"When the chief of the Police Sword Corps himself comes asking for favors, things must be bad. Hitokiri Udo Jin-e--a black-hatted, crazy-eyed slayer who fells both targets and innocent bystanders alike--is steadily working his way through a list of former Ishin Shishi patriots now ensconced within positions of power in the Meiji government. Can Kenshin withstand the hypnotic, paralyzing effect of Jin-e...?"
I found that the second volume of Rurouni Kenshin was equally enjoyable. Not only has the art improved, it's still just as easy to become engrossed in the story; moreover, it has one of my favorite stories.
You see, in the first volume, you have the chance to see Kenshin as a warrior. He's obviously impressive with his sakabato; however, he's still Kenshin. Readers see glimpses of his previous personality, like a hint of viciousness that he very rarely betrays, but it's not until his confrontation with Udo Jin-e that you see him as the hitokiri he once was.
There's something thrilling about seeing Kenshin fight and fight well against someone who is, confidentially, quite terrifying. I kind of like seeing the hitokiri side of Kenshin, but I also think I like that he's able to pull himself from the brink and resume his happy-go-lucky facade. I think it makes him a better, more complex character.
No complaints. Besides the seventh volume, where we get to meet Saito Hajime, I think it's one of my favorites.
Udo Jin-e is vicious.