Rurouni Kenshin Live Action Movie: The wanderer who was never really lost

“Today, I found out a little bit why Kenshin is a wanderer.
To not be trapped in anything, to live life as it flows by…
To protect others freely with his sword.
That’s the Kenshin we know.” ~ Kaoru, Rurouni Kenshin Ep. 3

Let me make this clear. I’m absolutely biased about this. And, I’m betting, so are thousands of other fans out there. There’s something about the wanderer that’s Himura Kenshin that inspired such devotion even from the unlikeliest people.

Rurouni Kenshin (a.k.a. Samurai X), the manga/anime series, convinced me that profiling a die-hard fan may not be as easy as many would think. The no-nonsense friend, for instance, who introduced me to the series many years ago, was the last person I expected to gush about it. But she was forever talking about it like it was the next best thing to heated water on a subzero morning. She hooked me into it in no time.

Since news about the Rurouni Kenshin Live Action Movie came out months ago, fans from everywhere have been stirring. Then just recently, friends who usually stay quiet especially on social networking sites have suddenly found their voices. There’s nothing like wishing, praying, hoping, petitioning, and pretty much doing anything they can to appeal that the movie’s shown in foreign shores to stir even the most silent souls.

Japanese fans of course, don’t have to wait and hope like the rest of us for this movie to wander its way to many other corners of the world. They’ve probably watched and re-watched it countless times.

Meanwhile, the rest of us who aren’t as lucky to live in Japan, the waiting and hoping is taking on that feeling of the craziest roller coaster ride. We’re holding on to the thought that, surely, they won’t ignore all the manga and anime’s many fans. They’ll probably show it in other countries, too – ours included. They absolutely have to. Because if there’s anything I want so much to do right now is to watch this movie especially after reading this review.

My friends and I have already signed the petition to bring this movie over to our shores. So we’re back to waiting. But in the sad, sad, event that it won’t happen, a friend already has a Plan B. There’s always the call-a-friend-in-Japan option – to beg and grovel – so that she’d get us DVDs as soon as they’re released, and maybe some merchandise, too.

In between those times I’m not anticipating this, I can only marvel at the lengths my friends and I would go to watch the story of our favorite wanderer. One who wandered, but was never lost.


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