The beginning is the end.
(I needed time to eat my feelings and to subjugate the urge to conclude each sentence in exclamation marks, so bear with me on this late reaction.)
I had a problematic childhood. I wasn’t one to relate to most kids – mainly because I didn’t go out, and simply because I was a weird kid (god, why I am.) So besides my only friend in high school, I had my anime to accompany me growing up. After school, I’d go home immediately as if I’d see more friends and hang out with them. Three years in grade school, and a whole lot of my high school revolved around anime. They kept me company; I never felt alone, and most importantly, I never felt weird around them.
That is why maybe I get so emotional about this film series, especially this is on top of my list, on any list I will ever have.
Albeit does not match the original manga/animé, the last installment to the Rurouni Kenshin live action film has no reason to hold back pride. The manga is now two decades old, almost half as old as Watsuki himself. It’s a sensitive story to mess with – with all the history and for kids like me – the investment of emotions.
Of course I have bias, that is my childhood in the big screen; I practically grew up with Kenshin, Kaoru, Sanosuke, Yahiko, Megumi, Misao and the rest of the gang. But this beautifully adapted film has made me inch to the edge of the cinema seat, despite scoffing every now and then for being seated beside ignorants who have no less laughed at how Soujiro suffered the loss to Battousai (honestly, the saddest scene in that movie, aside from Yumi dying the horrible death she had fallen,) among other seemingly laughing matter to them.
I have no words on how the production team has taken meticulous caution on each scene – from conveying the past, the present, the emotions, the political (rather more applicable in present day, surprisingly,) and of course — the action. Everything seemed to fall into place, even the variances from the original run – it felt like how it would when I used to religiously watch the series over and over again when I was a kid.
Rurouni Kenshin deserves a marathon – the three live action films, OVA 1 and 2, and the first animated movie. If you have the luxury of time, go for the animé itself and the manga as well.
Nobuhiro Watsuki’s work has been given justice. My childhood has been made proud. And gratified.
Oddly, I told myself after watching — I’m (kind of) ready to be an adult.
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