Satoh Takeru Interview. Tokyo Otaku Mode original article. Published on Aug. 5, 2014 on 07:00.
**WARNING: SPOILER for those who haven’t seen Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno.
A Kenshin & Kaoru moment was ad libbed by Satoh Takeru:
In the small space of one second, Kenshin forgets himself and turns back into the Hitokiri. As a result, he catches a glimpse of himself in Kaoru and thinking, “I ended up killing someone after all,” and “I am the Hitokiri,” Kenshin feels saddened by himself in Battousai mode. With that vision in my head, I passed by Kaoru.
──Passing by Kaoru was ad libbed?
Satoh: Yes. In the script, all that was written was that it was a scene showing him sad that he slayed someone. However, for me, even though they were reunited, they both went away without saying anything. That’s what I wanted to do.
About that scene, the director said, “I’ll decide whether I’ll use it all after watching it,” and when I saw the film, he used it all. The cut went along with my idea of what the cut would be and it was amazing.
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