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April 20, 2008

Samurai x

Filed under: Uncategorized — nazalea @ 4:22 am

Kenshin Meiji Kenkaku Romantan?)[1] is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Nobuhiro Watsuki with an anime adaptation. The fictional setting takes place during the early Meiji period in Japan. The English-language versions of the OVAs as well the film is released as Samurai X, although the original title was included in the DVD releases. The story is about a fictional assassin named Himura Kenshin, formerly known as the “Hitokiri Battōsai(人斬り抜刀斎 English TV “Battosai the Manslayer”?).[2] Kenshin later grieves for all the lives he has taken, and vows that he will never kill again.

The manga initially appeared in Shueisha‘s Weekly Shonen Jump from September 2, 1994, to November 4, 1999. The complete work consists of 28 tankōbon volumes which have sold over 47 million copies in Japan as of 2007.[3] The United States release of the manga has been completed by Viz Media. Rurouni Kenshin is subtitled “Wandering Samurai” in some English releases, as a rough translation of “Rurouni.”

Writer Kaoru Shizuka has written an official Rurouni Kenshin novel titled Voyage to the Moon World. The novel has been translated by Viz and distributed in the United States and Canada.

Plot introduction

A young woman named Kamiya Kaoru mistakes Kenshin for a murderer known as “Hitokiri Battōsai“. However, when she notices Kenshin’s reverse-bladed sword, or sakabatō, she comes to the conclusion that he could not be the murderer. Kenshin saves her from certain death in battle against the real murderer, who claims to be a practitioner of Kamiya Kasshin Ryū, Kaoru’s own style, while using the name “Hitokiri Battōsai“. Kenshin takes her back to her dojo and Kaoru tells him of recent events while a man named Hiruma Kihei patches up her arm. Later, it turns out that Kihei and the murderer, whose real name is Hiruma Gohei, were working together to compel Kaoru to sell the dojo. The brothers Hiruma take Kaoru hostage and send their henchmen to attack Kenshin, who takes them all on with his superior speed and sword skill. Before destroying Kaoru’s dojo floor with Gohei’s face, Kenshin tells everyone that “Hitokiri Battosai” doesn’t use Kamiya Kasshin Ryū, but an ancient style of the Sengoku era that pits one against many: Hiten Mitsurugi-Ryū. If not for such a sword, the body count would increase tenfold” (Watsuki 46). Thus having revealed his identity, Kenshin makes ready to leave — until Kaoru asks for his name and for him to stay. (more…)

April 19, 2008


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Naruto (NARUTO – ナルト –? romanized as NARUTO in Japan) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto with an anime adaptation. The main character, Naruto Uzumaki, is a loud, hyperactive, unpredictable, adolescent ninja who constantly searches for recognition and aspires to become a Hokage, the ninja in his village that is acknowledged as the leader and the strongest of all.

Plot introduction

Twelve years before the events at the focus of the series, the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox attacked the ninja village Konohagakure. Powerful enough to raise tsunamis and flatten mountains with a swish of one of its tails, it raised chaos and slaughtered many people, until the leader of Konohagakure – the Fourth Hokage – sacrificed his own life to seal the demon inside Naruto when he was a newborn. The Fourth Hokage, who was celebrated as a hero for sealing the demon fox away, wanted Naruto to be respected in a similar light by being the containment vessel for the demon fox. (more…)

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