Samurai X

Season 1 Episode 7

Deathmatch Under the Moon

Aired Saturday 10:30 PM Mar 25, 2003 on Cartoon Network
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When Kenshin and Jinei start their battle, Jinei quickly realizes that Kenshin still has not truly become the Hitokiri Battousai that became legend. Jinei uses his "Shino Ippo" to stop Kaoru's breathing to force Kenshin to revert to the cold-blooded killer that he once was.

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  • Loved it...

    After not watching Rurouni Kenshin for awhile, I saw this epiosde, and I loved it! So basically the Jinei guy steals Kaoru and Kenshin gets really mad. Apparently he's not mad enough so Jinei uses this technique to suffocate Kaoru but in the end after Kenshin turns back to his manslayer self and his about to kill Jinei, Kaoru breaks free. Jinei then suicides, I guess. (I thought he was already dead, to be honest). While this was all going on Yahiko and Sanosuke were just trying to find them, lol. The ending was also funny and sweet I guess. So it was a really good episode.moreless
  • A manslayer who is named Kurogasa kidnaps Kaoru in order to unlock the manslayer in Kenshin.

    The episode begins with a small recap of Kurogasa kidnapping Kaoru. I was shocked when Kurogasa came out of nowhere and grap her. This is a good episode because it shows Battosai's first apperance. It shows that Kenshin has a dark history with him. I glad Kaoru broke the spell and stop Kenshin or he will end up as an angsty killer. After the fight, Kurogasa did something more surprising, he stab himself in the heart. Well the good news is Kenshin still himself and Kaoru is okay.moreless
  • Himura must save Ms. Kamiya by reverting back to the Battousai. He must give up his vow to never kill again in order to save the woman he loves.

    Under the moonlight in the grassy fields Himura appears with the eyes of an angered samurai. But it isn’t enough when battling a Manslayer from the revolution. Jinei Udoh underhandedly uses a stronger version of the Shin-no-ippou to paralyze Ms. Kamiya’s lungs. There are only two ways in which the spell can be broken. First the person must overcome the spell with their will, but that usually takes someone with a strong swordsman spirit, which is impossible for Ms. Kamiya. The second is for the one who cast the spell to die. In order to win Himura slowly but surely reverted back to his Manslayer form. Jinei’s arm was bent and his ligaments were torn, he could never hold a sword again. Himura flipped the blade and shouted, “For Miss Kaoru, I will become a Manslayer once again!” But load and behold Ms. Kamiya broke the spell. Himura went to save Ms. Kamiya, but she actually ended up saving him. If Ms. Kamiya hadn’t broken the spell, then Himura would have returned to his Manslayer form once again.moreless
  • Kurogasa, having kidnapped Kaoru, waits for Kenshin to show up. He says that he wants Kenshin to get angry, so he might revert back to his former self. When Kenshin arrives, he and Kurogasa fight, with Kenshin's anger flaring. Kurogasa is defeated, and Kemoreless

    A truly remarkable episode in the series. It reveals Kenshin's other side. Although he has gotten angry before, we get our first good peek at Kenshin's former self, Battousai the Manslayer. It adds an amazing drama and suspense to his fight with Kurogasa (which is amazing by the way). It has your senses tingling from start to finish.
  • Jenai kidnaps Kaoru and Kenshin (of course) goes to save her. In the end he saves her and Yahiko and Sano's rescue attempt disappoints them.

    This is like one of MY PERSONAL favoriates...I love how funny it is that Yahiko and Sano feel like they need to go and save kenshin from Jenai owever you spell it) and how Kenshin in a way shows a little how he feels for Kaoru!! What's really exciting about this episode is that it's the first real step in Kaoru and Kenshin's relationship which, by the way, takes a while to form!! What also is really neat is the mix of emotions the episode presents and brings out in you..kind of a mix of anxiety, suspense, happiness, along with some funny things along the way!! GREAT EPISODE 10.0moreless
Wendee Lee

Wendee Lee

Yahiko Myojin

Derek Stephen Prince

Derek Stephen Prince

Beshimi, Gekki, Cho Sawahimojo

Lex Lang

Lex Lang

Sanosuke Sagara

Mary Elizabeth McGlynn

Mary Elizabeth McGlynn

Shura/Soba Waitress (English)

Richard Barnes

Richard Barnes

Yohei Senbonya

Dorothy Elias-Fahn

Dorothy Elias-Fahn

Kaoru Kamiya

Wendee Lee

Wendee Lee

Yumi Komagata

Recurring Role

Steve Kramer

Steve Kramer

Dr. Gensai

Recurring Role

Dave Mallow

Dave Mallow

Jinei Udoh

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Sanosuke: Let's go, you punk!
      Yahiko: Same goes for you!

    • Yahiko: You've got to be kidding! I'm going with him!
      Sanosuke: Wait, you idiot!
      Yahiko: Let go! I want to go! I don't know what happened in his past! But I don't care about the revolution!

    • Yahiko: But, Kenshin is no longer a manslayer!
      Sanosuke: That's why he might lose!

    • Jinei: The power of Battousai the Manslayer gave everyone goosebumps during the Revolution.

    • Kaoru: You don't know how strong Kenshin is.
      Jinei: You're the one who doesn't know... how he really was.

    • Jinei Udoh: Heh! I like those eyes, means you're angry.
      Kenshin Himura: Yeah, angry at you for pulling Ms. Kaoru in the middle of this, and angry at myself for not being able to stop you.

    • Jinei Udoh: I sense a pleasing desire to kill from you. Now you only have to flip the blade on that silly sword, and the Legendary Manslayer will be born again into this world.
      Kenshin Himura: Shut up!

    • Kaoru: Ken… shin…
      Kenshin: Ms. Kaoru, no! You bastard, what have you done to Ms. Kaoru?
      Jinei: It's a stronger version of the Shin-no-ippou. It's so strong that I've paralyzed her lungs. She will last five minutes at most before she suffocates.

    • Jinei: In other words, unless you kill me, the girl dies. What's wrong? There's no time to lose. Are you going to let her die without lifting a finger? Death by suffocation isn't pretty.

    • Kenshin: However, now that I have said that I will kill you, your death tonight has been assured, Jinei.
      Jinei: (Thinking) This is the stance for the Battoujutsu. Attacks that accelerate the blade's speed by pulling it out of the sheath and slaying the opponent in an instant. The speed of which he can unsheathe his weapon is a speed that matches the gods.
      Kenshin: Come! I'll let you taste a little sample of why they call me the Battousai.

    • Jinei: A Manslayer is a Manslayer until the day he dies. He can never be anything else.

    • Kenshin: To save Miss Kaoru, I will become a Manslayer once again!

    • Kenshin: A man-slayer is a man-slayer till the day he dies but I am also a wanderer and I will be a wander till the day I die.

    • Jinei: (To Kenshin) In every fiber of your being, you are truely a Manslayer.

    • Kenshin: A sword is a weapon. The art of swordsmanship is learning how to kill. What Miss Kaoru says is sweet and innocent talk that only those whose hands have never been stained with the blood of men can believe. But to tell you the truth, I much prefer Miss Kaoru's sweet and innocent talk, yes indeed I do. That is the truth.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Original Air Date: February 21st 1996

    • In the manga, Jinnei says he killed himself in order to avoid being tortured and forced to tell which government authority hired him.

    • At the end of the episode when it looks like Jin-e had fainted, he actually stabbed him self with his sword. It can be seen when watching the original unedited episode on DVD.

    • Yahiko and Sanosuke were barely active at all in this episode's manga counterpart. Those two trying to track down Kenshin and Kaoru in the anime never happened originally. That was probably added in so they would have more screen time or to consume a bit more time that Kenshin's duel against Ji'nei couldn't.

    • This is the first time you see Hitokiri Battousai in action, versus Jinei.


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