Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno (Roppongi Hills Toho Cinema, Tokyo), August 13 2014


Título original: るろうに剣心 京都大火編 (Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Taika-hen)
Director: Keishi Ōtomo

  • Takeru Satoh as Himura Kenshin
  • Emi Takei as Kamiya Kaoru
  • Munetaka Aoki as Sagara Sanosuke
  • Kaito Ōyagi as Yahiko Myojin
  • Tatsuya Fujiwara as Makoto Shishio
  • Ryunosuke Kamiki as Seta Sōjirō
  • Yu Aoi as Takani Megumi
  • Maryjun Takahashi as Komagata Yumi
  • Ryosuke Miura as Sawagejō Chō
  • Yūsuke Iseya as Shinomori Aoshi
  • Tao Tsuchiya as Makimachi Misao
  • Yōsuke Eguchi as Saitō Hajime
  • Min Tanaka as Kashiwazaki Nenji/Okina
  • Masaharu Fukuyama as Hiko Seijuro


The reason for choosing the date to watch this movie was the discount, but the really important thing to choose Roppongi Hills to watch it was the English Subtitles.

“Kyoto Inferno” is the first of a two part movie covering the Shishio story in Rurouni Kenshin manga. “Kyoto Inferno” was released on August 2014 and “The Legend Ends” is scheduled for September 2014.

“Kyoto Inferno” starts with establishing how mean and evil our mean and evil guy is – Saito Hajime is actively trying to get rid of Makoto Shishio, who systematically kills, very cruelly at that, all of Saito’s men. Meanwhile he singsongs stuff about hell on earth and other equally crazy stuff to convince us that he is, aside from mean and evil, crazy.

To lighten things up, we change scenery to Kenshin, who is now happily living at the Kamiya dōjo, in this particular scene watching a comedy with the gang (it used to be called the ‘Kenshingumi’ when I was still in the anime fandom). The idyllic fun and games is obviously about to end when he is more or less willingly enrolled to hunt down his successor as Battōsai, who is obviously very mean and evil, and more than a little nuts.

Once again I shall stand corrected and applaud Takeru Satoh’s acting – yes, he is an astounding Kenshin, both for the comical parts and the super-serious assassin bits. He also does a superb work showing Kenshin’s struggles both when his sword breaks and when he is fighting Chô.

The film changes a few keypoints of the manga, mainly switching the order of certain events, a few weapons and also changing Aoshi’s motivation and back-story after he and his henchmen were not around in the first film. Furthermore, what has apparently caused quite an uproar, no light bugs – I personally did not miss them.

I have never been a fan of Rurouni Kenshin’s female characters, but if there is one I cannot stand is Makimachi Misao, so I am very glad not to have had her on screen too much. However, one has to admit that a huge effort has been made in order to portray the characters as close to the manga as physically possible. Seta Sōjirō[, for example, is tremendously well done. Saito Hajime is once again awesome.
Personally, I was very happy to have Fukuyama Masaharu thrown in as Hiko Seijuro even if he got a total of 15 seconds of screen time, and most of what we so were his hands. Not going to complain about that either.

All in all, worth it. Hell, yes very worth it and I am very sad I don’t get to see “The Legend Ends” on a big screen and shall have to wait forever and ever to get a DVD release T__T


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