I had watched the entire anime series + OVAs of this anime on a loop for over a year. It was constantly on replay on my laptop and would continue to watch it everytime I get home from work. So imagine how thrilled / excited I was upon learning that a live action film would be released.
I waited and waited and waited … and I was surprised when they cast Takeru Satoh from Beck as the Himura Kenshin. I was you could say a little apprehensive but given my obsession with the anime series I just had to watch it.
And so on Friday, December 7, 2012 I went to SM Cinema Cebu to watch it.
My verdict: I luurve it! ^_^ and let me tell you why.
@Cast – I was bloody impressed with Takeru Satoh, he played Himura Kenshin’s character down to a T with his swordsmanship his manner of walking, facial expressions and even managed to utter Kenshin’s signature “de gozaru” and “oro”. The other actors were good for their respective roles too, Yahiko was just as energetic in the movie as he was in the anime.
I supposed I have a tiny beef with the actress playing Megumi (utterly personal) she’s not as pretty as I would have liked. LOL
The actor playing Sano was hilarious and unruly as he was in the anime and from the reaction of the other moviegoers I’d say they liked him too.
@Backdrop – I feel like I was watching the anime series only with solid floors, walls, and real trees and streets. It was the closest thing I have ever seen to the anime backdrop in any live action film. Although the Kamiya dojo looked a bit smaller in the movie than in the anime but the layout was the exact same.
@Story line – it followed closely to that of the first part of the anime series, from meeting Kaoru, to rescuing her from Jin’e but with a few changes. The changes were minor and all in all did not affect the presentation of the movie which made it perfect.
The film was made with Japanese casts all throughout and the director was working closely with Nobuhiro Watsuki (the mangaka of Rurouni Kenshin) so he was from the get go working in the right track.
I would love to see a sequel or a live action TV series of the anime and I am sure fans from all over the world would love the same thing too. So if you haven’t seen it then go get your butt to your nearest cinema or you’ll miss out big time.