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...
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.
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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