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Samurai X: Trust and Betrayal 

Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan: Tsuioku Hen (original title)
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In the era of Japan's Meiji Restoration, an assassin regains his humanity.
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Series cast summary:
Mayo Suzukaze ...  Kenshin Himura 4 episodes, 1999
Junko Iwao ...  Tomoe Yukishiro 4 episodes, 1999
Nozomu Sasaki ...  Enishi Yukishiro 4 episodes, 1999
Masami Suzuki ...  Shinta 4 episodes, 1999
Shûichi Ikeda Shûichi Ikeda ...  Seijûrô Hiko 4 episodes, 1999
Tomokazu Seki ...  Kogorô Katsura 4 episodes, 1999
Wataru Takagi ...  Shinsaku Takasugi 4 episodes, 1999
Ryûsei Nakao ...  Îzuka 4 episodes, 1999
Hirotaka Suzuoki ...  Hajime Saitô 4 episodes, 1999
Akari Hibino Akari Hibino ...  Sôshi Okita 4 episodes, 1999
Minoru Uchida Minoru Uchida ...  Tatsumi 4 episodes, 1999
Tetsuya Iwanaga Tetsuya Iwanaga ...  Akira Kiyosato 4 episodes, 1999
Satoshi Tsuruoka Satoshi Tsuruoka ...  Jubei Shigekûra 4 episodes, 1999
Mitsuaki Hoshino Mitsuaki Hoshino ...  Katagai 4 episodes, 1999
Hiromi Setsu Hiromi Setsu ...  Ikumatsu 4 episodes, 1999
Rikiya Koyama ...  Toshizô Hijikata 4 episodes, 1999
Hiroshi Takahashi Hiroshi Takahashi ...  Isami Kondô 4 episodes, 1999
Hiroshi Shimozaki Hiroshi Shimozaki ...  Sudo 4 episodes, 1999
Norihisa Mori Norihisa Mori ...  Ishiji 4 episodes, 1999
Azusa Nakao Azusa Nakao ...  Kasumi 4 episodes, 1999
Noriko Namiki Noriko Namiki ...  Akane 4 episodes, 1999
Kaori Yuasa Kaori Yuasa ...  Sakura 4 episodes, 1999
Shizuka Okohira Shizuka Okohira ...  Landlady 4 episodes, 1999
Takahiro Hirano Takahiro Hirano ...  Soldier 4 episodes, 1999
Teppei Takasugi Teppei Takasugi ...  Soldier 4 episodes, 1999
Tomokazu Yokoyama Tomokazu Yokoyama ...  Soldier 4 episodes, 1999
Makoto Ueki Makoto Ueki ...  Patriot 4 episodes, 1999
Kôichi Tateishi Kôichi Tateishi ...  Brigand 4 episodes, 1999
Hidenori Konda Hidenori Konda ...  Brigand 4 episodes, 1999
Nobuyuki Saitô Nobuyuki Saitô ...  Brigand 4 episodes, 1999
Mariko Nagahama Mariko Nagahama ...  Shirakawa Woman 4 episodes, 1999
Sachiko Ikeda Sachiko Ikeda ...  Nobii 4 episodes, 1999
Miki Nôsô Miki Nôsô ...  Woman 4 episodes, 1999
Naomi Matamura Naomi Matamura ...  Woman 4 episodes, 1999
Reiji Kamiya Reiji Kamiya ...  Additional Voices 4 episodes, 1999
Naoko Seto Naoko Seto ...  Additional Voices 4 episodes, 1999
Mitsuyo Tanaka Mitsuyo Tanaka ...  Additional Voices 4 episodes, 1999
Mika Ishibashi Mika Ishibashi ...  Additional Voices 4 episodes, 1999
Sachie Maruyama Sachie Maruyama ...  Additional Voices 4 episodes, 1999
Lowell Bartholomee ...  Akira Kiyosato 4 episodes, 1999
Jose Brown Jose Brown ...  Kondo 4 episodes, 1999
Charles C. Campbell ...  Shigekura 4 episodes, 1999
Katherine Catmull ...  Katsu / ... 4 episodes, 1999
Ken Cook Ken Cook ...  Additional Voices 4 episodes, 1999
Rebecca Davis ...  Tomoe Yukishiro 4 episodes, 1999
Martinique Duchene Martinique Duchene ...  Flower Vendor / ... 4 episodes, 1999
Mallard Fillmore Mallard Fillmore ...  Soudou 4 episodes, 1999
Lainie Frasier Lainie Frasier ...  Landlady 4 episodes, 1999
Corey Gagne Corey Gagne ...  Katsura 4 episodes, 1999
Brian Gaston ...  Enishi 4 episodes, 1999
Samantha Inoue Harte ...  Additional Characters 4 episodes, 1999
Christa Kimlicko-Jones ...  Kasumi 4 episodes, 1999
Ellie McBride ...  Etoro 4 episodes, 1999
Tish Morone Tish Morone ...  Additional Voices 4 episodes, 1999
Noah Passavoy Noah Passavoy ...  Additional Voices 4 episodes, 1999
Jason Phelps Jason Phelps ...  Takasugi 4 episodes, 1999
John Paul Shepard John Paul Shepard ...  Tatsumi 4 episodes, 1999
Boon Sheridan Boon Sheridan ...  Additional Voices 4 episodes, 1999
Jason P. Stingley Jason P. Stingley ...  Additional Voices 4 episodes, 1999
Douglas Taylor Douglas Taylor ...  Katagai 4 episodes, 1999
Lara Toner Lara Toner ...  Ikumatsu 4 episodes, 1999
Kari Waggoner Kari Waggoner ...  Additional Voices 4 episodes, 1999
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Ken Webster ...  Saitou 4 episodes, 1999
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In Meiji era Japan, Kenshin Himura has been trained in the deadliest of sword arts. When the House he was hired by is defeated and forced into hiding, Kenshin must pretend to be the husband of Tomoe. The only catch is, Kenshin killed her fiance, and she is now secretly spying on him. While in hiding, Kenshin and Tomoe grow to love each other, and Kenshin comes to terms with who he is. This is the backstory to the Rurouni Kenshin manga and to a lesser extent, the television series based off of the manga. Written by Annonymous

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Release Date:

22 August 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rurouni Kenshin: Trust & Betrayal See more »

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Technical Specs


(4 episodes) | (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although the of Kenshin's life depicted in this OVA series was also detailed in the original manga, the TV series "Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji kenkaku roman tan" (1996) never mentions Tomoe by name, but Hiko does mention ask Kenshin about his lost love at Tomoe's gravesite in Kyoto. The only characters aside from Kenshin that also appear in the TV series are Saito, Hiko, and assumedly Shishio (the unnamed assassin). See more »


Seijûrô Hiko: He is pure of heart, but so are fools.
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Crazy Credits

The original DVDs from ADV Films replaced the original Japanese title card to read: 'Samurai X: Trust' and 'Samurai X: Betrayal'. This is restored for the Director's Cut DVD. See more »

Alternate Versions

The original DVDs from ADV Films feature the original 4 OVA episodes on two DVDs. These episodes were later combined into a Director's Cut DVD. See more »


References The Terminator (1984) See more »


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Not an anime review, but movie review
9 August 2005 | by chibi1284See all my reviews

First and foremost my goal is to write a review about a movie, not an anime. Many people consider this one of the greatest anime ever made but it kind of saddens me that people only treat it as an anime and recommend fans of anime to watch it. I see Kenshin OVA Trust/Betrayal as a movie and recommend every movie fan to watch it.

If you are looking for a summary, read somewhere else. If you are trying to find out why this is a great movie, I will try my best to convince you.

Kenshin OVA is a character driven movie with excellent character development. The two main characters, Kenshin and Tomoe, have humane and non exaggerated personalities, they are conflicted with their emotions, and they grow and change. I guess what I am trying to say is that the two main characters are not cliché.

The stories' setting takes place during the late 1800's in Japan, where a civil war is taking place, where the samurai era is coming to an end, and the shogunate is fighting to keep its place. People who don't know Japanese history of that time period probably going to get a bit confused, but the historical setting provided the movie more depth and political intrigue. Like the current trend of war movies, the historic conflicts are not presented in black and white, but rather shades of gray.

The action sequence is something to behold of. It is violent, gruesome, bloody, but does not feel gratuitous, due to the mood and setting the animators have created. The sword fights short, but quick, intense, believable (realistic), and original in presentation. Far better than any live action choreography.

Finally there are many subtle touches that makes the movie feel more like a work of art, rather animated violence. The animators are created a lot of scenes with nature. Whether it is the subtleness of snow flake or sakura leaves falling, or the glistening of the lake from the sun, the animators created a world of beauty. On top of that, the soundtrack just masterfully sets up the mood of the scene. The soundtrack is haunting, kinetic during battle, and subtle and poignant. Most importantly the soundtrack is memorable.

Kenshin OVA Trust/Betrayal is on the top tier of anime, however if the movie had gotten greater exposure, it would belong in the top tier of movies.

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