tool for a eloquent swordsman.

The movie has good music, which I thought made the scenes jump off the screen and captivate the interest of the viewer.

I thought that the characters were great, and they all had their own personalities that played into the creation of the greatest character of them all, Hitokiri Battousai.

Overall I give the Rurouni Kenshin movie a 10. It is hard not to like a movie with the right mix of action and story. Rurouni does it best.

Posted by : miestersean
Posted on : 2008-07-19        

Plot: Exceptional. Dramatic and believable. All of the characters are 3D and dynamic, making the story very fluid. It drags a bit in the dialogue-heavy scenes, but the script is more than good enough maintain a high level of momentum throughout.

Music: Sophisticated and very appropraite for the different scenes, particularly the climactic one. It accentuates tension very powerfully.

Voice acting: Well done; emotional, well cast, and perfectly delivered. In particular, Kenshin's voice is great as usual, Tomoe's is superb, and their chemistry is natural.

Art: There aren't any astounding backgrounds, but the moods set are superb. Characters and action sequences are drawn smoothly and consistently -- nothing too flashy, but this style fits the OVA well with its gritty realism. The graphic violence also raises the intensity of scenes powerfully and is not gratuitous or overused at all.

Emotional impact: The climax is breathtaking, and everything else is engaging by either being dramatic (romance) or intense (action).

Overall: Highly recommended. Fleshes out Kenshin's past in polished and gripping fashion. Profound and uplifting, in a sad but pure way.

Posted by : Jo77
Posted on : 2008-07-14        

Reminiscence is an anime masterpiece. It marks the beginning and end of our beloved hero. If you're expecting the OVA to be similar to the TV series, you couldn't be more wrong.

The mood in the OVA is much darker, solemn and heart-wrenching... the OVAs pack an emotional powerhouse. The graphics are smooth, fluid, and detailed, and the music fits into the story in haunting perfection. The art direction is a masterclass... manyof the feelings and thoughts you experience throughout the show are caught from symbolic actions and metaphoric abstracts (like the tasting of sake, Kenshin's spinning his toy, and the subtle gentleness both tomoe and kenshin show each other) and none of it seems forced or awkward. The beauty of Reminiscence is its ability to invoke powerful feelings with its subtlety, making the re-watch value of the OVAs extremely high.

The voice acting is top-class (I'm referring to the Japanese dubs). Kenshin's voice is low, calm, and emotionless with a touch of femininity. Tomoe's voice is very well-controlled, reflecting the depth of her personality and character. Kenshin, the "battousai," though invincible and powerful in sword skills, is extremely realistic, making Reminiscence one of the few animes that has believable characters.

The pace of the anime is also very well done. From the fascinating, brutal start to the peaceful, quiet development of Kenshin and Tomoe's relationship to the climatic tragic finale, every part of the OVA keeps you enthralled.

In conclusion, Reminiscence in all aspects of an anime from art direction, character depth and development, graphics and music, ranks as one of the best anime ever.

Together with Seisouhen, the OVAs closed the story of the 'Battousai' in the most beautiful and tragic ending possible. A must watch!

Posted by : JackBauerInSpace
Posted on : 2008-04-21        

Seeing such high reviews forced me to watch this again, sadly I still think it's a poor one. It starts off with an awesome little tease, with Kenshin's master killing a few bad guys to save him. Well this is about the only action your going to see here, but the real problem isn't the action the offender to me is that they explain Kenshin's back story and I just hate it.

In the show when Kenshin talks about the horrors of war, well I thought he had it tough, but looking at this makes me think he's some kind of emo child rather than a snapped killer. Of course it's filler so to speak, rather than continuing the manga story which was more than available they made up their own ending to the franchise that was loosely faithful, the creator doesn't seem to mind as his other franchise Busou Renkin has a sword in it titled after the ova.

While he may be taken with it I'm surely not, it really ruined my perception of everything I loved about Kenshin. Yet another miss is the legendary fight between Kenshin and Saito, which has been hinted at forever, well they tease it but then cut away before showing it. Such a missed opportunity, I really feel like it got the whole vibe of the show wrong in so many ways.

Posted by : jayou521
Posted on : 2008-04-18        

I figured it was about time I posted a review on one of my favorite anime of all time. Samurai X: Tsuiokuhen (Trust and Betrayal) is a masterpiece of an OVA, and the prequel to the Rurouni Kenshin anime series.

After having completed the series, to say I was disappointed would be an understatement. This OVA series is what gave me a new appreciation for Rurouni Kenshin. Needless to say, you should watch the series before diving into this one, as it will allow you to feel the same as I did.

The animation is top notch. It is a beauty to behold. The musical score composed by Taku Iwasaki is as Epic as the anime itself. As for the story, it was absolutely compelling from its action packed start to its ultra sad ending.

One of the reasons I enjoyed this so much was because of the action and romance that was brought together. The fight scenes are really fast paced and awesome. Whereas the first half, Trust, is more action based, the second half, Betrayal, focuses more on the romance part of the story. I loved the peacefulness of Episode 3. Some people, who are only looking for action, may have been disappointed by the lack of it in this episode. This is a drama, that involves action and romance. I feel that between the first two episodes and the last two episodes, a perfect balance was struck.

This is obviously a must see for anime fans. Even if you, for whatever reasons, do not enjoy Rurouni Kenshin, I must advise you not to pass on this sure to be timeless classic tale of Trust and Betrayal

Posted by : Battousai78
Posted on : 2008-03-27        

Rurouni Kenshin: Reminiscence is a anime about the life of Kenshin when he was known as Hitokiri Battousai. Kenshin's life when he was a hitokiri was much more violent than his life as a wanderer, so the OVA takes a much darker tone.

Animation: The animation of this film is crisp, fluid and beautiful. During the Bakumatsu (revoultion of Japan around 1860's) in Kyoto its was very grim and bloody and this mood is captured perfectly in the OVA. However in the second part set in Otsu, where there wasn’t much violence, it is quite bright but the animation quality is still great resembling the final OVA Reflections. Be warned: its is very violent in a realistic way, but isn’t excessive like, for example, Hellsing.
Unfortunately the animators felt they should add in live action shots which subtract from the animation experience so I cannot give this a 10. 9/10

Sound: The music is very amazing and is very affecting and makes the experience much more emotional for the viewer. Unfortunately its feels like the tracks are played one too many times and sometimes silence does work better than nearly constant music. I haven’t heard the Japanese language track but the English dub is very good compared to other animes. Unfortunately some of the characters have American accents which does subtract some points though. 8/10

Story: Now the story is great and is very believable but does suffer from some pacing issues in the first part because of the flashbacks. The pacing of the sword fights is great because they don’t last more than 3 to 7 seconds on average during the first part but this varies after to a great effect 9/10

Characters: Well for the most part the characters that are primary are very likable and you can understand them and I didn’t find anyone annoying. This is an ova though so not all the characters can fully develop. 9/10

Overall: This is a masterpiece anime beating most animes and is recommended anyone who isn’t sensitive to some bloody violence and someone who doesn’t mind learning the history of the events. If you don’t know the history around it you should probably take of two points. 9/10

Posted by : GWW
Posted on : 2007-07-28        

This is truly a brilliant anime that has all the elements needed to captivate and move the viewer. There are realistically bloody fight scenes and in depth character development. Through this anime, we can see what made Kenshin into the feared killer Batusai and see the emotional struggles that helped him to mature and change.

The animation, soundtrack and storyline are good with a touching romance and many moving scenes. Each and every of the characters with unique personalities is explored, allowing the viewers to understand and sympathize with the sufferings they go through.

With heart-wrenching scenes, a deep romance and gory fight scenes, this is a must watch for Kenshin Himura fans as well as any person looking for a good anime.

Posted by : kovich87
Posted on : 2007-05-18        

This is a great movie. This is the story of how Kenshin got his scar and how he became known as the Battosai. I thought that this movie was amazing because this is the one time that you see him go all out with out ever holding back. He isn't afraid to hurt others or to kill. The story is of romance and heartbreak. It is sad though.

The movie has good music which I thought really fit to the story.

I thought that the characters were great and they all had there own personalities.

Overall I give the Rurouni Kenshin movie a 10. It could be because I am a huge Kenshin fan and I could be biased.

Posted by : senku44
Posted on : 2007-03-18        

Rurouni Kenshin... this is one of the best anime i have ever watched, when i heard there was a movie i thought it was a must see. For all the people who liked the tv anime of Rurouni Kenshin you will like this awesome movie...and here is why:

Story/Plot 9: Well its about Kenshin's life before the tv anime, it shows how he learnt how to fight, how he became the Battosai, and how he became what he is now in the tv anime.

Music 8: The music to me wasnt the strong point in the story, however it did show the hardships and what was going through the minds of the writer at that time. In all I'll rate the music a 8 out of 10

Graphics 10: The graphics really set you back to the meiji time period and really helped to show that the story isnt going to be quite what you expect it to be... i dont really know how to say it, but its really unique in its ways.

Overall Scoring 10: That is what i really feel this anime deserves...For the people who loves anime and those who loves rurouni kenshin/Samurai X this is a must see.

Posted by : FeetofClay
Posted on : 2007-03-06        

My top 3 list of movies include Shawshank Redemption, Rear Window, and this masterpiece of a film, Reminisence (at #1). If you haven't seen this before, prepared to have your breath taken by the stunning visuals, story, and music.

Story - The setting takes place prior to the popular Kenshin series, where Kenshin lives his life as an assasin. However one evening, fate brings together Kenshin and the mysterious Tomoe. From then on, the events unfold as you see the two fall in love... but is there more to Tomoe than meets the eye?

Visuals - Absolutely breathtaking. The animation is fluid and nicely done. The color is very dark, reflecting the times of revolutionary Japan. The character art was perfectly fitting to the overall tonality.

Characters - The character development was perfect in every aspect. It can be confusing at times, since the movie uses quite a few flashbacks that cut right back into the actual time of when the events take place. However, the pacing was nice and smooth, an awesome accomplishment considering the complex characters of Kenshin and Tomoe.

Music - One of the best parts of the movie, the music was just kickass. Two days after i saw this, I went out to buy the soundtrack. The music tracks presented in the song combine all the feelings of love, hatred, war, and sadness. It's been 5 years since I've seen the movie, but to this day i still listen to the soundtrack.

Conclusion: This is THE best anime of all time, and in my case - the best movie. It's combination of profound music, tragic story, and amazing visuals will bring you to tears by the end. Make sure to have a box of tissues ready when watching this.

Posted by : Caasi
Posted on : 2007-03-06        

This movie is about the story of Shinta, how he got his deadly name, why stories of him gives kids goosebumps, and why he is changed. It's all about his past.

To start with, the graphics are kinda a bit rough. It's actions are bloody and they didn't skip or cut the scenes. I think it's for 14 ages and above.The graphics, time and places of the scenes were great. As expected, the creators of this anime try to bring us to the time were samurai's still existed in Japan and how merciless were they when given a mission. The sounds were not that great because most of the time Kenshin was mumbling and I have to increase the volume just to here it. Also, the story focuses on Kenshin too much that usually you can almost see Kenshin on every picture.

And after watching it, there isn't much to tell except for the bloody scenes which I enjoy the most. You won't get bored watching it because the anime has a lot of actions and a little bit of drama.

Posted by : sianon
Posted on : 2007-02-18        

The anime movie provides the background for the series, Rurouni Kenshin. It tells how Kenshin got his scar, how he learned to fight and why he gave it up. It also introduces his first love, which he alludes to in the series as well.

This anime is incredibly drawn, the score isn't that bad and the story is well-thought out considering it had to work around the perimeters set by the anime series which, while it isn't half bad either, is a lot more goofy and unrealistic than this movie. The animators, for example, took Kenshin's very Western looking red hair and gave him darker hair with a redish tinge. While the series had lots of outlandish villans with grandiose plots to take over the world with crazy inventions more situated to DBZ at times, the animators here decided to stick with straight up realism. The colours aren't as bright in the last series, and there is more attention paid to detail.

While there are some wonderfully drawn fight scenes, the movie changes pace and slows down at times, as you can tell in the scenes where Kenshin and his love live quietly in a cabin in the wilderness. Nothing much happens, but after the previous violence in the movie, it's a welcome change of pace and let's the charatcers develop by reacting to each other.

It is a bit strange seeing a movie version of an anime you know pretty well, done entirely seriously. If I didn't know the series, I'd say this was a great, serious film. Knowing the series, it feels weird seeing the writers jump around the obstacles set up by the series and changing the mood, but that's just me. If you liked the series, this is a great backstory and movie.

Posted by : xacidicx
Posted on : 2007-02-17        

I recommend watching Rurouni Kenshin, or reading some of the manga, before watching any one of the OVAs - but it is not necessary.

Art: The character's are skillfully drawn, the blood and gore realistic. Unlike the RK anime, there are no fantastical special moves. Everything is fluid and realistic, the emotions of the characters clearly written on their faces and behind their eyes. The colors tend to be dark with splotches of brightness, setting the mood. 9.5/10

Characters: The anime sucks you in with its characters. They each seem to play an important role, each revolving around the other. Their growth is clearly seen - whether it's positive or negative. Some are lovable, some are not; Some are naive and some are all-knowing. 10/10

Sound: The music is strictly beautiful, I even bought the soundtrack. The background music and sounds match what is happening perfectly. The only problem I had was with the young Kenshin's English voice... It sounded really... rough? 9/10

Posted by : final_heaven
Posted on : 2007-02-09        

TWo words--absolutely perfect!! Rurouni kenshin the ova series is ultimately the most stunning and mindblowing ova ever. Rurouni kenshin's anime is non comparison to it's ova. Well what makes the ova just so great? First of all the grahics are beautiful. You could see lots of expressions displayed on their faces. next, the music. The music is amazing with many breathtaking theme song. You'll find yourself humming to the sad themes. and last of all the characters and the plot. As the story progresses you find yourself learning to cherish all the characters bad or good.

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