Rurouni Kenshin -Kinema-ban- 2
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- Kinema-ban -
[Kanryuu's men are drawing some wooden pins to decide who will fight Kenshin first.]
Kanryuu (smoking and thinking): Are they afraid to share the reward?
Or is it just that foolish pride seen among swordsmen and gangsters alike?
The best would be if they attacked all at once!
Dreadlock guy: Eighteen.
Hey, I'll be the last one!?
Masked guy: Thirteen.
The number itself is nice, but...
Police officer: ... feh.
Gambit-looking guy (breaking the pin): Ufufu.
Rooster head: GREAT!!
I AM THE FIRST!!!
Kanryuu: All right! Then go!
(thinking) I must wipe him out first! Then I can do whatever I want to!
Kill Hitokiri Battousai!!
[At the Kamiya dojo, breakfast is ready.]
Voice: Let's eat now.
Splash: OBLIVIOUS TO THE MANEUVERS OF EVIL MEN
KENSHIN AND HIS FRIENDS ENJOY THE FLEETING MOMENTS OF PEACE----
RUROUNI KENSHIN - KINEMA-BAN
[At the Kamiya dojo, Kenshin, Kaoru and Yahiko sip the soup.]
Side note: "Rurouni Kenshin" live action movie on theaters August 25th!!
Act 2 - "Fighter"
[The three throw up.]
Kaoru (wiping her mouth): How strange!
I'm sure I prepared everything according to what Kenshin taught me...
Yahiko (shocked): What!?
So, YOU prepared the breakfast!?
Riceballs are the only thing you can cook! It's too reckless of you to try anything else!
Kenshin: COUGH! COUGH!
Kaoru: Why!? I want to be able to cook like everyone else!!
Yahiko: THAT'S IMPOSSIBLE!!
Yahiko: You give me the pukes with this romantic bullshit!
Kaoru: Shut up, you naughty little kid!
Kenshin: Calm down, calm down.
Kaoru-dono's delicacies are really unique.
They are not bad at all.
Kaoru (shocked): Delicacies!?
Yahiko (displeased): They ARE bad!
Kenshin: Anyway, allow this lowly self to prepare another...
[Kenshin prepares another breakfast.]
The three: Well, then.
Yahiko: Hey, this is great! I want more!
Text: One week has passed...
And the "Rurouni" Himura Kenshin is still
Staying at this dojo.
Kaoru (surprised): Yeah, this is really good...
[The moment when Kenshin takes Kanryuu down is shown in the background]
Text: But he is actually the legendary Hitokiri,
the strongest swordman during Bakumatsu,
It is hard to believe,
but what he showed that day
left us with no doubts...
Kenshin (handing a rice bowl to Yahiko): Eat a lot, so that you can grow big.
Yahiko: What are you talking about? You are pretty small, Kenshin.
Kenshin (smiling): Oro.
Kaoru (thinking): How long does he intend to stay here?
I guess I can manage food for three for a while...
Kenshin: And Kaoru-dono.
Kaoru (startled): SIR, YES SIR!
[A person is walking.]
Kenshin: Are you supposed to have visitors this morning?
Not that I know of...
[Somebody knocks on the dojo's door.]
[The door is destroyed.]
The three: !?
[Rooster head enters.]
Rooster head: Sorry for breaking in
during your breakfast.
Kaoru: Who are you!?
Kenshin: This is Takeda Kanryuu's doing.
Times may change, but deeds of evil people don't.
(thinking): He decided to stay because he foresaw this...?!
Yahiko (chewing his food): HAVE YOU COME
TO KILL US?!
Rooster head (laughing): Don't make me laugh! I have no business with women and children.
But I have business with the strongest man of Bakumatsu.
[At his mansion, Kanryuu is lying, knocked down.]
Kanryuu: All right! Then go!
Kill! Kill Hitokiri Battousai!!
Rooster head: Stop that.
I'm not an assassin, y'know?
[Rooster head flicks his forehead with a finger.]
What the hell is he thinking!?!
Rooster head: My name is Sagara Sanosuke!
I am known as the "Aku ichimonji"!! [T.N.: Literally, "The character for evil"]
My life and death are always in the hands of Fortune!
I am a fighter who bets his life in a good brawl!
I have come here to fight you
to see who is the strongest here.
HERE I GO!!
[Sano strikes first. Kenshin parries his punch.]
Sano: This is just for starters!!
[Sano attacks and Kenshin evades.]
[Sano launches several attacks, but Kenshin manages to dodge them all.]
[Sano grins, while Kenshin keeps a serious face.
Kenshin knocks on Sano's chest with his left hand, while he prepares his right hand to launch his attack.]
[Kenshin's punch connects.]
Yahiko: He got him!!
He's not that soft an opponent.
Sano: Are you mocking me?
Do you think that a swordsman's punch will have any effect on me?
Why don't you...
... draw your sword?
Kenshin: You came here under Kanryuu's orders, yet you mean no harm to Kaoru-dono or to Yahiko.
Nor do you want to do anything to the dojo.
there is no reason to fight you.
Sano (scratching his head): So, you don't want to buy my fight?
Geez, what am I going to do?
Yahiko (pointing to Sano): Hey, look! He's quite stupid!
Sano: Well, but it seems that
you do defend yourself from my attacks.
Then watch this out
and get more serious, will you?
Kaoru: Be careful, Kenshin!
He's holding something in his hand!
A weapon, perhaps a bomb!
This is my secret technique!!
[Sano attacks, but Kenshin dodges. Sano hits the wall of the dojo, destroying it.]
FUTAE NO KIWAMI!!!![T.N.: literally, the "Double Extreme" or the "Ultimate form of the double"]
[Kaoru and Yahiko are shocked.]
Sano: This is what I learned from a fallen monk in Shimosuwa long time ago.
The ultimate technique of destruction called
Futae no Kiwami.
Kenshin: A more refined version of a double strike...
The first strike neutralizes the resistance of the target
So that the second strike will hit with its full power, reducing the target to dust.
You are able to accomplish this by using two different joints of your hand for your punch...
[Sano is surprised.]
You are the first guy to have figured out the mechanics of my technique.
You are really the legendary Hitokiri.
The strongest man among the Ishin Shishi.
Buy my fight.
(Kaoru and Yahiko are surprised.)
Kenshin: Do you enjoy fighting
Either you are strong or you are weak.
Either you win or you lose.
The fighting world is simple and easy to understand.
Sano: But this new Meiji Era that you Ishin Shishi built is just too complex.
You were against the Westerners, but now you want us to learn from them.
What you do now is exactly the opposite of what you used to say. You are just too complex, strange and bizarre.
And I don't like it.
Kenshin: So, those are the feelings
that made you carry the character for Evil on your back?
This is another thing that became exactly the opposite in the Meiji Era.
But it's not something to talk about.
And I don't want to talk about it to an Ishin Shishi like you anyway.
[Sano joins his hands, begging.]
Sano: But please, buy my fight!!
Sano: How about this!?
If you win, I will grant you one wish!
If I lose, I will grant you one wish!
How about this!?
Yahiko (pointing to Sano): Hey, now I'm sure! He's REALLY stupid!
Kenshin (thinking): Fighter Sagara Sanosuke...
This man is rough and crude, but not despicable.
Sano: You can't get more than this!!
Kenshin: ... very well, then.
If you will be satisfied,
then for this time only, this lowly self will use his sword.
Thanks a bunch, man!!
Kenshin: But when this lowly self draws his sword, he becomes an entirely different person.
So, expect no mercy.
Now you're talking business!!
I call you for a fair fight!!
[Both Sano and Kenshin launch their attacks.]
Sano (thinking): The Futae no Kiwami destroys just anything!! It reduced the target to dust the moment it connects!!
(aloud) Hitokiri Battousai!!
Your sword is mine!!
[Suddenly, a scabbard blocks Sano's fist.]
HITEN MITSURUGI RYU
SOU-RYUU-SEN!![T.N.: Flash of the Simultaneous Dragon]
[Kenshin knocks Sanosuke down.]
Yahiko: Kenshin wins!
Kaoru (thinking): He used the blade and the scabbard at the same time to neutralize Futae no Kiwami!
[Kenshin looks at Sano, who is lying on the ground.]
Kenshin: Sanosuke Saga---
Voice: WILL YOU
LET HIM BE?
[Suddenly, a man is standing on the roof, behind Kenshin.]
Man: WON'T YOU KILL HIM?
Kenshin: You are---
[The man looks into Kenshin's eyes.]
Man: ... I see.
So, you don't kill anymore...
Then, besides a reason to fight,
you need a reason to kill.
[The man disappears'.]
The three: !!
Yahiko (afraid): What the heck was that...
Kaoru: Kenshin, was it...
[Kenshin remembers the Bakumatsu and the Shinsengumi man who got his hands pierced by his blade]
Kenshin (thinking): That man...
[Night falls. Sano is eating A LOT.]
Sano: MUNCH MUNCH
Sano: Phew! After this food, I'm sure tomorrow my right hand will be brand new!
Kaoru: Meanwhile, he is eating with the very right hand he injured...
[After dinner, Sano sits beside Kenshin.]
Sano: Well, then.
I'll keep my promise.
Tell me your wish.
If you want me to stop being a fighter, I will.
If you want me to tell the story about this character, I will.
Kenshin: Don't worry about it.
(thinking): This man is rough and crude, but not despicable. Just that--- he forgot how to use his strength...
(aloud): This lowly self has no intention of bother you with inconvenient requests.
But perhaps you may grant one wish.
[Kaoru and Yahiko are eavesdropping everything.]
What is it?
Kenshin: This lowly self wishes you
to employ your strength not in petty fights,
but to stop the tears and bloodshed of other people.
[Sano is surprised.]
Kenshin (smiling): You are strong.
Most certainly you will be able to do that.
Sano (scratching his head): ... oh my, now this is some wish, eh?
I got it!
Sano: To begin with, I'll help you to protect this dojo!!
[Kaoru and Yahiko open the fusuma, the Japanese door]
Kaoru: WAIT A SECOND!
Yahiko: DO YOU INTEND TO STAY HERE TOO!?
Sano: Of course! With three meals a day!
Kaoru: I have no way to get food for three men!
Yahiko: If you stay here, we won't need any Kanryuu to destroy this dojo!
[A policeman stands outside the dojo.]
Police officer: ... feh.
[His sword is drawn. In the "habaki", it's engraved the words "Aku Soku Zan", "Evil Immediately Slain"]
Splash: A NEW FRIEND AND...
A NEW ENEMY?!
Right note: There will be no chapters in the next issue.
But the prologue of the new novel "Rurouni Kenshin" will be featured!
Rurouni Kenshin - Kinema-ban - will continue in the September issue
Translator's ramblings (may contain slight spoilers?):
- the "-dono" used by Kenshin is a trait of his.
- Sou-Ryuu-sen is yet another technique already present in the original manga. Again, its spelling is different from the original.
- Futae no Kiwami is, so far, the only technique with the same spelling as in the original work. The English dub of Futae no Kiwami (during the fight with Shishio) became kind of a internet meme in Japan several years ago.
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