Kenshin vs Shishio
Most fans, myself included, agree that Rurouni Kenshin's best arc was its second season, where the cast travels to lớn Kyolớn. Old và new foes alike challenge protagonist Kenshin as he tries lớn stop the nefarious Shishio from usurping Kyoto's government, culminating in a climatic sword duel between the two.
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The entire arc is worth a watch, but the final fight in particular was masterfully done—just what made it so good? Let's explore why the Kyoto storyline's climax more than impressed viewers (spoilers ahead).
1. Great Music/Visuals
These are hard to lớn convey through text; you'll have khổng lồ watch the fight lớn truly experience them. The entire Kyoto arc had great music & aesthetics, và the battle with Shishio was no exception.
The battle takes several twists và turns, but looking baông xã, you'll realize most of them were hinted at. Here are several examples:Yungươi repeatedly looking at her pocketwatch indicates Shishio's time limitSano's knuckles were earlier noted to be damaged (explaining why his punch didn't work)Yumi's inner monologue at the start ("even if I...") hints at her demiseAoshi tells Kenshin he'd "be there soon" when they departed
With clues being continuously albeit subtly planted, the clash's events aren't random twists created for drama so much as natural progressions.
3. Shishio Lives Up to lớn His Reputation
At the start of the battle, we've sầu had dozens of episodes building up Shishio as the villain, but have yet to see hyên ổn battle; fortunately, he proves his power and cunning. He fights four opponents back-to-baông xã và takes several precautionary measures, from using Yumi khổng lồ gather information about his enemies' attacks to lớn concealing gunpowder within his gauntlet. Sure, Shishio is confident & strong, but he's not overly-arrogant, understanding his best chance involves weakening his foes by having them fight other warriors beforehvà.
Shishio's character also excellently parallels Kenshin's, with them both having been manslayers during the revolution, wielding blades crafted by the same swordsmith, & even having the same conclusion to lớn their first romance (stabbing their own girlfriends).
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Simply put, Shishio works as the antagonist, but at the same time, he's not completely overpowered like many anime villains, especially since...
4. All Characters (Not Just the Hero) Contribute
From Dragon Ball Z lớn Sword Art Online, several anime have sầu a bad habit of making their heroes và villains ridiculously svào, to the point where supporting characters we've sầu grown to love sầu can no longer compete. But that's not the case here; while Kenshin handles most of the fight, his allies also play an important role. In addition lớn them buying time for Kenshin khổng lồ recover, consider how:Saito lớn scores what should have sầu been a killing blow (Shishio's hidden head guard blocked it) & nearly impales Shishio with a surprise point-blank thrustSano lands a direct punch that could have sầu shattered Shishio's head (using his Futae no Kiwami), but his knuckles were too damaged from prior injuriesAoshi finally redeems himself & stalls Shishio the longest, being the only combatant to lớn never get knocked out
5. Good Pacing, No Filler
The fight takes about 2½ episodes, enough to flesh it out without overstaying its welcome. And unlượt thích some multi-episode fights from famous anime (rethành viên Goku vs Frieza?), there isn't any filler lớn detract from the action (unless you count the few flashbacks).
I wouldn't gọi this filler anyway, but the sidestory about Yahiko & Kaoru's team defending the Aoyia inn from Shishio's army has concluded by this point, leaving the full focus lớn the climatic battle.
Where to lớn Watch Kenshin vs Shishio
Haven't seen the battle yet, or don't know how lớn re-experience it? Try searching for Rurouni Kenshin episode 57 "Two Men at the End of an Era", where the duel begins, or tìm kiếm the condensed version from the New Kyoto series.
You can also find a different take on the fight at the kết thúc of Kyoto Inferno, the third và final of the live action Kenshin films. The movie alters the plot to fit its limited screentime (here, everyone fights Shishio simultaneously rather than one-by-one), but provides a worthy adaptation with excellent action.
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Nitpicks About the BattleAs much as I love this arc's conclusion, even I'll admit it's not quite perfect. Sp,e flashbacks drag longer than needed, và those pesky opening episode titles can inadvertently spoil events; seeing "Not Out of Luck!" kinda reveals what's about to happen.
But those are minor complaints from a fight that, as a whole, more than succeeded, highlighting the strengths of nhân vật, villain, and supporting cast alượt thích. If you haven't yet seen the Kyoto lớn climax yourself, I highly recommover it, whether through the actual anime or its film counterpart. But for now, vote for your favorite Rurouni Kenshin warrior & I'll see you at our next anime review!
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