I am such a big fan of Japanese Anime.  My love for Anime can be traced from the original Japanese robot cartoon shows like Voltes V, Mazinger Z and Daimos and I was amazed at how Anime has evolved throughout the years and produced wonderful action-drama  stories and characters like the English-dubbed Naruto, Dragonball Z, Ghost Fighters, Flame of Recca, Pokemon,  Bleach and of course Samurai X or RUROUNI KENSHIN.

When I heard that a live action movie of Rurouni Kenshin is in the works in Japan, I was one of the thousands of people who petitioned for the movie to be shown here in the Philippines.  The movie was released in Japan last August and when I got an invite from Sm Cinema Cinexclusive for an advance screening of Rurouni Kenshin The Movie last Sunday (December 2) – that was the confirmation that our efforts a few Months ago was not in vain.

After watching the English-subtitled movie at SM North EDSA, all I can say is… THIS IS ONE AWESOME MOVIE!  Fans of the Anime will not be disappointed!

For those who have not heard of it yet, RUROUNI KENSHIN is a popular Japanese Manga Series written and illustrated by Nobuhiro Watsuki published in Weekly Shonen Jump from September 2, 1994 – November 4, 1999.  It was made into a successful Anime TV series which earned the fictional novel millions of followers all over the globe.  I first learned of Rurouni Kenshin as SAMURAI X the Anime Series.

Rurouni Kenshin follows the story of Himura Kenshin a wanderer previously known as Hitokiri Battousai (manslayer), a reknowned and deadly assassin of the Ishin Shishi during the Bakumatsu Period or the Japanese Revolution of 1867-1868.  After the revolution against the Tokugawa Shogunate, Kenshin has decided to atone for his past vowing to never kill another soul for the rest of his life by carrying a reverse edged sword called Sakabatou.  About 10 years into the new Meiji Era, while in Tokyo, Kenshin met and helped a young woman named Kamiya Kaoru, the instructor of the Kamiya Kendo Dojo.  After saving Kaoru, Kenshin was invited to stay in the Dojo where he will meet new friends Myojin Yahiko, Sagara Sanosuke, Takani Megumi and also finds himself having new adventures and tribulations in the effort to protect those he cares about.

Here are cast and characters of Rurouni Kenshin The Movie:

Rurouni Kenshin-Takeru Sato.jpg Rurouni Kenshin-Emi Takei.jpg Rurouni Kenshin-Koji Kikkawa.jpg Rurouni Kenshin-Yu Aoi.jpg Rurouni Kenshin-Munetaka Aoki.jpg
Takeru Sato Emi Takei Koji Kikkawa Yu Aoi Munetaka Aoki
Kenshin Himura Kaoru Kamiya Udo Jine Megumi Takani Sanosuke Sagara


Rurouni Kenshin-Gou Ayano.jpg Rurouni Kenshin-Genki Sudo.jpg Rurouni Kenshin-Taketo Tanaka.jpg Rurouni Kenshin-Eiji Okuda.jpg Rurouni Kenshin-Yosuke Eguchi.jpg
Gou Ayano Genki Sudo Taketo Tanaka Eiji Okuda Yosuke Eguchi
Gein Banjin Inui Yahiko Myojin Aritomo Yamagata Hajime Saito


Rurouni Kenshin-Teruyuki Kagawa.jpg
Teruyuki Kagawa
Kanryu Takeda

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Kenshin Himura Kaoru Kamiya Udo Jine Megumi Takani Sanosuke Sagara
Gein Banjin Inui Yahiko Myojin Aritomo Yamagata Hajime Saito
Kanryu Takeda
RUROUNI KENSHIN The Movie will open in Philippine Cinemas on December 5 (Wednesday) produced by C&I Entertainment Japan and Warner Bros., distributed in the Philippines by Pioneer Films and directed by KEISHI OHTOMO.
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    1. No, the movie presented the story of Kenshin wonderfully. 🙂 You’d appreciate it more if you’ve read the manga and watched the anime version but it’s not necessary. It’s an awesome movie.