Monday, August 22, 2016

Rurouni Kenshin volume 5


Today's post is on Rurouni Kenshin volume 5 by Nobuhiro Watsuki. It is 200 pages long and is published by Shonen Jump. The cover has Kenshin and company on it. It is the fifth volume in the long running series. You have to have read the four first in the series to understand the story. The intended reader is someone who likes historical stories, manga, and interesting characters. There is no foul language, no sex, but some violence in this series. The story is told from third person close following different characters. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the back of the book- Isurugi Raijûta, a truly old-school swordsman, comes to Kenshin and requests his aid in reforming the state of swordsmanship schools, or kenjutsu dojo, in Japan. Although Kenshin is intrigued by Raijûta's ideals (chiefly, that there is a need for a nation-wide, unifying school), Raijûta's plan to "weed out" the schools he deems unfit is not in accordance with Kenshin's deepest-held beliefs. Given the choice of either joining Raijûta's "Shinko-ryû" movement or dying, Kenshin walks away, choosing neither. But Raijûta isn't willing to let Kenshin off the hook so easily...

Review- The first story is about Yahiko trying to take care of himself and his friends. Yahiko knows that Kaoru does not have the money to feed everyone at the dojo so he gets himself a job on the side. But he does not want anyone else to see him being kind because he feels he has a tough guy image, which he does not. But alls well that ends well. The main story is about Isurugi Raijûta, a swordsman who does not think well of current swordmens and their training. So he is challenging and almost killing owners of dojos across Tokyo and Japan. I hoped we would get to Kaoru use her sword skills but not in this volume and I doubt in the next as well. But maybe we will get lucky because Kaoru is a great character who can hold her own. After all she's the one feeding everyone.

I give this volume a Five out of Five stars. I get nothing for this review and I bought this manga with my own money.