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Samurai X: Trust and Betrayal 

Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan: Tsuioku Hen (original title)
In the era of Japan's Meiji Restoration, an assassin regains his humanity.
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Series cast summary:
Mayo Suzukaze ...
 Tomoe Yukishiro 4 episodes, 1999
 Enishi Yukishiro 4 episodes, 1999
Masami Suzuki ...
Shûichi Ikeda ...
Tomokazu Seki ...
 Kogorô Katsura 4 episodes, 1999
Wataru Takagi ...
 Shinsaku Takasugi 4 episodes, 1999
Ryûsei Nakao ...
Hirotaka Suzuoki ...
 Hajime Saitô 4 episodes, 1999
Akari Hibino ...
 Sôshi Okita 4 episodes, 1999
Minoru Uchida ...
Tetsuya Iwanaga ...
 Akira Kiyosato 4 episodes, 1999
Satoshi Tsuruoka ...
 Jubei Shigekûra 4 episodes, 1999
Mitsuaki Hoshino ...
Hiromi Setsu ...
 Ikumatsu 4 episodes, 1999
Rikiya Koyama ...
 Toshizô Hijikata 4 episodes, 1999
Hiroshi Takahashi ...
 Isami Kondô 4 episodes, 1999
Hiroshi Shimozaki ...
Norihisa Mori ...
Azusa Nakao ...
Noriko Namiki ...
Kaori Yuasa ...
Shizuka Okohira ...
Takahiro Hirano ...
Teppei Takasugi ...
Tomokazu Yokoyama ...
Makoto Ueki ...
Kôichi Tateishi ...
Hidenori Konda ...
Nobuyuki Saitô ...
Mariko Nagahama ...
 Shirakawa Woman 4 episodes, 1999
Sachiko Ikeda ...
Miki Nôsô ...
Naomi Matamura ...
Reiji Kamiya ...
 Additional Voices 4 episodes, 1999
Naoko Seto ...
 Additional Voices 4 episodes, 1999
Mitsuyo Tanaka ...
 Additional Voices 4 episodes, 1999
Mika Ishibashi ...
 Additional Voices 4 episodes, 1999
Sachie Maruyama ...
 Additional Voices 4 episodes, 1999
 Akira Kiyosato 4 episodes, 1999
Jose Brown ...
 Shigekura 4 episodes, 1999
Katherine Catmull ...
 Katsu / ... 4 episodes, 1999
Ken Cook ...
 Additional Voices 4 episodes, 1999
Martinique Duchene ...
 Flower Vendor / ... 4 episodes, 1999
Mallard Fillmore ...
Lainie Frasier ...
 Landlady 4 episodes, 1999
Corey Gagne ...
Brian Gaston ...
Samantha Inoue Harte ...
 Additional Characters 4 episodes, 1999
Christa Kimlicko-Jones ...
Ellie McBride ...
Tish Morone ...
 Additional Voices 4 episodes, 1999
Noah Passavoy ...
 Additional Voices 4 episodes, 1999
Jason Phelps ...
 Takasugi 4 episodes, 1999
John Paul Shepard ...
Boon Sheridan ...
 Additional Voices 4 episodes, 1999
Jason P. Stingley ...
 Additional Voices 4 episodes, 1999
Douglas Taylor ...
Lara Toner ...
 Ikumatsu 4 episodes, 1999
Kari Waggoner ...
 Additional Voices 4 episodes, 1999
J. Shanon Weaver ...
 Kenshin Himura / ... 4 episodes, 1999
Ken Webster ...
Joe York ...


In Meiji era Japan, Kenshin Himura has been trained in the deadliest of sword arts. When the House he was hired by is defeated and forced into hiding, Kenshin must pretend to be the husband of Tomoe. The only catch is, Kenshin killed her fiance, and she is now secretly spying on him. While in hiding, Kenshin and Tomoe grow to love each other, and Kenshin comes to terms with who he is. This is the backstory to the Rurouni Kenshin manga and to a lesser extent, the television series based off of the manga. Written by Annonymous

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22 August 2000 (USA)  »

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(4 episodes) | (director's cut)

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Did You Know?


Although the of Kenshin's life depicted in this OVA series was also detailed in the original manga, the TV series "Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji kenkaku roman tan" (1996) never mentions Tomoe by name, but Hiko does mention ask Kenshin about his lost love at Tomoe's gravesite in Kyoto. The only characters aside from Kenshin that also appear in the TV series are Saito, Hiko, and assumedly Shishio (the unnamed assassin). See more »


Tomoe: So you kill people that you think should die. Or rather, you've entrusted that decision to your leaders.
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Crazy Credits

The original DVDs from ADV Films replaced the original Japanese title card to read: 'Samurai X: Trust' and 'Samurai X: Betrayal'. This is restored for the Director's Cut DVD. See more »


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A wonderful miniseries that deserves more exposure
24 November 2002 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

Forget the famous Rurouni Kenshin TV series. This has nothing to do with it. Well, yes, it's supposed to be a prequel, but the tone, mood and depth of it makes it a completely different story. It's a lyric and very adult tale about love, death, politics and betrayal that deserved, not only a theatrical release, but also massive exposure.

Production values are extraordinary and it's packed with more expressive resources than all western animation ever. Look specially for one of the best representations of smell in the history of filmmaking.

But the best part is the story. Layer over layer of meaning and symbolism create a tight, dark and deep tale. Nothing is said, nothing is shown that doesn't bear deep significance, be it a cryptic sentence, a shot of a child's toy or a slash through the face.

And then there's the fights. When "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" opened everybody talked about how the fights revealed character. Well, Rurouni Kenshin does the same thing much better, and it doesn't need 10 minutes each time. The fights are short and brutal, swords actually cut the flesh, but there's so much being told each time.

One of the most beautiful things here is what's left off screen. Rurouni Kenshin is a historical epic, but history isn't shown directly to the viewer, it isn't spelled out for you. We focus on the characters. They go through history, sometimes they even change it, but we are not shown the politics and the fights for power. We stay with Kenshin, an assassin, a mere pawn in those fights. We see the killing and then we hear the vague echoes of what it causes. The story is moved forward, but we have to build it back together with the information we receive through Kenshin's eyes. Yes, this is what critics mean when they talk about a `demanding' film.

Rurouni Kenshin is a work of art. Well worth your time and money. It comes in two one-hour volumes (two chapters each), but the best way to experience it is seeing them all back to back, as a two hour feature film. Two thumbs up and go get it.

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