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Rurouni Kenshin, Volume 4

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2007

    Kenshin strikes again!!!

    Let's face it. Rurouni Kenshin is the best manga ever. Naruto comes to a point of trying to make a good ninja manga, but let's face it... Naruto sucks. The real action drama comedy manga's are Rurouni Kenshin.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2004

    One word...Aoshi.

    He is truly, 'beyond', as suggested in the manga. Throughout the series, he is my favorite character. Sano shows his soft side, and Kenshin shows there really is a swords-genius behind that 'oro'. In responce to the first reviewer, it was Shikijo who was once Ishin Shishi, Aoshi merely spared his life and offered him a chance to join the Oniwabanshu.

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  • Posted August 2, 2013

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    Rurouni Kenshin's adventures are getting more dangerous, and exc

    Rurouni Kenshin's adventures are getting more dangerous, and exciting, in volume four of the titular series. The story picks up directly off of the end of volume three, wherein Kenshin, his friend Sanosuke, and Kaoru's student, Yahiko, have gone to rescue a female doctor named Megumi from the drug cartel that is holding her hostage and forcing her to make opium for them.

    The interesting part about this volume was the greater insight into the characters. Yahiko is brave and has learned some skill under Kaoru's tutelage, and Sanosuke has learned some real humility. Plus, he also is showing more of his good side and less of his ruthless side. This is because, despite being quite angry with Megumi due to the fact that the opium she was forced to make has lead to many deaths, including that of a friend of his, he still rescues her out of loyalty to Kenshin and Yahiko.

    Perhaps the greatest insight the reader has gotten from this volume is that about Kenshin. We learn two things about him. The first is that he sees his desire to help others and not kill as much more than merely a way to avoid bad or hard things he is tired of doing, but as a direct way to atone for past sins. This is critical, in that Kenshin is clearly far more than a “shell-shocked” veteran. Of course, he IS that, but he is someone who feels guilt over something horrible he feels he <i>must</i>
    atone for. It seems to be more than just war guilt/survivor's guilt/what not.

    The other insight into Kenshin is that he is not invulnerable. We have seen, up to this point, our heroic Rurouni never lose. He still wins here, but it is different now. Kenshin is fast, and tough, but he is not Sanosuke. Wounds that are inflicted on him can hurt and slow him down much more quickly than some of his larger friends. We also learn that his martial prowess is entirely due to his sword-fighting skills. He is not very good at hand-to-hand combat. So if an opponent can get within the range of his weapon and strike him, he is in trouble. This can be quite unsettling to see our hero get hurt, but it does make the story more interesting.

    The only thing I really didn't like about this volume was the way that, due to the emphasis on finishing the story begun in the last volume, there was very little of Kaoru. She is a really awesome character, because although her sword-fighting skills are vastly eclipsed by Kenshin (like, say, almost everyone else in the story, ever), she is quite good. In fact, just evaluating everyone but Kenshin, she is one of the best around, plus she can fight hand-to-hand engagements quite well. She is also smart and sassy, and I just hope they use her more.

    Overall, this volume gave us glimpses into the characters of Kenshin, Sano, and Yahiko, and I really can't want to read the next volume to see what adventure they have next.

    Highly Recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2004

    Aoshi + Kenshin Rule!

    This was this one's favorite Manga so far. So what if this one has only read 1-6? (This one is trying to get the others!!!) This one has seen every epsode of Anime and this one has to say that Aoshi is one of my favorite charecters... (for those of you that haven't yet read the mangas... Kenshin always says 'this one' that's why 'this one' is...) Happy Reading!! ^_^x

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2004

    this is the best one yet!!!!

    this is the best one yet in the series! though, i must say, hannya's face is--- *shudders* scary to say the least. (they didn't show that in the anime!!) and i'm just a little confused. in the 3rd volume, aoshi said he was an ishin shishi, but everything else contradicts that!! so was aoshi an ishin shishi? or was he with the shogun?! MAKE UP YOUR MIND, WATSUKI!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2004

    Ready for #5, Watsuki!

    I need not say it, but I will. Another beautifully orchistrated story and plot, complete with great illustrating. Bring on #5, Watsuki-san!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2004

    The Last Samurai has nothing on Kenshin!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This story is just great, everyone should watch the anime and really read the manga it is great samurai story and is a little bit more realistic then say DBZ.

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