Review

by Mark A. Grey, Nov 3rd 2002

Rurouni Kenshin

DVD 7: Shadow of the Wolf

Synopsis:
Rurouni Kenshin DVD 7
Kenshin has been having dreams reminiscent of his bloody past. But do these dreams fortell of a painful future? The height of the Rurouni Kenshin series, the "Legend of Kyoto" arc launches in this dark and action filled release.
Review:
Kenshin is one of the most well-liked and widely known anime series out there, generally famed for its second story arc. The previous story arc of Kenshin has come to a close and now a new quest has begun. Kenshin has been having dreams of his bloody past, but do they truly foreshadow the future?

The “Legend of Kyoto” story arc is probably the highest point of the entire Kenshin TV series. Shadow of the Wolf starts this arc off. New characters, such as Toshimichi Okubo, and one of the series new main characters, Hajime Saitou, are introduced.. The DVD starts off with Kenshin having flashbacks, which he fears are foretelling of a violent future. When Saitou, the legendary wolf of his past, comes for him at the Kamiya Dojo it makes for one of the best fight sequences in the series. “Legend of Kyoto” starts up with a bang and is one of the best DVDs of the series, if not, anime in general.

The sound is wonderful. All of the new music tracks are great, most notably “Departure” which captures the entire scene perfectly. “Hoeru Miburo” (Howling Wolf of Mibu) is another great track, and it represents Saitou, the character it is made for perfectly. The dub quality is just like all the other Kenshin DVDs, and it is appeasing. While this DVD's dub is quite good, the original dialog is still better, as the acting is superior for its originality and emotional performance. Still, the dub is decently received, except for those who do not watch dubs anyway. Die-hard fans of the original will probably not approve of it, but when viewed alone it is certainly not the worst.

The artistry is one of its best points. Character designs are creative and original. Scenery is always beautiful, and the summer scenery of “Shadow of the Wolf” is just amazing. The fireflies and trees full of leaves in the forests are stunning. If you have seen the previous volumes, little is different except for the change of tone. Some of the scenes in this volume are very dark and foreboding, incongrous with the comic relief in previous volumes.

Extras are excellent. Liner notes help clear up parts of both dub and sub dialogue. The outtakes are very humorous, the dub actors' mistakes range from funny to hysterical. The original epilogue is nice, it is good to see the original Japanese in the scene.

All in all, “The Shadow of the Wolf” is the best DVD so far from this excellent series. If you are a fan of Kenshin, the “Legend of Kyoto” arc is the best of the series, and “The Shadow of the Wolf” is a must have for you. “Rurouni Kenshin” is one of the most acclaimed series, and if you are a samurai fan it is highly recommended.
Grade:
Production Info:
Overall (dub) : C+
Overall (sub) : A
Story : A
Animation : A-
Art : A
Music : A

+ Excellent story, awesome fight sequences, one of the better dubs in the series.
A stark change for those who like the humor in this series.

Director:Kazuhiro Furuhashi
Screenplay:
Nobuaki Kishima
Akemi Omode
Michiru Shimada
Masashi Sogo
Yoshiyuki Suga
Michiko Yokote
Storyboard:
Yasunao Aoki
Sōshi Azuka
Koichi Chigira
Ryō Chiki
Akitaro Daichi
Katsumi Endo
Akihiro Enomoto
Kazuhiro Furuhashi
Naori Hiraki
Norio Kashima
Takashi Kobayashi
Hiroki Kudo
Norio Matsumoto
Takeshi Mori
Futa Morita
Yasushi Murayama
Junji Nishimura
Saki Noda
Masayuki Oseki
Eiho Sakadama
Tsukasa Sunaga
Ichirō Takakura
Nobuhiro Takamoto
Katsumi Terahigashi
Sumio Watanabe
Kazu Yokota
Shunji Yoshida
Episode Director:
Shinichiro Aoki
Yasunao Aoki
Koichi Chigira
Jun Fukuda
Kazuhiro Furuhashi
Yasuhiro Geshi
Naoto Hashimoto
Naoki Hishikawa
Takashi Kobayashi
Shigeo Koshi
Akira Kusune
Shinichi Matsumi
Kazuya Miyazaki
Hiroshi Morioka
Futa Morita
Yasushi Murayama
Shigeru Omachi
Akira Shimizu
Makoto Sokuza
Ichirō Takakura
Nobuhiro Takamoto
Hiroshi Tsuruta
Shigeru Ueda
Kenichiro Watanabe
Hiroyuki Yokoyama
Shunji Yoshida
Akira Yoshimura
Music:Noriyuki Asakura
Original story:
Kōzō Kaku
Nobuhiro Watsuki
Art Director:Nobuto Sakamoto
Art:
Masami Hagiwara
Takashi Hiruma
Kunihiro Shinoda
Koichi Tanaka
Chief Animation Director:Kuniyuki Ishii
Animation Director:
Yasuhiro Aoki
Michinori Chiba
Akihiro Enomoto
Masaki Hosoyama
Kuniyuki Ishii
Masaaki Kannan
Akio Kawamura
Kazuyuki Kobayashi
Toshimitsu Kobayashi
Akira Matsushima
Mitsunori Murata
Atsuko Nakajima
Seiichi Nakatani
Hironobu Saito
Tetsuto Saitoo
Kazumi Sato
Takuro Shinbo
Kazunori Takahashi
Moriyasu Taniguchi
Yumenosuke Tokuda
Hatsuki Tsuji
Masahide Yanagisawa
Animation Character Design:
Hideki Hamasu
Fumie Muroi
Director of Photography:
Hiroaki Edamitsu
Masahide Okino
Executive producer:
Kenji Shimizu
Ryuzo Shirakawa
Producer:
Hiroshi Hasegawa
Mitshuhisa Hida
Mitsuhisa Hida
Koji Kaneda
Ayao Wakana

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