History Trivia / RurouniKenshin

8th Sep '17 11:06:21 AM theknack101
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** Watsuki stated that he heavily debated with himself whether or not to [[spoiler:actually kill Kaoru]] in the Junchuu arc. He acknowledges that it would have made for a simpler more straight forward story, and would have hammered home the theme of vengeance not being acceptable, but he also felt that [[spoiler:a shonen series should have a happy ending, and he felt there was no real way to give Kenshin a truly happy ending after everything he's been through if Kaoru was dead.]] So he went with the path that he did for the final product.
6th Sep '17 2:25:28 PM gjjones
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* CelebrityVoiceActor: Kenshin Himura is voiced by Takarazuka actress Mayo Suzukaze, Kaoru Kamiya is voiced by film actress Miki Fujitani, Makoto Shishio is voiced by actor and singer Masanori Ikeda, and Yumi Hijikata is voiced by actress Kanako Irie.

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* CelebrityVoiceActor: Kenshin Himura is voiced by Takarazuka actress Mayo Suzukaze, Kaoru Kamiya is voiced by film actress Miki Fujitani, Shura is voiced by actress Kazue Itoh, Makoto Shishio is voiced by actor and singer Masanori Ikeda, and Yumi Hijikata is voiced by actress Kanako Irie.
30th Apr '17 10:29:50 AM santos32
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* ApprovalOfGod: As noted on the main page, Watsuki approved of ''Samurai X'' as the series' Western title, being a huge ComicBook/XMen fan and having based most of his characters on them.
13th Mar '17 9:56:53 PM gjjones
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* CelebrityVoiceActor: Kenshin Himura is voiced by Takarazuka actress Mayo Suzukaze, Kaoru Kamiya is voiced by film actress Miki Fujitani, Makoto Shishio is voiced by actor and singer Masanori Ikeda, and Yumi Hijikata is voiced by actress Kanako Irie.
19th Jan '17 12:49:58 AM Soufriere
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* CrossDressingVoices:
** Twice for Kenshin in the Japanese original. Creator/MegumiOgata voiced him in the drama CD, while Mayo Suzukaze, a Takarazuka actress, went to voice him in the anime.
** Yahiko is voiced by Creator/MinaTominaga in the Japanese original. In the dubs, it's case by case.
** Soujirou Seta is voiced by Creator/NorikoHidaka in the original.

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* CrossDressingVoices:
CrossDressingVoices: Quite a lot of it.
** Twice for Japanese
***
Kenshin in the Japanese original. was voiced by Creator/MegumiOgata voiced him in the drama CD, CD while Mayo Suzukaze, a Takarazuka actress, went to voice him in the anime.
** *** Yahiko is was voiced by Creator/MinaTominaga in the Japanese original. In the dubs, it's case by case.
** Soujirou
original.
*** Soujiro
Seta was played by Creator/NorikoHidaka. Justified as both he and Yahiko are children.
** English
*** Averted for Kenshin, who was voiced in the TV series by Creator/RichardCansino (both dubs), and by J. Shanon Weaver in the OVA's.
*** Yahiko
is voiced by Creator/NorikoHidaka Creator/WendeeLee in the original.TV series.
*** Soujiro is voiced by Creator/MelissaFahn.



* ExecutiveMeddling: [[WordOfGod In his original conception, Kenshin was supposed to be ''at least'' 30.]] But Nobuhiro Watsuki was told that "30 was too old for a primary protagonist in ''Magazine/ShonenJump''." So, Watsuki dropped Kenshin's age to 28. (Thus keeping the concept of a more seasoned protagonist than the typical of the {{Shounen}} genre, but also making Kenshin young enough to be "acceptable".) Lampshaded in series, when Kaoru tells Kenshin he "can't possibly be 28". Kenshin asks "Would 30 make you happier?" Kaoru replies that it would not.

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* DuelingDubs: The TV series has two complete[[labelnote:*]] (except for the direct-to-video Episode 95)[[/labelnote]] English dubs Animax's "Samurai X" dub which was distributed in Asia and Europe, and Creator/{{BangZoom|Entertainment}}'s "Rurouni Kenshin" dub which saw official release in North America. Oddly, both dubs were recorded in Los Angeles and cast Creator/RichardCansino as Kenshin. The difference between them is that, while both dubs are uncut for time, the "Samurai X" dub is a more-toned-down looser adaptation geared to a much younger audience. For streaming, Crackle used the Animax dub[[labelnote:*]] (understandable since Sony owns both)[[/labelnote]] while Netflix got the [=BangZoom=] dub. Fans generally prefer the [=BangZoom=] dub, especially in North America, where the Animax dub did not see release until 2010.
* ExecutiveMeddling: [[WordOfGod In his original conception, Kenshin was supposed to be ''at least'' 30.]] But at least 30]], but Nobuhiro Watsuki was told that "30 was is too old for a primary protagonist in ''Magazine/ShonenJump''." So, Watsuki dropped Kenshin's age to 28. (Thus keeping the concept of a more seasoned protagonist than the typical of the {{Shounen}} genre, but also making Kenshin young enough to be "acceptable".) Lampshaded in series, when Kaoru tells Kenshin he "can't possibly be 28". Kenshin asks "Would 30 make you happier?" Kaoru replies that it would not.



** Richard Cansino, the voice of Kenshin in the TV series, never got to reprise his role in any of the movies and series of [=OVAs=]. Instead, J. Shannon Weaver plays Kenshin instead. No one knows why.
** The Drama CD cast got replaced once the anime started to be in production. In volume 10, Watsuki mentioned that he was dissapointed about this decision because he liked the performance of many of the voice actors (such as Creator/MegumiOgata and Creator/TomokazuSeki) as his characters, although the anime cast "works out". One reason he cited about the change was that, since the anime production committee was bigger than a Drama CD production team (as it involves more companies and sponsors), the "industry power-structure" affected the series.

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** Richard Cansino, the voice of Kenshin in the TV series, never got to reprise his role in any of the movies and series of [=OVAs=]. Instead, J. Shannon Weaver plays Kenshin instead. No one knows why.
** The Drama CD cast got was replaced once in its entirety for the anime started to be in production. anime. In volume 10, Watsuki mentioned that he was dissapointed disappointed about this decision because he liked the performance of many of the voice actors (such as Creator/MegumiOgata and Creator/TomokazuSeki) as his characters, although the anime cast "works out". One reason he cited about the change was that, since the anime production committee was bigger than a Drama CD production team (as it involves more companies and sponsors), the "industry power-structure" affected the series.
** In English, the TV series and OVA's dubs were recorded in completely different areas (LA vs. Austin, Texas), so naturally they use completely different casts. Fans tend to dislike the OVA dub due to some questionable casting choices and a too-liberal script (though the script for ''Reflections'' is much tighter; fans dislike ''that'' due to its content).
*** Why did this happen? Because, back in 2000, no North American company could afford ''all'' of Kenshin[[labelnote:*]] (except maybe Creator/{{Viz|Media}}, but they were too busy working on ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' at the time)[[/labelnote]], so Sony split the license into two: Creator/MediaBlasters got the TV series and restored the Japanese title, while Creator/{{ADV|Films}} got the OVA's and kept the "Samurai X" title[[labelnote:*]] (amusingly, when ADV did a rerelease years later, they included reversible DVD covers one side with their "Samurai X" logo and the other with Viz's "Kenshin" logo so fans could choose which side they wanted to display)[[/labelnote]].
** As mentioned in DuelingDubs above, the TV series was dubbed twice for different markets. While several voice actors show up in both dubs, Creator/RichardCansino (Kenshin) is the only one who plays the same role in both.



** Seta Soujirou is voiced by Creator/NorikoHidaka, whose most famous role at the moment was [[{{Tsundere}} Akane Tendou]] from ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''.

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** Seta Soujirou is voiced by Creator/NorikoHidaka, whose most famous role at the moment time was [[{{Tsundere}} Akane Tendou]] from ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''.



** According to Watsuki, Raijuta was originally supposed to ''be'' as imposing as he looked, but VillainDecay gradually set in.

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** According to Watsuki, Raijuta was originally supposed ''supposed to ''be'' be'' as imposing as he looked, but VillainDecay gradually quickly set in.



** There's also a proto-story of Kenshin meeting DamselInDistress Chizuru, who gifts him a ribbon to tie his hair back up when he loses his original ponytail tie in a fight. Chizuru lives on in cameo form at the end of the controversial second OVA, [[spoiler: as the girlfriend of Kenshin and Kaoru's son Kenji]].

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** There's also a proto-story of Kenshin meeting DamselInDistress Chizuru, who gifts him a ribbon to tie his hair back up when he loses his original ponytail tie in a fight. Chizuru lives on in cameo form at the end of the controversial second ''Reflections'' OVA, [[spoiler: as [[spoiler:as the girlfriend of Kenshin and Kaoru's son Kenji]].



** Originally, Fuji was going to actually take on Okina in battle. However, the author thought that a battle of old codgers wouldn't have been interesting.
** Kanyru Takeda was going to be homosexual like his historical counterpart, but the author decided that would "unnecessarily complicate things."

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** Originally, Fuji was going to actually take on Okina in battle. However, the author Watsuki thought that a battle of old codgers wouldn't have been interesting.
** Kanyru Takeda was going to be homosexual like his historical counterpart, but the author Watsuki decided that would "unnecessarily complicate things."things".
11th Jan '17 11:27:07 AM DrPsyche
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* BigNameFan: Gareth Evans, the director of ''Film/TheRaid'' movies, loved the live action trilogy. In particular he praised the choreography which, coming from the guy who directed the Raid, that's saying something.
29th Dec '16 2:07:06 PM creader
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** It was originally going to be revealed that Hannya had been stepped on in the womb like the Film/TheElephantMan, explaining his featureless death-mask of a face. Watsuki realized the UnfortunateImplications of that idea, and altered the backstory to Hannya having intentionally mutilated his face so that he could easily disguise himself as just about anything.

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** It was originally going to be revealed that Hannya had been stepped on in the womb like the Film/TheElephantMan, ''Film/TheElephantMan'', explaining his featureless death-mask of a face. Watsuki realized the UnfortunateImplications of that idea, and altered the backstory to Hannya having intentionally mutilated his face so that he could easily disguise himself as just about anything.


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* TheWikiRule: Has a wiki [[http://kenshin.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page here.]]
23rd Nov '16 12:40:42 AM kirara19
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* CastingGag: Before it was an anime, ''Rurouni Kenshin'' was adapted as a series of drama [=CD=]s, with a different cast to that of the anime. The [[Creator/TomoSakurai voice actress]] who played Kaoru in the dramas was later cast in the anime as Kaoru's {{expy}}, Misao.

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* CastingGag: Before it was adapted into an anime, animated series, ''Rurouni Kenshin'' was adapted as a series of drama [=CD=]s, with a different cast to that of the anime. The [[Creator/TomoSakurai voice actress]] who played Kaoru in the dramas was later cast in the anime as Kaoru's {{expy}}, Misao.Misao Makimachi.



** Seta Soujirou is voiced by Creator/NorikoHidaka, whose most famous role is as [[{{Tsundere}} Akane]] from ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''.

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** Seta Soujirou is voiced by Creator/NorikoHidaka, whose most famous role is as at the moment was [[{{Tsundere}} Akane]] Akane Tendou]] from ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''.



** The author originally intended for Usui to be a Franchise/{{Terminator}}-style manhunter, pursuing Kenshin relentlessly through darkened city streets. Instead, we got [[AnticlimaxBoss the]] [[InformedAbility above]].

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** The author originally intended for Usui to be a Franchise/{{Terminator}}-style manhunter, pursuing Kenshin relentlessly through darkened city streets. Instead, we got [[AnticlimaxBoss [[AntiClimaxBoss the]] [[InformedAbility above]].
23rd Nov '16 12:25:11 AM kirara19
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* CastingGag: Before it was an anime, ''Rurouni Kenshin'' was adapted as a series of drama [=CD=]s, with a different cast. The [[Creator/TomoSakurai actress]] who played Kaoru in the dramas was later cast in the anime as Kaoru's Expy, Misao.

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* CastingGag: Before it was an anime, ''Rurouni Kenshin'' was adapted as a series of drama [=CD=]s, with a different cast. cast to that of the anime. The [[Creator/TomoSakurai voice actress]] who played Kaoru in the dramas was later cast in the anime as Kaoru's Expy, {{expy}}, Misao.



** Soujirou Seta is Creator/NorikoHidaka in the original.

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** Soujirou Seta is voiced by Creator/NorikoHidaka in the original.



* NoDubForYou: The Latin American {{Netflix}} feed does not include the controversial Colombian Spanish dub, partly due to the quality of that dub and partly because the last episode was never dubbed.
* OneHitWonder: The third opening song, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9n6GkQRTgyI "Kimi ni Fureru Dake de"]], by Curio.
* TheOtherDarrin: Richard Cansino, the voice of Kenshin in the TV series, never got to reprise his role in any of the movies and OVAs. Instead, J. Shannon Weaver plays Kenshin instead. No one knows why.
** The Drama CD cast got replaced once the anime started to be in production.
* PlayingAgainstType: Shishio Makoto is voiced by Masanori Ikeda, an ex-IdolSinger from TheEighties. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Eitvlx9Ibw This is his most popular hit, "Night of Summer Side"]]. Compare Ikeda's singing [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cw85i8Iahew to Shishio's voice]] now. Huh.

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* NoDubForYou: The Latin American {{Netflix}} Creator/{{Netflix}} feed does not include the controversial Colombian Spanish dub, partly due to the quality of that dub and partly because the last episode was never dubbed.
* OneHitWonder: The third opening song, [[https://www.song of the anime, "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9n6GkQRTgyI "Kimi Kimi ni Fureru Dake de"]], by de]]" is the only known hit of Curio.
* TheOtherDarrin: TheOtherDarrin:
**
Richard Cansino, the voice of Kenshin in the TV series, never got to reprise his role in any of the movies and OVAs.series of [=OVAs=]. Instead, J. Shannon Weaver plays Kenshin instead. No one knows why.
** The Drama CD cast got replaced once the anime started to be in production.
production. In volume 10, Watsuki mentioned that he was dissapointed about this decision because he liked the performance of many of the voice actors (such as Creator/MegumiOgata and Creator/TomokazuSeki) as his characters, although the anime cast "works out". One reason he cited about the change was that, since the anime production committee was bigger than a Drama CD production team (as it involves more companies and sponsors), the "industry power-structure" affected the series.
* PlayingAgainstType: PlayingAgainstType:
**
Shishio Makoto is voiced by Masanori Ikeda, an ex-IdolSinger from TheEighties. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Eitvlx9Ibw This is his most popular hit, "Night of Summer Side"]]. Compare Ikeda's singing [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cw85i8Iahew to Shishio's voice]] now. Huh.



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The author originally intended for Usui to be a Franchise/{{Terminator}}-style manhunter, pursuing Kenshin relentlessly through darkened city streets. Instead, we got [[AnticlimaxBoss the]] [[InformedAbility above]].

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: WhatCouldHaveBeen:
**
The author originally intended for Usui to be a Franchise/{{Terminator}}-style manhunter, pursuing Kenshin relentlessly through darkened city streets. Instead, we got [[AnticlimaxBoss the]] [[InformedAbility above]].
12th Jun '16 10:25:48 PM Sagetsu
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** Takeda Kanryu, the wealthy leader of an opium racket, wears a modern lounge suit with a modern tie that could have conceivably existed in the 1870s, but wouldn't be common in that form for another 70 years. At the time, bowties were still in fashion and suits tended to have more layers.

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** In most cases, it could be chalked up to the RuleOfCool (ex. Yukishiro Enishi's battle outfit, which no one at the time could have conceivably worn or made, as well as Inui Banjin's fatigues).
** Takeda Kanryu, the wealthy leader of an opium racket, wears a modern lounge suit with a modern tie that could have conceivably existed in the 1870s, but wouldn't be common in that form for another 70 years. At the time, bowties were still in fashion and suits tended to have more layers. Understandably, the [[Film/RurouniKenshin 2012 film]] drops it and gives him a period-appropriate suit and bowtie.
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