Описание: История молодого человека, оставшегося одного и попавшего в ученики к мастеру неизвестного, но очень опасного исскуства вледания мечом. Закончив обучение, Кенсин решает нести добро людям через смерть (странноватые понятия добра, доложу я Вам) и становиться боевиком одного из кланов, борющихся за власть в стране. Попутно Кенсин убивает будущего жениха дочери одного из противников и она решает отомстить ему, выследив и убив. Дальше следует история превращения безумного убийцы в обычного молодого человека. Очень интересная и поучительная история, рассказывающая о жизненых ценностях и предназначении человека. Очень неплохая постановка боев, много крови (а это GOOD). По мотивам манги Вацуки Нобохиро.
Рецензии: This show has a lot of potential, especially with the Kenshin character. He has inner demons and a dark past that makes him very interesting. But I find it hard to stay interested in him, since his biggest goal in life is to lead a peaceful every-day life with his friends. I prefer characters who has dreams and ambitions.
The supporting cast is nice, and complement each other very well. There is the ken-jutsu instuctor Kaoru, the young-but-eager-to-beome-a-man Yahiko, there is the bad-ass ex-villain Sanosuke, the foxy female doctor Megumi, and many others.
While this show has excellent potential, it is only on rare occasions as good as its potential. For one thing, the show contains a large number of lame fillers. Also, the show seems to, for some wierd reason, to focus on the bad-guys rather than on the main-characters that the viewer actually cares about. Another annoying thing is that Kenshin is so fast that the eye cannot see him move. Which is cool at first, but boring in the long run, since you'll seldom be able to see him fight. On occasions there is chemistry between the characters, but it never seems to go anywhere, and after 90-something episodes, I don't even care anymore.
Most of the fights are kind of lame. At first, there is a long seqence showing the bad-guy bragging of how good he is. Then there is a long sequence showing Kenshin's friends talking about how good he is. Then the bad-guy tells his entire childhood-story to Kenshin. And then Kenshin tries to defeat the bad-guy by giving him a *lecture* of what's right and what's wrong. Then the bad-guy shouts: "shut up you talk too much." Then the entire sequence repeats itself, along with part 2 of the childhood-story. Then they shut up and look at each other for a couple of minutes. And then, finally, the bad-guy attacks. Kenshin does his faster-than-the-eye-thing, and the fight is finished in a split second. And then the bad-guy changes his beliefs and becomes good. LAME!
There WAS, however, an excellent arc of episodes, known as the Kyoto-arc. It spans from episode 28 to 60-something, and in this arc, Kenshin returns to Kyoto to defeat a man who threatens to take over Japan. The story-arc is good because there is a bad-guy that's actually *dangerous*. Also, it is good because we get to learn more about Kenshin's past, as because he considers letting the demon within take him over. A very enticing story-arc with many powerful combats. Excellent episodes!
However, the show should have ended there. Because after the Kyoto-arc the show turns lame. It doesn't really get any better than the end of the Kyoto-arc, so the last 30 episodes feel kind of stuck-on and sucky. There were some cool episodes here and there, but not really worth the time to watch.
In all, Kenshin is a very uneven series, that ranges from TOTALLY EXCELLENT to I-WANT-TO-KILL-MYSELF-BECAUSE-THIS-SUCKS-SO-MUCH.