Samurai X

Season 1 Episode 11

Farewell, the Strongest Men

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Aired Saturday 10:30 PM Mar 31, 2003 on Cartoon Network
9.6
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Shinomori uses his special move "Kaiten Kenbu" and wounds Kenshin. Kanryu appears, ready to kill Kenshin and Shinomori with his gattling gun. Meanwhile, Megumi tires to kill herself, but Sano stops her, and Kenshin tells her that she should become a doctor to help those in need, so that she could make-up for the people she harmed when she was producing opium.moreless

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  • Woah... nice episode.

    10
    I loved every second of this episode. From the beggining, the battle between Kenshin and Aoshi was intense. Right when Kenshin had the upperhand gripping his sword so it was shorter(ouch, that was a lot of blood) then Aoshi unleashed his new style, which really gave Kenshin a beating. Again though, Kenshin overcame him. But, when everything was going to be ok, some of Aoshi's crewmates came, and then the guy came with the gattling gun. After each of Aoshi's crewmates sacfirices himself to do something against the gattling gun, Kenshin finally defeats him. So, everyone is rescued (Megumi) and right before Megumi is about to suicide. Megumi is now studying under the doctor guy. And Aoshi walks into darkness, alone...moreless
  • Megumi is kidnapped and she is forced to make drugs. The person standing in Kenshin's way is Aoshi.

    9.8
    The Oniwabanshuu Arc are great episodes. We learn that Megumi is doctor trying to reconnect with her family as she is forced to make drugs for the evil bussinessman Kannryu. This Arc also introduces Aoshi and the Oniwabanshuu who be important in the Kyoto Arc. The battles between the Kenshin group and the Oniwabansuu are cool to watch. I saw the Manga scan of Hannya's face, it was ugly and he had a horrible backstory only in the manga. When I heard how the Oniwabansuu can't have normal lives because their freaks, I feel sorry for them. When Kannryu came with a machine gun and killed all of Aoshi's teammates, I was shocked and feeling sorry for Aoshi. I was glad when Kenshin punched Kannryu in the jaw real hard. The good news is that the Kenshin group saved Megumi from killing herself.moreless
  • The Kenpu style seems to have been too much for Himura to handle.

    10
    Despite the fatal injuries that have been inflicted on Himura, he continues to battle in order to find a flaw in the defense of Shinomori’s kodachi. And to Shinomori’s surprise he found a way. Himura reveals, “I can’t beat you in terms of speed because my blade is longer than your kodachi’s. So I had to adjust it to make it the same length as yours.” In aw Shinomori replies, “So, that’s why? You were holding the base where the blade is dull. You’ve shown me the true identity of the Legendary Manslayer. In gratitude, I will defeat you with the true attack of the Oniwaban group.” Shinomori performs the Kaiten-kenbu, a technique so fluid in it’s movements that it’s almost impossible to know when it moves from the defensive stance to the offensive. A triple slash mark was formed on impact. Himura falls and Shinomori expresses a smug look, “Kaiten-kenbu. Not one of my enemies has ever survived this attack. And now the Manslayer is dead.” Myojin reveals a sudden burst of fury, “You’re going to pay for this! You’re not getting away Aoshi! Even if I die in the process, I’m gunna make sure I take you with me!” But in some form of miracle, “Yahiko… Yahiko… you’re important to the Kamiya Kasshin style as it’s successor. I can’t let you die in a place like this.” Himura arose from the hard cold floor of what should have been his grave to display that the only thing Shinomori killed was his sheath used to protect his chest. Shinomori vows to keep challenging Himura until he wins. Kanryu Takeda makes a remarkable entrance as the merchant of death. Himura grows furious as Takeda’s thirst for money, “Don’t tell me that you would go to such lengths to get a hold of money that you would even sacrifice human life to feed your hunger for it!” Sadly, Takeda kills the Oniwaban group leaving Shinomori with the corpses of his comrades. Himura destroys Takeda’s gun and unleashes a powerful strike at the side of Takeda’s face. Shinomori buries his fallen comrades and promises to bring flowers to their graves. By this he means to uphold the title of the Strongest.

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Ivan Buckley

Ivan Buckley

Kanryu Takeda

Guest Star

Nobuo Tobita

Nobuo Tobita

Kanryu Takeda

Guest Star

Tom Wyner

Tom Wyner

Hannya

Guest Star

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • After Aoshi used his Kaiten-kenbu technique on Kenshin, the slash marks on Kenshin's chest were bleeding. After the battle is over, and Kaoru, Yahiko, and Sanosuke approach Kenshin, the slash marks weren't bleeding anymore.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Aoshi: It's impossible to break through my defenses, now stand up, Battousai.

    • Kenshin Himura: Back then… Many men charged into battle. And despite their differences, they risked their lives for the future of this country and the people's well being. But you're different… The only thing you have is a desire to fight that is as cold as ice. Even now you're assisting others in bringing pain to people. And as a wanderer trying to help people… I CAN'T ALLOW YOU TO GO ON DOING THAT!

    • Kenshin Himura: I have to say I think I finally figured out a way to counter the defense of his kodachi.
      Aoshi Shinomori: Then I'd have to say, I think you're bluffing. But you're not the kind of man who bluffs like that, are you? Why don't you show me then? What that way is.

    • Kenshin Himura: I can't beat you in terms of speed because my blade is longer than your kodachi's. So I had to adjust it to make it the same length as yours.
      Aoshi Shinomori: So, that's why? You were holding the base where the blade is dull. You've shown me the true identity of the Legendary Manslayer. In gratitude, I will defeat you with the true attack of the Oniwaban group.

    • Aoshi Shinomori: Kaiten-kenbu. Not one of my enemies has ever survived this attack. And now the Manslayer is dead.

    • Yahiko Myojin: You're going to pay for this! You're not getting away Aoshi! Even if I die in the process, I'm gunna make sure I take you with me!
      Kenshin Himura: Yahiko… Yahiko… you're important to the Kamiya Kasshin style as it's successor. I can't let you die in a place like this.

    • Kenshin Himura: (To Yahiko Myojin) When I was nearly defeated by Aoshi's Kaiten-kenbu, your passionate words really meant a lot to me, that they did.

    • Aoshi Shinomori: Finish me off now Battousai, because if you don't I promise I will continue to come after you for as long as I can.
      Kenshin Himura: That's fine, keep challenging me until you're satisfied. However, this is between you and me, Aoshi I won't allow you to involve anyone else in this fight.

    • Kenshin Himura: Don't tell me that you would go to such lengths to get a hold of money that you would even sacrifice human life to feed your hunger for it!

    • Shikijo: Leader, don't look at me like that, because it doesn't suit you at all.

    • Aoshi: (staring at the graves of his 4 comrades For now...for now, I can't place flowers here. But I will someday, I swear it.

    • Kenshin: (To Kanryuu) If you're begging for your life, why don't you ask your money to save you?!

    • Megumi: I can cure almost anything, except love-sickeness.

  • NOTES (3)

    • In this episode, sadly, Cartoon Network cut out the part when Sano stops the knife that Megumi would've used to kill herself. All you see is him come in and the knife drop to the ground.

    • The ending of this episode and the ending of its manga counterpart are completely different. In the manga, Beshimi did NOT succeed in firing his attack at the gatling gun; Kanryu just ran out of bullets. Also, you actually SEE the scene when Kenshin persuades the police chief to help Megumi. Next, in the manga, Aoshi did NOT take the bodies of his fallen comrades, only their HEADS! And furthermore in the manga, when they realized that Aoshi disappeared, there's a scene where everyone follow him through a secret passageway to confront him and it was THERE that Kenshin tells Aoshi to come after him again and win to be named the "most powerful" for his friends' sake and Aoshi's forgiveness in himself.

    • Though it's not apparent right away, Aoshi blames himself for the deaths of the Oniwabanshuu. This provides him with the motivation/excuse to join up with Shishio for another chance to battle Kenshin later in the series.

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