as if in flight

I was first introduced to Rurouni Kenshin in 2004, when a friend told me about it. Curious, I went to my local bookstore and checked the manga out; as best I can remember, the English manga was only up to volume 4 or so. I was hooked immediately; the story was great and the premise was fascinating.

Back then, it wasn't as easy to read manga online as it is today. My internet access was spotty, and there weren't a dozen sites where you could find entire series. I knew there were probably scanlations out there for the series, but I didn't know where to find them — again, this was 2004. (Also, I had pretty terrible Google-fu.) So I read RuroKen month to month, as it was released in English. When I got my hands on volume 7, well. I don't think I've ever read a manga volume faster. Honestly, I don't think I've ever read a single volume as many times as I've read that one; it's still my favorite of the series.

As some point, I got my hands on the box set of the anime. Given how slow the manga releases were, it was probably before the Kyoto arc fully came out. Either way, I completely fell in love with the Kyoto arc, and that feeling has remained to this day. Every couple of years, I pull my manga volumes or DVDs out and rewatch or reread the whole series, and fall in love with it all over again. It's still my favorite single arc out of any media ever. Sure, there are some ridiculous parts, but all in all, it's just a damn good story and I love the hell out of it.

This layout features artwork from the anime and a pattern by DinPattern. The name comes from the title of volume 16; I was going for something that conveyed the whole "weak vs strong" thing and I think this works perfectly.


 Kamiya Kaoru

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