Book Review: Rurouni Kenshin Volume 21

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I hope you all are doing well out there.

As for me, things have been going pretty well and I got some more books, as well as credit for iTunes and Barnes & Noble, which I have used to get a few things, including completing a show that I mentioned I got a while back.

Today, I will be covering one of the books I got, which is called Rurouni Kenshin Volume 21 by Nobuhiro Watsuki.

As I have I given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.

With the tale of Kenshin’s past drawing to a close, Kenshin’s friends end getting the resolve to either fight alongside Kenshin or watch how things will truly end, as Enishi and his comrades start the real crusade to dish out their revenge against the wanderer.

Meanwhile, an investigation concerning the one who supplied Shishio with the ship he used gets a few more old faces involved in the conflict that has come to Kenshin.

While has been quite some time since I read the previous volume, so much so that I had to look through this site to see where I left off, I really enjoyed this book. Having went through the remembrance chapters more completely now, I am glad to see what motivated Kenshin to become the person he is now. I also liked how the knowledge of these events made Kaoru and the others want to stay beside Kenshin and see things through to the end. When I first read through the Jinchu arc, I never really understood why Kaoru compared herself to Tomoe and why she was so important to the events being covered, but now it all makes sense because I did not skip over this portion of the story this time around like I did back when I first read the Jinchu arc. I guess that it shows that the Remembrance portion of the story is not something that should be skipped, even if one had already seen Trust & Betrayal. Another thing that I liked was that Kaoru had the guts to tell Kenshin that she wanted to spend the rest of her life with him, when Kenshin said that everyone will start walking their own paths some day in response to Kaoru bringing up something Kenshin said to her around the time they first met. While their relationship has certainly grown because of all the things they went through in Tokyo and Kyoto, I am more impressed with how she was the one who revealed her feelings first. Time and again, in both fiction and reality, taking into account the views of my elders and female friends and/or acquaintances, women grow up taught and thinking that they can just drop hints and wait around for the guy she likes to catch on to her feelings like a fish is attracted to the bait at the end of the fishing line. However, things are not like in the real world. Just like a guy will never get the girl he likes by doing nothing, a girl will also never get the guy she likes by doing practically nothing. This is because while everyone is not equal in capability, everyone is equally responsible for getting what he or she want or need, even if it means turning to other people to meet those needs or desires. As such, both guys and girls are responsible for pursuing the person they like. I know some of you will disagree with me, but we need to remember that, at the end of the day, it is the truth because both males and females decide whom they will spend rest of their lives with. In the case of Kaoru, I can only applaud the fact that she did not just sit and wait for Kenshin to say anything. After all, he has been a wanderer for a long time between the end of the reign of the Tokugawa Shogunate and when Kaoru and Kenshin first met, so Kenshin probably would have left if she did not say anything. I also liked how Enishi and his crew used the cover of fireworks to start their crusade against Kenshin. Even though they were friendly fireworks, there is nothing quite like using something so innocent as festival fireworks to mask an attack. In fact, the only thing that I can think of that would be much worse is to use your own enemy’s most powerful weapons against them. The thing that interests me the most though is whether or not Saito Hajime will become involved. While I do kind of know the answer already, from having read the Jinchu before, I do not remember if he becomes involved due to the information he learned in this volume or something else. If I had to guess though, I would say that the information is his reason. There were also some funny scenes present in this volume, but between the conclusion of the Remembrance chapters and Enishi’s surprise attack, nothing really stood out. Other than those things, there was not really stood out to me. The fact that Kaoru, unlike many women in fiction and real life, had the guts to expression her feelings for Kenshin and that the importance of Kenshin’s past was much more important than I first thought, as well as the fact that I am still kind of wondering how Saito gets involved, made this rather enjoyable.

Although I did like the volume, there are some issues. However, aside from things that are too minor to have any impact on the quality of the book or the story, nothing really comes to my mind. As a result, I will say that there is nothing worth mentioning.

Considering that nothing really bothered me, this was definitely worth reading. I recommend this only to fans of Rurouni Kenshin, and everyone else really needs to start with volume 18, the first volume of the arc, because Kenshin’s past is important to really enjoy this arc.

What are your thoughts on Rurouni Kenshin Volume 21? Did you like it or hate it? Was there anything you liked or hated that went unmentioned? Feel free to comment.

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