2. Acting At Its Finest
Every single one of the characters displayed impeccable acting skills. Takeru Satoh, Emi Takei, and Munetaka Aoki gave awesome performances on the film as their characters Kenshin Himura, Kamiya Kaoru and Sagara Sanosuke, respectively. Takeru is successful in showcasing how the weight of our hero’s past has finally caught up on him. It's safe to say that he has truly mastered his role. And beecause Shishio’s face is covered in bandages, it required an actor who could bring a very strong emotion to his performance and Tatsuya Fujiwara certainly gave justice to the character. That being said, the highlight is the fight scene between the two and other worthy opponents (no spoilers here), that's bound to make movie-goers holding their breaths.
But of course, everyone did a remarkable job. From Himura’s sidekick, Sanosuke Sagara to Emi Takei who plays the adorable Kaoru, Shinomori Aoshi and Saito were all amazing.
3. Professionally Executed Stunts, Seamless Special Effects
One of the film's strengths is its high production value and its visually exciting action scenes that really put it above many other manga adaptations that are so frequently hampered by TV aesthetics and distractingly awful CGI. "Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends" impresses from the stunning opening onwards as it attempts to tell a much grander story with a marked step-up in characterization and a darker tone.
When it comes to the fight scenes and stunts, "The Legend Ends" is top notch and completely flawless, so be sure to keep your eyes filled with some of the best scenes happening very fast. Many of the battles are incredibly complex that's bound to make your jaw drop to the floor. And to make it even better, they've managed to reflect the unique techniques of each of the characters - Saito’s left-handed Gatotsu thrust, Aoshi Shinomori’s dual kodachi slashes, Sojiro Seta’s Shukuchi technique, and even Shishio’s Homura Dama. Yes, complete with the tip of his sword on fire.
4. More Than Just The Intricately Crafted Fight Scenes
Even though the film is truly an action movie, you are guaranteed to leave uplifted. The movie opted to stick to realistic scenarios and well, it pretty much has everything in it. It artfully weaves in a multi-layered budding romance, drama, tragedy and just the right amount of comedy, it hits on concepts that stand in contrast with most animes.
The battle for Kenshin's soul maintains the film's focus, with Kaoru acting as his moral compass while a romance subtlety develops between them. As always, Munetaka Aoki is as hilarious as ever as Himura’s sidekick, Sanosuke Sagara. His lines and antics will leave audiences cracking in laughter.
5. Pleasurable Influx Of Morals, Perfect Display Of Political And Societal Issues