A great article by TWWK, who uses the example of how the opening of Samurai X: Trust and Betrayal recalls how Christ sacrificed His life for us so that we might become living sacrifices to God.
If I’m being completely honest, part of what originally drew me to anime (and what draws many people, I think) was the intensity of violence in some series and movies. Princess Mononoke was the first anime I watched that I knew was Japanese in origin, and the violence of it, though tame by some standards, both totally threw me off and absorbed me. The same could be said of Rurouni Kenshin: Tsuiokuhen(Trust and Betrayal), which doubly surprised me because my experience of Kenshin up to that point had been the mostly bloodless kind from sixty-odd episodes of the series.
Tsuiokuhen makes no qualms of how bloody it’s going to be right from the start, as a group of bandits mercilessly brutalizes a traveling slave caravan, including the young Himura. The bandits, in turn, are dealt with in an even bloodier manner by Seijuro, who will become Himura’s teacher.
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