I'm having trouble getting into Rurouni Kenshin. I'm less than ten episodes in though so I'm going to give it more of a chance.
It does start off slow, but really picks up once they introduce Shinomori Aoshi. From there on, the plot starts to tug at your heart-strings..
Also, did you happen to catch the OVA Samurai X
? If you are finding the series to be a chore starting out, the movie is way more serious. Not a kid's movie! But it explains where Kenshin came from..
Now for some recommendations (some involving rurouni
's and some fencer
's):Samurai Deeper Kyo
- Relatively short, but sweet! More feudal samurai ass-kicking action, (for those who like the Kenshin series, give it a try.) Plot involves a medicine vendor who has the soul of a bloodthirsty killer trapped within him. Thus, he becomes the target for bounty hunters everywhere, but don't piss him off - or the killer will come out!Baki the Grappler
- Only a couple episodes in, but interesting so far. Involves almost an MMA setting.Chrno Crusade
- Vampire hunting religious sect dedicating to protecting humanity from the hordes of evil. Interesting dynamic with the protagonist, as her lifeforce is connected with that of her partner, (who is also a monster, himself - bet you didn't see that coming!) When her partner needs to unleash his power and get the duo out of a jam, the protagonist loses years off of her life. Vampire Hunter D
- D is a vampire hunter. He's also a Dampiel, (half-human, half-vampire - born of a vampire overlord and a human woman.) Rumor has it the character of Castlevania's Alucard was based off of the character 'D'. (Unlikely, as there was reference to an 'Alucard' in the older, Hammer Dracula films.) Regardless, many parallels can be drawn between this film and the Castlevania series.Trigun
- If you haven't checked out this short-but-sweet series yet, you can NOT call yourself a fan of Anime...Naruto
- I know, I know.. But after giving it a chance, I fell in love! I consider it the 'Harry Potter' of Anime series. Begins very juvenile-like, but as time forges on, it matures along with the viewer. Pretty soon, you'll find at least one character you identify with, and before you know it - you're hooked! Highly recommended for fans of 'coming-of-age' stories!Le Chavelier D'eon
- The setting this time is in Renaissance France. Our young protagonist is coping with the death of his sister, and becomes possessed by her spirit. Oh, and she just so happened to be the most talented fencer in all of France. I highly recommend this series! Think Rurouni Kenshin, but with a supernatural twist in post-Medieval France.. Samurai Champloo
- Hip-hop samurai tale not starring Samuel Jackson, and helmed by the creator of Cowboy Bebop.. Very stylish, and incredibly entertaining!