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Tales of the Meiji Collection

By Madman

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Format: DVD (M)
Release Date: 18 November 2004

The 33 episodes in the Meiji Era Premium Box conclude the popular 1996 broadcast series Rurouni Kenshin, although the characters later appeared in a theatrical feature (1997), the Samurai X OVA (1999), and various compilation "specials." Usually referred to as "The Tales of the Meiji," these brief stories lack the sustained plotline and depth of characterization that distinguish the Legend of Kyoto narrative.

The most interesting story requires Kenshin to deal with the aftermath of the conflicts that produced the Meiji Restoration of 1868. Once the trusted lieutenant of the last Tokugawa shogun, Kaishu Katsu is attacked by renegade samurai who believe he betrayed their feudal lord. Kenshin must defend Katsu and his actions, which prevented wholesale slaughter in Tokyo. In a longer adventure, Yutaro, Yahiko's friend and rival from the first story arc (Rurouni Kenshin, Wandering Samurai Premium Collection), returns to Japan from Germany. His arrival precipitates a complicated plot involving a cabal of German knights and a miraculous elixir. The final story pits Kenshin and his friends against Chinese Feng Shui masters scheming to seize control of Japan. These supernatural tales feel like anime business as usual, and lack the compelling interior battles that make the Kyoto arc so powerful. Despite the weakness of the writing, few fans will be able to resist the last adventures of the well-loved Kenshin Himura, including his long-awaited marriage to "Miss Kaoru."

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This is a Region 4 disc, the local region for Australia.

Run Time: 850 minutes
Region: 4
Publisher: Madman
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This is the third and final Rurouni Kenshin boxset, comprising volumes fifteen to twenty-two of this series. This collection to DVDs follows Kenshin and his companions as they return home to Tokyo after the gruelling events of the Kyoto arc, and try to go back to living together as peacefully as possible. Of course, with Japan constantly in danger from fanatical rebels, foreign secret societies and deranged mystics, Kenshin and the rest don’t seem to have a hope living in peace for long.

This is a pretty good collection of episodes when taken by themselves; they are full of action, the voice-acting and music is very good, and the animation is of good quality too. However, comparing it with the previous Kyoto arc makes these episodes look quite inferior, unfortunately. This is also the time when the anime series veers off in a direction quite different from the manga, and the comparatively superficial story-lines and characters show it. Still, this is solid entertainment compared to lots of other anime, and worth getting if you’re a fan of the series.

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