Book Review: Rurouni Kenshin Volume 28

June 10, 2016


It looks like I was able to get through things smoothly, huh?

I have been going through my backlog for some time now, deciding to tackle seven of eight or so titles, and I have cover each one individually until only one remains.

Today, I will be reviewing the last title in that group of seven, which is Rurouni Kenshin Volume 28 by Nobuhiro Watsuki.

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

After countless battles with various faces from his past and overcoming depression that came out because of some tricks, Kenshin has found the answer to his long road to redemption and must face his last major battle on that road.

However, the person Kenshin is facing is not one to be taken lightly, as his speed and reaction have just gone through the roof, and Kenshin must find a way to deal with the situation, before his opponent gets the opportunity to kill him.

I have to say, I liked this book quite a bit.

After having gone through the dull fights that were present in the previous volume, KenshinÔÇÖs fight with Enishi kept me at the edge of my seat and I did not want to put the book down for any reason.

This how the final battle of any series should be, and Nobuhiro Watsuki really delivered.

Of course, it was not impressive enough that I would give NobuhiroÔÇÖs other works a try, but it is enough that I would like to acknowledge it as a classic, despite the fact that many titles considered classics where I live are rather dull.

For that reason alone, I would want to give Nobuhiro a big round of applause.

I also liked how Enishi broke down and eventually ended up in the same place Kenshin did.

Throughout the entire arc, Enishi had a grudge against Kenshin because he killed his beloved big sister, without realizing that her feelings for Kenshin real.

However, because of certain events, Enishi went and protected the person he promised to kill moments earlier, if she moved from where she was, and ended up depressed.

This seems like a natural reaction that people would go through when they find out that their beliefs turned out to not be correct.

In the case of this series, it not only showed us that Enishi needed to find a new path in life, but also confirmed that the old man who talked to Kenshin was indeed the father of Tomoe and Enishi.

There were a few hints, yes, but they were only suggestions until Enishi and the old man said that they felt some familiarity with each other.

Another nice thing was the comedy that was present for a little bit, such as the guy Kenshin fought back in the Kyoto arc trying to steal something from headquarters.

It really added to the overall enjoyment of this final volume, because these guys would pretty much never seen again, at least where I live, because YahikoÔÇÖs mini adventure with the reverse blade sword never was released by Viz.

It looks like Nobuhiro is still doing a good job sending this series off, and does not make me want to tear him a new one, at least right now.

The thing that I liked the most though was that this really feel like the end.

Now, a lot of you guys might be rolling your eyes, because this the final volume of Rurouni Kenshin, but during my time reading manga and watching anime, I have seen plenty of instances where the end that was presented did not even feel like the end at all, such as the widely known Mx0 series.

In those cases, there was still a lot more than could have been done, but it never got chance to really present a true end.

Here, however, as the chapters went by, I did not feel like anything was missing or needed explanation at all.

This is how a proper ending should be, and Nobuhiro does deserve quite a bit of praise for being able to accomplish this.

After all, writing a good ending is such a difficult task.

Outside of those things, I cannot really think of anything that I liked, at least without giving too much away.

The fact that Kenshin and EnishiÔÇÖs final battle stayed interesting, like a final battle should, and ended without any kind of feelings, except my those of satisfaction, made this book pretty enjoyable.

Although I liked the book, there are some issues.

Fortunately, only two things bothered me.

First, things really felt like they dragged on for bit.

The things present were not necessarily bad, but there were a few places where things could have just ended and I would not have cared.

Yes, this series is not the only one to have such problems, since the third Lord of the Rings movie had a ton of endings in it, but there is a reason that things should not be continued after a point that could be considered an end is reached.

For this series, that perfect ending was around the time Enishi talked with his estranged father.

After this point, I did not really care too much about anything else.

Still, this series is not the worse example of things being drawn out for too long, so I am willing to label this as a minor annoyance.

The thing that I hated the most though was the inclusion of a preview of Buso Renkin.

Yes, I did like this work from Nobuhiro Watsuki, but Buso Renkin is just average, with nothing exciting or holding my interest.

Seeing as this was put in there by Viz, they are the ones to blame for this travesty.

Come on, Viz! This is the least interesting series I have seen and the preview you include does change the fact that Buso Renkin is nothing compared to Rurouni Kenshin.

The only series other series worth going through after this is Yu Yu Hakusho, because that at least has a character that develops over time, not some snore fest like Kazuki Muto.

If this preview had been left out, this book would have been perfect, but Viz decided to ruin things by putting in a preview that is a poor excuse of a manga that I would not even dare buy.

Then again, there are probably some people out there that think Nobuhiro Watsuki is as good as Hiromu Arakawa and Jun Mochizuki, who have both been able to make more than one good series in their time in the manga industry, so I cannot fault Viz too much and will mark this as an annoyance.

While there was not anything to really hurt the book too bad, the annoyance of series a preview of a series that does not live up to the greatness of Rurouni Kenshin did ruin my enjoyment of the book a bit.

Despite the fact that there were some annoyances, the good outweighed it enough to make this worth reading.

I only recommend this to fans of Rurouni Kenshin, because this is the final volume and they will get the most enjoyment of this.

What are your thoughts on Rurouni Kenshin Volume 28? Did you like it or hate it? Was the conclusion of the series satisfying to you? Was there something you liked or hated that went unmentioned? Feel free to comment.

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