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Rurouni Kenshin: Requiem for the Ishin Patriots (1997)

Rurôni Kenshin: Ishin shishi e no Requiem (original title)
Not Rated | | Animation, Action, Drama | 27 March 2001 (USA)
The war against the Tokugawa Shogunate ended years ago. But there are some who are not happy with the outcome. Takimi Shigure watched his friends and family get cut down in the name of ... See full summary »

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Tsuji Hajiki

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Nobuhiro Watsuki (story), Yukiyoshi Ôhashi (dramatization)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mayo Suzukaze ... Kenshin Himura (voice)
J. Shanon Weaver ... Kenshin Himura (voice)
Miki Fujitani ... Kaoru Kamiya (voice)
Judson Jones ... Shigure (voice) (as Judson L. Jones)
Kara Bliss ... Kaoru (voice)
Yûji Ueda ... Sanosuke Sagara (voice)
Gray G. Haddock ... Sanosuke (voice) (as Gary G. Haddock)
Mîna Tominaga ... Yahiko Myôjin (voice)
Shaneye Ferrell Shaneye Ferrell ... Toki (voice)
Derek Wade Derek Wade ... Yahiko (voice)
Ken Webster ... Saitou (voice)
Hirotaka Suzuoki ... Hajime Saitô (voice)
Clay Towery Clay Towery ... Kajiki (voice)
Bill Wise ... Tomono (voice)
Bill Harwell Bill Harwell ... Yamagata (voice)
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The war against the Tokugawa Shogunate ended years ago. But there are some who are not happy with the outcome. Takimi Shigure watched his friends and family get cut down in the name of freedom and prosperity. Now he and a band of desperate rebels have sworn to settle one final score. Only one man stands in their way: Kenshin Himura. But when Shigure discovers Kenshin's true identity as the Hitokiri Battosai, his fight becomes a personal vendetta.

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Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

27 March 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Samurai X: The Motion Picture See more »

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The USA DVD from ADV Films has a reversible cover. See more »

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The scenes that show Kenshin as the Hitokiri Batosai in the beginning of the film and throughout the flashbacks is incorrect. Kenshin is shown with the full X shaped scar on his right cheek, even though Kenshin swore that he would stop killing after Samurai X: Trust and Betrayal. See more »

Quotes

Kenshin Himura: That's enough.
Shigure: Clear my path!
Kenshin Himura: Now, withdraw your followers.
Shigure: It's too late!
Kenshin Himura: I will *not* allow this!
Shigure: Your choice.
[he attacks Kenshin but Kenshin blocks it he strikes again but again Kenshin blocks Shigure's attack]
Shigure: The Sakabato, it has long been by hope that our swords never cross.
Kenshin Himura: And I had hope for the very same thing.
Shigure: You will... regret your decision!
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Follows Rurouni Kenshin: Wandering Samurai (1996) See more »

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My Vote - The Best Japanese Anime Film Of 1997. An Epic Story.
23 September 2010 | by Vivekmaru45See all my reviews

The Japanese are the best animators in the world and this anime film proves it.

Rurôni Kenshin: Ishin shishi e no Requiem (1997)starts back in the days of the Meji revolution when Kenshin was the feared Hitokiri Battōsai.

Hitokiri Battōsai kills in battle a samurai called Takatsuki Gentatsu. Takatsuki's death is witnessed by his comrade Shigure Takimi.

The film then shifts to the year is 1879, and Japan is finally at peace, starting to modernize, and has opened its borders to the outside world.

Miss Kaoru, Kenshin, Sanosuke and Yahiko arrive at Yokohama by train for a sight-seeing tour.

There they witness a fight between some European sailors and a man called Shigure Takimi. Kenshin helps Shigure fight off the sailors. Later Kenshin and Shigure acquaint themselves.

Shigure Takimi has secretly sworn to avenge his fallen comrade by a Restoration movement to overthrow the current Japanese Government, and he has amassed some weapons and recruits for that purpose.

Toki who is the sister of the slain Takatsuki Gentatsu is deeply in love with Shigure Takimi. When things begin to get out of Toki's hands she reaches out to seek Kenshin's help. Kenshin promises to unite Toki and Shigure, but will that promise be fulfilled?

Watch this exciting film to find out.

Note: this anime contains scenes of violence so I do not recommend this film for children and persons under the age of 18.


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