Warning: Fan-girl mode on! Spoiler Alert! Spoiler Alert! Read at your own risk!
The first few days of this week were just so full of resurfacing unwanted facts from the past. Something about this research I’m currently doing for a written job was triggering the memories hidden in the darkest places of my subconscious. And these memories were also pushing these wisdom teeth out of my gums. And it causes an awful lot of pain. So is there a correlation between these repressed memories and my wisdom teeth? Is this the reason why wisdom teeth come out during the time of everybody’s life when they are suffering from this so-called quarter-life crisis?
But this blog entry is not telling anybody about depression at the moment, because before it even ruined the whole week, something about this Friday just acted as an anti-depressant and melted it all away, or rather I would say slashed it all away.
Just recently, I posted a line in Facebook from the movie Hannibal Rising, “Memory is a knife. It can hurt you.” But this Friday, the knife became a sword, a katana that terminated the hurt away. Thanks to SM Cinemas, Rurouni Kenshin Live Action movie was shown in the Philippines.
A smile, no actually a good grin, registered in my face at the first few seconds when a text narration of the Tokugawa Era appeared on screen. And up to the very last second of the closing credits, the smile or rather the grin did not vanish but became even larger.
When the trailer for this came out around mid-year of 2012, I kinda did not like Takeru Sato, the actor playing Kenshin, he was so thin and actually I did not find him cute, unlike the anime Kenshin who sends the screams out of every fan girl’s lungs. But when Takeru Sato started doing his samurai stunts and then his wanderer moves, he earned my respect for this film.
Emi Takei, the actress who played Kaoru looks like Kathryn Bernardo and sure is pretty in kimono. Yu Aoi, the one who played Megumi looks like a Japanese horror character to me, but she sure was good. Teruyuki Kagawa as Kanryuu Takeda did a very good job. Munetaka Aoki as Sanosuke looks more of a Filipino than a Japanese to me. Well, I just knew that they will have a strict audition for the chest. The one who played Yahiko, Taketo Tanaka is so adorable. But the character who caught my attention was Saito. Yosuke Eguchi sure was a hotter policeman than the 2D Saito.
I also want to give a round of applause to the screen writers. They did a great job of compressing a whole season into two hours. And Aoshi’s absence was well accounted for.
I just missed the old soundtrack from the anime. I actually expected the acoustic version of Kimi wa Dare o Mamotte Iru to play when Kenshin came to rescue Kaoru and the dojo from the bandits. This is the magical audio cue that Kenshin is now in the house and ready to deliver his poetic speech about love, life, and swordsmanship. I also wanted to hear Run to You, Sanosuke’s theme, especially in his fight scenes where he really tried to insert humor in every blow. And maybe, a good revival of the song Sobakasu by a new band or artist would just be festive.
The stunts were also superb. The battousai moves surely were transferred well from the boob tube to the silver screen. I just died when Kenshin made his fatal stance, the preparation for the final blow. And I would just love to see a LIVE Shishio fighting Takeru Sato in the next movie. Oh please, the production team and the actors deserves to be given the privilege to shoot a follow-up on this. And I believe that it is Aoshi’s right to be finally included in the next movie.
The viewing experience would be 100% satisfactory only without that girl behind us. She seemed to be so rattled every time she sees brutal and violent slashes made by the samurais because the MTRCB rating at the start of the film says PG (Parental Guidance) and not R (Restricted). A real RK fan is accustomed to brutality and violence. And if there would be any moment of surprise, it could have happened years ago when the fan had seen the OVA and the animated movie which show more fatal attacks than the series.
But overall, this experience was just blissfully awesome. The adrenaline rush it created was still here until this moment I’m writing this. And I believe they won’t go away for a few days. The feeling was just exactly as how the movie Citizen X defines passion, that it is when your heart is pounding and when your collar is tightening.
Anything anime-related really never fails to paint a genuine smile and erase a sad one on my face.