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- Age Rating: All
- Region: 2 - Japan
- Released By: Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc.
- MSRP: ¥5800
- Running time: 32
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Rurouni Kenshin (aka Samurai X)
Rurouni Kenshin OVA Vol. #2
What They SayThe Review!
In this second installment of the 4-part "Recollection" OAV series, the story picks up at the encounter of Kenshin and Tomo (the final scene of the first episode). A relationship begins to develop between the two, but not without tension. The inevitable clash between the Shinsen Gumi and the rebel force (of which Kenshin is a part) ignites, while both Kenshin and Tomo each struggle with their own conflicting emotions. (This second episode is not as bloody as the first.)
Both video and audio are quite simply excellent. The visuals are gorgeous, and the Dolby Digital stereo sound choreographs well with the pace of the story. As with the first OAV, the music and background sounds blend perfectly, and left-right panning is done very well.
As for the DVD extras, the disc comes with a menu similar to the first OAV, with chapter access (6 chapters), 7 character illustration scenes, comments from the staff and the voice cast (with photos of each seiyuu!), and lastly, two multiple-angle samplers. These multiple-angle scenes are great because each showcases 3 angles: the final animated video scene (which is what you see in the actual OAV), a live-action camera view of the voice actors saying their lines in the recording studio, and a rough, annotated sequence of the animation which is supposedly used to cue the voice actors during the recording. The entire sequence is about 1 minute, and there are two of these for two different sections of the second episode. Really nice touch.
For Rurouni Kenshin fans, this OAV is a must-have without question. If you liked the first episode, you'll definitely want to see the continuing mini-saga of Kenshin's past. Direction and choreography are all just there perfectly in a unique animated style. It's only 30 minutes long for about $60 US, but the exceptional content and the DVD extras make the purchase worthwhile.
Japanese Language,Character illustrations,Voice cast and staff comments,Two 1-minute multiple-angle scene