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(The reasons for everything in the ratings are explained in the review section at the end of the article)



* Visuals: Soul taking.
* Music: Poetic and plays a perfect role in complementing the story
* Plot: An absolutely sophisticated and complex masterpiece
* Overall rating: 10/10 ("Michael's anime reviews" first ever 10/10, congratulations studio DEEN.)



* Genre: Drama/Samurai/Action/Romance

* Company: Studio DEEN

* Format: 4 episodes (OVA to "Rurouni Kenshin" series)

* Dates: 20 Feb 1999 - 22 Sep 1999

* Synopsis: Shinta, a young boy, is part of a company of slave traders. One day his group is ambushed and the ones around him are all slaughtered. If fate chose differently, Shinta would have been a goner. However, a savior arrives in the form of Sejiko Hiko. He takes in Shinta, who becomes Kenshin, and trains him in the art of Hiten-Mitsurugi Ryu. Years later he becomes a feared assassin known as the Hitokiri Battousai. On a seemingly normal walk home one night an assassin attacks him but he makes quick work of that assassin. However, he has one witness, a lady named Tomoe. Unbeknownst to him, he has just met the person who can either be his calming force…or his downfall…

* Review:

When an anime reaches absolute perfection is when it's plot, along with its complementing elements like visuals and music, reach a beauty and complexity that cannot be properly put into words. "Rurouni Kenshin: Tsuiokuhen" is the first anime I watched which reached this point.

The gore is highly present in the visuals... But it's not just there as cheap shock value... It's a valuable part of the anime used to depict the hardships of the time and set a certain mood crucial to the plot. The actual visuals overall are used to perfection. They are beautiful and fluid, and just like in the series, they poetically present moments to the viewer. The music is brilliant and complements the beautiful (yet dark at times) story told in this anime.

The most brilliant part about this anime undoubtedly however, is the story itself. This prequel to the "Rurouni Kenshin" series shows us what Kenshin has gone through in his life. It presents the hardship and love young Kenshin experienced to become the man he became. It depicts the complexity of human beings, and shows the meaning of love, and how it can change a person. Each person learns and becomes wise in a different way, and this story presents that extravagantly, as we observe the struggles and events a young swordsman goes through to discover his true role on earth.

I can't say alot about the story or this anime itself because it just can't be propery put into words. That's what a truly masterful anime does. All I can reallly say is this... Watch this OVA!!... It's more than worth watching. the love, the sadness, the darkness, the complexity, the art, the trust, the betrayal, the sacrifice. All these themes and qualities make "Rurouni Kenshin: Tsuiokuhen (Trust and Betrayal)" perfection in the world of anime.

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This OVA really was amazing. Great Review
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Awesome review!!
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This really was more than worth watching. It was moment changing.
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Posted 8/28/09
Cool review Mike ^^
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Anime doesn't really get any better than this one.
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animefan11111 wrote:

Anime doesn't really get any better than this one.


Right now I have to agree with you... A few animes are equal or close to this one... But I don't think I've watched one that's clearly better... The anime I'm writting a review for right now may be a little tiny bit better... And it's the other Rurouni Kenshin OVA. (Rurouni Kenshin: Seisōhen)

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