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Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno (2014)

Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno (2014)


Takeru Satoh
Emi Takei
Tatsuya Fujiwara
Yosuke Eguchi
Munetaka Aoki
Yūsuke Iseya

Directed by Keishi Ōtomo

Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno is the second part to the 2012 movie and the movie is a wonderful premise to Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends (2014). The movie continues with the story of Battōsai Himura Kenshin as he trails the journey of a wanderer choosing not to pick up the sword again and follow the path of redemption for a life he has chosen to leave behind.

Again Takeru Satoh picks up the reversed edge sword as Rurouni Kenshin and his portrayal will be remembered for time to come. His face will be stamped on our minds as Kenshin in the flesh. This movie didn’t turn down the fun and masterful sword play that was present in the first movie and in fact I can say it took it up an extra notch.
Although you can agree that many of the story has been merged and some elements removed, so as to have the movie fall under a watchable range of hours, but regardless they made a wonderful movie in a way they knew best.

Watch out for the sword display that led to Kenshin getting his reverse edged sword broken.

Kyoto Inferno introduces the villain of the Samurai X campaign Makoto Shishio played by Tatsuya Fujiwara, we remember him as Light Yagami from the live action film of Death Note (2006) and Death Note II: The Last Name (2006). The movie didn’t show case much of Shishio’s sword mastery, although we get to see Shishio before the fire incident cutting and slicing people down. He instilled the fear that made the government (attempt) to assassinate him.

The movie kicks off where the last one stopped, we are familiar with the protagonist and his crew, we dug deeper into knowing Saitō who has a more prominent role in this part and we get introduced to more people like Shisho’s right hand man Seta Sōjirō.
Shishio has decided to raise hell in Japan, taking over town after town as he decided to bring the current government to an end and reign in their place.

The government not knowing how to end this raging war, decided to call back the retired assassin, Himura Kenshin to go take him down. The movie shows the repercussion of Kenshin taking up the task and its effect on his friends. There is not much to jump into concerning the plot of this movie without breaking into spoilers. The main task here is Kenshin stopping Shishio and the fights in this movie and the incidents were just steps leading to the main arc awaiting us in the final installation of this Shishio arc, Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends (2014).

I believe in the near future as said above Takeru Satoh will be the Kenshin face all will remember, so join me in getting these movies and storing them as collection for the future.


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