It was in the early 2000’s when I first watched this OVA with my cousin, I couldn’t remember the name or any events other than the brutal violence. A few years ago, long after her suicide I happened to see a picture of Kenshin somewhere and recognized the scar on his cheek. I found the OVA and proceeded to watch it.
Being much older I finally understood what it was about and it had a huge impact on me. The story itself is powerful and a true masterpiece, but in addition to that, it will always remind me of her and the time we spent together all those years ago.
Rurouni Kenshin Trust & Betrayal Quotes
Kenshin : It’s better that I do not know why they should die. Doing so would disrupt my concentration.
Shisengumi Warrior : That’s the one! He’s the assassin!
Kenshin : You must leave this place, quickly.
Tomoe : I am your sheath. I am destined to stand with you, no matter what.
Kenshin : You will die…
Tomoe : by your side.
Îzuka : This slip of a bodyguard drew your blood? He was more skilled than he looked.
Kenshin : Not skilled. Just stubborn.
A sword is a weapon. Kenjutsu is the art of killing. Whatever pretty words you use, this is its true nature.
ja “Ken wa kyouki, kenjutsu wa satsujinjutsu” “Donna kireigoto ya odaimoku wo kuchi ni shitemo sore ga shinjitsu” (「剣は凶器、剣術は殺人術」「どんな綺麗事やお題目を口にしてもそれが真実」)
Remember this. No matter how strong you are, you’re only human. The Buddha has no need for violence.
ja Oboete oke, donna ni tsuyokunaoru to, omae wa ikkai no ningen. Hotoke ya shura ni naru hitsuyou wa nain da. (覚えておけ どんなに強くなろうと、お前は一介の人間。仏や修羅になる必要はないんだ。)
You can train a dog with food, you can buy a person with money, but there isn’t a man alive able to influence the wolves of Mibu! Some things will never change. A wolf will always be a wolf, the Shinsen Gumi will always be the Shinsen Gumi, and a manslayer will always be a manslayer!
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I watched Trust and Betrayal some years ago after finishing the original anime for the first time. It takes the anime’s most serious and heavy moments and uses that atmosphere for the entire OVA. And that works great
because throughout the anime we understood time and again how terrible a time period that was for Japan, but especially for Kenshin himself. He starts the original anime with a hurt, guilty man, seeking solace from his past sins by helping whoever asks for help,
and anyone who crosses his path. And although there is a certain goofiness to the way the general story develops, you can’t go too far into it without being reminded of the fact that Kenshin was once a terrifying force of the revolution, and currently looks back on his every action during that time with sorrow and guilt. Mind you, he doesn’t regret what he did,
although he hated every single minute of it. But because of his kind and gentle personality, he can’t help but hate himself a little bit every time he remembers that time. It is many times during the anime that he encounters his old mates from his time back in Kyoto,
now high-standing officials, who offer him a high rank and a lot of compensation for all the work he did back in the day. They show nothing but gratefulness towards him. And yet he never accepts even the simplest act of gratitude from them because he thinks that killing is nothing to be rewarded for.
There is one particular scene in the lead-up to the Kyoto arc in which he encounters an old rival from the Shinsengumi and engages in a fight with him, and boy that is amazing.
It’s true that Rurouni Kenshin can be a very goofy typical shonen anime at times, but rest assured if you’re planning on watching it after these OVAs, it does not lack in the depth in character you’ve observed from him there. Especially in the Kyoto Arc and all that led up to it.