Samurai X

Season 2 Episode 22

The Wolf Destroys the Shingan

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Aired Saturday 10:30 PM Jul 12, 2003 on Cartoon Network
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Saitou Hajime and the Juppongatana Usui battle each other. Kenshin, Sano and Yumi move on to the next room, which Seta Soujirou is waiting in. However, on their way to Soujirou's room they come across Houji's room where Shinomori Aoshi is waiting for Kenshin.

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  • Can Kenshin beat Aoshi... and can the Aoiya group defeat three of the Juppongata?

    10
    This episode was amazing. I loved the Saito versus Usui battle, even if the dialogue weighed it down a bit, the dialogue really gave us something to respect about Saito. With his "eye of the heart" he really saw through Shishio's usage of Usui and how Usui really has left his beliefs, although he pretends to be as strong as he says and wants to kill Shishio himself. Saito impaling Usui in the end was really cool, but Usui licking Saito's blood off his sword was... ugh. Very cool match though.



    Kenshin verses Aoshi... or will he verse him at all? We'll see. And I wonder how the Aoiya group will fare. Can Kaoru and Yahiko really take on a member of the Juppongata by themselves, while Kenshin struggled to defeat one? What about Misao and that stick throwing queer(words of Yumi from this series)? Will they be able to handle it? We'll see, next episode (hopefully).moreless
  • Saitou and the others enter the room of screams.Saitou is awaited by Usui,one of the top fighters of the Juppongatana.Usui who is blind in both eyes but is still very skilled because his eye of the heart but Saitou over powers him with his Gatotsu.moreless

    8.1
    This episode reveals alot about Saitou and his special move the Gatotsu. The Gototsu is not only used in one basic move. It can be used up close, in the air, or diagnolly. So it shows that Saitou has more tricks up his sleeve then shishio thinks, But overall this episode was well written and it is fine example of why i watch this series.
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)

Kirk Thornton

Kirk Thornton

Hajime Saito

Recurring Role

Steve Kramer

Steve Kramer

Dr. Gensai

Recurring Role

Bridget Hoffman

Bridget Hoffman

Oumime

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (7)

    • Saitou: How pathetic…when you lost against Shishio without a fight, you should have lay down your sword forever. A man who can't hold on to his believes can only be pathetic…dead or alive…
      Usui: (fading fast) You… never show... any mercy.
      Saitou: (sarcastically) You wanted me to give you words of pity before you check out?
      Usui: To hold on to one's beliefs without even the smallest fraction of doubt, it seems easy… but what a difficult thing it is… Just how long will you last… in this new world of the Meiji… can you live by the sword… holding true your precious Aku Soku Zan…
      Saitou: I'll do it- till I die!

    • Haijime Saito: (drawing his katana sword) A mongrel dog that tucks its tail in and runs away from battle without fighting should not bark.

    • Usui: I can tell how your heart shifts, like I'm holding it in my hand.

    • Yumi: Hey, you guys! I wish Usui would just die, but I know he will defeat Saito! And then, it will be your turn!
      Sanosuke: You really think our Saito will be killed by such a guy?

    • Usui: So Anji couldn't even kill off one of you. This is a fine, fine thing.
      Kenshin: If you aren't going to move...
      (Kenshin prepares to draw his sword, but Saito stops him with the wave of his hand)
      Saito: It's good for you to get angry, but don't rush. Haste will create extra tension, and cut your true strength in half.

    • Sanosuke: Anji...
      Anji: You came to. That medicine the Battousai left here seems to have worked well.
      Sanosuke: You were looking after me?

    • Kenshin: He's here. Aoshi Shinomori.

  • NOTES (8)

    • The Japenese full title of this episode that appears on the screen is The Wolf Destroys the Eye of the Heart: The Fierce Attack of the Zero Stance Gatotsu.

    • Hey I just got it, Usui has his "Hearts Eye" style going on, and he pretty much listens to the persons heart for when they're about to attack.

    • Shiki is translated to be position or stance, given it's usage to describe Saitoh's Gatotsu.

    • For viewers watching the English version, Zero-shiki Gatotsu is the same as the Gatotsu zero style, which uses the power in one's upper body as opposed to the legs like in the other three styles of Gatotsu.

    • Usui's abilities are most likely directly or indirectly influenced by American comics yet again, since they are very similar to the superhero, Daredevil.

    • Using the Zero-shiki Gatotsu, Saitoh impales and kills Usui. In the manga, Saitoh cut him in half at the waist.

    • Usui's special ability is nothing more than exceptional hearing taken to a rather absurd extreme. Shingen literally means "Eye of the Heart" or Inner Mind's Eye.

    • The design of Usui's room is vague reminiscent of the Seal of Lillith from Evangelion, the mask of eyes.

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