X Marked the Spot: Remembering The Gentle Rurouni
Ten years ago, this small island nation was introduced to the gentle swordsman with a dark past. Battousai Himura and other notable characters from Rurouni Kenshin became part of the anime revolution that swept the otaku community then.
Rurouni Kenshin is, in itself, a revolution in anime. Even after more than a decade, it remains one of the most watched anime. This, despite the sad truth that the series never faced an end.
Kenshin Himura assumed the life of a wanderer after a life-changing personal experience as an assassin. He met Yahiko Myojin, a young samurai boy thrown into theft; Sanosuke Sagara, a survivor of a group called Sekihoutai; and Kaoru Kamiya, master of the Kamiya dojo. Along the way, Kenshin met more people and influenced them to take the right path, a way for him to make amends for the crimes that he had done.
But completely forgetting his past seemed impossible. It caught up with him, and everyone around him is thrown into the fray, and his ideals for a better future by not using his sword shaken.
Kenshin and the gang fought their way to victory and then…nothing. Otaku was left hungry for more, but no more episodes were created to finish the anime.
And yet this event could be seen as the very reason why Rurouni Kenshin became a favorite. Even after a decade, otakus are still hungry for a continuation. Unfortunately, mangas are not widely distributed in this country, so there are those who still haven’t read the series and learned how Kenshin atoned for all his past actions.
In 2001, an OVA telling the story of Kenshin and Kaoru was released. However, the creator Nobuhiro Watsuki did not acknowledge it as part of the story and it only sparked anger among true-blue fans. Which brings up a question: why didn’t they just create the anime adaptation of the manga’s ending?
Perhaps the real battle for Kenshin Himura and the rest of the Rurouni Kenshin is the chance to have an anime ending. Is the idea farfetched? Well, Kenshin became a gentle wanderer even after becoming the devil that destroyed hundreds of lives. But then again, he’s only a work of fiction.