Watsuki-sensei prefers to demonstrate Kenshin’s internal struggles non-verbally, through subtext. When he shows Kenshin washing his hands a lot, it’s a surefire Severe Weather Warning on his emotional barometer.
Tomoe, as Kenshin’s observer and judge, won’t let him get away with his brooding silence. She confronts him directly about his unspoken anxieties, going straight for the jugular without mercy.
“Do you intend…to keep killing like this?”
During the Remembrance Arc, Kenshin lived in a world of deepest self-denial, so direct confrontation and judgement were exactly what he needed to open his eyes, examine his life, and wake up. Tomoe dealt with him wisely. She saved his soul.
Years later and much recovered, Kenshin still occasionally exhibits his cleansing behavior during times of extreme emotional stress, such as when he waits for Enishi to enact his revenge during the Jinchuu arc.
“Nine more days…I can’t avoid this fight…but…”
Kaoru, however, takes a completely different approach to Kenshin’s turmoil than Tomoe did to Battousai’s.
“Kaoru. What did you do to her?”
One of the best things in Rurouni Kenshin is the relationships between and among its characters. Next to KenKao, I love the dynamics among the Kenshingumi the most. This particular scene in the manga is also one of my favorites among the many other scenes that make Ruroken special. It shows how much Sano loves his Jo-chan and how much Yahiko values his Busu.
The fact that they have freaking nicknames for each other make it more adorable. Sano was the one who specifically instructed Yahiko to get Kaoru back on track after Kenshin left for Kyoto. Yahiko was the one who reminded Kaoru that she should not lose hope; they’ll find Kenshin eventually, and he was the one who didn’t give up on Kenshin. He didn’t give up on the Kenshingumi. And both of them are willing to kill for her because they love her and they don’t want Kenshin to break his vow. Perfect sibling/bestfriend relationship is perfect.
God bless the casting for this movie
Aku Soku Zan -Saito Hajime
So I just saw the live action movie for Rurouni Kenshin and god the feels! It is a great adaptation as far as adaptation goes. This is one of the scenes that made me squeal in delight. That stance! Perfect! What he used it for made me laugh though.