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Samurai X: Trust and Betrayal 

Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan: Tsuioku Hen (original title)
In the era of Japan's Meiji Restoration, an assassin regains his humanity.
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Series cast summary:
Mayo Suzukaze ...
 Tomoe Yukishiro 4 episodes, 1999
 Enishi Yukishiro 4 episodes, 1999
Masami Suzuki ...
Shûichi Ikeda ...
 Kogorô Katsura 4 episodes, 1999
 Shinsaku Takasugi 4 episodes, 1999
Hirotaka Suzuoki ...
 Hajime Saitô 4 episodes, 1999
Akari Hibino ...
 Sôshi Okita 4 episodes, 1999
Minoru Uchida ...
Tetsuya Iwanaga ...
 Akira Kiyosato 4 episodes, 1999
Satoshi Tsuruoka ...
 Jubei Shigekûra 4 episodes, 1999
Mitsuaki Hoshino ...
Hiromi Setsu ...
 Ikumatsu 4 episodes, 1999
Rikiya Koyama ...
 Toshizô Hijikata 4 episodes, 1999
Hiroshi Takahashi ...
 Isami Kondô 4 episodes, 1999
Hiroshi Shimozaki ...
Norihisa Mori ...
Azusa Nakao ...
Noriko Namiki ...
Kaori Yuasa ...
Shizuka Okohira ...
Takahiro Hirano ...
Teppei Takasugi ...
Tomokazu Yokoyama ...
Makoto Ueki ...
Kôichi Tateishi ...
Hidenori Konda ...
Nobuyuki Saitô ...
Mariko Nagahama ...
 Shirakawa Woman 4 episodes, 1999
Sachiko Ikeda ...
Miki Nôsô ...
Naomi Matamura ...
Reiji Kamiya ...
 Additional Voices 4 episodes, 1999
Naoko Seto ...
 Additional Voices 4 episodes, 1999
Mitsuyo Tanaka ...
 Additional Voices 4 episodes, 1999
Mika Ishibashi ...
 Additional Voices 4 episodes, 1999
Sachie Maruyama ...
 Additional Voices 4 episodes, 1999
 Akira Kiyosato 4 episodes, 1999
Jose Brown ...
 Shigekura 4 episodes, 1999
 Katsu / ... 4 episodes, 1999
Ken Cook ...
 Additional Voices 4 episodes, 1999
Martinique Duchene ...
 Flower Vendor / ... 4 episodes, 1999
Mallard Fillmore ...
Lainie Frasier ...
 Landlady 4 episodes, 1999
Corey Gagne ...
Brian Gaston ...
 Additional Characters 4 episodes, 1999
Christa Kimlicko-Jones ...
Ellie McBride ...
Tish Morone ...
 Additional Voices 4 episodes, 1999
Noah Passavoy ...
 Additional Voices 4 episodes, 1999
Jason Phelps ...
 Takasugi 4 episodes, 1999
John Paul Shepard ...
Boon Sheridan ...
 Additional Voices 4 episodes, 1999
Jason P. Stingley ...
 Additional Voices 4 episodes, 1999
Douglas Taylor ...
Lara Toner ...
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In Meiji era Japan, Kenshin Himura has been trained in the deadliest of sword arts. When the House he was hired by is defeated and forced into hiding, Kenshin must pretend to be the husband of Tomoe. The only catch is, Kenshin killed her fiance, and she is now secretly spying on him. While in hiding, Kenshin and Tomoe grow to love each other, and Kenshin comes to terms with who he is. This is the backstory to the Rurouni Kenshin manga and to a lesser extent, the television series based off of the manga. Written by Annonymous

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Release Date:

22 August 2000 (USA)  »

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(4 episodes) | (director's cut)

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The story of Rurouni Kenshin is a highly fictionalized tale very loosely based on real historical figures. The region 1 DVDs published by ADV include some brief notes that connect the anime characters to their historical counterparts. See more »


Landlady: [referring to Tomoe] She may have had some trouble in the past but I'm not letting that bother me. If I kicked out everyone who's had a bad history, I wouldn't have any servants or clients.
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Crazy Credits

The original DVDs from ADV Films replaced the original Japanese title card to read: 'Samurai X: Trust' and 'Samurai X: Betrayal'. This is restored for the Director's Cut DVD. See more »


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Not an anime review, but movie review
9 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

First and foremost my goal is to write a review about a movie, not an anime. Many people consider this one of the greatest anime ever made but it kind of saddens me that people only treat it as an anime and recommend fans of anime to watch it. I see Kenshin OVA Trust/Betrayal as a movie and recommend every movie fan to watch it.

If you are looking for a summary, read somewhere else. If you are trying to find out why this is a great movie, I will try my best to convince you.

Kenshin OVA is a character driven movie with excellent character development. The two main characters, Kenshin and Tomoe, have humane and non exaggerated personalities, they are conflicted with their emotions, and they grow and change. I guess what I am trying to say is that the two main characters are not cliché.

The stories' setting takes place during the late 1800's in Japan, where a civil war is taking place, where the samurai era is coming to an end, and the shogunate is fighting to keep its place. People who don't know Japanese history of that time period probably going to get a bit confused, but the historical setting provided the movie more depth and political intrigue. Like the current trend of war movies, the historic conflicts are not presented in black and white, but rather shades of gray.

The action sequence is something to behold of. It is violent, gruesome, bloody, but does not feel gratuitous, due to the mood and setting the animators have created. The sword fights short, but quick, intense, believable (realistic), and original in presentation. Far better than any live action choreography.

Finally there are many subtle touches that makes the movie feel more like a work of art, rather animated violence. The animators are created a lot of scenes with nature. Whether it is the subtleness of snow flake or sakura leaves falling, or the glistening of the lake from the sun, the animators created a world of beauty. On top of that, the soundtrack just masterfully sets up the mood of the scene. The soundtrack is haunting, kinetic during battle, and subtle and poignant. Most importantly the soundtrack is memorable.

Kenshin OVA Trust/Betrayal is on the top tier of anime, however if the movie had gotten greater exposure, it would belong in the top tier of movies.

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