Ishin Shishi e no Requiem ~
sky should be bright and blue no matter how high" - Hitokiri
I was wondering why such a famous manga-anime like Rurouni Kenshin only
has 1 movie? >_<. And hoping to see another RK movies now is in
vain. Betsuni, I think the one and olnly RK movie is not pretty
bad. Ishin Shishi e no Requiem's premiere in Japan
is on December 20, 1997. I didn't watch it at the cinema, but still
it's a cool movie. The story is new, not taken from the manga nor the
anime, there are some new attractive characters (Shigure to Gentatsu
wa Kawai yo ne! ^_^). As what I would say, your fanatism wouldn't
be complete if you haven't watched the Movie ^^.
Back to the age when Kenshin was Hitokiri Battousai
in the Ishin Shishi, he was in a secret
meeting with Katsura Kogorou, Saigou Takamori and Sakamoto
Ryouma as the intermediary. It was then famous as the making
of the Sacchou Doumei, the alliance of Satsuma and Choushuu han.
Suddenly the Aizu troop led by Hitokiri Gentatsu broke
in and tried to kill those 3 most valuable loyalists. But Kenshin knew
it beforehand and then they both dealt in a very furious battle. Finally
Kenshin killed hitokiri Gentatsu in the bamboo forest, hitokiri Gentatsu
fell lifeless to the ground herewith the falling bamboo leaves.
And back to the peaceful age of Meiji, Kenshin and friends had a journey
to Yokohama by train, Sano was so excited and... hungry as always ^^.
In such a coincidence, they saw group of barbarians (meaning western
foreigners ^^) making chaos in the harbor. There they met Shigure
Takimi who saved a sweet girl named Toki Takatsugi from those
crazed sailors. When the barbarians' pal saw it, they want to shoot
Shigure but Kenshin was too good to miss it, he jumped to the boat and
BUMP!!! the sailor fell unconsciousness. But then a police troop came
in, so Kenshin ran with Shigure, Kaoru and Yahiko ran with Toki, meanwhile
Sano who felt irritated since Kenshin didn't give him a chance to join
the fight, kicked some of those sailor's asses and ran innocently (a
real man who loves to brawl, ne?!). On the early evening, Kenshin and
friends returned back to Tokyo, but Kenshin stil had a thought of his
past as he heard that Toki-dono was a girl from Aizu, the same han with
hitokiri Gentatsu, a man he killed during the Bakumatsu.
Tokyo, Meiji Era
No one ever thought that their accidental meet will grow more serious.
One of those days, when Kaoru was sweeping the garden, Toki came looking
for Kenshin but Kenshin is out, buying tofu (my fave!). She asked him
to talk with Shigure since Shigure's acting peculiar lately and she
was worrying him so much. He told Kenshin that Shigure is the best comrade
of her late brother, Gentatsu. Kenshin was shocked, this girl's oniisan
died on his hand few years ago and now she came to ask for his help.
Shigure was actually have the same motive as another Kenshin's opponents,
to ruin down the current government of Japan. With another of his Aizu
comrade, Kajiki Sadashiro, he planned to kill the foreign minister
so then he could shake the Meiji government and set a new one as Gentatsu
wished for. Kajiki was actually a traitor, he worked for Tamono Eibin,
a police officer who wants to take the place of Yamagata Aritomo,
the leader of Japan's Ground Forces. Shigure made a similar troop with
Byakkoutai, a troop of Aizu teenagers under 17 who died tragically
in the Boshin War (another famous classic Japanese
heroic story). Yahiko joined with Shigure's troop inspired by his father's
death as a member of Shogitai, but Shigure left him silently since he
didn't want Kenshin to lose his young pal.
the D-day, Shigure's troop attacked the parade of foreign minister,
but Kenshin had already knew about it and he came to stop Shigure. The
lone wolf, Hajime Saitou, also take
part (my... this guy is undeniable). Kenshin did stop Shigure but he
and his remained members won't retreat that easily. On the top of that,
Kenshin felt responsible for Shigure's act, he had promised not to make
any bloody rain again and so did what hitokiri Gentatsu wanted. Then
he personally asked Yamagata to let him take care of Shigure by himself.
I noticed that the battle of Kenshin and Shigure is one of Kenshin's
coolest battles. Shigure is one of tree almighty Kanuma warriors, he
mastered the Saiki Kanuma Ryuu which used both the sword (katana,
wakizashi) and the sheath (saya). Shigure is a very charming
dude indeed, too bad he had to die as the bastard son, Tamono, told
his men to shoot everyone. He died to save Toki, Kenshin was outraged
by it and he almost tore Tamono into pieces, but thank god Kenshin still
remember his vow. In the end, Kenshingumi bid farewell to Toki who will
bury Shigure's ashes near her late brother's grave.
This movie is great, the
story is pretty amusing, the battle is cool and Shigure wa suteki
na! ^_^. I believe that many of you must've watched this, if you
haven't... then go quick to hobby store and buy. YOU WON'T REGRET, I
Makoto's endnote: There is a freaky part in this movie. The Bakumatsu
scene when Hitokiri Gentatsu fought with Hitokiri Battousai is being
replayed couple times (about 6 times if I was not mistaken). I actually
like that scene but when it comes on and on, I become bored. Maybe it's
just a trick to prolong the story without making new scenes ^ ^.
- The Jafu, Anime Rental and Store
for all of the Rurouni Kenshin CDs.
- The Hobby Store and my bigbro,
Pipim, for the Movie
- ADV for making the English Subtitled
- Ultima Nation vol 9, 2000 for
the Ishin Shishi e no Requiem review.
to Entrance Gate