History Film / RurouniKenshin

27th Jul '17 3:36:50 PM Bissek
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* CallingYourAttacks: Notably averted. Technique names are only used twice in the entire trilogy, and both times Kenshin names the technique ''after'' he has finished using it to win the fight.


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* CurbStompBattle: Kenshin participates in several of them.
24th Jun '17 10:24:42 AM Bissek
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* MidBattleTeaBreak: After Sano's fight with Banjin ends up crashing through Kanryu's kitchen, the two fighters take a quick break to grab a snack and share a bottle of wine before going back to pounding on each other.



** He also gets one in the break between his fight with Banjin.

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** He also gets one in the break between his fight with Banjin. And grabs another for later that he throws in Kanryu's face to temporarily blind him in the gatling gun scene.



* RealEstateScam: Kanryu wants to turn Kaoru's village into a port he controls so that he can ship drugs and weapons out more freely, so he hires Jin-E to be the false Battousai to scare people into wanting to sell their land and move out.




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* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: After they've finished perfecting the Spider's Web opium formula, Kanryu decides that he doesn't need an entire team of doctors who know how to make it, so he has his men kill all of them except for Megumi. This quickly backfires, as this inspires Megumi to run away, leaving him without anyone capable of refining his opium.
2nd Apr '17 10:51:45 AM GammaCavy
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* BottomlessMagazines: Gein puts up a ridiculous volume of fire for a pair of 4-shot pistols.

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* BottomlessMagazines: Gein puts up a ridiculous volume of fire for a pair of 4-shot pistols. A reasonable amount, however, for the 12-shooters that were invented around that time, which is probably what he has. This troper counted.
10th Mar '17 2:46:01 PM The17thImmortal
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* AdaptationDistillation: [[JustifiedTrope Understandable]], given how long the anime ran. It's essentially the first eleven episodes condensed into two hours, with a sprinkling of Tsuiokuhen[[note]]notably Kenshin readily laying out the story of his scar to Megumi freely, instead of having been forced to reveal the whole of the story to the Kenshin-gumi due to Enishi's impending attack[[/note]] and Saito arriving way too early in the series. Considering how disparate the source episodes are, they are wonderfully meshed into one coherent story.
* AFatherToHisMen: Despite not outwardly showing it, Saito values the lives of his fellow policemen and subordinates. [[spoiler: When he sees Kenshin looking on at the dead bodies of policemen and thugs killed by Jin-e, he goes straight to Kenshin and reproaches him for his non-killing oath]].
--> '''Saito''': ''If you just killed one of these scum, [[spoiler: my policemen would still be alive]].''

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* AdaptationDistillation: [[JustifiedTrope Understandable]], given how long the anime ran. It's essentially the first eleven episodes condensed into two hours, with a sprinkling of Tsuiokuhen[[note]]notably Kenshin readily laying out the story of his scar to Megumi freely, instead of having been forced to reveal the whole of the story to the Kenshin-gumi due to Enishi's impending attack[[/note]] and Saito Saitou arriving way too early in the series. Considering how disparate the source episodes are, they are wonderfully meshed into one coherent story.
* AFatherToHisMen: Despite not outwardly showing it, Saito Saitou values the lives of his fellow policemen and subordinates. [[spoiler: When he sees Kenshin looking on at the dead bodies of policemen and thugs killed by Jin-e, he goes straight to Kenshin and reproaches him for his non-killing oath]].
--> '''Saito''': '''Saitou''': ''If you just killed one of these scum, [[spoiler: my policemen would still be alive]].''



* BookEnds[=/=]ArcWords: Spoken as Saito as a cynical rebuke to Kenshin's pacifistic idealism ([[AdaptationDistillation which were originally the swordsmith Arai Shakku's]] ArmorPiercingQuestion to Kenshin/Battousai just before he set out on his 10-year journey in the manga/anime).
--> Saito: ''"We live by the sword and we die by the sword. There is no other path for men such as us."''

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* BookEnds[=/=]ArcWords: Spoken as Saito Saitou as a cynical rebuke to Kenshin's pacifistic idealism ([[AdaptationDistillation which were originally the swordsmith Arai Shakku's]] ArmorPiercingQuestion to Kenshin/Battousai just before he set out on his 10-year journey in the manga/anime).
--> Saito: Saitou: ''"We live by the sword and we die by the sword. There is no other path for men such as us."''



%%* ColonelBadass: Saito.

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%%* ColonelBadass: Saito.Saitou.



** [[spoiler: When Kenshin, Sanosuke, Saito and Aoshi fight Shishio, he thoroughly kicks their asses.]]

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** [[spoiler: When Kenshin, Sanosuke, Saito Saitou and Aoshi fight Shishio, he thoroughly kicks their asses.]]



* EarlyBirdCameo: Saito wasn't supposed to be introduced until the Kyoto Arc. Likewise, Gein and Baijin are supposed to be introduced in the Jinchuu arc but was [[CompositeCharacter fused]] with the Oniwabanshuu.

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* EarlyBirdCameo: Saito Saitou wasn't supposed to be introduced until the Kyoto Arc. Likewise, Gein and Baijin are supposed to be introduced in the Jinchuu arc but was [[CompositeCharacter fused]] with the Oniwabanshuu.



* GoodCopBadCop: Played straight with Yamagata and Saito respectively when they try to win Kenshin over. It doesn't take.

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* GoodCopBadCop: Played straight with Yamagata and Saito Saitou respectively when they try to win Kenshin over. It doesn't take.



* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Saito does this to Kenshin during their duel where he uses his superior strength to make the latter cut himself with his reverse-edge sword.

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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Saito Saitou does this to Kenshin during their duel where he uses his superior strength to make the latter cut himself with his reverse-edge sword.



* IaijutsuPractitioner: Kenshin comes true to form not only with his practice of ''battoujutsu'', but also uses backhands with his sakabatou whenever necessary, as witness his match-in-the-rain with Saito.
* InspectorJavert: True to his manga/anime incarnation, Saito still has his unwavering grudge towards Battousai, and very appalled at his current pacifistic stance.

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* IaijutsuPractitioner: Kenshin comes true to form not only with his practice of ''battoujutsu'', but also uses backhands with his sakabatou whenever necessary, as witness his match-in-the-rain with Saito.
Saitou.
* InspectorJavert: True to his manga/anime incarnation, Saito Saitou still has his unwavering grudge towards Battousai, and very appalled at his current pacifistic stance.



* NobleBigotWithABadge: Saito, full stop. The ''bigot'' part stems from the fact that despite working for the Meiji government, he still imposes his rigid and brutal sense of justice as a former {{Shinsengumi}} squad leader on his enemies. The ''noble'' part comes into play when 1) despite having it in for Kenshin and his enemies, he never goes beyond due process, and 2) he maintains his dignity and self-possession as a {{samurai}}, unlike the sell-swords serving under Kanryu.

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* NobleBigotWithABadge: Saito, Saitou, full stop. The ''bigot'' part stems from the fact that despite working for the Meiji government, he still imposes his rigid and brutal sense of justice as a former {{Shinsengumi}} squad leader on his enemies. The ''noble'' part comes into play when 1) despite having it in for Kenshin and his enemies, he never goes beyond due process, and 2) he maintains his dignity and self-possession as a {{samurai}}, unlike the sell-swords serving under Kanryu.



* OnlyAFleshWound: Kenshin was cornered into being wounded by his own sword by Saito. Jin-e's face was split to bleeding by Kenshin (angered into being Battousai). Both of them keep up like nothing happened.

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* OnlyAFleshWound: Kenshin was cornered into being wounded by his own sword by Saito.Saitou. Jin-e's face was split to bleeding by Kenshin (angered into being Battousai). Both of them keep up like nothing happened.



* RatedMForManly: Sanosuke, as to be expected of his boisterous energy. Saito manages to evoke this image just by standing there, smoking and looking scary.

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* RatedMForManly: Sanosuke, as to be expected of his boisterous energy. Saito Saitou manages to evoke this image just by standing there, smoking and looking scary.



* SceneryPorn: The production team [[ShownTheirWork went out of its way to properly replicate significant events/places]] in the manga/anime, such as the chaos and destruction of the Battle of Toba-Fushimi (Kenshin and Saito's last battle as samurai in the prologue), the streets and ditches of Edo-era Kyoto, down to the gate of Kanryu's mansion.

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* SceneryPorn: The production team [[ShownTheirWork went out of its way to properly replicate significant events/places]] in the manga/anime, such as the chaos and destruction of the Battle of Toba-Fushimi (Kenshin and Saito's Saitou's last battle as samurai in the prologue), the streets and ditches of Edo-era Kyoto, down to the gate of Kanryu's mansion.



* SmokingIsCool: Hajime and Kanryu. Even Megumi indulges with a pipe, just one time.
** GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: Hajime rocks that plain old cigarette like a badass, and Megumi's pipe is of a very elegant design, while Kanryu smokes these obscenely huge cigars like he's CompensatingForSomething.

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* SmokingIsCool: Hajime Saitou and Kanryu. Even Megumi indulges with a pipe, just one time.
** GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: Hajime Saitou rocks that plain old cigarette like a badass, and Megumi's pipe is of a very elegant design, while Kanryu smokes these obscenely huge cigars like he's CompensatingForSomething.



* SwordPlant: Himura Battousai responds this way to Saito when the Battle of Toba-Fushimi ended in the prologue, his way of saying he will not kill again.

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* SwordPlant: Himura Battousai responds this way to Saito Saitou when the Battle of Toba-Fushimi ended in the prologue, his way of saying he will not kill again.



** TheSixthRanger[=/=]TheLancer: Saito Hajime.

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** TheSixthRanger[=/=]TheLancer: Saito Saitou Hajime.



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: In the first film, Gein and Banji are both knocked out but still very much alive (Gein even shouting a variation of WeWillMeetAgain). But when we later see Saito aprehending Kanryu's gang, they're nowhere to be seen, leaving ambiguous if they fled the scene or were simply arrested off-screen.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: In the first film, Gein and Banji are both knocked out but still very much alive (Gein even shouting a variation of WeWillMeetAgain). But when we later see Saito Saitou aprehending Kanryu's gang, they're nowhere to be seen, leaving ambiguous if they fled the scene or were simply arrested off-screen.
24th Dec '16 3:34:26 AM Morgenthaler
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* {{Badass}}: [[WorldOfBadass Plenty]].
** BadassAdorable: Kenshin.
** ColonelBadass: Saito.

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* {{Badass}}: [[WorldOfBadass Plenty]].
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%%* BadassAdorable: Kenshin.
** ColonelBadass: Saito.
Kenshin.



* ChekhovsGun:
** Jin-e finds the SwordPlant Kenshin left in the flashback and [[spoiler:uses it on him in the final battle.]]
** Sano's love for eggs finds application in a pivotal battle.


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* ChekhovsGun:
** Jin-e finds the SwordPlant Kenshin left in the flashback and [[spoiler:uses it on him in the final battle.]]
** Sano's love for eggs finds application in a pivotal battle.
%%* ColonelBadass: Saito.
13th Jul '16 3:09:47 AM Morgenthaler
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* RedHeadedHero: They nailed Kenshin's hair. It looks very natural despite him clearly being Japanese.
1st Jul '16 4:55:26 AM acrobox
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* FiveManBand
** TheHero: Himura Kenshin.
** TheBigGuy[=/=]TheLancer: Sagara Sannosuke.
** TagalongKid: Myojin Yahiko.
** [[TheSmartGuy The Smart Guys]]: Takani Megumi and Saito Hajime.
** TheChick: Kamiya Kaoru.
** TheSixthRanger: Saito Hajime.


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* TheTeam:
** TheHero: Himura Kenshin.
** TheChick: Kamiya Kaoru.
** TheBigGuy[=/=]TheLancer: Sagara Sannosuke.
** TagalongKid: Myojin Yahiko.
** TheSmartGuy: Takani Megumi.
** TheSixthRanger[=/=]TheLancer: Saito Hajime.
22nd Feb '16 5:44:20 AM AirofMystery
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* JapanesePronouns: As in the original manga, Kenshin overwhelmingly uses the old-fashioned "sessha" as his personal pronoun. When he walks in on Jin'e and the kidnapped Kaoru, he uses "ore" and "kisama", both for the only time in the movie. This is very, ''very'' bad...[[SuperpoweredEvilSide for Jin'e]].
2nd Nov '15 7:29:54 AM priestessofdan
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* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Sano is quite fond of raw eggs and will often down one before a fight. [[WordOfGod Director Ohtomo]] stated at the LA Eiga Festival that Sano's fondness for raw eggs became his character tic because the character tic of his manga/anime counterpart, having a fish bone in his mouth, would look too silly in real life.

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* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Sano is quite fond of raw eggs and will often down one before a fight. [[WordOfGod Director Ohtomo]] stated at the LA Eiga Festival that Sano's fondness for raw eggs became his character tic because the character tic of his manga/anime counterpart, having a fish bone in his mouth, like his manga/anime counterpart, would look too silly in real life.
2nd Nov '15 7:28:50 AM priestessofdan
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* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Sano is quite fond of raw eggs and will often down one before a fight.
** For a reason: [[WordOfGod Director Ohtomo]] stated at the LA Eiga Festival that Sano's fondness for raw eggs became his character tic/trait because the character tic/trait of his manga/anime counterpart, having a fish bone in his mouth, would look too silly in real life.

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* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Sano is quite fond of raw eggs and will often down one before a fight. \n** For a reason: [[WordOfGod Director Ohtomo]] stated at the LA Eiga Festival that Sano's fondness for raw eggs became his character tic/trait tic because the character tic/trait tic of his manga/anime counterpart, having a fish bone in his mouth, would look too silly in real life.
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