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Old 2004-02-25, 07:04   Link #1
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Question Rurouni Kenshin TV, OVAs, Movie (what order?)

This question has been asked 100 times but i didn't find any answer on this forum ;-)
Iam currently watching Rurouni Kenshin TV (last ep i watched 43).
Whats the best point of time to watch:
- The OVA (1, 2)
- Movie (Requiem..) ?

Thanks alot.
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Old 2004-02-25, 07:15   Link #2
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Any time really.

Aside form the 95 episode Kenshin TV series, there is a 4-part OAV set 10 years before the series (best to watch after first TV season), a Movie (Anytime), and Seisouhen/Reflections, which is best watched after, but to some, not at all
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Old 2004-02-25, 08:21   Link #3
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Ive also recently started watching im at 59, and i will watch all the TVseries first, then the movie, then OVA1 and at last OVA2(which i think is obvious).

Just watch it the way the were released, then you will not miss anything...
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Old 2004-02-25, 09:53   Link #4
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hmm did someone watched ova1 BEFORE watching the tv serie, without knowing the story ? It could be interesting
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Old 2004-02-27, 16:35   Link #5
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Timeline wise, the first OVA is 10+ years before the TV Series. The second movie (Requiem of Patriots) happens after episode 60, and the third movie (Reflections) is several years after episode 95. Honestly I don't think it matters when you watch it, but I always liked to watch it in the order it happened (timeline wise).
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Old 2004-02-27, 16:44   Link #6
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Timeline wise, the first OVA is 10+ years before the TV Series. The second movie (Requiem of Patriots) happens after episode 60, and the third movie (Reflections) is several years after episode 95. Honestly I don't think it matters when you watch it, but I always liked to watch it in the order it happened (timeline wise).
The only problem with watching it in order of the timeline is that the first OVA is very historical, throwing out names of groups and people without any explaination of who they are. It makes the OVAs earier to follow if you know some of the history as it is picked up through the first two story arcs.
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Old 2004-02-27, 17:01   Link #7
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So the movie happens after episode 60?
Did it get released at that time also, or did they release it after the series?
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Old 2004-02-27, 17:44   Link #8
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No... Story wise, that's about were it fits into the series.
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Old 2004-02-27, 19:49   Link #9
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Just found this episode overview:
Seasons...
The movie was released after the 2nd season - after eps .62 ep...
@Tenka: Good hint.
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Old 2004-02-28, 00:32   Link #10
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if you go here, and then click the yellow question mark, it gives a detailed explanation on the difference between the tv series/ova/movie, what they are, and also the suggested order to view them in. ^_^
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Old 2004-02-28, 01:16   Link #11
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Originally Posted by ravemax
This question has been asked 100 times but i didn't find any answer on this forum ;-)
Iam currently watching Rurouni Kenshin TV (last ep i watched 43).
Whats the best point of time to watch:
- The OVA (1, 2)
- Movie (Requiem..) ?

Thanks alot.
That quite easy.

OVA 1-4 First. Second the TV Series. Then the Movie and finally OVA 5-6 (the new ones).
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Old 2004-02-28, 07:12   Link #12
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Its never wrong to watch it the way it were released
Cause they did of course make it so that it will be good to watch it that way

Its like if a movie were done, then a second movie were released 2 years after(but this movie takes act some years before the first movie), then you should of course watch the first movie first... duh, no matter how many years before the second movie takes act, it was still released after the first, so that makes it pretty obvious to watch the first, then the second.
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Old 2004-02-28, 07:27   Link #13
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Plot wise:

OVA 1
TV series 1st and 2nd arc
Movie (anywhere in between really)
TV series 3rd arc (sucks big time IMO.)
OVA 2


This is how I'd do it:

TV series 1st and 2nd arc
OVA 1
Re-watch TV series 1st and 2nd arc and also read the manga
OVA 2
Die in anguish and unnecessary heart-broken-ness
Read the manga again and be somewhat relieved

;D You'd understand the "die" part if you watched ova 2, and if you wtached ova 1 you'd be bored watching the Movie, and TV series 3rd arc I try to avoid...

But seriously speaking, do watch the OVA 1 *AFTER* watching the first two arcs of tv series for maximum enjoyment and appreciation.
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Old 2004-02-28, 20:28   Link #14
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i actually enjoyed the 4th arc i think, the one about catholics??

i wish i read the manga ;_; never got a hold of it but how i watched the kenshin series

tv series 1-10 then heard about ova's so i go watch that before i go on
1st OVA i was really bored but in the end i was ;_; <--tears of joy
rest of TV series up to the last arc -_-' never finished that arc, it got boring
2nd OVA seishouhen ;_; i was never satisfied like that when it comes to the ending something that u've been following for a while ;_; it was great, it satisfied me
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Old 2004-02-29, 18:35   Link #15
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hmm did someone watched ova1 BEFORE watching the tv serie, without knowing the story ? It could be interesting
my friend watched the ovas before the series, and I for one didn't get through the first season of kenshin before watching the ova (though i did know of saitou and such beforehand). My friend ended up liking the ova much more than the series, this of course is very understandable given that the ovas were done in a style and mood much different from the series. I found pleasure in both, but did think the ova was much better done and much more satisfying. I watched a horrific version of the movie and has subsiquently refused to watch it in it's dvd form.
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Old 2004-02-29, 20:41   Link #16
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aflipguy, you missed one movie. It's called Requiem of Patriots. It would be a shame to miss a Kenshin movie. Not sure if you didn't see it or just didn't list.

The first OVA is by far my favorite thing of Kenshin. Even though the series is still a lot better than most other anime series (IMO)
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Old 2004-03-03, 23:16   Link #17
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i'm just watching kenshin right now and now i just know that there is more to it. got to start digging out all of them.
so there is the :
Tv series-95 epi.
Tsuikohen-trust and betrayal
Seisouhen-reflection
is that it? am i missing one. i liek to know
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Old 2004-03-04, 09:03   Link #18
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Quote:
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i'm just watching kenshin right now and now i just know that there is more to it. got to start digging out all of them.
so there is the :
Tv series-95 epi.
Tsuikohen-trust and betrayal
Seisouhen-reflection
is that it? am i missing one. i liek to know
yep, the Movie

It doesnt really care when you watch it, but it was released between season2 and 3.
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Old 2004-03-04, 09:26   Link #19
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Hmm...

TV Series 1 - 95
The Movie -
OVA 1 1-4
OVA 2 1 & 2
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A purist's attitude to this would be to watch in the order presented in the manga:

TV, first two arcs
OVA 1

And then to stop. The movie, last third of the TV series and second OVA are all non-manga and hence not the 'true' story of events. However, the second OVA still has much merit, so long as you ignore the made-up new ending
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