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* This troper realized upon rewatching the Kyoto arc that Shishio killing Yumi goes much deeper than it originally seemed. The reason why Yumi is begging Kenshin to stop, even though she knows as well as the rest of us that Kenshin isn't going to kill Shishio, Kenshin doesn't kill anyone. But she also knows that SHISHIO isn't going to stop until he's dead, and there's no way of talking him down. So she's actually begging Kenshin to surrender and leave so that Shishio can live. Ultimately it's Shishio who says no, and continues the fight, ignoring Kenshin's mercy (because let's face it, Kenshin would have done it) because he needs to prove his position. If Kenshin ends the fight with both of them alive, then Kenshin, the "victor", spared the loser thus turning Shishio into the antithesis of his very core belief: he lost, and yet lived. And even if he twisted it to be Shishio is the victor and Kenshin the loser, then Kenshin still isn't dead. Either way, the climax ends with Shishio in the wrong; it is possible to resolve a conflict between two people without the strong feeding on the weak. The moment Shishio and Kenshin fought, the battle could not end with both of them surviving. He isn't just continuing the battle to prove he's right by defeating Kenshin, he's continuing the battle to prove he's right ''win or lose''. If he wins and Kenshin dies, then he was stronger than Kenshin. But if he presses the battle to the point where he dies, then that will prove that Kenshin and his positions were ultimately the correct path of Japan's future, even if Shishio personally rejects them. Kenshin himself directly objects to this premise that their victory over Shishio means that they are correct, addressing the unspoken argument of Shishio. It's why Shishio bears no grudges in the afterlife, and moves on to take over hell. His loss was simply because the will of Kenshin's convictions was stronger than even Shishio Makoto himself, and the weak are food for the strong.


* While the [[Film/RurouniKenshin live-action film]] is chock full of merits, one thing might get the attention of those who closely watched the anime: Saitou, instead of working for [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Okubo_Toshimichi Okubo Toshimichi]] (a powerful yet statesman-like Meiji government leader), he was made one of the direct subordinates to Army Chief [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yamagata_Aritomo Yamagata Aritomo]] (a known military commander and war-hawk in the Meiji and Taisho period). While both were portrayed as benevolent bosses in the anime, General Yamagata was known in real life to harbor anti-democratic and expansionary sentiments. Considering that Yamagata's policies would pave the way for [[UsefulNotes/KatanasOfTheRisingSun Showa-era Japan's military expansion in Asia]], it was probably quite appropriate that Saitou, the series' KnightTemplar by virtue of his {{Shinsengumi}} track record, would side with him.

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* While the [[Film/RurouniKenshin live-action film]] is chock full of merits, one thing might get the attention of those who closely watched the anime: Saitou, instead of working for [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Okubo_Toshimichi Okubo Toshimichi]] (a powerful yet statesman-like Meiji government leader), he was made one of the direct subordinates to Army Chief [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yamagata_Aritomo Yamagata Aritomo]] (a known military commander and war-hawk in the Meiji and Taisho period). While both were portrayed as benevolent bosses in the anime, General Yamagata was known in real life to harbor anti-democratic and expansionary sentiments. Considering that Yamagata's policies would pave the way for [[UsefulNotes/KatanasOfTheRisingSun Showa-era Japan's military expansion in Asia]], it was probably quite appropriate that Saitou, the series' KnightTemplar by virtue of his {{Shinsengumi}} UsefulNotes/{{Shinsengumi}} track record, would side with him.


* While the [[Film/RurouniKenshin live-action film]] is chock full of merits, one thing might get the attention of those who closely watched the anime: Saitou, instead of working for [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Okubo_Toshimichi Okubo Toshimichi]] (a powerful yet statesman-like Meiji government leader), he was made one of the direct subordinates to Army Chief [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yamagata_Aritomo Yamagata Aritomo]] (a known military commander and war-hawk in the Meiji and Taisho period). While both were portrayed as benevolent bosses in the anime, General Yamagata was known in real life to harbor anti-democratic and expansionary sentiments. Considering that Yamagata's policies would pave the way for [[KatanasOfTheRisingSun Showa-era Japan's military expansion in Asia]], it was probably quite appropriate that Saitou, the series' KnightTemplar by virtue of his {{Shinsengumi}} track record, would side with him.

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* While the [[Film/RurouniKenshin live-action film]] is chock full of merits, one thing might get the attention of those who closely watched the anime: Saitou, instead of working for [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Okubo_Toshimichi Okubo Toshimichi]] (a powerful yet statesman-like Meiji government leader), he was made one of the direct subordinates to Army Chief [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yamagata_Aritomo Yamagata Aritomo]] (a known military commander and war-hawk in the Meiji and Taisho period). While both were portrayed as benevolent bosses in the anime, General Yamagata was known in real life to harbor anti-democratic and expansionary sentiments. Considering that Yamagata's policies would pave the way for [[KatanasOfTheRisingSun [[UsefulNotes/KatanasOfTheRisingSun Showa-era Japan's military expansion in Asia]], it was probably quite appropriate that Saitou, the series' KnightTemplar by virtue of his {{Shinsengumi}} track record, would side with him.


* One WMG revolved around why Shishio was laughing as he combusted. Just figured it out upon re-watching the series: Shishio's wish was for Japan to become militaristic and expand into the world, right? Kenshin thought he was going to stop that from happening if he defeated Shishio--and then [[WorldWarII what did Japan end up doing anyway?]]

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* One WMG revolved around why Shishio was laughing as he combusted. Just figured it out upon re-watching the series: Shishio's wish was for Japan to become militaristic and expand into the world, right? Kenshin thought he was going to stop that from happening if he defeated Shishio--and then [[WorldWarII [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII what did Japan end up doing anyway?]]



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* After Kenshin defeats [[spoiler:Shishio, thanks to Shishio's spontaneous combustion]], it's said that "the age chose Kenshin." This would really only be natural: it's said many dozens of times that Kenshin fought for the new age (that is, the Meiji Era) so if "the age" is a metaphorically living, breathing entity with the power to choose the winner of a swordfight, of course it's going to choose the one that fought to bring about its existence instead of the one trying to replace it.



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* Saito is the middle ground of Kenshin and Shishio. Kenshin refuses to kill, supports the government and is associated with leaves. Shishio loves to kill, wishes to overthrow the government and is associated with fire. Saito kills when necessary, works for the government and smokes cigarettes- using fire with leaves.

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** Shishio's entire body has been burned and scarred over. Likely, the majority of his nerve endings have been cauterized and scarred over. It's very likely that the attacks that he gets hit with are actually causing damage, but he barely feels any pain.


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*** Seeing as the creator of the doll was able to essentially build power armor, that could pass as either a human or a beast in the 19th century, it's entirely possible, that being his greatest work of art, even an autopsy would appear normal.



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* Yahiko being able to master Hadome[=/=]Hawatari very quickly is very impressive but it makes a whole lot of sense you remember that he used to be a pickpocket. Even after leaving his pickpocketing days behind, he still regularly shows that he can quickly strip items off people with relative ease. The Hadome[=/=]Hawatari simply allows him to use that same talent in the heat of battle.



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** I could be that the "Takani" clan were all wiped-out except for the female Megumi, this could be a subtle dig against Megumi to remind her that her famous doctor-family-lineage is now gone and that she belongs to them, without an identity of her own.

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*** For the first question, he probably has a time limit on that too. For the second... overheating is not the same as turning your penis into a blow torch.


** Secondly, it provides a good justification for how he easily defeated Saitou, Sanosuke, and Aoshi. While it could simply be attributed to being just that Badass, he already had knowledge of all three of his opponents techniques: He blocked off Saitou's gatotsu with his headband, and since Saitou's gatotsu is merely a set of variations was able to counter it. With Sanosuke, he already had knowledge of Anji's techniques and knew he could merely take the hit. And he had already tested Aoshi with four of his mooks.

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** Secondly, it provides a good justification for how he easily defeated Saitou, Sanosuke, and Aoshi. While it could simply be attributed to being just that Badass, &badtastic&, he already had knowledge of all three of his opponents techniques: He blocked off Saitou's gatotsu with his headband, and since Saitou's gatotsu is merely a set of variations was able to counter it. With Sanosuke, he already had knowledge of Anji's techniques and knew he could merely take the hit. And he had already tested Aoshi with four of his mooks.




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*People get annoyed about the MagicCountdown in the Live Action movie that Jin-e gives Kaoru, saying she had "2 minutes max", before she passed out from lack of air. 5 minutes later, she's still kicking. But it's really only 2 minutes later; Kenshin and Jin-e's swordfighting is being slowed down so we can keep up with it.



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* Kenshin was pretty much losing it at Shishio for stabbing Yumi just to get to him. Apart from his general respect for non-combatants (even if they are not sympathetic to him), the situation probably reminded him of [[AccidentalMurder that tragic moment when he accidentally killed Tomoe]], [[TearJerker in the middle of a battle while she was supposed to be defending him]].


* It used to bother me that Sanosuke was considered the hand-to-hand combat expert of the series, despite there being at least a few characters were far more skilled. But I realized that first and foremost, Sanosuke was a street fighter. His fighting style was less about unarmed combat martial arts and more about fighting his own way [[GoodOldFisticuffs with his two fists]]. While his refusal to follow Saitou's advice could be chalked up to stubborn ignorance, it fits his character and signifies the contrast of finding your own way and fighting style.

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* It used to bother me that Sanosuke was considered the hand-to-hand combat expert of the series, despite there being at least a few characters were far more skilled. But I realized that first and foremost, Sanosuke was a street fighter. His fighting style was less about unarmed combat martial arts and more about fighting his own way [[GoodOldFisticuffs with his two fists]]. While his refusal to follow Saitou's advice could be chalked up to stubborn ignorance, it fits his character and signifies the contrast of between the formal swordsmanship and fighting styles with finding your own way and fighting style.way.



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** Actually Kenshin did run off before he could learn why Hiten Mitsurugi users don't generally take sides in war and other mental aspects of training. Had he stuck around, he'd have avoided most of the issues that plague him as well as the general messes his interference casused (Meiji Corruption, Shishio, etc)


** Uhm, [[UnfortunateImplications rape is NOT the only way to traumatize a woman]]. It's ''far'' most likely that they're doing it less as a sign of sexual abuse, and much more as a not-so subtle way to [[BreakTheCutie de-humanize her]] ''without'' needing to resort to other ways to mistreat her.

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** Uhm, [[UnfortunateImplications rape is NOT the only way to traumatize a woman]]. It's ''far'' most likely that they're doing it less as a sign of sexual abuse, and much more as a not-so subtle way to [[BreakTheCutie de-humanize her]] ''without'' needing to resort to other ways to mistreat her.her.

* After Enishi abducts Kaoru, Iím assuming he takes off her kendo clothes and has them put on the dummy, because Kaoru wakes up in the island in a bathrobe. AND in the middle of the dojo battle, Enishi actually makes time to get Kaoruís favorite kimono (the one with the sakura design) and bring it with him to the island. He gives back the kimono to Kaoru later on (neatly wrapped!), and she wears it during the beach battle scene. How thoughtful.
** Enishi undressed Kaoru! Or maybe Gein or one of his henchmen did. Still, itís pretty traumatic addition to the whole kidnapping spectacle.

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