Rurouni Kenshin, part 3

part 1part 2

I keep falling behind on reviewing manga >.<; during this quarantine, I keep reading ongoing series. so to make up for that, I’ve decided to review another one of the series that I own. it’s always faster for me to read something I can hold in my hands >.>; so, here we go!

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Since I own this series, I will be reading the official English translation. I have the omnibus volumes.
summary:
“Shinomori Aoshi was once the leader of Edo Castle’s elite guard, the Oniwabbanshuu. When the shougunate was overthrown, Aoshi and his men were deprived of both home and purpose. All that’s left to them now are their fighting skills, which they’ve put to service as a mercenary guard for the industrialist Takeda Kanryuu. However much sympathy Kenshin might feel for the Oniwanbanshuu, he’s sworn to stop Kanryuu’s corrupt plans. But in order to do so, he’ll have to defeat Aoshi, a shinobi prodigy and master of a deadly twin-sword style.
Later, Isurugi Raijuuta, a swordsman of incredible strength and ferocity, requests Kenshin’s aid in reforming Japan’s swordsmanship schools, to save them from their decline in the modern age. Although Kenshin is intrigued by Raijuuta’s ideals, he’s disturbed by his increasingly brutal methods. Sanosuke runs into some trouble of his own when he’s reunited with a member of the Sekihou Army -the doomed civilian-run unit that they both served in during the revolution- who’s determined to exact revenge from the Meiji government.”
I am going to be doing shorthand as I read.  These descriptions are really more of a reminder to myself about what all I have been able to read so far.  Sorry if this bothers anyone!  I will do a full description on the final review page of each series I read.
Every post past this point will be a spoiler, so please read ahead with caution!
ch23: Kenshin fights Han’nya while Yahiko sits on Sanosuke’s shoulders (omg, that’s so adorable). Kenshin has some trouble at first because Han’nya’s tattoos create an obstacle illusion, but measuring with his sword, Kenshin figures it out and cracks Han’nya’s mask which hides his true face
ch24: Han’nya deformed his own face in order to be a master of disguise. his loyalty to Aoshi is absolute since Aoshi gave him a home and a purpose. Han’nya was almost killed by his parents and left in the woods where he somehow managed to survive before eventually meeting Aoshi who let him join the Oniwanbanshuu. Kenshin asks for Han’nya knew Megumi’s past -he did. Kenshin defeats him, and they continue on. 2nd guy (Shikijou) lets Kenshin and Yahiko escape so he can fight Sanosuke. he doesn’t think Sanosuke will be a challenge; Sanosuke’s mad now xD
ch25: Shikijou’s strong enough to throw Sanosuke around, and 1 headbutt makes Sanosuke stagger, but there’s no conviction in him; he’s all about the battle. he started working for Aoshi after he (only 13) defeated the fully grown Shikijou -who was working for the Ishin Shishi. Aoshi promised strength, so Shikijou switched sides. Sanosuke’s not impressed. with his conviction, he beats Shikijou before passing out himself. now, Kenshin and Yahiko face Aoshi
ch26: Yahiko’s told to stand back so Kenshin can fight Aoshi xD Aoshi uses a kodachi sword which is known as the shield sword (its shorter length makes it less powerful, but its light weight makes it great for parrying blows); Kenshin knows these are a pain to fight against. turns out Aoshi also knows martial arts which he uses to attack while defending with the kodachi. also, he taught Han’nya, so he’s even better. history lesson time @.@;
Yoshinobu, the last shougun of the Tokugawa area, left Osaka Castle during the battle of Toba Fushimi and went to Edo. he hid at the Kan-Eiji Temple in Ueno and left Katsu Kaishuu in charge. that guy met with Saigou Takamori, and they agreed to leave Edo Castle out of the battle. and thus the Oniwabanshuu didn’t get to fight in the Bakumatsu period.
which is why Aoshi is still battle hungry; he knows they could’ve secured victory if they’d been given a chance. they would’ve set fire to the city and killed the leaders during the confusion, leaving the footman to fall in battle. he’s still all for this plan, even during times of peace. he just wants to fight and prove his group’s strength. Kenshin’s not happy. while they keep fighting, Kanryuu tries to figure out how to get rid of Aoshi and Kenshin at the same time, and Megumi keeps considering her dagger <=(
ch27: Kenshin’s struggling against Aoshi, but he has a counter attack forming. Aoshi with a kodachi’s formidable because he controls his opponent’s range; Kenshin takes that control from him, so Aoshi uses his full skill and downs Kenshin. Yahiko prepares to battle to his last breath -Aoshi almost regrets having to kill him-, but Kenshin stands again; he blocked with his scabbard and took half damage. Kenshin catches Aoshi’s blade (supposedly martial arts don’t have a technique for this, but all 500 kenjutsu sword styles do?) and shoves the hilt into Aoshi’s throat xD (Idk why that makes me happy; maybe because I’m ready for Kenshin to take Aoshi down? he’s too focused on the past while Kenshin focuses on the future and what he can do to continue bettering the world)
ch28: after a 2nd hit -and a counter from Aoshi-, Aoshi’s defeated. he’s only unconscious for about 10 seconds, and Kenshin asks him why he didn’t become an officer after the Bakumatsu. Aoshi says he got tons of offers, but none for his men, so he stayed with the Oniwabanshuu that couldn’t move on in the Meiji era. Kanryuu reveals a gatling gun. minor history time:
it was invited in 1861 by an American doctor (Dr. Gatling) and brought to Japan after its use in the American Civil War by the Union. it’s 1 of the 3 great machines of war, alongside the armored ship /Stonewall Jackson/ and the Armstrong gun. it became well known in Japan after its use in the 3rd battle in the Boshin War by Minister Kawai Tsugunosuke
the gun Kanryuu has can shoot 200 bullets per minute. its shots wake up Sanosuke and all the previously defeated Oniwabansuu. Kenshin’s able to dodge the shots while carrying Yahiko -because Kanryuu’s not trying hard?- but Aoshi gets shot in the legs when he makes Kanryuu mad. Kanryuu intends to become a weapons dealer after making enough money from opium dealing; he thinks money will give him more power than Kenshin or Aoshi could ever have with their abilities. the Oniwabanshuu sacrifice themselves one after the other in order to save Aoshi, also giving Kenshin enough time to get his sword (also Han’nya told Kenshin where Megumi is). Kanryuu tries to shoot Kenshin, but he’s out of bullets. I love Kenshin’s line here ❤ “If you’re going to beg for your life, pray to your beloved money!!” <333 so good! <33 they leave Aoshi to grieve and continue on ahead

that’s all I have time to read this time, so if you would like to keep reading along with me, then please click <here>.

Rurouni Kenshin, part 2

part 1

I keep falling behind on reviewing manga >.<; during this quarantine, I keep reading ongoing series… >_>;; so to make up for that, I’ve decided to review another one of the series that I own. it’s always faster for me to read something I can hold in my hands >.>; so, here we go!

Rurouni Kenshin

Since I own this series, I will be reading the official English translation. I have the omnibus volumes.
summary:
“One hundred and fifty years ago in Kyoto, amid the flames of revolution, there arose a warrior, an assassin of such ferocious power he was given the title Hitokiri: Manslayer. With his bloodstained blade, the Hitokiri Battousai helped close the turbulent Bakumatsu period and end the reign of the shouguns, slashing open the way toward the progressive Meiji Era.
Then he vanished, and with the flow of years became legend.
In the eleventh year of Meiji, in the middle of Tokyo, the tale begins. Himura Kenshin, a humble rurouni, or wandering swordsman, comes to the aid of Kamiya Kaoru, a young woman who is struggling to defend her father’s school of swordsmanship against attacks by the infamous Hitokiri Battousai. However, neither Kenshin nor Battousai are quite what they seem…”
I am going to be doing shorthand as I read.  These descriptions are really more of a reminder to myself about what all I have been able to read so far.  Sorry if this bothers anyone!  I will do a full description on the final review page of each series I read.
Every post past this point will be a spoiler, so please read ahead with caution!
ch14: Kenshin hesitates, but it only takes a word from Jin-e for Kenshin to swing his sword. Kaoru yells for him to stop, surprising Kenshin and Jin-e; she’s broken the strengthened technique with her will for Kenshin to stay a rurouni. she was never even on Jin-e’s radar to be able to do that (but he also never knew she ran a dojo; he just saw a pretty girl in a kimono talking to Kenshin by the river; he underestimated her). Kenshin is saved, but Jin-e’s not down yet. Kenshin tells him to surrender, and Jin-e stabs himself through the chest; he can’t afford to be caught and interrogated by the police. he was hired by someone in the government and used the guise of a “crazy serial killer” to continue his work as a hitokiri. he says a hitokiri is a hitokiri until death. it gives Kenshin something to think about. Kenshin intends to suppress his hitokiri nature for the rest of his life. on the way back to the dojo, Kaoru thanks Kenshin for saving her life, and he thanks her for saving his. he tries to return her ribbon, but it’s all bloody now xD Sanosuke gives them crap for being out together all night xD
ch15: Kaoru likes the idea of having Kenshin on a leash xD Sanosuke takes Kenshin gambling! he wants Kenshin to cheer up -plus he’s using Kenshin’s abilities (how do those work? O.o) to predict the dice. gambling’s illegal, so Kenshin doesn’t want to do it, but it’s also illegal to carry a sword, so Kenshin agrees to stay. 1 of Sanosuke’s friends died recently from opium overdose -opium is also illegal. it’s also expensive, so Kenshin’s not sure how someone with normal income could buy enough to overdose from it. a lady runs into the room; she’s being chased by a couple guys. Sanosuke beats them up because he’s in a bad mood and he doesn’t like their attitude. they work for Takeda Kanryuu, a local “industrialist” who’s gained a lot of power recently. even the yakuza know not to mess with him. a 3rd guy appears and hurts two of Sanosuke’s friends before Kenshin and Sanosuke stop him. the lady wants them to help her escape Kanryuu, and it seems like she’s willing to pay in opium
ch16: the group returns to the dojo, and the lady (Megumi Takani) seems to have taken a liking to Kenshin. Sanosuke says they won Megumi to cover someone’s debts, and Kenshin reluctantly agrees to try and keep Kaoru uninvolved. more teasing happens, and Kaoru gets mad and kicks everyone out. Yahiko vanishes after this? O.o? Sanosuke wants answers from Megumi, but she’s being a pain and refusing to talk about herself. Sanosuke intends to stop the opium; he’s very serious about it. one of his friends shows up; the others have been checked out by the doctor, so they’re okay, but the 2 guys who attacked have shown up dead in the river. when our group arrives, they spot Kanryuu, the 3rd guy (Beshimi), and someone else. this guy isn’t part of the private army; he was hired after for even more security. he’s the okashira -aka the head/leader- of Edo castle’s oniwabanshuu -who were spies during the Edo period, now called onmitsu/ninja/shinobi. his name’s Aoshi Shinomori, and he became the okashira when he was 15, but he’s no longer the head (maybe because he works for Kanryuu now?). there’s a 4th person in the crowd named Han’nya, but we can’t see them. Kanryuu doesn’t give 2nd chances to his men; he kills those who fail. Aoshi is giving Beshimi a 2nd chance to get Megumi back. she’s the golden goose to Kanryuu
ch17: back at the dojo, Kenshin questions Megumi. she’ll answer questions about Kanryuu’s forces but nothing about herself. there’s 60 men in the private army and maybe 10 oniwabanshuu. Sanosuke’s sitting outside, and he keeps Kaoru from eavesdropping; she doesn’t like Kenshin being alone with Megumi xD also, Kenshin’s handwriting is apparently bad; Kaoru makes a joke that it’s as bad as the mangaka’s xD (I always like meta jokes like that xD) Kenshin tells Kaoru that something may happen at the dojo soon, but he’ll make sure she’s safe; she’s ok with it as long as he explains later. Megumi intends to run away during the fighting. Beshimi arrives with Hyottoko and Han’nya. Hyottoko breaks through the gate, and Sanosuke attacks first, but Hyottoko can breathe fire. he has a 9 liter bag of oil in his stomach and false teeth made of flint to start a spark. Sanosuke’s legs get burned, so Kenshin fights next, using the wind from his sword to repel the fire until the oil runs out. when Megumi tries to leave, Kaoru says the least she can do is stay since these men are fighting for her sake; Kaoru says that Kenshin won’t lose (it’s good to have that level of faith in your friends, but strategy wise, I can see why Megumi would intend to run, so I can’t fault her there. though running off too early is also a bad plan)
ch18: Hyottoko refuels (where’d that barrel come from?), and Sanosuke fights him again. he charges Hyottoko head on, through the fire, and rips the oil bag out of his stomach (omg, OW!), then knocks him out with a kick. Beshimi gets desperate and lets his anger get the better of him. he attacks Megumi with a spiral dart, but Yahiko jumps in the way, taking the hit in his arm. Kaoru scolds him, but he says he’s part of the team, so he deserves to at least be allowed to defend. but the dart was poisoned; Yahiko blacks out; he’ll die in an hour. Kenshin attacks Beshimi, but Han’nya uses a log substitution and grabs Beshimi
side note: Sanosuke, yelling at someone who’s poisoned to “snap out of it” is not an effective treatment
ch19: Han’nya wants to leave with his comrades, but Kenshin wants Beshimi to stay so they can get the antidote for Yahiko. they clash, but Han’nya uses martial arts to knock Kenshin back and escape. Megumi diagnoses the poison as jimsonweed and gives instructions -oral and written- for what everyone can do to help Yahiko; Kaoru’s tasked with getting the dojo’s doctor. thanks to these instructions, Yahiko should recover in 2-3 days. jimsonweed can be used for poison or medicine according to the doctor. the dojo’s doctor apparently knows some of Megumi’s history which he tells to Sanosuke and Kaoru at the same time that Megumi tells it to Kenshin. (this is going to be a lot…)
she’s from Aizu where doctors were prevalent. they treated everyone during the war which made the warlord in charge mad. Megumi’s father left Aizu for Nagasaki to study Western medicines -apparently leaving your prefecture back then was bad/hard to do, so the family had to be pardoned in order to return home later. after this, the Aizu War (4th great battle in the Boshin War) happened. The Imperial Army attacked Aizu to the point that even citizens had to fight, but on Sept 22, 1868, they had to surrender; they couldn’t defeat  the Ishin Shishi/patriots/new Empire. since Aizu had supported the Shinsengumi/shougonate, they were discriminated against once the Meiji era started. Megumi’s father died in the battles, and her mother and 2 brothers went missing. 5 years ago, she became the assistant to a doctor that the dojo’s doctor knew. this doctor worked for Kanryuu, and he created a potent opium from fewer materials, making it very valuable. Kanryuu killed him while trying to get the recipe, so now only Megumi knows it. she’s made it for 3 years, believing in the beginning that she was making healing medicine. she lives with the guilt under the hope that someday she can be a real doctor again, save lives instead of taking them, and might even find her missing family members. Kenshin praises her for being so strong by keeping the guilt without caving to Kanryuu; she hasn’t told him the recipe. Kaoru invites Megumi to stay with them -as long as she keeps her hands off Kenshin xD
back at bad guy headquarters, Han’nya reports to Aoshi. Kenshin did injure him, so he’s on recon duty for 3 days to learn Kenshin’s secrets
ch20: Megumi’s a good cook, but Sanosuke won’t eat her cooking since it was her opium that killed his friend. Kenshin asks Megumi not to take it to heart; Sanosuke’s just frustrated since Kanryuu hasn’t made another move for a week, but being called “opium woman” really gets into Megumi’s head. random info: there’s a cannon that fires at noon every day, and a book lender who walks around with new books. the book lender this time is Han’nya in disguise. Kanryuu wants to speak -just speak- with Megumi, so she goes. in the forest, Kanryuu threatens the dojo if Megumi won’t return. the attack is tonight, so she must decide quickly. she writes a farewell letter, saying she’s returning to Aizu, then returns to Kanryuu. Kenshin doesn’t believe the letter; he intends to save Megumi. Yahiko volunteers to because she saved his life, and isn’t this what the Kamiya Kasshin-ryu is for? Sanosuke refuses to go, but Kenshin scolds him. frustrated, Sanosuke decides to go, but only so he can fight
ch21: at the mansion, Yahiko tells Sanosuke not to slow them down, and they fight xD while they break in, Megumi’s with Kanryuu. she intends to kill him then herself, but Aoshi takes her blade. Kanryuu beats her until she’s knocked out <=( in the mainhall, Kenshin and Sanosuke have taken out the swordsmen and yakuza, and now the gunmen appear. Kenshin defeats some, and Sanosuke throws Yahiko at the others. he steals the gun from 1 then pretends to shoot him, causing the gunman to faint in fear. the others are taken out by Kenshin and Sanosuke who tells Yahiko not to slow them down xD Yahiko’s already breathing hard from trying to keep up, but Kenshin and Sanosuke aren’t even phased. Kanryuu sees the devastation and is terrified/confused, but Aoshi’s excited. he recognizes Kenshin for his spirit/ideals from the revolution. Kenshin seems to be his target (maybe that’s why he agreed to work for Kanryuu?)
ch22: Kanryuu tries to bribe Kenshin to become his bodyguard for 200 men’s wages, but Kenshin doesn’t budge; either Kanryuu can bring Megumi down or Kenshin can come up to get her. Kanryuu asks for an hour -intending to torture then kill her-, and Kenshin cuts a steel/metal lamp with enough force to send it crashing into the wall (I think even Aoshi’s impressed xD ). he’ll give Kanryuu an hour (but why though?), but now Kanryuu’s too scared to harm her. the oniwabanshuu will guard her, and after an hour when Kenshin’s been defeated (lol), then Kanryuu can do whatever he wants with her. they did start working for Kanryuu in order to fight strong opponents; they only cooperate with him because they want to; they don’t let Kanryuu boss them around. when Megumi wakes up, Aoshi gives her her short sword back because he respects the struggle she’s had in life. but he doesn’t give her hope for being rescued. the sword is returned as a “mercy”; she’ll die in an hour, either by her own hand or by Kanryuu’s torture… back on the 1st floor, Kenshin and co’s 1st opponent is Han’nya
And that’s the end of the 1st omnibus! There’s a couple versions of the original pilot at the end. I’ll go ahead and write a review for those, but those will be posted after I finish with the main story (omg; that’s going to be awhile @.@; ). There’re also colored versions of each volume cover (an omnibus usually holds 3 volumes) after those stories. I really liked all the colored art in the omnibuses ❤
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Rurouni Kenshin, part 1

I keep falling behind on reviewing manga >.<; during this quarantine, I keep reading ongoing series… >_>;; so to make up for that, I’ve decided to review another one of the series that I own. it’s always faster for me to read something I can hold in my hands >.>; so, here we go!
Since I own this series, I will be reading the official English translation. I have the omnibus volumes.
summary:
“One hundred and fifty years ago in Kyoto, amid the flames of revolution, there arose a warrior, an assassin of such ferocious power he was given the title Hitokiri: Manslayer. With his bloodstained blade, the Hitokiri Battousai helped close the turbulent Bakumatsu period and end the reign of the shouguns, slashing open the way toward the progressive Meiji Era.
Then he vanished, and with the flow of years became legend.
In the eleventh year of Meiji, in the middle of Tokyo, the tale begins. Himura Kenshin, a humble rurouni, or wandering swordsman, comes to the aid of Kamiya Kaoru, a young woman who is struggling to defend her father’s school of swordsmanship against attacks by the infamous Hitokiri Battousai. However, neither Kenshin nor Battousai are quite what they seem…”
I am going to be doing shorthand as I read.  These descriptions are really more of a reminder to myself about what all I have been able to read so far.  Sorry if this bothers anyone!  I will do a full description on the final review page of each series I read.
Every post past this point will be a spoiler, so please read ahead with caution!
ch1: the first half of the chapter is in color =O mostly reds with some blues ❤ so pretty! ❤
140 years ago, Hitokiri Battousai arose on the battlefields in Kyoto and helped to end the Bakumatsu Era before vanishing into legend. now’s it’s the 11th year of the Meiji Era. Kaoru Kamiya -master of the Kamiya dojo- confronts a traveler carrying a sword, accusing him of being the Battousai. his sword is a sakabatou, meaning the sharp edge is on the inner curve of the sword; it’s not a killing sword, so he must not be Battousai. there’s a murderer running around and calling himself Battousai, and he’s using Kaoru’s dojo’s sword style, so she intends to stop him to clear her dojo’s name. the sword style, Kamiya Kasshin-Ryu, was developed by her father over the course of 10 years, but he died 6 months ago in the Seinan War. it’s a style based on katsujin-ken, swords that give life. but Battousai’s even killing police officers. the traveler saves her from death so she can fight another day -but he doesn’t think she should; she’s not strong enough to defeat this Battousai. even her friend/physician, Kihei, says she should give up, but he also wants her to give up the sword and sell the dojo. Kaoru figures out that the Battousai probably lives at the dojo in the next town, and the traveler visits there to confirm. while he defeats the criminals at that dojo, Kihei betrays Kaoru at her dojo. the Battousai’s his younger brother (Kaoru guessed correctly about their hideout), and they want this dojo for its good economic location. the traveler appears and saves the day, defeating the bad guys; he was actually the Battousai of legend, but he wants peace; he no longer kills. Kaoru invites him to stay with her, and he agrees to stop traveling for a while. his name is Kenshin Himura. other info: there’s a ban on swords in the Meiji Era; it’s illegal to carry a real one if you’re not a police officer or military member, but wooden swords are ok.
(hopefully that’s the end of the long explanations @.@; so much info @.@;; )
ch2: Kenshin doesn’t know his age; he thinks he’s 28? the local police formed a sword corp to deal with the “Battousai”, and it’s run by warriors who made names for themselves in battle; they’re tyrants. Kenshin’s been caught again for carrying a sword, and they force him to draw it by threatening Kaoru and the locals; if he draws, they can kill him in “self defense”. Kenshin defeats them but is willing to be arrested for carrying a sword if they’ll stop being brutes. a high ranking guy that Kenshin knew during the war arrives; he wants Kenshin to join the government; all the other war heroes got seats of power, but Kenshin refuses because he didn’t raise his sword for power; he did it for peace. he carries a sword still to protect those in arms reach, and that’s all he wants left in life.
ch3: a kid tries to pickpocket Kenshin. Kaoru catches him, but Kenshin freely gives up his wallet since the kid seems to need money. pride wounded, the kid throws the wallet back. his name’s Yahiko Myoujin, and he’s descended from samurai; he has their pride. he tries to leave his gang but gets beaten for it. his father died a samurai, fighting against the revolution, and his mother joined a brothel so Yahiko could eat; she died of syphilis; the gang took him in after, and they find him trying to leave as an insult. despite the beatings, Yahiko’s adament about quitting. Kenshin arrives and saves him (Idk how many yakuza groups he destroyed while trying to save Yahiko; I wish I knew xD). he declares Yahiko as Kaoru’s student so he can be strong enough to save himself someday; both are shocked
side note: I’ve read this series at least 4 times in the past, and for personal reasons, I won’t read the author’s notes along the side anymore, so there may be some info I’m missing. sorry, but this is the only way I can enjoy this series… in all honesty, the mangaka gets really depressing over time, and it makes me dislike the series >.>;;
ch4: Yahiko and Kaoru clash too much to make any progress; they’re both too stubborn and immature; they’re very similar >.>; Yahiko won’t recognize Kaoru as strong, and she keeps losing her cool from his disrespect. a couple of her old students come to the dojo for help, and she shelters them when they say they were attacked. except, they’re the ones who attacked a gang. the gang arrives for revenge with a CANNON (overkill, guys), and Kaoru gives herself up in exchange for her students. Yahiko defends her, refusing to let her die alone, and Kenshin arrives to save them both. he slices a cannon ball apart, and the gang runs off. Kenshin tells the former students to never return and to never pick up a sword again. Kaoru reminds them to see a doctor, but she’s heartbroken that her father’s sword style of life was used for harm. Kenshin comforts her, and Yahiko finally agrees to be her student, so she doesn’t lose heart
ch5: Kaoru and co get lunch at a local café, and Kenshin takes a bottle to the back of the head so Kaoru doesn’t get hit. Yahiko yells at the drunks, and it quickly escalates. when they try to attack the waitress, a guy shows up and gets them to fight him outside. he wins with just a single flick and compliments Kenshin for intentionally getting hit before by the bottle. he wants to fight Kenshin but is turned down xD he leaves after without paying his bill xD the brothers from ch 1-2 approach him later and pay him to fight Himura Battousai, and he agrees; he’s a fight merchant, after all. he goes by Zanza
ch6: Kenshin’s 28, Kaoru’s 17, Yahiko’s 10, “Zanza” (actually named Sanosuke Sagara) is 19, and the bad brothers are 37 and 45 according to the chapter art. Sanosuke spends 2 weeks researching Kenshin; he researches all his fights before he goes in (which’s really smart =O shows he’s not just a hot headed fight maniac). he finds out that Kenshin was only active as the Hitokiri Battousai for 5 years, spending the 2nd half of his career as a protector against the Shinsengumi. his final battle was at Toba Fushimi, and after, he became a rurouni/traveler. despite knowing all that, Sanosuke couldn’t think of a battle strategy, so he challenges Kenshin honorably. the bad brothers (Hiruma bros) intend to jump in at the end of the fight and shoot Kenshin to assure victory, but they’re found out and the gun destroyed. on the way to the fight area, Yahiko reveals that he’s not bothered by Kenshin’s past. other info: Sanosuke says he believes everyone who fought for the revolution -meaning Kenshin- is a hypocrite; he hates them all. he’s also called Zanza because he wields a zanbatou -a giant katana without a sharp edge, meant to cut down an opponent on a horse; it’s so heavy it can’t be used to it’s potential usually. also, Sanosuke’s formidable because he can take a hit
ch7: Sanosuke’s temporarily brought down, but he remembers why he wears the mark of evil on his back. as a kid, he was part of the Sekihou army, a group of mostly merchants and farmers who fought for the revolution. they were promised lower taxes should the revolution go through, but with victory on the horizon, the new government went back on their word. they named the Sekihou army as traitorous liars and killed their captain as a scapegoat to their own lies. Sanosuke looked up to Captain Souzou Sagara to the point of wanting to 1 day have the same name (most farmers didn’t even have family names, and neither did Sanosuke). he’s never forgiven the revolutionary government for what they’ve done. rage re-awakened, Sanosuke stands up to keep fighting, but the older brother pulls a gun and shoots Kenshin. he blocks. he points a gun at Kaoru and Yahiko, but Sanosuke takes down the younger brother while Kenshin repels the older brother. with them taken care of, Sanosuke challenges Kenshin to continue fighting, and Kenshin flips his blade and accepts the challenge.
ch8: despite taking several hits, Sanosuke won’t fall. Kenshin gives him a good talking to which reminds Sanosuke what he used to fight for: a world of peace and equality; the war may’ve ended, but that doesn’t mean that goal has been achieved. Kenshin continues to fight as a rurouni. Sanosuke allows himself to fall. he’s so injured, it’s predicted that it’ll take 3 months to recover. instead, he’s back at the cafe the next day, still strong enough to take out the drunks from before -but a few punches from Kenshin and co almost level him. he intends to stick around Kenshin to see/test his sincerity. his zanbatou’s broken, and he’s given up being a fight merchant, so now he’s just Sanosuke, not Zanza. he also left the café without paying his bill again xD
ch9: apparently Sanosuke can cook, and Kaoru cannot xD the police chief comes to ask Kenshin to protect a local government guy from an assassin who’s been killing for 10 years. the assassin enjoys sending a warning letter -to get a big defense force- and then slaughtering as many as possible. he’s killed 10+ actual targets in 10 years and 90 police and others in his last attack alone. Kenshin agrees in order to spare some lives and maybe save this serial killer’s heart. Sanosuke joins in because he’s still a fight enthusiast xD the politician brags about surviving the last war, but that’s because Kenshin was his guard during his most famous battle -and Sanosuke’s beating all his “elite guard” in the past. Kenshin reverses his prideful boasting and has him humbly accept the police’s help/protection. at 1am, the outside policemen are killed, and the killer -Kurogasa- gets inside
ch10: the politician, Tani-san, promises x5 pay and an officer’s job to whoever kills the assassin, sending his 15 guards to attack. the assassin can use shin no ippou to paralyze opponents with a glance. Sanosuke gets caught in it, but Kenshin was behind him and is spared. they exchange blows, but Kenshin’s parried. Kurogasa uses the technique again, but Kenshin breaks out with his will. he identifies Kurogasa as Udou Jin-e, a hitokiri for hire during the Bakumatsu. he remembers stories of Kenshin, as well. Sanosuke breaks out of the technique and saves Tani-san, and Kenshin becomes the new target of Jin-e. Jin-e escapes; Kenshin’s troubled because he meant to stop him but was unable to
ch11: Jin-e originally fought for the Shinsengumi, but after killing people he wasn’t supposed to, he switched sides and fought for the patriots. Kenshin’s not sure he can beat him since Jin-e’s continued to fight for the past 10 years while Kenshin hasn’t. he asks Sanosuke to watch over the dojo for him; he won’t be back until he defeats Jin-e. when Sanosuke tells Kaoru, she goes after Kenshin because she’s worried he won’t come back after the fight. hitokiri used to stay near rivers for quick escape routes; Kenshin waits there for Jin-e but Kaoru finds him instead. she gives him her favorite ribbon so he’ll have to come back to return it. Jin-e kidnaps her (super shocking! very well done!) via the speedy river and tells Kenshin to become his old self if he wants to save her
ch12: they’re to meet at midnight at a shrine in the woods. when Kenshin arrives, Kaoru realizes he’s not the same Kenshin she knows; he’s like the old Battousai. Kenshin does well, but Jin-e could still beat him easily, so he ups the pressure by using the eye technique on Kaoru with enough force to freeze her lungs. she’ll be dead in 2 minutes if Kenshin doesn’t really get serious. it’s enough to fully enrage Kenshin. he breaks Jin-e’s nose in an instant and has the intent to kill him now
ch13: Jin-e uses the shin no ippou on himself to convince his mind that he’s invincible. Kenshin still has every intention of killing him. Kaoru can only be saved by his death or her own will. in a trade of blows, Kenshin breaks Jin-e’s elbow and severs the ligaments in his arm, ending his career as a swordsman, and now, he’ll take his life.
side note: according to Kenshin, one earns the title Battousai when one masters the battoujutsu
that’s all I have time to read this time. to keep reading along with me, then please click here to get to part 2! until next time!

-not a manga-

I am so sorry that I’ve been away!  I thought my buffer would last me during the holidays, but clearly, I was wrong.  I also bought a house during the holidays, so between family get togethers and moving, I haven’t been on.  It also took me a few extra weeks to get my desktop set up.

All this to say, I’m very sorry for the delay.  I’ll try to get back onto my regular posting schedule starting February 29th!

Welcome!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog!  As it says, this is a blog where I plan to review completed manga series.  Why am I doing this?  Because I love manga!  But not all manga is created equal, and honestly, there have been many times where I wished someone could have warned me in advance…

Maybe you feel the same?  So I created this blog so I can rate series as I read them and give everyone my thoughts on the series.

But I’m not just here to rip on manga! Too many times I have also wanted to gush over a series, but I have no one to tell (without getting annoying), so I thought that this would be a great place to talk about manga!

The good, the bad, and the crazy!  I want to read all the manga there is!!

WARNING!
Manga will be spoiled here,
so if you do not want spoilers,
then you may be looking at the wrong site!

YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED

 

 

Most of the manga that I will be reviewing will be from websites.  As such, I use the advanced search options to limit the genres that I read.  Unfortunately, I will not be reading every genre of manga out there.  There are a few genres that I just don’t like, so I won’t be reading them unless you recommend a series for me to review!

Here are the genres I won’t read:
–   Horror
–   Tragedy
–   Doujinshi
Doujinshi may seem strange, but since those are more like fanfiction in manga form, then I just don’t have a desire to read them (I love fanfic, but I’m here to rate manga).  Horror and tragedy are just genres that depress me or make me anxious, so I will not choose to read those on my own.
However, there are some series like “D. Gray-Man” that are technically considered horror!  I have read part of that one (it’s not completed yet -5/15/18), and I do enjoy it.

If there is a series that you want to recommend to me, please let me know!  I will gladly read it even if it’s one of the genres listed above!  Since those genres are on my restricted list, I won’t know about some manga unless you tell me!

 

 

On this blog, I will be rating manga from 0 to 5 stars.  Each star represents a category that I will be judging the manga on.

  • Plot: How well does the manga stick to its plot?  Does it resolve the plot?  Does it start or develop a plot?
  • Art: How does the art look?  Can I understand what is going on (expressions, fight scenes, transitions, etc.)? This is the artistic side of the story.
  • Story Progression: This is the writing side of the story.  How well does the story progress?  Am I bored out of my mind because nothing’s happening?  Am I unable to put the manga down because so many important things are happening?
  • Genre: How well does the manga follow the genre listed with it?
  • Enjoyment: How much did I enjoy the manga?  Did I hate it?  Was it alright?  Did I love it?

The stars may not be listed in this exact order every time, but I will be using these criteria to rate the manga I’ve read.  On each star, the manga may receive no star, half a star, or a full star.  I will also give a description for the rating of each star.

 

 

This is my first blog, so please be kind and understanding as you read.  The formatting here may not be the easiest, but I will be working hard from here on out to create a helpful and resourceful site!