Now before I start this review to which I will do my very best not to spoil you, watch the exciting trailer first! This is the first of a two part movie based on the Rurouni Kenshin manga by Nobuhiro Watsuki. The movie follows our favorite wandering swordsman Kenshin (Takeru Satoh) living peacefully where we last saw him which would be the Kamiya Dojo owned by peace loving swordswoman Kaoru Kamiya. We get to see the other characters such as the comedic street fighter Sanosuke (Munetaka Aoki) and eager student Yahiko (Kaito Ōyagi). Takani Megumi (Yu Aoi) arrives accompanied by men in official looking suits asking for the Kenshin’s presence.
Reluctantly he goes with them and tells him of the unfortunate story of Makoto Shishio (Tatsuya Fujiwara) from how bloodthirsty he was and up to his resurrection with the intent of overthrowing the new goverment. Kenshin eventually accepts the covert operation to kill Shishio. A lot of things happen in between from the connection between Kaoru and Kenshin with their gazes, subtle comedic instances and eye-gawking sword action. Hajime Saito (Yosuke Eguchi) remains tough and true to their intimidating as as he casually kills enemies while smoking a cigarette.
Kenshin’s first heart stomping non-bloody encounter with Shishio’s men especially causes his sakabato (reverse-edged sword) to break. This leads him to The Watchers who help search for the maker of the sword Shakkai Arai while learning of another foe, Aoshi Shinomori (Yusuke Iseya). Upon discovering that Shakkai has already died he learns that there is a supposed last sword he made to which he fights with the ridiculously punk coiffed Cho (Ryosuke Miura), another henchmen of Shishio’s.
Everything leads to them learning that Shishio plans to attack Kyoto which turns out to be something else. Kenshin catches up to the Shishio’s right hand man Seta Sōjirō (Ryunosuke Kamiki) aboard a stormy ship surrounded by the 10 Swords (Shishio’s chosen and strongest men). He then jumps overboard overboard which stops the action. The movie then ends with Kenshin unconscious ashore who is then picked up by a someone from his past…
I must say the director was very true to the heart of the story and tried to squeeze it into this movie saga. don’t be surprised when there have been slight changes in the story or sequence of events since the movie runs at about more than two hours which can be a challenge considering when you’re trying to fit a lot of information within that duration.
The OST titled “Mighty Long Fall” was by One Ok Rock and it perfectly fit the movie. We can’t wait for the final part!