Rurouni Kenshin: Saisen Extends Into The Jinchu Arc

By Ishaan . February 1, 2011 . 11:31am

It looks like Rurouni Kenshin: Saisen is going to extend well beyond the Kyoto arc and delve into the Jinchu arc of the series as well. The Jinchu arc, as you might recall, had Kenshin facing the fury of his former wife’s brother, Yukishiro Enishi.


Enishi’s presence in the game was first hinted at in its debut trailer, released by Namco Bandai in December. Not only is Enishi himself going to be playable, a couple of his lackeys are in the game, too. Screenshots over at Famitsu reveal Inui and Otowa.

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  • Well I like the art style, announce a US release date and I assure you I will be there on Day 1 Baby! A game is what first introduced me to Fate/Stay, as well as to Naruto. I think they are the perfect opportunities to introduce me to series, so if the game did come out, and I got it, I thikn I would end up following up by buying the manga.

    • SigmenddArthur


      Should I be speechless?

    • malek86

      I’m afraid this game will end up sucking. You should check out the manga instead. It’s pretty good, although it has highs and lows.

      • JustAnotherTraveler

        The high being everything before the Jinchuu arc and the low being that arc. I’m actually kind of sad to see they are including it in this game, but I guess the more people the better. As for this game sucking, well it is too be expected. It’s just an anime fighter, but it could end up being great like the Kenichi fighter so you never know. I’d love to get a Last Blade or Samurai Shodown or even Soul Calibur styled Kenshin game, but it’ll never happen.

        • malek86

          I’ll agree that the Jinchuu arc is quite inferior to the first volumes and Kyoto arc. But at least the flashback story was great. Still, everything else after that was either ridiculously over the top, or didn’t make any sense. The Sushin fight was especially pointless. And the art style also becomes a lot uglier in the last volumes.

          Admittedly, one could read the manga up to volume 18 and then just watch the OVAs. But I know many people who say the Jinchuu arc is actually better than the Kyoto arc, so who knows, he should probably read that too.

          Speaking of art styles, I still don’t understand what they did with this game. The characters’ bodies have heavy outlines, but the heads have thin outlines. It’s kind of unsettling.

          • KyoyaHibari

            Lol i havent seen the Jinchu arc actually, but isn’t it supposed to be a little over the top just to make the fights a bit more interesting, although not without further logical & realistic techniques, I mean Shishio’s gunpowder blade was pretty damn crazy, but then again, I don’t know what happens with the Jinchu arc so ;P

          • malek86

            The Kyoto arc was over the top too at times (then again, it’s a shonen manga), but the Jinchu arc was downright ridiculous most of the times. It’s difficult to explain without reading it. The best suggestion I have is to read it for yourself.

            Most shonen manga will always have highs and lows. If we are lucky, it won’t last much (like YYH’s last three volumes), or will be a transitory phase (like Dragon Ball in the Androids saga). If not, it will amost always be the whole second half or something, and that sucks (Naruto, Hokuto no Ken, Kenshin…). Prince of Tennis even has an entire sequel manga that counts as a point of all-time low.

          • KyoyaHibari

            Lol i heard Watsuki didn’t really put any effort into the Sushin so i’ve heard and they were just a means to fill Enishi’s group, but hey at least Yahiko and the others get a bit more time to fight

          • gatotsu911

            Yeah, it’s obnoxiously obvious that those characters exist for the sole purpose of giving Sanosuke, Yahiko, Aoshi and Saito one last fight. Too bad they had zero personality and almost as little plot relevance. Even Watsuki apologized afterward.

          • malek86

            I guess they were there to give Aoshi the chance to win a fight. I mean, the guy loses pretty much everytime we see him.

          • Devonian

            I kind of wish they’d let Misao fight instead of one of the people that did, she literally never got to win a fight (the closest she came was helping Kaoru win one, and she got her ass kicked pretty bad in that fight iirc)…

            Come to think of it, I wish the author would have let Sanosuke win a fight without fucking up his hand.

          • gatotsu911

            The approximate experience of reading Rurouni Kenshin, divided up into broad chunks:
            Volumes 1-4: Hey, cool!
            Volumes 5-6: Ehhhhhhhhhh
            Volumes 7: WOW.
            Volumes 8-22: Hot damn!!
            Volumes 23-28: Ehhhhhh

          • malek86

            Saito’s first appearance volume = awesome. Too bad they had to turn him into a doorstop in the Jinchuu arc.

          • gatotsu911

            I could do a more specific version, though that’s the gist of it. But yeah, in short, RK is a series of highs and lows. When it’s firing on all cylinders, it’s easily one of the greatest shonen manga of all time. When it’s running on half steam, it can be outright embarrassing. Considering it was Watsuki’s first professional manga, though, (and, y’know, the fact that I loved it as a kid) I’m inclined to be a little more forgiving of its faults. It’s a shame, however, that it’s still his best.

          • KyoyaHibari

            Well heck, his first manga was like his best so far, Buso Renkin was pretty much just a GAR fest, Gun Blaze West was frickin’ boring and idk about the Frankenstein thing he’s making

          • KyoyaHibari

            I still find Kenshin to be one of the best shonen manga, as well as all of Yoshihiro Togashi’s works, YYH could’ve been like nearly perfect if they actually had a war instead of having another tourney like the 1st one only without the actual backstory and twists, etc, I like how the 3 Kings Saga finally covered Hiei & Kurama’s past though that was the high point for me as well as Yusuke leaving Demon World and (SPOILER) not winning the tournament that was a pretty nice twist too although again, it would’ve been more epic and less monotonous if they had a war.

    • KyoyaHibari

      Fate was a good anime, i doubt this game will come to North America though Tsuna, just get this game, read the manga and/or wait for the new anime they are making, its one of my favourite series lol but do you even know about the plot or the characters? XD

      • Nope. I forgot to add that the game was how I even got into Sengoku Basara as well, Samurai Heroes was awesome, too. Games are great for just going into a series and exploring it and then getting interesting and wanting to check it out in an unadulterated exhaustive format.

        • KyoyaHibari

          Lol, i tend to do the opposite, but that’s just me, I normally get into the franchise from its main storytelling formats like the manga and anime, and when i get an attachment to the characters, i’ll know who to look forward to playing as in the games

  • Please don’t mess up the gameplay for the adaptation of this classic anime.

  • No way this is coming to the US. The anime rights are floating around from Media Blaster to some one else. By the way has anyone heard the redub of the series? My god, and I thought Funimation was bad when they first got DBZ!

    • KyoyaHibari

      You mean the Animax dub on Crackle? That’s not really new i think, it was just for English-speaking parts of Asia, i saw one episode the other day becuase i wanted to see how the Raijuta fight went cuz i havent seen the show for a few years and my god it was terrible, Media Blasters’ dub is waaaaaaay better

  • Aoshi00

    That’s cool, I thought they would save the Jinchuu chars for a possible sequel.. it’s nice to hear they’re not saving anything for another quick cash-in.

    The anime ver of Inui and Otowa are pretty cool since we never see them in anime form :)

    Still getting it anyway for old time’s sake, I hope the game would be decent.

  • Aara_Malik_Davoodi

    Well that’s great to read. I really want to play as Enishi. Now give it to us outside Japan. kthx

  • KyoyaHibari

    I hope they have the future characters like Short Hair Kenshin, Teen Yahiko and Kenji, that would be awesome :D

  • The more the merrier I say :D

  • Souji Tendou

    Siliconera, there’s a spoiler there.

  • Devonian

    Is Not!Venom in?

  • what is the new ova thing in the official web?

  • Well, it looks like there’s two videos with the word OVA all around them on the game’s website. They were posted on the 25th. I’m to assume that it’s a new OVA (maybe even two!) but it says the service isn’t available in this country so we can’t watch the videos. Needless to say, if anybody here knows Japanese or has a friend that knows Japanese, try and get in contact with somebody from Japan so they can watch it. Just a summary of what was shown would be fine but if they could upload it to youtube or a place where everyone could see it, that would be awesome!

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