Monday, February 10, 2014

Rurouni Kenshin: Restoration by Nobuhiro Watsuki

Himura Kenshin is a now wandering samurai (rurouni/ronin) in the new Meji era.  During the violent Bakumatsu era he was known as Hitokiri Battosai, an assassin who paved the way to restoration with blood.  Now that the civil war is over, Kenshin just wants to protect those in need.  As Kenshin is walking around town, he is mistaken for himself, Hitokiri Battosai, and dragged into a fixed sword fight where a fake Battosai was supposed to win.  Since he has vowed never to burnish his sword unless someone is in need, he loses the fight.  Once it is discovered that he is not the fake Battosai, he escapes with his opponent, Kaoru Kamiya.  Later, Kenshin discovers that Kaoru is in need of his assistance so he decides to stay with her and help her reclaim her family’s dojo.  What he doesn’t expect are old enemies who wish nothing more than to destroy him.

Rurouni Kenshin: Restoration is the retelling or parallel story of the acclaimed manga series, Rurouni Kenshin.  Watsuki has revisited his manga series to correspond with the release of the live-action movie and retells a parallel story to that of his original work.  What has always been rather difficult for this series is Kenshin’s dialogue, as he has a very particular accent that is difficult to translate.  However, the translation seems to be more fluid in this edition and has a much better flow.  The character design and art style are almost identical to the original work, which will make fans happy.  The fight scenes are well drawn and easy to follow.  This is definitely a series to revisit for fans of the original and definitely worth a look to those new to the series.  Rurouni Kenshin: Restoration is a title for older teens, but adults can enjoy it as well.

You can find RurouniKenshin: Restoration by Nobuhiro Watsuki on the VBPL Catalog.  If you enjoyed Rurouni Kenshin: Restoration, you may want to try SamuraiDeeper Kyo by Akimine Kamijo or OnePiece by Eiichiro Oda.

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