Rurouni Kenshin 2: Kyoto Inferno
"No one can throw away his past," Kenshin Himura (Takeru Sato) to Kaoru Kamiya (Emi Takei)
From opium dealing to civil war. From docklands turf skirmish to national apocalypse. Part two has stepped up the narrative stakes. Predecessor RUROUNI KENSHIN is a gangbusters samurai actioner, working on its own. Following up was not necessary; but when you have this level of brill sword choreography, why the hell not? When second and third chapters are made simultaneously, the middle slice in the triptych suffers more often than not. And unfortunately bridging story tarrying, until the conclusion, frustrates as KYOTO INFERNO has a sense of holding off the action buzz. Mild dissatisfaction is the result. Come the home entertainment release of all three, that hanging on will not be a problem.
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