Samurai X

Season 1 Episode 2

Kid Samurai

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Aired Saturday 10:30 PM Mar 18, 2003 on Cartoon Network
9.1
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Kenshin meets a kid, Yahiko Myouji, a descendant of a long line of samurai warriors. After his parents died, they had a large debt to pay to a Japanese mafia, so Yahiko pickpockets people the get money to pay back the debt. After saving him from the mafia, Kaoru decides teaches Yahiko.moreless

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  • Quite a nice episode

    9.0
    This is a second episode of the whole "Rurouni Kenshin" anime. In this episode, Kenshin and the crew meet a kid called Yahiko Myouji. He is a descendant from a honorable family of the samurais. After Yahiko's parents die, he had to pay their debt to some gang of japanese mafia, some kind of a syndicate which uses him to steal money from usual people in the streets and that is what Kenshin saw him doing. Anyway Kenshin saw some good in him and later saved him from that group. And so from that time, Yahiko is learning in the school of Koaru. It is a really worth watching episode, so I suggest you do it!moreless
  • Second episode!!! Yahiko... ???

    9.0
    First off, I would love to say that woah, that moment when that guy was about to slice up Kaoru and Yahiko and Kenshin comes in and his eyes look so cool!!! Awesome-ness, like blood-thirsty blue or something! Awesome. Kauro is awesome! She's strong but not too strong too make the show balanced I guess. I don't know what to think about Yahiko. He has a right to be snotty, seeing that he is a "samurai" but seriously, it just annoys the heck out of me. Escpecially when Kenshin doesn't do anything, or when Kaoru doesn't beat the sh*t out of him. But still, it was a very nice episode.moreless
  • This is the first appearance of Yahiko Myojin who quickly becomes a favorite among the Himura group. Myojin is filled with pride, but is too weak to stick up for his parent’s name.moreless

    8.9
    Ms. Kamiya gains her first student since the incident with the false Battousai. Myojin is reluctant to learn from a woman, but that soon changes. Myojin never does lose that pride of his, so I suppose he did honor his parent’s name. To be a samurai, one must bring honor to himself and his kin. As Himura says, “If the world hadn’t changed, that boy would’ve made a fine samurai.” Myojin holds the utmost respect for his parent’s name, and would have honored them greatly. It sometimes makes me wish that I could learn swordsmanship from a swordsman… or woman.moreless
  • Kenshin begins to assert his benign influence, starting with a troubled ten-year-old boy, Yahiko. (NOTE: this review was originally written after watching the subtitled version, with the Japanese voice actors)

    8.2
    Episode 2: The Kid Samurai:

    A Big Ordeal and a New Student





    EPISODE SUMMARY: Now that Kamiya Kaoru has cleared the name of her family's school, life has gone back to normal. Everything is peaceful..... except no students are returning! Kaoru finds this very vexing and wonders why no one wants the help of such a cute swordmaster's assistant. Then she worries that people are too put off by her beauty, and thinks "Oh I am so screwed!!1!" Himura Kenshin finds this amusing, but declines comment. He seems to absolutely revel in the sheer domesticity of life in the dojo. (Given that he walked away from the wars because of the brutality of slaughter, this is no surprise... domesticity = peace, and he's searching for peace to hide from his past in).



    Then the two little girls and their grandfather decide they're all hungry, and Kaoru asks Kenshin to treat them to lunch. So, it's off to the market they go. There, Kenshin notices a suspicious ten-year-old boy picking the pocket of an elderly man about to buy something for his grandson. When the boy hears the little grandson celebrate, he gets a guilt trip and returns the wallet without fuss. Kenshin rewards the would-be pickpocket, but then Kaoru grabs him by the ear and lambastes him for spacing out. (Several "Oro!"s ensue)



    The pickpocket stews on this, overhearing a couple of ladies pointing out that the redhaired man wears a sword in public (which is forbidden). So the pickpocket, taking personal offense to that, charges Kenshin and knocks him over (with another "Oro!") Kaoru pins the attacker and grabs Kenshin's wallet from the kid's hand. The kid screams and calls her Ugly, which quite handily ticks her off. Kenshin calms the situation by inexplicably handing his wallet over to the kid (maybe it's empty? ^_^ That would explain why he has no problem parting with his money. Otherwise he's just a wee bit too generous) Then he and Kaoru continue on their way, but the kid hurls the wallet back (another "Oro!") and yells that he hasn't fallen so far as to be pitied. He says he is Myoujin Yahiko, a son of a samurai. He also says he was just targeting Kenshin because Kenshin is wearing a sword in public (again, this is forbidden). He despises, also, being called a kid.



    Kenshin apologizes for underestimating him, and commends him on his pride, telling him to cherish it. Yahiko abruptly turns and walks away, apparently embarrassed that Kenshin is being so nice to him (Kenshin seems to really like his spirit) Kaoru mutters how arrogant he is, but Kenshin is just pleasantly amused because, as he says, if the world had not changed, Yahiko would be a samurai-in-training right now. Yahiko is ambushed by his boss's cronies, who beat him up for not having anything to pay out.



    Meanwhile, Kaoru and company learn about Yahiko being "adopted" by a group of uncouth mobsters who force him to steal in order to repay a debt for his mother's illness, which had ultimately killed her. Kaoru gets all righteous and storms out, but Kenshin tries to stop her. Kaoru barges into the yazuka hideout and demands Yahiko rescind his heathen way of life. The gangsters then try to trap her into joining them with a rigged game of dice, but Yahiko turns the tides by switching the dice. When the bluff is all called, Kaoru tries to fight her way out of the building, but she is overwhelmed by the apparent ringleader, who calls himself Gasuke the Manslayer. Yahiko decides to follow her lead and declares his intention to sever all ties. It is then that they meet the real ring-leader, a funny-looking bald old man simply called "Boss" and Kaoru and Yahiko realize their dire straits.



    Then, just when Gasuke is about to execute Yahiko, Kenshin comes kicking in, fashionably late (a la Sesshoumaru!) He has knocked down everyone who stood in his way (without killing them) and calmly requests that the Boss release Kaoru and Yahiko. He effortlessly dispatches Gasuke, without batting an eyelash. The Boss, scared out of his wits, agrees to let them go.



    Yahiko is irritated and doesn't want Kenshin's help, saying he could have fought on his own. Kenshin again apologizes and offers instead to treat the injuries. Then he picks up Yahiko by the collar and slings him over his back, walking casually away.



    The Boss, realizing that this man is another Manslayer, one who has killed many people without remorse and who, if pressed, would slaughter everyone around without problem, realizes that he got off easy with Kenshin and forbids anyone from impeding his exit.



    Yahiko swears and curses, and says he wants to be able to defend his parents' honor by himself. Kenshin says he'll help, and deposits him in the Kamiya Dojo, telling him to become stronger and learn kenjutsu. Yahiko isn't amused that he has to learn from Kaoru, and much razzing ensues, but it's all good. All's well that ends well, after all.







    THE GOOD: Kaoru puts up a good fight of her own before Kenshin shows up to save her sorry butt. She's not like Kagome who needs rescuing all the time, she only needs it when she's overwhelmed by double-digit opponents. She makes a good showing of herself, kicking quite a few butts.



    THE BAD: She still needs Kenshin to save her sorry butt. Plus, what is with Kenshin's weird speech patterns? The "de gozaru"s are annoying. (addendum: obviously, I learned later that that is an essential part of his on-screen character)



    THE UGLY: Okay, the other Manslayer, Gasuke, reminds me entirely TOO much of the Fake Water God from Inuyasha episode 27. Very snakey. o_O



    THE PRETTY: Kaoru is cute in her kimonos! ^_^ She has more clothing variety than most anime characters do.



    OTHER GOODIES: This is the first, but by no means the last, time that we see Kenshin's benevolence and benign nature transform someone's life for the better. By being passively resilient, Kenshin inspires Yahiko to break free of the troublesome life he's been forced to lead.



    BEST MOMENT: There are two of them actually. First, Kaoru gets all righteous and storms out to go save Yahiko but Kenshin stops her by grabbing her hair. She slams the door on him, sending him back on his ass, and something that looks like a piggy bank smacks him on the head. The little girls call him "Ken-nii!" Second, Gasuke attacks Kenshin, who, with the butt of his sword, plants him face-first into the ceiling, and then Kenshin tells him "I'm not finished (talking). Stay there a while (and keep your mouth shut)." The drollness of it all is just too clever. It had me practically cheering.moreless
Philece Sampler

Philece Sampler

Misao Makimachi

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

Tony Pope

Tony Pope

Boss

Guest Star

Kirk Thornton

Kirk Thornton

Hajime Saito

Recurring Role

Wendee Lee

Wendee Lee

Yumi Komagata

Recurring Role

Michelle Ruff

Michelle Ruff

Tae

Recurring Role

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