Willing to be Illuminated and Pierced

“Man does not live by strength alone.” This and other memorable lines have been found worthy for an ending fit for a legend at the third and final installment of the Rurouni Kenshin trilogy, “The Legend Ends”. For the first time, I was one of those given a chance to see its premiere night. For a Rurouni Kenshin fan like me, I wouldn’t trade this ticket even for a thousand bucks. After being left hanging in the second part, Himura Kenshin finds himself returning to his roots. In order to defeat a nation’s crumbling under a madman like Makoto Shishio, the former Battousai has to learn how to overcome his past, his fears, and himself. Of course, I wouldn’t be a spoiler although some of you (especially those who had followed the anime series) may be guessing how the story will gou. But the movie emphasized one point — to have the will to live. Up to the end, Rurouni Kenshin did not disappoint me. Though much has been left out from the series to fit into the film (like the highlights of the one-on-one matches with the members of the Juppongatana), the final installment retained the very soul and mantra of Kenshin himself. Just like the anime series, Rurouni Kenshin is not just a battle of swords, and fighting styles, with a bit of ostentatious politics lurking behind the higher-ups in society. It is the battle of principles. Kenshin’s “will to live” — which his Sensei Hiko Seijuro emphasized — is not for on glory and fame alone. To live is for the most important things in life, which is, not only for self, but for others and the peace of society. Although our timelines are far off from Kenshin’s “new era” under the Meiji reign, still his principle is something that we can learn from. While I couldn’t help but gape at the impressive fight scenes and quick storyline, it brings to the point the need to search and think about of our purpose in life. We live for something far more worthy than money, fame, and power. When we take off our eyes from the temporal things, we’ll find something more worth fighting for. I’m sure I’d miss Kenshin again after the final installment. But I’m sure this ending, though humbling, is a worthy bow for a remake. Screening of “Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends” in Philippine cinemas begins at September 24. I bet you have to get in line first before countless Kenshin fans start to fill the queue. đŸ™‚ IMG_20140922_225846

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