Rurouni Kenshin struggles with one of the most cliched
plots ever. I recently watched it at my schools anime
club (of which I am a member) where to my great dismay I found people appreciating
it for all the wrong reasons. To put it bluntly
it's a great action flick with a weak story line. Before I start some stort of flame war
with the other anime fans on E2
lemme explain myself.
First of the symbolism
used in rurouni kenshin is very weak. The bleeding cut on his face is entirely too obvious
and doesn't provide much depth
to the story
. If such a symbol were used in any literary work, like a book, it'd be regarded as stupid
and overly obvious
. The show goes entirely out of its way to stress this symbol, as if they think that this makes more something with a profound
meaning. It doesn't, and ends up being everything but profound.
Second is the plot
line, it's decent, but not wonderfull. It's a generally entertaining
story to watch develop, but doesn't warrant the rave
reviews everyone gives it.
also lack dimension. They are not truly human
and have one deciding mindset and are highly predictable
. One is reminded of early European Theatre
where characters were defined by one defining trait
Now, on to why it's a good anime
. The art
scenes are terrific, if only that were the whole show. But still these make a mediocre plot into a great experience. I highly recommend watching this anime, but, don't expect the amazing plot
that others have built up. It's not on the same level as published literature
as some would compare it to.
NOTE: This node was made regarding the OAV not the series, which I havn't seen