In this installment of the Rurouni Kenshin Reread, I’ll be sharing my ~extremely complex and insightful~ thoughts on the seventh volume of the manga. Depending on your POV, this either counts as the ending of the first manga’s arc, or the beginning of the Kyoto Saga. I’ve seen it both ways. Actually, I’m only half-kidding when I say “extremely complex and insightful”. This post actually turned out more analytical than I anticipated.
This post will cover volumes 5 and 6 of the original manga, which contain three independent episodes: a “sidestory” focusing on Yahiko, the Raijuta arc, and another “sidestory” focusing on Sanosuke. Spoilers, as usual!
In this post, I‘m going to reflect on the Kanryu Takeda arc, which introduces two major players in Kenshin history: Megumi Takani and Aoshi Shinomori! Although the Jinne arc was already a multi-chapter story, I consider this one to be the first real, longer arc, since it fills two full volumes (volumes 3 and 4). Spoilers!
In preparation for the upcoming Hokkaido Arc, I am going to reread the entirety of the Rurouni Kenshin manga! This should be a lot of fun! :D It’s actually been a long time since I read the entire manga – and there are obviously portions that I tend to reread more often than others, which skews my general perception of the series. Reading everything in order, without skipping ahead, is just a different experience.
In this first post, I’ll discuss the first 14 chapters, which roughly corresponds to the first two volumes of the original release, everything up to and including the Jinne story.