Samurai X – Trust and Betrayal

Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan - Tsuioku-hen

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When mankind's savagery surpasses his fear of death, there is little hope for those who wish to live honest lives. Beneath a full moon, a young boy witnesses the murder of the bandits who had enslaved him, and is then christened with a new name by the man who rescued him. This boy is Shinta, now known as Kenshin Himura, and he is destined to become a swordsman. The softness of his heart does not befit the occupation, but his desire to protect the innocent is absolute. Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan - Tsuioku-hen details the origins of the man who would bear the name of Hitokiri Battousai long before he swore his oath not to kill and before he earned his reputation as an assassin. The young man’s heart is divided between justice and corruption, while the fate of a nation rests on his actions.

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English: Samurai X: Trust and Betrayal
Japanese: るろうに剣心―明治剣客浪漫譚―追憶編
Type: OVA
Episodes: 4
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Feb 20, 1999 to Sep 22, 1999
Producers: Aniplex
Licensors: ADV Films, Aniplex of America
Studios: Studio Deen
Source: Manga
Genres: Action, Historical, Drama, Romance, Martial Arts, Samurai, Shounen
Duration: 30 min per ep
Rating: R – 17+ (violence & profanity)
Resolution: 720p
Type: BD, Eng Sub


Charles Campbell – Producer, ADR Director, Recording Engineer
Kazuhiro Furuhashi – Director
Shouji Hata – Sound Director
Atsushi Matsumoto – Storyboard
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Theme Songs

OP1: “In Dreams” by Taku Iwasaki
ED1: “Quiet Life” by Taku Iwasaki


A masterpiece in cinematography, writing and all else. Brilliant, tragic, quiet, violent and contemplatative, an unforgettable experience.


The story of the cross-shaped scar taking place before the revolution. Probably the best part of all of Kenshin.


One of the best prequels to a shonen series ever. A true masterpiece.


Not sure what people see in this one. It definitely is an OVA. Not THAT much depth here.


A more realistic take on Himura Kenshin’s backstory, despite it not having the comedic aspect it’s masterfully done.


An accurate retelling of Kenshin’s tragic backstory that fails to be as emotional without the heart the series usually carries on its sleeve


Plain and uneventful. Praised to no limit, amounting to nothing. Disappointed.