O… my… god…
Just watched the last Rurouni Kenshin movie “The legend ends” (I already saw “Kyoto inferno” back in december) and… o…m…g… What should I say…
Kenshin… is a part of my life for so many years now, I can’t even remember a time, where this wasn’t the case. I love him and his sad, heartwarming story so very much, it is so important to me, and I almost forgot about it because of all this real life around me and all this… love and pain that a certain other fandom brought to me. But THIS… the fact, that they made live action movies out of my most beloved Manga and Anime (not to forget those beautiful OVAs or the animated movie) is so PRECIOUS! I appreciate it so much! The first movie was brilliant already. I really adored it. But those two last movies about Kenshin… They were outstanding. Especially “The legend ends”, which permanently caused me to weep - for joy, for pain, just because I suddenly REMEMBERED IT ALL. It was all there. It was never gone: The story, the beloved characters, they were all still there, deep within me. And so the word “forgot” doesn’t fit here completely. My love for this story only was concealed by my stubborn love for just ONE other fandom. There were so many fandoms in my life I was part of. But this… nothing shaped me like Rurouni Kenshin. And that is not exaggerated. You can ask my friends. They would confirm this immediately.
And so… it was no wonder, how deep the last chapter of this marvellous movies touched me. It was nearly an impact. I felt like coming home every single minute I watched it, even more like I was while watching the last/other movies.
(Beware of spoilers!) I nearly cried during all the scenes of Kenshin and Hiko… OMG, HIKO! Let me tell you about Hiko-sensei… Just like a (sometimes very harsh, but nonetheless) father, he cared for Kenshin, he trained him, and this training almost broke me, because it was very hard to watch. And then, when Kenshin left for Tokio to take an end to Shishio, he whispered while he watched his “stupid pupil” go: “Don’t die…” You actually SAW how much he loves his apprentice. How much he cares, despite his whole behaviour towards him.
And then, there is Aoshi. Aoshi Shinomori. First, I have to admit this, I was very disappointed because of the way they wrote his storyline for this movies. I mean, he was heroic all the way and very sexy, no doubt about that. But… they almost made another Musashi out of him (I ADORE Musashi! But this has nothing to do with Kenshin.). “I want to be the strongest”. Well, that’s all that drove him? What about the whole Oniwabanshu-thing? That he wanted to avenge his friends and comrades? The way they wrote him now lookes a bit arrogant. BUT! But… in the end… The last fight… Where they all fought side by side: Kenshin, Saito (unf, how perfect can a man be?), Sano (i adore him dearly, seriously) and Aoshi… All of a sudden it ALL was in the right place and it all turned out perfectly. Aoshi came to his mind and now his whole “I AM the one who wants to beat Himura!” matched with the manga completely.
Shishio was epic… What to say about Shishio? I mean, he’s indeed a monster, that brought suffer and pain to people. But how much must he’ve had suffered himself? Gosh… Brilliant acting in the whole. And the final fight brought me to tears again. The choreography of the fight was outstanding. But it was the words they spoke between the attacks, that touched me deeply.
As to speak of fighting scenes: There were a few brilliant ones besides the final fight against Shishio. But the most heartbreaking and gripping one was the fight between Kenshin and his former master Hiko. And here we go again: Hiko. That man… *curles up in a corner and cries* I adore him… All those DADDY!-feels I had, that was not even funny.
And can we just take a little moment to appreciate the way Sano held Kenshin, no, held Kenshin’s head, as they were searching a way out off the burning ship at the end? How he desperately wanted to protect his friend, although he’s badly wounded himself? And he was ALWAYS the first one to join Kenshin in a fight, although he might knew, that he wouldn’t survive this. Gosh… I love him.
Last but not least, the last scene with Kaoru. When Kenshin (now “the legend ends” completely, because the name “Battosai” died in the fire out on that ship of Shishio’s) gave her this maple leaf. The meaning of this and of his last words to her was clear: He loves her and wants her to spend her life at his side. And… I cried again. What a surprise.
Gosh, thank heavens for those movies, that they even MADE them after all these years. I think the manga is about to go in its 20th year in the near future. And they still love it so much, that they made live action movies out of it. THANK YOU! So, let me share this love with you, my dear followers. Watch those movies! It’s worth it, let me tell you.
*sigh* And now… I had to go back to my real life issues. You know what? That sucks in a way. Hopefully I can take some of HIM with me, something of his will to live, that he regained so hardly while he was training with Hiko-sensei, so that all of this shit around me will be a bit easier to bear. It worked in the past. Why not now too? ;)
Do I really have to say something about Takeru-san anyway? I always thought there couldn’t POSSIBLY exist a man who can portray Kenshin Himura. Or the Battosai. But you see, I was so wrong. And I’m very glad about it, believe me. Takeru-sans acting… I can’t even put into words what this means to me. I would love to tell him, what he has given me with his acting, with “his” Kenshin. It is too much, far to intense to put it in words here. I’m still crying just by looking at him. (That scene, when he’s completely broken during the first meeting with Hiko-san… My heart… His tears, his joy, his fierce wrath when he turned into Battosai: Takeru-san could easily manage it all. Dunno how, but he could. And I love him for that. Thank you, Sato-san, from the bottom of my heart. Hopefully there will be other movies to come. Maybe about the Tomoe-storyline? That will be so… amazing… We’ll see. ;)