Note: The following post contains no significant advances of the plot or the end of the film.
In the past 2012 Keishi Otomo took on the challenge of bringing to the big screen the famous manga Ruroni Kenhsin by Nobuhiro Watsuki: a greater stature challenge cause thousands of fans around the world were expecting the best quality of the so popular and beloved manganime. The story as well many of you know is about Himura Kenhsin a mercenary of the Ishin Shishi that with his sword helped the establishment of the Meiji era, when Kenhsin feels his work its done decides to wander around Japan with a blunt sword that provides protection to those in need without the shedding of blood, his wandering journey changes when he meets Kamiya Kaoru the young owner of a Dojo which will give Kenhsin reasons to do a stop in his life as a vagabond.
The story is and always has been an amazing way to see a fraction of what was Japan in other times and, of course, the fidelity of these legendary characters to their swords and fighting styles that are ultimately their philosophy of life. The argument explores the duality which must bear a person being prosecuted for the crimes of its past and the need to cleanse them without falling into the personality of a murderer. The film demonstrates the capacity of Otomo for adaptation, the script condenses in a very appropriate way several elements of the extensive story created by Watsuki and certainly leaves the flavor of a sequel.
The recreation of scenarios and locations leaves no dissatisfaction, it’s the 100 % materialisation of the manganime, these scenarios at the same time cooperate in the shooting of action scenes that are fast, coordinated, brutal and wild such as only knows how to do it Asian cinema. The expected super humanization of the characters is impeccable.
However, the casting was one of the greatest successes for the execution of Ruroni Kenhsin and not only by the amazing physical resemblance that is obtained from the actors after a session of makeup or clothing if not by the personification itself: Takeru Satoh (Kenhsin Himura), Emi Takei (Kaoru Kamiya), Yu Aoi (Megumi Takani), Munetaka Aoki (Sanosuke Sagara) and Yosuke Eguchi (Saito Hajime) achieved in a completely convincing way get loaded from the past and present of their roles to elevate them to the maximum personification and effectively giving life to the world of Watsuki.
Zerorojo totally recommends it, is an excellent adaptation that any anime fan can’t omit, and, for those who do not know Ruroni Kenhsin and are looking for a good story can, without any fear, consider an immersion in the world of anime or manga and note the quality of the film. Simply spectacular!