Rurouni Kenshin – Meiji Swordsman Romantic Tan – Reminiscences” is an OVA adaptation of Kenshin’s recollections of the end of the Edo period as told in the story “Hanchu Part” in Nobuhiro Watsuki’s manga “Rurouni Kenshin – Meiji Swordsman Romantic Tan”.
The story traces Kenshin’s life from the scene when he was attacked by a bandit as a child, through his dark activities as the Battousai, to Tomoe’s death.
The character designs are quite different from the original story and TV anime, and there are no gag scenes. It is a full-fledged historical drama anime with consistent realistic and serious tendencies, and Kenshin never says the names of his techniques.
Very many cruel and brutal scenes that were rarely expressed in the TV animation, such as “piercing people with swords, massive bleeding, and heads and bodies being cut off and scattered
The video was released overseas under the title “Samurai X” and reached No. 7 on the “Billboard” U.S. video sales chart.
Ranked No. 1 in the “Top 200 Anime” category by AnimeNfo, an information site that introduces popular anime from around the world in a ranking format ordered by review rating.
Ranked No. 5 in “Anime Top 50” by Anime news network, the largest anime introduction site in North America
No. 30 on AnimeInsider’s Top 50 Animations of All Time, as selected by international anime critics.
Works modeled in the production process
Masterpiece period drama “HITOSHIKARI” (1969) starring Shintaro Katsu
(A film starring Yizo Okada, aka “Manslayer Yizo,” who actually existed in the Tosa domain at the end of the Edo period.)
After reading “Reminiscences,” I had a gut feeling. This is the world of “Hitokiri,” directed by Gosha, written by Shinobu Hashimoto, and starring Shintaro Katsu. This intuition was not based solely on the “Hitozanri connection. (omission) Director Gosha’s direction is also very muddy in a good sense throughout the film, and the scenes of people slashing each other to death in the pouring rain are spectacular. I thought to myself, “Ah, that muddy smell. I thought, “That’s the kind of muddy smell that is absolutely necessary for the next Reminiscence. I told the director so, and asked him to watch “Manslayer. The director said, “I see, I understand,” and that was the beginning of a common understanding between the director and the scriptwriter.
From the scriptwriter Masashi Sogo (Seishi Tokawa) goes exit
Rules imposed on production
All dialogue is carefully selected and never allow easy conversation.
The “psychological portrayal” of each character is to be done perfectly and with great care.
The film thoroughly depicts the “four seasons of Japan. However, without reducing the depiction to a “Fujiyama Geisha” style, the four seasons of this country are portrayed naturally by faithfully recreating Japan at the end of the Edo period.
The historical facts and the social background of the time are richly presented as the backhorn of the story, but they are not brought to the forefront, and the story is limited to “if only history geeks can understand it” (this is in order not to spoil the swell and excitement of the story).
Since this is not a work for TV broadcast, it is “natural that there is a lot of bleeding when a person is cut by a sword,” and we do not shy away from the depiction of such bleeding. Even if the resulting images are gruesome, they are nothing more than a depiction of the “historical fact of manslaughter,” and we are not afraid of criticism.