After all the countless teasers, Rurouni Kenshin: The Final Official Main Trailer has been released! I couldn’t be more excited! I’ve been waiting for both the prequel and sequel to my beloved shonen anime film adaptation.
Like what was expected, Rurouni Kenshin: The Final official main trailer and the things fans have been looking forward are very promising. Since I’m so giddy with excitement, I’m writing this review as a fangirl and not in the same style that I usually write (as some of my friends say, my style is almost journalistic). So, I’ll be sharing some of the things that I’m most looking forward to in the coming two films.
Rurouni Kenshin: The Final Official Main Trailer Review — Mackenyu as Enishi Yukishiro
I haven’t blogged about my reaction regarding Mackenyu being Rurouni Kenshin’s final two movies’ main villain, Enishi Yukishiro (of Jinchū Arc in the manga and anime). Mackenyu Arata, being the pretty boy that he is, isn’t really my type of celebrity crush. Hence, I haven’t seen his evolution as an artist. The first film I saw him in was Peach Girl, and the last drama I’ve seen with him was Our Dearest Sakura. Like many Japanese artists, he did well in all the few films and dramas that I saw with him as a supporting character.
I constantly have great expectations when it comes to Japanese actors. In Japanese culture, people are almost always disciplined. I know that Japanese agencies always make sure that their actors are well-prepared before accepting and tackling every role. Hence, I’ve never really thought of any bad actor in Japan. And if they do have some, they are able to conceal it with all the quirky and unique stories they produce.
Going back to Mackenyu, while this pretty boy stands out mostly because of his looks, I haven’t really thought of him much as a fine actor, unlike Kenshin Himura himself, Takeru Satoh, or more acerbic character actors like Kamiki Ryunosuke and Tatsuya Fujiwara (who played Kenshin Himura’s past villains). However, that perception is slowly changing. Everyone in Rurouni Kenshin is perfect for their roles, and the casting director and director Keishi Ohtomo himself always choose wisely.
We have yet to see Mackenyu as Enishi Yukishiro, but based on the trailer, I think he’s out to prove himself a more competitive actor that’s way beyond what he has in the beauty department. The character Enishi Yukishiro is dark, handsome, and according to Rurouni Kenshin mangaka Nobuhiro Watsuki, he’s a “depressive type, falling deeper and deeper and deeper, ” with Shishio’s influence remaining when he created the character. Watsuki also felt that the character was too handsome to be a villain, but he went for it anyway. Well, we couldn’t think of a more pretty boy than Mackenyu, right? I just didn’t expect that he would also be able to play a somewhat sardonic character.
We’ll also get to see Mackenyu’s sparring skills, proving that he’s the son of martial artist Sonny Chiba while creating his own mark as an artist. Well, that’s it for Mackenyu. I’m very, very excited to see his take as the vengeful Enishi Yukishiro.
Rurouni Kenshin: The Final Official Main Trailer — ONE OK ROCK’s “Renegades”
“Renegades” by ONE OK ROCK is the theme song for Rurouni Kenshin: The Final. The song has not been released yet, and it’s first heard on the main trailer, so I cannot comment much on it. However, based on the teasers and trailer, it’s more promising than the past theme songs that the band wrote for the first three movies.
To be honest, I have been a fan of ONE OK ROCK’s music releases, up until they released “The Beginning” EP, and their album, “JINSEI KAKETE BOKU WA,” which contained the official theme song of Rurouni Kenshin Part 1: Origins. I think that everything just went too commercial for the band after that era. Nevertheless, I am quite optimistic about “Renegades” after hearing some of it on Rurouni Kenshin: The Final official main trailer and teasers. In my opinion, it is well-suited for the final series of the film adaptation. I’m looking forward to hearing the full song.
Rurouni Kenshin: The Final Official Main Trailer — Commentary and Themes
I haven’t seen the anime version nor read the manga of Jinchū Arc, and I’m still contemplating whether I’ll watch it before or after the film. I kinda’ regret not continuing to watch it years ago, or even just after learning that they’re making a prequel and sequel to the blockbuster adaptation, as that would be ideal for me.
While a lot of fans only see the action and dramatic story of the whole Rurouni Kenshin franchise, I tend to peel more of its surface. It’s one of my most favorite shonen animes because it dwells a lot on our humanity and politics as well.
Since Rurouni Kenshin: The Final / The Beginning deals with the past and the issue of revenge, I’m very excited about what the story says about our being human and our complexities and relationships with other human beings with society as a whole. I’m so excited to blog about it. Readers, stay tuned!
Rurouni Kenshin: The Final / The Beginning opens in theaters on April 23 and June 1, 2021. It will be available in IMAX, 4DX, and MX4D. Make sure to follow all COVID-19 preventive protocols while watching the two films!