Yeaaaa \(^_^)/ …..I am so happy to finally able to see Kenshin in big screen 🙂 and to make it better, two of my most anticipated movies of the year paid off. I just need to wait for another one 😉
When the first movie was released (Rurouni Kenshin – るろうに剣心), every anime lovers in Indonesia asked the cinema to play it but we didn’t get good response. Fortunately that movie received great response and finally one of two biggest cinema companies in Indonesia decided to play the two sequels (Kyoto Inferno and The Legend Ends). I was so eager to see the sequel but wasn’t really anticipating it because I wasn’t sure whether it would be played here or not…but early this year I heard great news about it…but even so, the only cinema which plays the movie are only Blitz Megaplex (Cinema 21/XXI still plays nothing but Hollywood movies).
Kyoto Inferno and The Legend Ends are taken from the Kyoto Arc, in other word the Shishio arc. For me, Shishio Makoto is like the ultimate enemy of Himura Kenshin .
To anyone who had seen the anime or read the manga, the story is no longer a secret…there’s no way you can be spoiled by any review anymore. However, I will try not to spoil it too much.
At the beginning of the new era, there were two invincible hitokiri (assassins). When the famous Hitokiri Battousai (Himura Kenshin ) decided to stop killing, Shishio and his cruelty rose up. Unlike Himura, Shishio enjoyed killing people. He didn’t care for the new era. When the new government won the war, they decided to kill and burned Shishio because they were afraid that he would use his knowledge of government’s secret for his personal interest. However the attempt failed. Shishio continued living and plotting to bring down the government. He kept on saying that he would make Japan as his country.
The government couldn’t fight back and finally asked Kenshin to stop Shishio because they were sure that only Kenshin could do that. Despite the fact that Kenshin had sworn that he would never kill anymore, he decided to help the government after seeing Shishio’s cruelty.
Just like the previous Movie…I love this movie. I need see it one more time to be able to write a better review than this but it’s a bit impossible to do that because to see it again requires time which I hardly have enough lately. The cinemas which play Kenshin are quite far from where I live. The two main things that make this movie awesome are how perfect the casting is and how cool the fighting scenes are.
I think the casting was impeccable. I wasn’t so happy about Sanosuke (Aoki Munetaka) on the previous movie but this time I get a chance to see better of him and can totally relate him to the anime’s version of Sanosuke. As for the new characters… Shishio (Fujiwara Tatsuya) hasn’t yet impressed me much. I really like the one playing Soujiro (Kamiki Ryunosuke), he has this cute but cruel face. You can easily see that this man has childish face but at the same time the way he smiles shows how he enjoys killing people. I also like the one playing Aoshi (Iseya Yūsuke), he is as ruthless as I remember. I always like Aoshi no matter how silly his reason is for chasing Kenshin. For me, the two new characters shine above other new characters. Satoh Takeru as Kenshin is still the best.
I believe there are more fighting scenes in this second movies and just like previous movie, the fighting scene is a delight to see. It’s like dancing with martial art style. Look at the first 35 seconds of this video:
Just like most Japanese samurai movies, the fighting is not the main thing. The characters (be it in good or bad side) have reasons to their action and this movie tries to deliver them all. Of course Juupon Katana hasn’t showed up much, but I believe we will see more of them in The Legend Ends.
I can’t wait to see Kenshin vs Shishio in The Legend Ends.
The great thing about Japanese movie, we don’t have to wait for the second part of the sequel till next year. in japan the two movies are only separated by lesss than two months. Not sure about Indonesia but hopely it won’t be more than two months because I can’t wait to see the next movie. I want to see Kenshin’s training and his (and his allies) final battle with Juupon Katana and Shishio Makoto.
Director: Ōtomo Keishi
Writer: Fujii Kiyomi, Otomo Keishi
Starring:Satoh Takeru, Takei Emi, Aoki Munetaka, Kaito Ōyagi, Tatsuya Fujiwara, Kamiki Ryunosuke, Yu Aoi, Maryjun Takahashi, Miura Ryosuke, Iseya Yūsuke, Tao Tsuchiya, Eguchi Yōsuke, Tanaka Min, Fukuyama Masaharu
Recommended Review: Genkinahito’s Blog
Released: September 2014
Things you need to know about Japanese fans here, they sure love to dress up…in other word Cosplay. I saw three people dressing up in Japanese traditional clothes.