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Some months ago, a rumor surfaced that they would be showing the Rurouni Kenshin live action movie at our theaters here in the Philippines. After some weeks of torture, we were finally given an official confirmation and screening date! The day they started selling tickets online, I got a bunch for me and my friends, even though it was a couple of months too early, hahah!

Nearing the screening date, I received a wonderful surprise from :iconup-ame:

They invited me to be a guest and cosplay competition judge for Swordplay, a Rurouni Kenshin fan event, and also to the special advanced screening days before the official screening date. I've often thought that if there is one cosplay I would like people to remember me by, it would be Kenshin. I was very honored and touched that they had thought of including me to a day celebrating a series that means so much to me, and a movie I had been looking forward to for ages.

My friends and I had decided since the news of the movie screening that we would watch in costume. I dressed up in my Hitokiri Battousai cosplay for the event. Miguel merkymerx helped me step up the detail of my scar makeup. I wanted it to look like it was freshly cut and still painful, the way it was during the Trust and Betrayal OVA. We still need more practice, but it was enough to make me wince at my reflection sometimes.

Propping up my sword beside me while I got ready as one of the judges for the cosplay competition.

This is actually not my proper sword for Hitokiri Battousai, but I couldn't bring metal props into the venue. This katana was crafted by AC Karumaru, and it's made of wood. It's for a different character I'll be cosplaying. Do you recognize whose sword it is?

I'm always happy to see Rurouni Kenshin cosplayers since it's not such a regular sight anymore, so it was great for them to have a RuroKen cosplay competition. Here are just some of the contestants that were photographed by my contacts on FB:

Himura Kenshin

Sagara Sanosuke

Shishio Makoto

Seta Soujiro

Himura Kenshin

Makimachi Misao

In the end, the two winners based on the scores from the panel of judges were...

First runner-up: Ken Lim as Sagara Sanosuke

He wowed the crowd with some cool moves, jumped off the stage and then tried to exit the wrong way. Even when he didn't mean it, he was in character, hahah!

And the champion is...

:iconakagii2004: Arnel Serioso as battle-worn Shinsengumi captain Saito Hajime

As the judge who was in costume, they asked me to come up onstage and take pictures with the winner. It worked out really well since our cosplays are both from the Bakumatsu :D

A rare smile from Saito

Gatotsu vs. Battojutsu

A battle I would really like to see is between Saito and Battousai in the Bakumatsu, so I was happy we got to take some pictures together albeit quickly.

A momentary truce

I knew you secretly like me, Saito-san

After the cosplay competition, I had a bit of time to meet people and take pictures and stuff. This makes me look like an assassin who doesn't value discretion, hahah!

Me and Me, the ace of the Rurouni Kenshin quiz bee

The past and the present

Phone snapshot with Megumi-dono

I had a cheeseburger as a quick snack, which probably looked pretty funny. :lol:
The sauce I'm holding is our local McDonald's barbecue sauce. Next time you have a cheeseburger, get an additional order of BBQ sauce and dip your burger there. You'll thank me. Hahah!

Back to trying to stay in character

My scar looks painful

I was interviewed a couple of times

One of the reasons I enjoy cosplaying Kenshin is that he is height-appropriate for me. OTL

( Click here for more pictures from the Rurouni Kenshin event and movie premiere )

Thank you to UP AME for inviting me to be a guest and judge at the Swordplay event before the film, during which I was very happy to be around fellow RuroKen fans and celebrate our love for the series with RK music and games and cosplay! I had an amazing day!

Waiting for the movie to start! And getting trolled by Megumi, hahah

It was really funny and sweet how people treated me like I was actually starring in the movie, since I was dressed as Hitokiri Battousai. Before the film started, some people asked for pictures and introduced themselves and chatted with me for a while. And when the movie was done and we exited the theater, I was interviewed by a TV crew and asked, "So how did you find the movie that you starred in?" Hahah! Good times!

I'm also incredibly touched and honored by the countless messages I've been receiving from people who said that they kept remembering me while watching the film. Thank you!

My thoughts on the movie

Me and my beautiful premiere ticket <3

Here are my non-spoiler general impressions about it:

:bulletblue: Subbed or dubbed?
Let's start with one concern everyone has had: It was SUBBED, not dubbed! Whoo!

:bulletblue: Cinematography
The film was visually stunning. Practically every scene you could screencap and it would be a beautiful picture. I particularly loved the subtle ways they would light Kenshin's face. The locations were pretty much perfect. I got such strong feelings of nostalgia and belonging in the Kamiya Dojo.

:bulletblue: Fight scenes
I would like to shake the hands of the fight choreographers because the battles were AMAZING! The entire audience could not help collectively gasping and cheering at parts because they were so gripping, and at times had a dash of comic relief. I felt they had achieved the superhuman speed, strength and agility of these anime characters we have come to admire, yet kept a good level of realism to keep them from being entirely too cheesy. There is one nitpick I would like to make toward one scene for a certain character but I think I understand why they did it, and it is forgivable.

:bulletblue: Casting
I initially had my doubts about casting, but after seeing the film, I feel they did justice to their roles. ESPECIALLY TAKERU SATO. Kenshin is probably my favorite character of all time, and I wasn't sure if any living soul would be able to portray him in a film to my liking. I was happy to be proven wrong. Takeru was BRILLIANT. He depicted both sides of Kenshin so well — the endearing pacifistic wanderer, and the swordsman who used to be Hitokiri Battousai. Several times he made us go "AWWWWW" out loud in the middle of battle scenes, in which he performed so well! Fight choreo prowess aside, his facial expressions were also spot on. I could not be happier!

:bulletblue: Costumes
The costumes and styling were also impeccable. They stayed true to feel of the original character designs but added some changes to make them more realistic. I kept ogling at the added details on Saito's police uniform (look out for that beautiful holster). Even the way they did Takeru's hair, I found it perfect, especially if you notice how it looks from the back. The way it's pulled back but those layers that frame his face stick out at the sides. It's really reminiscent of the way Kenshin was drawn in the manga and anime.

:bulletblue: Plot
Understandably, they had to change parts of the plot to condense the story to fit into the time frame of a movie, but I thought they were able to do it in a way that doesn't take away from the original story. There are parts that could have been improved but hey, nothing is perfect! Overall, I felt it was an incredibly successful live action adaptation of a beloved series.

:bulletblue: SEQUEL?
My only complaint is — and this is actually not negative — it left me wanting more! Because of the time constraint, not all the characters were fully showcased, but perhaps they'll get their turn to shine on the... wait for it... SEQUEL! There are talks of a sequel for the movie! Read about it HERE. Also in the article is news about the U.S. release!

So yes, I LOVED the movie and you guys should go see it while you can! It was only supposed to show in the Philippines until December 9, but SM Cinema heard the battle cries of Rurouni Kenshin fans! Movie screening extended!!! It will continue showing from today until December 18 in some areas! It's also now showing in some branches that didn't have it before! Click here for screening details!</s>

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Mahrahia Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
While I don't live in the Phillippines, I watched the movie online and fangirled throughout the entirety of it.
bitchbrain Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
The movie was awesome! EPIC! I hope the rumor for another one is true. ^.^ I am soo gonna buy the DVD.
Funky-P3t3 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*super late reader* I am so jealous right now that I want to cry. Heck, even my mother would cry if she read this.

I can't wait until I get to see the movie, heh heh. :)

Also, super amazing cosplay you got there! I can see why people would treat you like a star, hu hu hu. :D
KrixonVale661 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
That's awesome ! :D :D
darkangelatem Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
Waaaaaaaaaaaaah!! I wanna see that movie >w< I am so excited for iiiiiiiiiit!! You are like the best Kenshin ever by the way ^.^
pixelputa Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It was an AWESOME movie! After the film ended everyone cheered and clapped! Jaws literally dropped at the action scenes. And the fact that the only CGI in the film was the blood splatter made it even more amazing.

I have never experienced that before in a movie screening! As a long-time Kenshin fan it was a dream to watch and I'm glad they waited this long to make it. I had seen Takeru play Okada Izo (also a hitokiri) in Ryomaden. In fact Izo was the inspiration for the character Jin-e Udo. Takeru was amazing in ryomaden too! My nitpick would probably be the fight between Saito and Kenshin. It was too short!
kimineechan Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
aaahnw you're awesome in this version of Kenshin lovely!
wig perfect o_o

what envy T_T my country was in the list of countries who will show the movie, but i dont think it will arrive at movies, probably it will be for DVD or Blu-ray

Envy² you had a convention about this! this is marvelous, here they dont pay that attention for Asia products =/ (Brazil) We have a lot of convention about animes e etc, but the Media about dvd movies etc, doesnt go well here =/

Im thinking that de japanese Blu-ray will arrive first that the Brazilian version haha
batangbatugan Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
I really liked the overall treatment given. Nothing was over the top, serious when it needed to be, with just the right amount of comedy to lighten the mood. Didn't feel like anything was forced or tacked on just for the sake of being there without furthering the plot. It was really worth the wait. =D

When Kenshin uttered his first "Oro?" it made my heart jump a bit :XD:
bobapanda Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
This is so neat! Wow you looked great. XD I want to see the movie so bad!
bobapanda Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
Grew up watching this show so Yes, it is a must. >n<
starlightdevil Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooooooooo you look so amazing! And Im impressed by how real the scar looks! Really awesome make up and cosplay!
behindinfinity Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012   General Artist
Thank you so much! :)
Jibari-chan Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student General Artist
I haven't watched the movie TT^TT Tickets were sold out.

But I'm glad that you became a judge!

and I will absolutely try that cheeseburger + BBQ sauce you said! :XD::rofl:
behindinfinity Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012   General Artist
Awww :< DVD release then!

You'll never want to eat a cheeseburger without BBQ sauce again! :lol:
Jibari-chan Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Student General Artist

LOL! Really :XD: I'll tell you if I ate cheeseburger with the BBQ sauce~ :XD: HAHAHAHA
Do I need to pay for the sauce? HAHAHAHA :rofl:
aoi-tsubasa Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
I watched the final screening last Wednesday and man, the line reached until The Block! People coming from the other cinemas were actually asking "Hey, which movie was premiering tonight?" There were just that many RuroKen movie fans. The movie made me really happy too and made me realize how much I missed RuroKen. It made such a big impression on me while growing up.

So yes, A SEQUEL would be super awesome!
behindinfinity Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012   General Artist
I am so happy there are so many RK fans until now! And that the movie had gotten so much support! Maybe if they push through with the sequel, they'll no longer think twice about screening it here! :D
ay4u Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Student Filmographer
Wow, so cool!
Yume-ka Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
Thank you for your brief non-spoiler review of the movie! But it makes me want to see it more now! I've been dying to see it ever since I heard about the movie, but since a North American release hasn't really be schedule yet, this is a huge bummer. The DVD will probably be out first before it even gets to theatres here ;__;
eva-guy01 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for not mentioning what people in the theater thought I was. XD It was such a great night watching with fellow fans of the series, everyone would gasp and give the same reactions all during the show. And unlike other movies, everyone here was absolutely concentrated on the movie, no annoying noisy side comments! XD
behindinfinity Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012   General Artist
It's a private joke for us to enjoy (for now) ehehehehe :fuzzydemon:

Yessss! I really enjoyed how our first time watching the film was with a great crowd who reacted and kept quiet at just the right moments!
eva-guy01 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The Gotatsu Stance crowd shriek! XD
shadowzabimaru Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Student General Artist
When i read RK was gonna be released in the US, i literally screamed at my screen. Kenshin is also my favouritest manga in the world. Oh, and also the cosplay by which i found you ;)
behindinfinity Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012   General Artist
I am excited for you to be able to watch it! And awww! I am glad! :D
shadowzabimaru Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Student General Artist
yes, i finally saw it, it is amazing! :D
Arivia Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
Ah I watched the movie at the Sydney Japan Film festival and your comment about the cinematography is EXACTLY what I said on my blog haha!! I just think the way it was filmed just made it so much more intense and also delicate~ Definitely one of my favourite movie releases of the year ^^
Yui1 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I could only stay a little while since they only allowed seats for participants. I spotted you from the side right away and totally went stalker with my mobile cam. Bad shot but still...:) Though I didn't notice you only had one of the scars. Nice attention to detail!

I'm curious about that one nitpick you had of the film. I guess I have mine too. But like you, I feel it's negligible esp. since I've waited for the realization of this film for years and didn't even have hopes that it would be shown here. :)

Congrats on a n awesome cosplay!
behindinfinity Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012   General Artist
Aww, really? I thought anyone could just come in :ohnoes: But thank you! I'm sorry I couldn't pose properly for your pictures! Maybe next time!

Same here! It was such a blessing just to be able to see it on the big screen in a theater full of RuroKen fans :D
Yui1 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist

Yes, definitely a blessing. Got to see it twice too. :D
Hisui-Takarano Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
you look amazing in your cosplay! i really hope they release the movie in australia ^___^
elflady-2001 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
I came to anime and manga rather late in life but Rurouni Kenshin was one of the first anime I ever watched. It's funny because I remember my daughter watching it when it aired in the US on Cartoon Network but I wasn't into animation then since I was totally immersed in LOTR at the time. I loved RK's theme of atonement by doing good and protecting others rather than dying. I feel so lucky that I was able to see this when I was on vacation in Tokyo in October and like others, I thought of you as well while watching the movie. Anyway, I'm very glad you got to the see the movie you "starred" in (that must have been so funny when the interviewer said that)! And thank you for being a wonderfully positive cosplay role model. :)
behindinfinity Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012   General Artist
Kenshin's way of atonement is definitely something we can all learn from. I know it helped me a lot. :) I'm glad you got to give the series another chance!

Aww, I am most touched and flattered! And that's wonderful that you got that opportunity! It must have been extra special to see it in Tokyo. Ahahah, yeah I couldn't help laughing and playing along! Thank you for thinking that about me! :thanks:
FreakyStrawberry Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
I'm waiting so anxiously for this movie to become available online or in Canada T.T

RK was one of the first mangas/animes I watched...AHHHH
TojiX Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
I guess its safe to say that the Philippines has always been a testing ground for companies who wants to penetrate the US market. On another note I enjoyed the movie very much, its a fine example of how Anime turned live action movies should be made. And I'm sad I missed the opportunity to meet you in person since my kids were to much in a hurry to eat in McDo, so I missed the event, I have no idea if its before or after. Your swordsman poses seems authentic judging from the pictures, and I love you're drawing poses though you were leaning to much, I understand this is for artistic reasons since Kenshin does the same as well as Kabuki actors. Forgive if you will (I just cant help it) the Saito guy was doing it wrong, he shouldn't be leaning forward, and his stance is wrong. First Saito (the real one) uses a Dotanuki a very heavy Battlefield sword, so his upper body posture should be straight in accordance with his center of gravity, so he can wield his sword properly. And his stance should be a Kokutsu dachi or a back stance [link] the rear foot firmly planted to the ground with the full weight of your body with the front in contrast. Anyway I'm probably OC ^^ I hope they make sequel soon ^^.
behindinfinity Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012   General Artist
I'm very glad to hear you enjoyed it! Yes, I hope other adaptations will learn from it!

I know how particular you are about swordsman poses so I'm happy you think that mine are adequate :) I have been trying to be more conscious about how I pose with a sword. I've also been spending more time with my friends who do martial arts. Perhaps some of their skill is rubbing off on me, hahah! Will keep your advice in mind for my friends who will be cosplaying Saito!

I hope we will get a chance to meet another time! I'd be happy to get some advice for stances and posing :D
TojiX Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
When I was in UP they have a Kendo club there. Why dont you check if they are still around. And there is a legitimate Kenjutsu school here in Manila [link] I'm planning on enrolling I'm getting rusty, I have a couple of more years before I have to go back to Japan. I really advice taking up this kind of activity it helps alot specially when the Zombie apocalypse happens ahahahahahaha.
bjezerey Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
I have been wanting to see this movie since I first heard whispers of it ages and ages ago. I'm so encouraged to hear you say it's good. (And now, maybe, it could come to the US of A?)
keidream Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
You are so awesome ^ _ ^ I want to see the movie now, too.
artsya95 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That sounded so much fun!! I love Rurouni Kenshin- I will have to wait until the movie comes out of dvd though, I do not live in LA or could I get there to go see it sadly
Kikubi Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
Aaaah.... I've been looking forward to a US release for this movie since January! The Death Note movies came to this area, but so far we've only heard news of Kenshin coming to LA. It had better come here!
Sayuri14 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Student Writer
T_T I'll have to hunt this movie on the internet...there's no way it'll come to the theatres in my country :'(I'm taking a guess at the sword..correct me if I'm wrong,but the design reminds me of Jin's katana in Samurai Champloo :P
behindinfinity Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012   General Artist
Aww, that is too bad. I do hope you get to watch it in one way or another! And your guess on the katana is correct! :D
NordicAngel Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist

I wanna watch this movie, soo bad!
MisunderstoodFreak Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Student General Artist thoughts exactly. WE WANT A SEQUEL!!! WE WANT SHISHIO IN IT! SOUJIRO AND AOSHI TOO!! SEQUEL WHILE THE IRON IS STILL HOT!!

and actually by watching the movie, i can say that Samurai X: Rurouni Kenshin was truly a legend. forgive me for saying this but i actually thought that few people would watch the movie, i was very much wrong, tickets at moa were immediately sold out! i would not go into details but i actually had to wait till 11pm to watch the movie. yes, im dedicated like that. my love for samurai x is strong
behindinfinity Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012   General Artist
I want to see them too, but I'd also like to see some love for the Jinchuu arc in the manga that never got to taste even an anime adaptation!

It's okay, I couldn't help doubting too if the RK fandom here was still alive since there were so many complications trying to get the film to show here. I'm very happy I was proven wrong! It touched my heart to see and hear about so many fans filling up the theaters to see this movie!
MisunderstoodFreak Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Student General Artist
I knooow, we don't even get to see tomoe's face in the movie >_<

Yeah, i actually got home at 2am already, waaaaay past my bed time, but it was all worth it. :D
MajorasMasks Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the feedback on the movie; if you liked it, it must be really good! :dance:
NagiNaoe101 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LUCKY DUCKY! YOU GOT TO SEE IT! I am going to be waiting for it on DVD in the US, this'er so lucky too
kristinaelyse Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very coool!
AteMozzarella Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Student General Artist
Incidentally, I was the person who approached you randomly and asked "Are you Jin?" and took a celphone pic for my friend. It was a coincidence, I'd gone there to check on Rise of the Guardians movie scheds (I hope you watched it! If not, it;s on til wednesday) and saw the Rurouni Kenshin cosplayers all over.
Glad you had fun!
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