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Rurouni Kenshin: Complete Series [DVD] [1996] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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  • Format: Animated, Box set, Colour, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 22
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Anime Works
  • DVD Release Date: 27 April 2010
  • Run Time: 2375 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00393SFW0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 195,743 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 May 2010
Format: DVD
Once, he was the legendary assassin Battosai. Now, he's a goofy wandering swordsman with an upside-down blade.

Yep, the title character of Nobuhiro Watsuki's "Rurouni Kenshin" is a pretty unusual lead for an action series, but then this series is really rather unusual -- it's all about fighting to preserve peace and life rather than to bring death. "Rurouni Kenshin Complete Series" brings together the entire TV anime, a brilliantly balanced series full of sword-swinging action, delightfully wacky humor and a hint of romance.

Searching for the man who's been disgracing her dojo, a young woman named Kaoru assaults a sword-carrying stranger -- only to learn that he's a peace-loving wanderer who doesn't kill anyone. But when her dojo is in danger, she finds out what the mysterious Kenshin Himura is really capable of, and who he really is -- the legendary manslayer, Battosai.

Despite his bloody past, Kaoru asks Kenshin to stay on, and they're soon joined by Yahiko and Sanosuke, a teenage ex-pickpocket and a young "fight merchant." That's fortunate, because Meiji-era Tokyo is crawling with problems -- fanatical swordsmen, pirates, train robberies, sumo wrestlers, corrupt police, and an amoral business tycoon who is forcing a young doctor to make a super-potent opium, and pits the lethal Oniwaban group (ninjas!) against Kenshin's gang.

But when the Meiji government is threatened with revolution, Kenshin must leave behind his friends and travel to Kyoto (along with a former member of the Shinsengumi, and an annoying kunoichi). Of course, his friends come after him -- but all together, are they strong enough to stop the malevolent, scarred Shishio?
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I'm really enjoying watching the serie, to bad that some cd's are slightly damaged and some times the cd can't play some pieces
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By Adrian Nichols on 23 Sep 2014
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very good
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Amazon.com: 55 reviews
65 of 78 people found the following review helpful
Packaging Review 1 Sep 2010
By Ristar - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I purchased this title from Robert's Anime Corner Store. This set contains three 22mm dvd cases inside the paper thin cardboard box art shown above. The cover art for the three season sets is the same artwork used for the economy season boxsets 1-3. The dvd cases have no inserts and are your standard dark grey color. The dvd cases comprised of one 6 disc scanavo case, one 8 disc scanavo case, and one 8 disc gengeric spindle case. The generic case for season 3 had 8 discs sitting on top of each other on one spindle. I found this to be unacceptable, especially considering the M.S.R.P is $159.99. Moreover, each time I need the get to the 8th disc out I have to take the other 7 discs out, potentially placing them in harms way. I contacted media-blasters directly with 2 emails and left a voicemail trying to get my generic spindle case swapped out 8 disc scanavo case. It's been over a month now and they never responded. I'm not sure about you, but I expect more from a set that costs well over $100.00.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Great set, must watch, but poorly packed 25 Dec 2012
By Bowoneshi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I ordered these from Amazon a few months ago and it was only ~$90. Now it's $500+ Wow! Anyway, if they ever drop back down in price, I recommend this series to anyone. The only issue is the discs are all packed on top of each other on 1 spindle instead of separate slots. This is an easy fix by buying blank DVD cases. Although beware! The cases are NOT the standard 27mm and will not fit in the cardboard slipcase. You have to get the 22mm cases. I got mine cheap here: [...] I ordered 1 6-disc (22mm) and 2 8-disc (22mm) for just a couple of dollars. (Season 1 only has 6 discs and season 2 and 3 have 8 each).
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Happy to be adding this to my collection. 1 Jun 2014
By Robin Sena - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
EDIT: 6/1/14 - I have just discovered an inability to play episode #38. The episode that plays is actually episode #40 which is also on the next disc. Also, I cannot play episode #39 correctly. If I attempt to play it from the start it automatically jumps to Part B of the episode. However, I am able to start playing Part B and then rewind to see the first part. Because of this, I have reduced my rating to 4 stars. These are the final episodes on the first disc in the season 2 box.

TL;DR - good packaging (seems everyone gets something different); minor annoyances with the disc layout not matching the seasons; no booklets; outtakes are a nice addition.

Full review:
Packaging:
The outside and the covers of the individual season boxes seem to have remained universal. The inner contents are what has changed. Unlike other reviewers, my copy of this set has the same DVD holding throughout (I have added a photo to show this) where each disc is in a single slot so they do not overlap.

There are no booklets for any of the sets.

The plastic feels a little cheap and I worry if I am too forceful with it, I will break it but that is a general worry of mine with most DVD cases.

My only complaint is this:
The set is split into the 3 seasons of the show, each box claiming to have the DVD's for that season HOWEVER, my season 1 box contains discs with episodes 1 - 35. Season 1 only has 27 episodes. This is really only a minor inconvenience and not worth being upset about, but I found it a little...confusing to have it packaged this way.

Also - since there are no booklets it can be hard to know what discs contain what episodes. This is not a problem if you just start from the first disc and work your way through but I was watching a friend's copy and wanted to pick up with my own and had to go through several discs to find episode 25.

Some things I liked:
The outtakes were actually hilarious especially since they are with the English VA's so you still have the action going on with the show but hear them flubbing their lines or having fun. It was a nice addition. I also enjoy the liner notes and art galleries.

In all:
I do recommend this to people looking to add this series to their collection. It is at a good price here on Amazon right now and a great, fun series to watch.
16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Pure classic 6 Oct 2011
By Viennywrites - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Himura Kenshin is an ex-assassin, known as "Hitokiri Battousai" in the Meiji era. After having battled the Bakumatsu war ten years before, Kenshin now wanders around the country helping people to atone for his gruesome past and vows never to kill again. In the first episode of the series, Kaoru, a dojo instructor, stumbles across Kenshin and claims him of being the murderer that is killing the people of the village and ruining the reputation of the Kamiya Kasshin fighting technique. Later, the imposters are found out and justice is served. In the next few episodes, other main characters are introduced, including Yahiko, a child thief, and Sanosuke, an ex-fighting merchant. Season two's plot is mainly about Kenshin and his ex-enemy(for now at least) trying to stop the evil and powerful Shishio from conquering Japan. Season 3 is nothing too interesting besides some filler episodes with some minor bad guys thrown in.

It's really a shame that this anime isn't more known - it deserves to stand along high in popularity with fellow classic shows like Inuyasha and Bleach. RK has a very deep and dark intricate plot with lots of action and drama. All of the main characters are worth liking (even the bad guys!). Season 1 was focused mainly on character development but the season following has one of the intensest episodes in the entire series. Some of the greatest sword scenes also are displayed in this season. The plot delves into each of the characters' minds and dark but hidden pasts and also explains how they got to be who they are.

This show has amazing Japanese voice castings (not so much the dubbed, unfortunately). There wasn't a single character's voice in the subbed version that I didn't like. Also, this anime has some spectacular music - good thing there are a ton of soundtracks out with it! The graphics were good and of course, the swordfights were awesome as well.

I recommend this to anyone who likes a good story, samurai and action, or historical Japan (and believe it or not, it does have some accurate historical lessons such as the Shinsengumi and Sekihoutai groups).
25 of 34 people found the following review helpful
The wandering swordsman 24 Feb 2010
By E. A Solinas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Once, he was the legendary assassin Battosai. Now, he's a goofy wandering swordsman with an upside-down blade.

Yep, the title character of Nobuhiro Watsuki's "Rurouni Kenshin" is a pretty unusual lead for an action series, but then this series is really rather unusual -- it's all about fighting to preserve peace and life rather than to bring death. "Rurouni Kenshin Complete Series" brings together the entire TV anime, a brilliantly balanced series full of sword-swinging action, delightfully wacky humor and a hint of romance.

Searching for the man who's been disgracing her dojo, a young woman named Kaoru assaults a sword-carrying stranger -- only to learn that he's a peace-loving wanderer who doesn't kill anyone. But when her dojo is in danger, she finds out what the mysterious Kenshin Himura is really capable of, and who he really is -- the legendary manslayer, Battosai.

Despite his bloody past, Kaoru asks Kenshin to stay on, and they're soon joined by Yahiko and Sanosuke, a teenage ex-pickpocket and a young "fight merchant." That's fortunate, because Meiji-era Tokyo is crawling with problems -- fanatical swordsmen, pirates, train robberies, sumo wrestlers, corrupt police, and an amoral business tycoon who is forcing a young doctor to make a super-potent opium, and pits the lethal Oniwaban group (ninjas!) against Kenshin's gang.

But when the Meiji government is threatened with revolution, Kenshin must leave behind his friends and travel to Kyoto (along with a former member of the Shinsengumi, and an annoying kunoichi). Of course, his friends come after him -- but all together, are they strong enough to stop the malevolent, scarred Shishio?

And then there's the final season, which is all filler with a supernatural bent -- Kenshin and company return home, only to encounter a fresh onslaught of problems. Enter a Christian rebellion and another Hiten Mitsurugi swordsman, a vengeful group of samurai, the Black Knights, and an arc about feng shui (uh, whaha?).

Based on Nobuhiro Watsuki's manga, "Rurouni Kenshin" has become a classic for its story about overcoming the past, fighting for the sake of peace, and for the setting of the early Meiji era -- when Japan awkwardly leapt forward technologically and socially. But on a less epic scale, it's about one young man with a terrible and bloody past, who is now atoning for his past deeds by using his sword to protect instead of to destroy.

And it's a pretty solid series overall. The third season is shaky (German knights, feng shui and magic spells?), but the two seasons that precede it are absolutely brilliant -- a mixture of sword-slashing action, tragedy (Captain Sagara's fate), and some very dark storylines splattered with blood and sorrow. But there's also plenty of comic relief in here, usually supplied by Kaoru's short fuse (and her perpetual spats with Yahiko and Sano), and Kenshin's sheepish space-cadet attitude.

Kenshin is a lovable, oddball hero -- he's goofy, spacey, eager to please and polite to a fault, with rumpled red hair and threadbare clothes. But when he fights seriously, he almost becomes another person. And he's got an interesting little gang of friends -- kind, strong-willed Kaoru is his love interest, along with the sharp-tongued, feisty Yahiko and the tough, soft-hearted ex-street-fighter Sano. And there's also Saito, a former member of the Shinsengumi who is now an ordinary Tokyo cop... except he's still a Wolf of Mibu.

"Rurouni Kenshin Complete Series" collects the entire classic anime -- the third season is rather wobbly, but the series overall is simply brilliant. A must-see for anime fans.
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