Ruroni Kenshin, or Samurai X, as it was originally known in English, is one of the most beloved manga of all time.
Some would say it’s even better than the best-selling manga of all time, One Piece. Others would point out that they’re both good in their own right and shouldn’t be compared. After all, both are representative works of Shonen Jump magazine, and One Piece artist, Eiichiro Oda, even used to be an assistant for Nobuhiro Watsuki when he was working on Ruroni Kenshin.
In fact, Oda respects his former sensei so much that he even contributed a stylized portrait of Ruroni Kenshin‘s hero, Himura Kenshin, to the most recent issue of Shonen Jump.
The only problem is it looks nothing like Kenshin.
Now, call me biased (I am), but this looks more like Zoro cosplaying as Kenshin than Kenshin himself. And it’s not even good cosplay.
Let’s take a look at the real Himura Kenshin for comparison:
Yes, I know Oda has his own style and I’m sure there’s plenty of One Piece fans who think the Zoro-Kenshin looks cooler than the original, but I would have never guessed the image is paying homage to Watsuki’s samurai hero. Though, again, I could just be biased. Despite the great reviews the Ruroni Kenshin film recieved both internationally and domestically, I thought even the live-action Kenshin just felt…different.
And don’t even get me started on the OVA…
Source: Hachimaki Kiso
▼ Bonus: Oda’s take on Goku