Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Personal Style + Movie Feels: Rurouni Kenshin Inspired

Once upon a time, I was an otaku.

Not just any otaku…..

I was an otaku hipster! (Bro fist to those who got the Pewdie Pie reference! Lol!)


Back when I was still a preteen (approx. 1995 or earlier), my sister and I enjoyed watching numerous random anime on Sky Cable. English subtitled anime did not exist on television at the time, so we had to watch anime without any translation.

It was so bad that even manga did not have English translations! You had to read them with the manga on one hand and printed translations on the other. (High five to those who experienced this! Lol!)

Knowing the 'medieval age of anime' that I grew up in, imagine our excitement when Philippine local channels finally began showing more anime on local TV!

One of my favorite shows back in the day was definitely "Samurai X" or more commonly known as "Rurouni Kenshin."

And as you all know, the live-action Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno was recently released here in the Philippines. Needless to say, I was very excited to watch it! So excited that I even dressed up for the occasion! Lol!

When I received this maxi dress courtesy of Cruella and Co, the first thing that crossed my mind was that the color reminded me so much of Kenshin's hakama!

Tankxi maxi dress courtesy of Cruella and Co

People might think I was going to a party instead of a movie in this outfit, but I do have my own reasons for wearing it. After all, I wanted to wear a Rurouni Kenshin inspired outfit, so never mind what they think! Wear what you want! Hihi!

To match the theme I was going for, I used my Terranova leather kimono belt (giving a kimono feel to the overall look) and a gray skull scarf to accessorize.

The skull scarf totally matched this live action movie (which, by the way, was super awesome! The highlight of the movie was definitely its jaw-dropping fight scenes!)

Leather belt and skull scarf: Terranova
Tata fringe bag: Fashion Cravings Official

The Cruella and Co Tankxi dress is made of good quality jersey stretch material. The flow of the maxi dress was really nice too, so wearing it made me feel like I was wearing a kimono (just like the characters in the movie!)

It was like a pseudo-immersive movie experience for me, but without the cosplay!

Speaking of the movie, I suggest that you guys go and watch "Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno" for yourself! Avoid reading the movie rave reviews. (Save that for later, after watching the film! Hehe!)

You'd be amazed at how this movie was directed, how the actors and actresses portrayed their roles (Okina is real! Lol!), and how realistic yet mind-blowing the action scenes were!

As for me, I think nostalgia had a lot to do with what I felt about this movie. Some die-hard fans may even have their own little complaints about the movie. But overall, I think everyone involved in the making of this film did justice to the entire anime/manga franchise.

It was definitely worth the money I paid for!

How about you? What did you think of the movie? What about my Rurouni Kenshin inspired outfit? Did you watch anime when you were still young too? Please leave a comment below because I would love to know!

Thank you so much for reading and I hope you have a thrifty day!