Monday, January 6, 2014

Rurouni Kenshin: Kaoru

This one takes me back to one of the earlier animes that I watched. Kaoru is the lead female character in the Rurouni Kenshin series. She's a Kendo master who teaches a special style of martial arts known Kamiya Kasshin-ryū which is a sword style designed to protect people. In the time period Rurouni takes place in, the Meiji Era, Swords are outlawed so she wields a wooden sword instead. Kaoru doesn't show her feet nearly often enough in the anime but here is a compilation of some of her best scenes.
(These caps were taken Rurouni Kenshin Episodes 1, 3, 62 and 66. A Massive Thank You To Black Viper for tracking down and tipping us off to Kaoru's extremely rare barefoot moments.)

While the Rurouni Kenshin anime focuses on an the ex samurai assassin Kenshin a lot, Kaoru play a very important role as his love interest. After being rescued by Kenshin when she was confronting another sword master who was attempting to disgrace her dojo, she offers the wandering samurai a place to stay and ultimately call home. In contrast with Kenshin who is calm and relaxed, Kaoru is hot tempered and easily provoked but she has a good heart and cares about the people she is close with. It easy to understand why Kenshin loves her. She a really feisty and strong woman. :-) In the anime when Kenshin comes close to returning to becoming a violent samurai killer again, she is the person that is able to talk him down reminding him of who he is now. She really is an amazing girl.

Ok guys, that's all for now. :-) As always...more to come soon. ^_^
-KSC

13 comments:

  1. I got another hit for you, 2 actually. The first is April O'Neil in TMNT, the 2003 series. In episode 5, she's briefly seen barefoot as she runs up to see if her future boyfriend/husband Casey is alright after being attacked by a robot and Maya Fey from Ace Attorney, her entire outfit revolves around her wearing a skirt and flip flops

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    1. @Black Viper: O_O That's awesome I had a big crush on that version of April and had no idea that she went barefoot. That really is an amazing find.

      I posted a little bit of Maya in a tribute to the Phoenix Wright Girls here but I'll try to look for more material on her.

      Anyway, thanks so much for for both of these tips. :-)

      @Bambino: Ok I'll leave that one to you then. I'm looking forward to her...April rocks!!

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  2. Man I remember having a huge crush on her back in the day. I never knew that there were more close ups of her feet like that. Nice find!

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    1. Thanks. Yeah it was a big surprise for me too. It's really awesome that she had these scenes. ^_^

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  3. hey KingsSideCastle what episode does your pictures took from 38-69

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  4. Rurouni Kenshin is still my favorite manga of all time. Awesome job capping all of Kaoru's scenes. ^_^ Fun fact: in the manga, Kaoru is actually wearing socks during the scenes from the first episode, so bless whoever changed it to barefoot in the anime. XD

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    1. Thanks Atomic Chinchilla. ^_^ That really was a great change. :-) I wish they had continued to dispense with her socks more often in later episodes of the anime as well.

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    2. True dat.

      Also, would it be possible to make a gif of that clip of Kaoru in the bath? XD

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    3. Possibly...Kaoru's movements are subtle just a slight wiggle of one of her toes and and an up and down motion of her foot. I might have to experiment with speeds a little bit but I'll give it a shot. :-)

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  5. =D Awesome post Kaoru is awesome =D, and a cutie too bad Megumi never got any scenes =( haha

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    1. Thanks very much Destiny Dueler. ^_^ Yeah I really wish that Megumi had some good barefoot scenes too...she was really hot.

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