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18 June 2002 @ 10:53 pm
... rk spoilers ...  
Ok, random SPOILERIFIC Rurouni Kenshin questions.

They said that the best swordsmen act after interpreting their opponent's aura ... and Soujirou is considered one of the best swordsmen, right? After all, he did slice Kenshin's reverse blade (sakabatou?) in two. But it is also said by Shishio that Soujirou has only emotion of the "sanguine" nature, he has no hatred, jealousy, fighting spirit, etc. So if he sees those emotions in his opponent, how on earth can he interpret them and use that knowledge to his best advantage? o_O If he doesn't possess those emotions, how can he evaluate them in an opponent?

Ok, now for something more trivial. ^^ ::claps hands:: Do we get to meet Tokio? That was so cute when Saitou announced that he had a wife. lol

I'm very proud of Kenshin! I still like Saitou, and I like Soujirou too. ^^ Sano's okay. Misao still annoys the hell out of me, though with "Gramps" now in the picture I begin to see why she is the way she is. o_O The grandfather cracks me up sometimes, heh. I still have the last ep on the DVD to watch ... I'm so annoyed that Media Play didn't have the next DVD after this one, so I wound up getting the next Sorcerous Stabber Orphen DVD. =_= I wanted more Kenshin! Oh well, it's anime, and a series I had sworn to finish sooner or later.

[Edit - Keep in mind, I'm also typing these questions out partially so I don't forget that I asked them ... so don't feel obligated to answer. ^^;]

/SPOILERIFIC Rurouni Kenshin questions. (Yes, that's all for right now, heh).

In stinkier news, my knee now bothers me whenever I do any extensive walking. Grrr. Wasn't this supposed to happen to me either earlier when I was still growing (and thus the knots were too), or later, when my bones all decay in my body? Oh well.
 
 
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Heishiro Shotenshoten on June 18th, 2002 10:54 pm (UTC)
^^;
Well, if you really want to know...

>> Do we get to meet Tokio?

Alas, we do not. She is mentioned a few times in the anime as well as the manga, but you'll never see her. Although we do get that one glimpse of what Kenshin and Misao think she would look like. Remember how they thought she would have to be a goddess or something? That was classic. ^^


>> They said that the best swordsmen act after interpreting their opponent's aura ... and Soujirou is considered one of the best swordsmen, right? After all, he did slice Kenshin's reverse blade (sakabatou?) in two. But it is also said by Shishio that Soujirou has only emotion of the "sanguine" nature, he has no hatred, jealousy, fighting spirit, etc. So if he sees those emotions in his opponent, how on earth can he interpret them and use that knowledge to his best advantage? o_O If he doesn't possess those emotions, how can he evaluate them in an opponent?

This is really something you should wait to find out in the series. It all revolves around Soujiro's past, basically, his childhood. Shishio says that Soujiro doesn’t have these emotions as a result of his upbringing, but that isn’t the case, it’s what Soujiro makes you think. As for a general answer to your question, Soujiro was once a normal child, so of course he would know what normal human emotions are like, such as hatred, jealous, fear, anger, and happiness. Kenshin refers to “kenki” in these later battles with Soujiro. Kenki is the spirit of a warrior in battle. This is the kind of aura that Kenshin talks about. However, as a master of Hiten Mitsurugi, Kenshin is also able to read a person’s emotional state. Since Soujiro reflects no emotions in battle, he cannot read him and react on a basis of his thoughts. This is why Kenshin did so poorly against Soujiro. So reflecting kenki and reading a person’s emotional state are two different things; although control of one may lead to another. Misao actually feels Kenshin’s kenki when he fights Soujiro. Misao falls to the ground asking what that feeling was. Saitou basically says that its kenki and you can’t just get it by training, as he had been trying it for a long time. The spirit of a warrior comes with experience, desire, and firm resolution. Another thing to consider is that you haven’t seen the fullness of Soujiro’s power, nor the reason he was able to kill Okubo-kyo. You will eventually learn where his strength originates form and how it ties into his past. Then you will know all about the boy that kills with a smile on his face. ^^

This should hold you over until the next volume. You still have quite a way to go before you reach the episodes concerning Soujiro though. Hang in there! ^^

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One Who Wandersabiona on June 19th, 2002 11:09 pm (UTC)
Re: ^^;
Thanks Sho! ^^

Darnit ... I really wanted to meet Tokio too. o.o And darnit ... I really need more money to buy anime. ^^;;