Hello this is Hearts! This past week (or well, two), my English class had been watching “Seven Samurai” which was directed by Akira Kurosawa. While watching it, I am reminded of the days I watched a Japanese animation/cartoon with my older brother called “Rurouni Kenshin”. Both of these types of fiction deal with Japanese samurai and they are set around the same time in history (Well, not really. “Rurouni Kenshin” takes about 200 years, during the Meiji Era, after “Seven Samurai”). Although, “Rurouni Kenshin” dwells on fantasy as well as some of the things that occurred in the series was highly fictional and practically impossible for humans to do physically. Although, it’s been over ten years since I have watched the series, so my information and memory might be faulty. I would watch the series again as well to review my information, but there’s about forty-eight episodes in total, and I don’t have the time or attention to watch it all (well, until summer vacation anyways).
Some characters in “Rurouni Kenshin” are relatable to some of the characters in “Seven Samurai” with their characteristics and personality traits.
Kambei Shimada, the leader of the seven samurai, has similar characteristics to Kenshin Himura, the main character of “Rurouni Kenshin”. Both characters are strong samurai, having battled multitudes of other samurai throughout their life. However, both have become weary and tired of war and fighting, and would rather not do it. However, when meddlesome things happen, such as villagers asking Kambei for help to save a child being held hostage by a thief in the beginning of the “Seven Samurai” movie, they were willing to help. In “Rurouni Kenshin”, in the beginning, Kenshin helps out Kaoru, a girl in charge of a sword-fighting school that was being cornered. Both of them have a similar habit of poking their noses into the affairs of others whom they deem need assistance. If it was a major conflict, both were also willing to kill, or at least cause major damage to their opponents, if they find it necessary. They are also leaders of a group as well, Kambei with his seven samurai and Kenshin with his friends (that are almost like family to him) in Kaoru’s sword-school.
Katsushirou Okamoto, the young samurai that was eager to be Kambei’s student, holds similarity to Yahiko Myoujin. Both are the youngest in their respective groups, and are therefore, the most inexperienced in life and in swordsmanship. Both also have looked for their “leaders” to be their student and learn from them. Both have been (reluctantly) taken in by their respective leaders and are taught. Although for Yahiko, Kenshin encouraged Yahiko to learn from Kaoru instead of himself.
Yahiko also holds similar personality traits with Kikuchiyo. Both characters are hotheaded, and are willing to jump into action regardless of their experience. After some time, both do prove their worth, with Kikuchiyo killing the last bandit in the movie, and Yahiko being able to help fight with his friends as well as protect them.
Kyuuzou, the skilled samurai that obtains a musket for the villagers, has similar characteristics to Aoshi Shinomori in “Rurouni Kenshin”. Both parties were unwilling to join our main characters or help them at first, but in the end, they gave in. Although for Aoshi, he was more of the antagonist for arc in “Rurouni Kenshin” rather than being unreasonable. They are both the silent types that are unwilling to associate with others, even people who admire them greatly (such as Katsushirou to Kyuuzou and a ninja named Misao, to Aoshi). If they are able to succeed in something, they will be willing to put their life on the line to obtain it.