Episode #043 - Day of the Samurai
Original Airdate - February 23rd, 1993
Kyodai Ken kidnaps the daughter of Yoru Sensei, the martial arts
instructor who taught both Kyodai and Bruce. The Ninja's ransom for her
is a scroll that teaches the location of the fabled Death Touch.
Media by Bird Boy
Review by Robin III
Written by Steve Perry
Directed by Bruce W. Timm
Music composed by Carlos Rodriguez
Animation Services by Blue Pencil, S.I.
Kevin Conroy as Batman
Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. as Alfred
Robert Ito as The Ninja
Julia Kato as Kairi
GoH Misawa as Sensei Yoru
YORU: Perhaps, I thought, you might somehow enlist the aid of
this 'Batman'. You know him, do you not?
BRUCE: We've met.
ALFRED: Perhaps our cowled friend can persuade him otherwise?
BRUCE: It's not that easy, Alfred. He's after Batman as well.
ALFRED: But why?
BRUCE: He fought Bruce Wayne and Batman. Fighting styles are like
fingerprints. Kyodai knows that we're the same man.
Kairi (in Japanese): Spirit of the Bat. . .
KYODAI: Once again, you approach unseen, dark one. You would have made a
BATMAN: I would prefer to be a Samurai.
KYODAI: But you are like me, a warrior of the night.
BATMAN: So it would seem.
KYODAI: Let us face each other in the open, man to man.
KYODAI TAKES OFF HIS MASK AND TOSSES IN TO THE GROUND.
KYODAI: Samurai do not hide behind masks.
BATMAN TAKES OFF HIS.
BATMAN: All right. Take your best shot!
YORU: If you see Batman, tell him I have great respect for him.
BRUCE: Why? He's as much a ninja as Kyodai was.
YORU: Not so. Batman offered to help his adversary and a lesser man
would have used the knowledge of the O-Nemuri touch against his
opponent. Batman is the essence of Samurai, Mayne-san. You would do well
to remember that.
Review: This was a very well
written episode but it was a bit slow at first. It had an excellent
fight scene at the end which was quite dramatic. The best scene was from
where Batman takes off his mask to the death of Kyodai. The death of
Batman in between was great too, and since we knew he couldn't die, it
was very funny to see what happened afterwards when Batman said "Leaving
so soon, Kyodai?" The look on Kyodai's face and how he turned around
only to be punched was great.
The animation was strange. It was very bubbly and cartoonish for the
series, but the fight at the ending was very well handled. Some of the
faces and bodies were stretched and warped, but the volcano battle was
very well done overall. The smoothness of the cartoony style was needed
here to achieve the ultimate effect.
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