Book Review: Rurouni Kenshin: Voyage to the Moon World

Let’s talk about crap, you guys. Because this is total crap.

Rurouni Kenshin: Voyage to the Moon World is a book containing two stories. The second story was the entire “Tsunan and Sanosuke try and resurrect the Sekiho Army with grenades and Kenshin stops them” thing that was in the manga, so I’m not going to focus on it. The first story is about some kid who loses a book (wrapped in a cloth) and has to find it so that he is allowed back into his sensei’s house. The cloth that the book was wrapped apparently had some sort of code in it and Kenshin had to find the cloth in order to prevent somepony else from overturning the Meiji government. I shit you not, this was a topic of a story. There’s been higher quality Naruto filler.

The reason I can’t give you more details about the content of the first story is because the author tended to explain the wrong things. I can tell you the entire history of beef pots in Tokyo, but I cannot tell you who that sensei was (I think he might have been a historical figure).

Besides the unnecessary descriptions of stupid details and no details about the important parts, the writing style is terrible. There are so many awkward phrases that it’s ridiculous. While the dialogue in the manga sometimes comes across as petty and immature, written in text, it’s ten times worse. And don’t make me mention the action sequences that came across so gracefully in the manga were artless.

The translation did not help things. Everything was insanely wordy. And if something only required one verb, the text used two. I got the vibe that the translation was way too literal. Japanese nuances come across as wordy in English, and that was really evident in this book.

In short, don’t read this.