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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: C+
  • Packaging Rating: C
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: B+
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Media Blasters
  • MSRP: 29.99
  • Running time: 100
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Rurouni Kenshin (aka Samurai X)

Rurouni Kenshin Vol. #01: Legendary Swordsman

By Jeff Green     February 18, 2002
Release Date: July 25, 2000

The Review!
Video: Ok I'm going to start off with the video and quickly explain my C+ score. Although the picture is a lot better than the fansubbs that everyone has seen, for a DVD this just doesn't cut it. I mean you can see a lot of artifacts and the subtitles (oh if only everyone could use yellow subs) just don't work well with the look of the animation style that is presented here. On the other hand I feel a C+ tell you that the picture is better than the tapes and definitely worth a purchase. Trust me, this is light years better than the crappy fansubbs you have seen.

Audio: Now, I have a weird problem but not one that would in any way undermine the score of this disc. In English I get a full rich soundtrack, with talking coming out of the center channel and great audio coming from the left and right speakers with some rear action now and than. In Japanese however at least for me in pro logic I get loud talking coming out of the left and right and sort of an echo, which is weird, but it still sounds good.

Packaging: I have mixed feelings about this. Personally I don't like the cover. I feel the image of Kenshin coming out of the flowers looks cheap and almost gives it a feminine feel. The writing also seems very cheap and almost makes this release look amateurish in comparison to ADV or Pioneer. But I feel it does look good enough to someone who has never seen the series and I don't feel it is a turn off. Rating C

Menu: I do like this menu even though it doesn't really do much. It still looks good and I like how they used the manga art, that really adds a lot to the show itself by showing you the different styles of Kenshin. Rating B

Extras: Kudos to Anime Works for the extras. They really delivered by giving us the Liner Notes which proves why this show should never have been fansubbed, the textless opening is another great touch, and the art gallery isn't too bad either. You get a lot of bang for your buck here, folks, don't pass this up. Rating B+

Content: Ah Kenshin I have been waiting so long, I can't recommend this series enough to you. I mean, you get such a great series here filled with comedy and action and just think, this is only the beginning. Now, I have only seen the first 8 episodes fansubbed and I can tell you that since this series gets better in just the next four episodes alone, I can't imagine the rest of the series. Anyway you not only meet Kaoru but you meet up with Yahiko the kid who picks pockets, the Police officers who try to arrest Kenshin in episode 3 are interesting, and Sanosuke the man with the biggest sword in anime history. I mean look at all these four great episodes and the extras they give you. Stop reading these reviews and just pick it up already!

Review Equipment
RCA RC522OP Home DVD player Svideo hook up. Panasonic flat screen TV, Pioneer Dolby Pro Logic Receiver with two front Sony speakers, and two rear fisher speakers along with a center channel fisher


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