This month's review is the new
OVA for Rurouni Kenshin called Seisouhen (sp?). It's supposed to follow
or complete the first OVA (the one about Kenshin's past) and also complete
Seisouhen begins during the time
when Himura Kenji, Kaoru and Kenshin's only son, is around fifteen years
of age. He has run away from home and is in search of being the strongest;
even stronger than his father. Kenji seeks the help of Hiko Seijurrou,
Kenshin's master, and has stayed since then.
Kenshin was on a journey to China
and help the people in need over there. He has long given up the sword
for he doesn't have the ability to use the Hiten anymore and helps others
in a much different way than he used to. He's also very sick, though
he tries to hide it. His disease came from long ago and until now, it
had remained hidden in his body for the past twenty years or so.
Kaoru patiently waits for his return
and she too is also sick with his illness. Yahiko is a studly young
man now (more of a Sanosuke lookalike with "Aku" on etched
on his sleeve's shoulder) and is staying at the Akabeko with Tsubame
and the rest. Megumi had returned to Aizu, her hometown. And Sanosuke...well,
he was travelling around the world and looks totally different from
The first episode of the Seisouhen
deals with a lot of flashbacks from the series, although they have been
altered (I think it's because the character designer in this one is
the same for the 1st OVA, not the series). We also get a glimpse of
the Jinchuu Arc at the end, although it wasn't really accurate to the
manga. The first half of the second episode deals with Enishi's return
and the final battle between Kenshin and Enishi, while the second half
deals with the Kenshingumi and their efforts to bring Kenshin and Kaoru
What do I have to say about Seisouhen?
Personally, I was a bit disappointed. It looked a bit rushed, although
the animation was great. I guess I was expecting more of the Jinchuu
Arc rather than the ending. But like Watsuki-sensei said: if he would
do over Jinchuu, he'd probably just put Enishi against Kenshin rather
than having all of those villains coming in. But still....I would rather
have the entire Jinchuu arc to watch rather than read instead of Seisouhen.
Like the first OVA, there's a sad parting at the end, so you would need
lots and lots of Kleenex ^^. K&K fans should be warned and should
like it at the same time.