Introduction of a New Ally In the latest installment of Rurouni Kenshin, Episode 4, which aired on Friday, July 28, 2023, fans were introduced to a compelling new character, Sanosuke Sagara. This mysterious figure is destined to become an ally to Kenshin and Kaoru, but his introduction was anything but friendly. The episode artfully laid the groundwork for Sanosuke’s character development, similar to what we saw with Yahiko in previous episodes.
A Serendipitous Scroll and a Solved Financial Woes
The episode commences with Yahiko and Kenshin training at the dojo’s training area. Kaoru surprises them with a scroll that unveils her grandfather’s artistic fame, and it turns out to be a lucky charm as it solves their financial struggles. In gratitude, Kaoru treats the group to a lavish lunch at a local hot-pot restaurant.
A Showdown at the Restaurant
However, their lunchtime peace is disrupted when they encounter three men arguing about politics and democracy. Things escalate when one of the men hurls a bottle towards Kenshin’s group, leading to a tense confrontation. Surprisingly, a lone diner, Sanosuke, steps up to defend the honor of the restaurant’s waitress.
Sanosuke’s Challenge After the drunks leave, Sanosuke engages in a conversation with Kenshin, eventually challenging him to a fight. Kenshin declines, but Sanosuke leaves a clue about where to find him if he changes his mind.
The Hiruma Brothers’ Machinations Sanosuke is soon approached by the Hiruma brothers, who seek to hire him to fight Kenshin. The young man, nicknamed Zanza due to his weapon of choice, a zanbato, eagerly accepts the offer to face the legendary Himura Battosai. Two weeks later, he returns to challenge Kenshin.
A Battle of Legends
At the dojo, Kenshin senses a presence and finds Sanosuke waiting for him. Their epic battle unfolds at the riverbank, with each displaying their incredible prowess. Kenshin knocks Sanosuke down, but the young warrior is determined to stand up again, leaving everyone in awe.
Yahiko’s Nonchalant Acceptance
Throughout the episode, Yahiko learns about Kenshin’s true identity as Himura Battosai. Surprisingly, he takes the revelation in stride, showing unwavering trust in the man Kenshin has become.
Setting the Stage for Future Alliances
While the episode might seem slow-paced at times, it serves a purpose by providing ample character development for Sanosuke and setting the stage for a thrilling showdown in the next episode. The return of the Hiruma brothers adds an exciting twist, as they continue to be a thorn in Kenshin’s side. Sanosuke’s decision to confront Kenshin for personal reasons rather than at the brothers’ behest further deepens his character.
Rurouni Kenshin Episode 4 delivers another captivating addition to the series, as it gradually builds the roster of Kenshin’s allies. The impending clash between Kenshin and Sanosuke holds the promise of an intense and action-packed episode, leaving fans eagerly awaiting the next installment.