12 Days of Anime, Day 1: The Return of a Ronin

Sakura wishes you a Merry 12 Days of Anime... it'll be her turn soon!

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A little less than seven years in the blogosphere and this is actually my first time taking part in a “12 Days of Anime” post-spree, a project in which bloggers recount memorable moments related to anime either this year or in general. I decided to do it about 2012. I’m pretty excited about it, mostly since I don’t really physically *celebrate* any holidays outside of buying one or two gifts before Christmas Day comes around… and taking a break from school.

I was originally planning on doing this when the REAL 12 Days of Christmas began (which is Christmas Day), but then I saw everyone else start doing it today. So, I figured, I was probably planning on doing it wrong, somehow…

Any-who, let’s get the holiday season started. *calls the Christmas Carolers*

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

A sword is a weapon to kill...

One cross-shaped scar, and a partridge in a pear tree!

It was certainly a treat to see one of my favorite classics of all time,  Rurouni Kenshin, be revived. While the new OVA remake of the Kyoto arc wasn’t the best thing ever – and I REALLY wished it were a reboot anime adaptation of the whole manga – it was certainly a nice trip back to memory lane, through a different perspective. But what I was excited about the most was the live-action Rurouni Kenshin movie starring Takeru Satou, which, *gasp* is actually supposed to be good. Hm, American directors in Hollyood, you’re looking more and more terrible compared to Japan when it comes to live-action manga adaptations, by the day. If this movie was directed by some drone at Hollywood and not a native Japanese person, I guarantee you that they would shoehorn a bunch of white samurai into the movie and come up with an excuse for why Kenshin is white.

Anyways, I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I’m looking forward to it. I’ll totally go to a screening if one happens to be nearby my town. Guess it’s time to pump myself up by watching that old Toonami preview of the anime (or even the one for the awesome-looking movie)!


(By the way, allow me to take this opportunity to be silly and sing the blasted carol for each post. :P)

10 thoughts on “12 Days of Anime, Day 1: The Return of a Ronin”

  1. Ahh iv’e been hearing about this for some time now! I absolutely loved the anime and have been looking forward to this movie for awhile.

    Yeah I agree with you about american movie directors, if they got they’re hands on this it just wouldn’t be the same as opposed to a native japanese.

    I remember the preview of this anime on toonami well =P when I first saw it I had a total fan boy moment, was quite an empowering preview.

  2. @Shikon: Even then, I’m surprised that the movie supposedly turned out to be amazing, even coming from a Japanese director. I guess Rurouni Kenshin is more easily adaptable for live-action production, being somewhat historical, compared to things like Death Note or Boogiepop. Like those shoujo-romance stories that are always adapted into J-Drama (eh, actually, kind of different since they’re not movies but serialized TV shows).
    Yeah, Toonami’s previews always seems to make even the worst of shows sound completely awesome. I chalk it up to the awesome narrator. Take a genuinely awesome show like Kenshin and it sounds like the most empowering thing in existence. 😛

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