Gecko Blue Cels, ver. haiku samurai: A bunch of random, painted plastic bits unified by bishounen goodness.

For now, all my cels live here, but you can also visit my collection (and my fanfiction) on my main website: THE ZONE

In this layout, I decided I would try to showcase a rather overlooked and seldom-visited section of my gallery: Rurouni Kenshin

Various Media:

Manga, by Nobuhiro Watsuki:
Rurouni Kenshin, 28 volumes: Sept. 2, 1994 - Nov. 4, 1999
Rurouni Kenshin: Cinema-ban: May 2, 2012 -

Anime:
Rurouni Kenshin: 95 episodes, Jan. 10, 1996 - Sept. 8, 1998
1st US Release: July 18, 2000 - Sept. 24, 2002
2nd US Release: "Bento Boxset" collector's editions: Nov. 18, 2003; March 30, 2004; July 27, 2004
3rd US Release: "Economy Boxes": Nov. 15, 2005; Jan. 17, 2006; Feb. 14, 2006

Movies:
Rurouni Kenshin: The Motion Picture: Dec. 20, 1997 ... Released in US March 27, 2001
Rurouni Kenshin: Shin Kyoto-Hen Zenpen Homura no Ori: Dec. 17, 2011


OVA:
Rurouni Kenshin: Trust & Betrayal, 1999 ... Released in US 2003
Rurouni Kenshin: Reflection, Dec. 12, 2001 & March 20, 2002 ... Released in US March 25, 2003

Novel:
Rurouni Kenshin: Voyage to the Moon World, by Kaoru Shizuka ... illustrated by Nobuhiro Watsuki: Oct. 10, 1996

I rather hesitate to write any sort of summary or description for Rurouni Kenshin. It is one of those amazing, beautiful shows that, somehow, takes on a life of its own over time. But ... in the interest of consistency ... I will give this my best shot.

In a nutshell, Rurouni Kenshin tells the story of a wandering samurai. When we first meet the title character, Kenshin Himura, it is hard to believe that this mild-mannered, often goofy, small guy is the Hitokiri Battousai -- the most feared assassin from the Bakumatsu. Tortured by the things he has done, Kenshin has decided to leave his assassin ways behind him. He has vowed never to kill again, and he wanders Japan, offering his protection to anyone who might need it.

Kenshin might be done with his life as a swordsman, but it often seems that the sword is not ready to let him go just yet. Kenshin doesn't hesitate to throw himself into any emergency, and it seems like trouble sort of follows him around. And there's always his troubling past -- lurking around every dark corner, threatening to swallow up both Kenshin and the life he has begun to build for himself. Along the way, Kenshin manages to gather a rather motley crew of friends. They accept him as the man he is now, not as the Hitokiri Battousai. And they seem to want to protect Kenshin as much as he wants to protect them -- even if that means protecting him from the darker impulses that lurk within his soul.

Without a doubt, Rurouni Kenshin is an action-packed show with gorgeous artwork and colorful character designs. But this show is so much more than that. It is about friendship and courage. It is about love and the deeds that bind us all together in this crazy game called life. It is about regret and longing and friendship. And, it's about that little spark inside of all of us -- the one that tells us we can change our lives, if we really want it badly enough.

Although I will never have a huge collection from this show, Rurouni Kenshin will always hold a special place in my heart. I still remember the first time I watched it and how I fell instantly in love with it. It is the first show my hubby chose to watch with me, and it is one of the first animes I ever bought on DVD. I still remember the giddy wait for each new volume to come out and the joy at, finally, being able to continue the story that had left me hanging. I must have watched this show a dozen times or more since that first time … and I have to say that I love it just as much now as I did way back then.

**NOTE: Many of the cels in this gallery appear as "opening cels" according to the RS gallery info provided with them. Most of the time, this information is incorrect. The false listings are caused by a glitch within RS itself; I have gone through the gallery and corrected the information several times ... only to have it reappear. Thus, I have given up on trying to fix it. Instead, I have separately noted, within the individual cel descriptions, any cel that truly is an opening cel. **

News & Updates

8/10/2014A one-cel update today! I added a lovely cel of Aya-chan from the 1st WK Ending. Also changed out my layout a few days ago. I wanted a new Saiyuki layout, using more sketch art, as well as something that felt kind of "summery". Aaaaand, it seems my gallery will probably go back into "hibernation mode" now. Ha, ha! :D
 
7/18/2014Unbelievably, it's been OVER A YEAR (!!) since I last updated my gallery. I'm still alive, but life has been busy. And I don't collect as much as I used to. Finally got around to scanning some things I've had for a while, so there are new additions in Weiss Kreuz: OVA, Weiss Kreuz: Group/Others, Orphen: Others, Saiyuki Reload: The Boyz, Saiyuki: The Openings, and Ze Fan Art: Crystal.
 

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Bish Closet Executive Board (BCEB) 8/9/2007
Glory Wall 9/27/2013
Tex's Faves

1/11/2010
Bakuretsu Hunters 12/12/2007
Black Blood Brothers

5/6/2009
Card Captor Sakura - Final Judgment 8/7/2008
Card Captor Sakura - Guardians 6/2/2009
Card Captor Sakura - Sakura, Cards 2/21/2009
Card Captor Sakura - The Boys

1/28/2009
Darkstalkers 5/26/2013
Dragonball 7/8/2005
Five Star Stories

8/14/2012
Flame of Recca - Hanken 3/14/2006
Flame of Recca - Fuuko 10/9/2011
Flame of Recca - Mikagami 2/8/2012
Flame of Recca - Opponents 6/28/2010
Flame of Recca - Others 1/24/2012
Flame of Recca - Recca 12/6/2009
Flame of Recca - Team Hokage

4/18/2012
Fushigi Yugi 8/24/2007
Generator Gawl 10/24/2005
Gravitation

12/2/2006
Inu Yasha - Dog Boy 7/3/2009
Inu Yasha - Miroku 9/5/2005
Inu Yasha - Others

2/4/2006
Loveless - Eps. 1-4 12/5/2009
Loveless - Eps. 5-8 12/10/2009
Loveless - Eps. 9-12 10/6/2012
Loveless - Unknown 12/5/2009
Mahou Tsukai Tai 6/19/2012
Misc. Cels

11/19/2011
Nightwalker - Bad Guys 11/23/2007
Nightwalker - Shido 12/16/2009
Nightwalker - The Ladies 8/4/2007
Nightwalker: Sketches

7/2/2007
Orphen - Hanken 6/17/2011
Orphen - Openings 10/20/2009
Orphen - Orphen 3/26/2013
Orphen - Orphen's Posse 9/8/2009
Orphen - Others 7/18/2014
Orphen - The Group Pics

9/8/2009
Ronin Warriors 7/19/2009
Rurouni Kenshin 1/26/2009
Saiunkoku Monogatari-Rilezu 12/5/2008
Saiunkoku Monogatari-Sketches

7/3/2009
Saiyuki - Burial

6/17/2011
Saiyuki - Gensoumaden - Bad Guyz 8/21/2009
Saiyuki - Gensoumaden - Godz 3/8/2010
Saiyuki - Gensoumaden - Gojyo 7/27/2010
Saiyuki - Gensoumaden - Goku, Hakkai 1/1/2011
Saiyuki - Gensoumaden - Sanzo 7/8/2009
Saiyuki - Gensoumaden - Sanzo v. Rikudo 1/26/2009
Saiyuki - Gensoumaden - The Boyz

3/8/2010
Saiyuki - Kibou no Saiga

7/23/2005
Saiyuki - Reload - Gojyo 4/15/2011
Saiyuki - Reload - Goku, Hakkai 6/28/2010
Saiyuki - Reload - Sanzo 6/28/2010
Saiyuki - Reload - The Bad Guyz 6/28/2010
Saiyuki - Reload - The Boyz

7/18/2014
Saiyuki - Repro & Fancel 7/27/2010
Saiyuki - Requiem 3/8/2010
Saiyuki - Tex's Hoard 12/12/2007
Saiyuki - The Openings

7/18/2014
Samurai 7 10/16/2011
Samurai Champloo - Original Production Art 11/23/2010
Samurai Champloo - Production Copy Art

7/9/2006
Shaman King 3/2/2005
Tactics

11/23/2009
Tenshi ni Narumon - Bad Guys 6/30/2007
Tenshi ni Narumon - Mikael, Raphael 5/17/2007
Tenshi ni Narumon - Noelle, Yusuke 5/11/2007
Tenshi ni Narumon - The Family

9/17/2009
Vampire Hunter D 11/19/2011
Vampire Knight

11/22/2010
Virus Buster Serge - Macus, Jou 2/4/2006
Virus Buster Serge - Raven 1/24/2012
Virus Buster Serge - Serge 6/29/2009
Virus Buster Serge - The Ladies

10/25/2010
Voltage Fighter Gowkaiser

6/2/2009
Weiss Kreuz - Abyssinian / Aya 6/17/2011
Weiss Kreuz - Balinese / Yohji 11/23/2010
Weiss Kreuz - Group / Other 7/18/2014
Weiss Kreuz - Harmonic Convergence 12/8/2008
Weiss Kreuz - OP / Eyecatch / ED 8/10/2014
Weiss Kreuz - OVA 7/18/2014
Weiss Kreuz Gluhen

7/27/2010
Ze Fan Art - Crystal 7/18/2014
Ze Fan Art - Dragonnova 12/29/2012
Ze Fan Art - Keeper 11/23/2007
Ze Fan Art - Tex 9/25/2010
Ze Fan Art - Tex (Manga) 1/2/2012
Ze Fan Art - Uende 12/27/2006
Ze Fan Art- Misc. Artists

6/17/2011
 

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