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Samurai X

Season 2 Episode 33

The Man Who is Chosen for Victory

Aired Saturday 10:30 PM Oct 04, 2003 on Cartoon Network
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Episode Summary

Both Kenshin and Shishio are ready to end the fight with their ultimate attacks. As they begin, Shishio uses the insight he received from Soujiro to parry the Amakakakeru Ryuu no Hirameki. He ignites he's sword to finish Kenshin, when Kenshin spins around to hit Shishio. Hiko reveals there is a second half to the ultimate attack of the Hiten Mitsurugi style, and Aoshi mentions that with the combined force of the parry and spin, the second half of the attack is far worse than the first. With Shishio defeated, Yumi begs for Kenshin to spar his life. Shishio kills Yumi as an attempt to get to Kenshin, but dies from being pushed to far over his limits. As Aoshi, Sano, Kenshin, and Saito leave, Gouji begins to destroy the boiler, causing the bridge the bridge they're on to break, and surrounding them in flames.moreless

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  • The Battle is Final Over!

    I love this episode! This is with doubt one of the best episodes ever! Probably the actually #1 best episode ever. The music was wonderful. I don't uauslly comment on things like that, but this series I just love the musical score. The experssions on the characters' faces was done beautiful! Not meation the plot was done with extreme twists and turns. I mean Sisho kills Yumi! He kills his own girlfriend! And she actually happy about it! That just shows how nuts they're. Though it's somewhat romantic in a strange twisted villianous creepy way. This is just a wonderful episode! I can't tell how great it actually is. You really need to watch it and see for yourself.moreless
  • Shishio is finally dead!

    In the end after this entire season of murders and killing and blood shed, Shishio is finally dead! Not without a price though, it's hard to believe he actually killed Yumi his own girlfriend just to get a cheap shot at Kenshin. Yumi was actually happy though, and now they are probably in hell. Anyway, the whole group is now sustaining super injuries(even though Saito can still use Gatotsu) and will they be able to make it out of Shishio's evil layer after Houji has set the whole place on fire and made numerous explosions and such? We'll just have to see in the next episode.moreless
  • the fallen of one of the best killer

    NOw is time to runaway...well done...the time is up for shishio. now the grup have to get out of the hell that is making explotion.saito take a other way to get out of the palace.kinshi is in bad conditon so the rum so fast.in the end he wake up and everithing had pass away no more shihio and yuppongatana.all o the menber take differnte way and made his life.is one of the bes epi realy it is so good one .and it is a little funny .i hope that the siries continue in taht way .because i ove this sieson it was so deeply and great.actually there are no much episode like this one so it is special it had a little bit of everything.

    Well thei thing is that i love the part that one of the menber of the gang i think that is is the oficial just look sanosuke and he just say see you i will take other road.sanosuke was angre really angry he want to finsh the battel with him but he can't.I hpe that one day we can wacth tha battel i belive that it ell be one of the best epi of the show.moreless
Philece Sampler

Philece Sampler

Misao Makimachi

Kirk Thornton

Kirk Thornton

Hajime Saito

Wendee Lee

Wendee Lee

Yumi Komagata/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)

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Spontaneous combustion like what happened with Shishio is impossible. If his body temperature was rendered unnaturally higher, his brain should have boiled in it's skull.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Houji: Komagata Yumi...She was not always a fortunate woman, but she found happiness in death.
      Kenshin: Where...Where is the happiness in death? If she was alive, she could know many kinds of happiness.

    • Yumi:(After Shishio stabs through her) I-I'm...so...happy. I could...I could be...it's the first time...in a fight...and I actually made a difference in the outcome of Lord Shishio's fight. I-I was always jealous of Sou...the boy, and Kamatari. For Lord Shishio, fighting is everything. But all I could ever do was take care of you. I was always...Yes...It always bothered me. But it's different now...P-Please win...this battle...Lord Shishio...Yumi's one step ahead...And I'll be waiting for you in hell...

    • Shishio: The weak shall become food for the strong! So die and let me feast!

    • Aoshi: The flow of time that led us all from the revolution to where we stand now, denied Makoto Shishio his victory, and sided with the Battousai. The times have chosen the person who deserves to live.

    • Seijuro: (About the Ama Kakeru Ryu no Hirameki) Even if you avoid the fangs of the dragon by soaring high, you will be drawn in by the fierce wind and shredded by it's claws.

  • NOTES (8)

    • Makoto Shishio doesn't die from the Amerakaku Ryu no hira Meki, he dies painfully from an overload of heat on his body, hence his blood evaporating, because of this, Kenshin doesn't break his vow. This would commonly be known as spontaneous combustion.

    • He must have believed that it was the "Sonata quasi una fantasia" Op.27/2 in C minor "Moonlight Sonata". Some loser web site must have gave him an over romanticised translation of it. Also, the Moonlight Sonata was Beethoven's 14th Sonata. So, he was badly mistaken

    • Just a note on the music thing. The piece being played is not Beethoven's 13th Piano Sonata. It is actually instead the second movement, or Adagio Cantabile from Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 8 in c minor. The confusion is that it is OPUS 13. Meaning is is actualyl the 13th published work that Beethoven wrote. So Opus nubmer is 13, not the Sonata. I'm not sure where the person who originally posted this got that it was called "Midnight Blue." Beethoven's 8th Piano Sonata was alos known as the "Pathetique" sonata. The piece heard in this episode is actually the second movement from this sonata. Just wanted to clear that up. sorry. It's the Musicologist in me.

    • The music playing as Yumi protects Shishio is Beethoven's 13th Piano Sonata. Also known as Midnight Blue.

    • Shishio spontaenously combusts and finally dies.

    • Yumi is killed by Shishio when she begs Kenshin to spare him. He impales her on his blade to get to Kenshin, who has dropped his guard.

    • With the clue from Soujiro, Shishio break the Amakakeru Ryu no Hirameki... only to discover that all battoujutsu techniques of Hiten Mitsurugi Ryu have a second part to them...

    • Shishio was not superior to Kenshin, not by a long shot. Shishio had Kenshin fight his men in deadly duels one by one. A series of battles that were designed to weaken Kenshin. It was also in Shishio's interest since his lover would witness Kenshin's attacks and inform Shishio. But in the end, the best man won, even when it looked hopeless, ( a Yugioh theme ) his bond with his friends and his master and Kaoru, his love even though she's the same age as Tome, his first love, was able to defeat Shisio with out breaking his vow to never kill again.