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--------------------------------- Rurouni Kenshin: Ishin Gekitouhen --------------------------------- Version 1.0 by Christopher Amis Last Updated June 25, 1999 This game takes after the series, telling briefly what happened with Kenshin, Shinomori Aoshi, and the Oniwa Banshu. If you have the first few episodes, or are planning on seeing the series, and don't want to know what happens at all, it might not be a good idea to play the game a whole lot, as it's just full of nice spoilers. This guide will help you out with what you might want to know about the game, moves, information, that kind of thing. I've found there's not much about the game on the internet, so I'm writing this to help out fans of the series, like me, who imported the game to fulfill their Kenshin-needs. -------- Contents -------- 1. Title Menu 2. Controls 3. Moves 4. Combos 5. Secrets 6. Other 7. Bios 8. Updates 9. Goodbye ------------- 1. Title Menu ------------- At the start, there are four options to choose from. If you just leave it alone, the first Rurouni Kenshin opening "Sobakasu" will play. - Story Mode Play through the game, following the events of the anime, where you fight as Kenshin. Nice animated movies are shown between battles to tell the story as it progresses. The first battle is against Sanza the Gangster (later known as Sagara Sanosuke). As soon as you beat him, you can choose between Sano and Kenshin for the remainder of the game. The fights progress like this: Kenshin vs. Sanosuke Kenshin/Sano vs. Jin-e Kenshin/Sano vs. Beshimi Kenshin/Sano vs. Hannya Kenshin/Sano vs. Shikijou Kenshin/Sano vs. Shinomori Aoshi Kenshin/Sano vs. Saitoh Hajime (only on hard) - VS. Player Fight against your friends! This is pretty straight forward, you and a buddy battle it out by choosing any of the characters from the game (see the Secrets section for some cool stuff). - VS. Com Here you can fight against all of the characters you would in the Story Mode, except there are no movies in between, and you are free to choose from all of the fighters as well. The fights are in a random order until you beat everyone. - Options The Options menu is totally in japanese (like much of the game), but is the only part you might want to know what it says. I don't know any japanese myself, but it wasn't too hard to figure out. Difficulty Easy (kind of like a squid, a box with legs at the bottom) Medium (upside down squid, or some flowers in a hat) Hard (lots of lines, it's the most complicated) Rounds 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (how many rounds you need to win) Time 30, 45, 60, Infinite (how long you have to win) Memory Card Save (saves options and progress, first option is yes) Load (loads your data, first option is yes) Controller Changes controller options (see the Controls section) Movies (0 - 33) You can watch movies shown in the game. You can get more to watch as you play further into the game. I've listed which number shows which movie in the Other section. Music (0 - 10) Plays music from the game (Song 10 is Heart of Sword!) ----------- 2. Controls ----------- The default controls are listed below, assuming your character is facing right in battle. X - Punch Triangle - Guard Square - Guard O - Kick L1 - Roll back R1 - Roll forward In the Options menu you can change the controls as well, which is a good idea, seeing these controls (I found) weren't the best. You can set buttons to Punch + Guard, Punch + Kick, or Punch + Kick + Guard, which can be useful in a pinch, and can be used for combos as well. In battle, you will probably see that there are different coloured slashes when you use your weapon. The red slashes are the ones that will knock the oppoent down, while the yellow and green ones are weaker and will not knock down opponent. Use these if you want to get a few hits in. ------------- 3. Characters ------------- This guide was written assuming you are semi-experienced when it comes to fighting games, and that you know what things like Charge back, and Down-forward mean. If not, please check a FAQ for another game, as I feel no need to explain it here. Himura Kenshin -------------- Fighting Style: Hiten-Mitsurugi-Ryu Hiten·sen P+G (throw) Ryu·kan·sen Tsumuji P, P, P, P, P Ryu·kan·sen P, P, K Sayachi Tsumuji Down-Forward, P, P Ryu·hi·sen Down, K, Up, K Sou·ryu·sen Back, Forward, P, P ?? Back, K, Forward, K Sagara Sanosuke --------------- Aku·ichimonji Uryarya P+G (throw) Ken·karenda P, P, Forward, P Ken·kaichimonji P, P, P, K Ken·kaichimonji Harai P, P, P, Down, K Ken·kauchikeri P, K, K Aku·ichimonji Forward, Forward, P, Forward, P, Forward, P Sagara Sanosuke with Zanbatou ----------------------------- P, P, P Forward, P Up, P or K P+K Udou Jin-e ---------- Fighting Style: Nikaidou Heibou P, P, P K, K, P, P, P Down, K+G, K Forward, P, Back, K Beshimi ------- Kakaenage P+G (throw) Kaentoiki Fire Blaze Forward, Forward, K Dotsukoisho Forward, P+K+G Buchikamashi P+K+G Midareuchi P, P, P Hitsusatsuchi Forward, Forward, P, P, P Hannya ------ Noroikuzushi P+G (throw) Shurakai Up-Back, K Shurasashi Forward, K Shuratou Back, K, P Gekisho·shuhou P, P, P, K Kaiten·shuhou Forward, P, P Shikijou -------- Tsukaminage P+G (throw) Renzo·kuate P, Forward, P, P, P Koyen·ken Forward, Forward, P Renzo·kuategedan P, P, Forward, P Tobiko·mizutsuki Down-Forward, K, Back, P Renzo·kuchi Down-Forward, P, Down-Forward, P Shinomori Aoshi --------------- Fighting Style: Kodachinitou-Ryu Tatsumakinage P+G (throw) Ryu·jinkenfu P+K Kagamima·washigeri P, Down, K Musou·kenbu P, P, P, P, K Midare·geri Back, K, K Shichi·seikenbu Forward, P, P, K Kamiya Kaoru ------------ Fighting Style: Kamiya-Kasshin-Ryu P, P, P, P P, K Back, K Forward, K, K Forward, P P+K Hajime Saitoh ------------- Fighting Style: Hira-Tsuki w/ Gatotsu P, P, P P, P, P, K Back, K Forward, Forward, K Back, P Forward, P K+G ---------- 5. Secrets ---------- Have you done everything you can do, and are looking for some more fun? Obviously not, or you wouldn't even have to look here. To play as Kamiya Kaoru, simply beat all of the characters in the VS. Com setting. It's very easy to do, as you can do it on easy if you want to. To play as Hajime Saitoh, finish the Story Mode on hard. This is a lot harder to do than it seems, becasue you have to fight Saitoh at the end, and he's HARD. To cheat a little and to make it easier on you, set the Options to one round, thirty seconds, and hope for the best. To use Sanosuke's monster zanbatou sword, simply hold select when you choose him. This only works on VS. Player. Beat the Story Mode on hard and you will get all the movies added to the options menu automatically. To be able to select Sanosuke WITH the zanbatou in Story Mode, beat the Story Mode with both Kenshin and Sanosuke. --------- 6. Other --------- Here is a list of what scene you will see for choosing which movie number in the Options screen. 0 - First opening - Sobakasu by Judy & Mary 1 - The introduction to Story Mode 2 - Kenshin beats Sanosuke 3 - Sanosuke beats Kenshin 4 - Kenshin beats Jin-e 5 - Jin-e beats Kenshin 6 - Sanosuke beats Jin-e 7 - Jin-e beats Sanosuke 8 - Kenshin beats Beshimi 9 - Beshimi beats Kenshin 10 - Sanosuke beats Beshimi 11 - Beshimi beats Sanosuke 12 - Kenshin beats Hannya 13 - Hannya beats Kenshin 14 - Sanosuke beats Hannya 15 - Hannya beats Sanosuke 16 - Kenshin beats Shikijou 17 - Shikijou beats Kenshin 18 - Sanosuke beats Shikijou 19 - Shikijou beats Sanosuke 20 - Kenshin beats Aoshi 21 - Aoshi beats Kenshin 22 - Sanosuke beats Aoshi 23 - Aoshi beats Sanosuke 24 - Kenshin beats Saitoh 25 - Saitoh beats Kenshin 26 - Sanosuke beats Saitoh 27 - Saitoh beats Sanosuke 28 - Kenshin and Saitoh - Past and Present 29 - Okubo dies - Shishio Makoto - Kyoto Bound 30 - Hiruma Gohey - Beshimi - Raijuta-Sensei 31 - Kenshingumi see off Yutaro (on a train??) 32 - Sanza the Gangster's introduction scene 33 - Aoshi buries the Oniwa Banshu Now I hope that was useful to you. Probably not, more than likely it was just a huge waste of my time (check out 30, it's cool!) The lyrics to the featured songs are as follows: Sobakasu - Performed by Judy & Mary ----------------------------------- Daikirai datta sobakasu wo chotto Hitonadeshite tame iki wo hitotsu Hebi ikkyuu no koi wa migoto ni Kakuzatou to isshoni toketa Mae yori mo motto yaseta mune ni chotto "Chiku" tto sasaru toge ga itai Hoshiuranai mo ate ni naranai wa Motto touku made isshoni yuketara nee Ureshikute sore dakede Omoi de wa itsumo kirei dakedo Wore dake ja onaka ga suku wa Honto wa setsunai yoru nanoni Doushite kashira? Ano hito no namida mo omoi dasenai no? Omoidasenai no Doushitenano? Heart of Sword ~ Yoake Mae - Performed by T.M. Revolution --------------------------------------------------------- Hitori de wa, tooi ashita wo Yoake no mama de, koesou de Butsukatteikya kokeru omoi yo Konya mo mata, sure chigai Sanzan sugite doryoku no ato mo Naku naru kekka, only no tsuna watari Yaru dake son suru yona, mainichi wa Sha ni kamaeteta hou koso, raku ni naru Atsukute, tsurai Jibun wo kakushite Mijikai toki wo ikiteru Hitori de wa, tooi ashita wo Yoake no mama de, koesou de Hottokeba, hashiru omoi yo Yume mo mata, sure chigai Kanpeki to chau, jinsei no shuushi Puramai zero da nanteba honto ka na? Shinu made ni tsukaikiru, un no kazu Semete, jibun de dashiire wo sasete Wakacchainai, Kimi nara dou ni demo, Rikutsu wo kaete ii noni Nando kimi ni, ketsu mazuitemo Modottekichau, aijou ni Shinjikaneru, utaretsuyosa yo Konya mo, soutou nemurenai Nando nankai, kurikaeshitemo Modottekichau, ai dakara Butsukatteiku, kesunu omoi wo Semeru hou ga, suji chigai Hitori de wa, tooi ashita wo Yoake no mama de koeteyuku Aishou yori mo, fukai futari wa Sure chigatte kamawanai ---------- 8. Updates ---------- The most recent version of this FAQ can be found at the following locations: GameFAQS - http://www.gamefaqs.com AllAnime - http://www.allanime.com March 7/99 - v1.0 - First edition May 9/99 - v2.0 - SECOND Second edition. I made a huge update, which was lost because of a little virus called Chernobyl. Hopefully I got all the info in again this time. - New, more efficient format - Detailed moves listed for almost everyone - A couple of secrets added ---------- 9. Goodbye ---------- I hope this guide helped you out, if there's anything else you would like to see here, or if you have anything to contribute, please let me know, and I'll be glad to (try to) help. I know it's a shameless plug for my page, but who said I'm not allowed to say, hmm? The Anime Enclave has got a lot of good stuff, please check it out (http://enclave.honou.net). Thanks to KI0N0A@aol.com for the names to a lot of the moves, as well as some other useful information. Thanks to Hisoka Kurosaki (firstname.lastname@example.org) for the lyrics to both the opening and ending songs. Thanks to the boys at Project Oro (http://oro.simplenet.com) for verifying some of the series info I wasn't sure of off my head. Thanks to AnimeNation (http://www.animenation.com) for letting me (?) buy this import from them. Thanks to Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. and to Zoom for making a 3D Rurouni Kenshin fighting game. It's not the best, but it's Kenshin. Christopher Amis ICQ UIN: 1206297 email@example.com http://enclave.honou.net