Rurouni Kenshin: Wandering Samurai (1996–1998)
"Rurôni Kenshin -Meiji kenkaku romantan" (original title)

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The adventures of a young wandering swordsman who stumbles upon a struggling martial arts school in Meiji era Japan.

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Mayo Suzukaze ...
 Himura Kenshin / ... (95 episodes, 1996-1998)
 Himura Kenshin / ... (94 episodes, 1996-1998)
Dean Wein ...
 Shikijo (2000) (92 episodes, 1996-1998)
Dina Sherman ...
 Ayame (26 episodes, 1996)
 Chief Officer / ... (25 episodes, 1996)
 Yahiko (1996-1998) (24 episodes, 1996)


A man slayer, Kenshin Himura, who played a major role in defeating Tokugawa Shogunate of feudal Japan carries his reverse blade sword (with a promise not to slay anymore). He embarks on a quest to repent for his sins by helping the innocent. He lodges in Kamia Kashin dojo where he becomes an acquaintance of Kaorou, the assistant instructor of the dojo. After being saved by Kenshin from mafia, a stubborn young boy, Yahiko Myojin joins the dojo as a student. Sanousuke, a victim of war becomes an acquaintance of Kenshin after losing to him in a duel. Together with his new friends, Kenshin carries out his ideal of helping the innocent. A series of events unfold that questions his ideal of living for the innocent and not slaying men. Kenshin faces every opponent with his reverse blade to uphold justice. Written by

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Release Date:

17 March 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ruroken  »

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(95 episodes)


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Another real-life personality in the show is Toshimichi Okubo. Okubo was one of the men who overthrew the Tokugawa Shogunate, and was one of the founding members of the new Meiji government. See more »


Hajime Saitoh: The mongrel dog who tucks its tail between its legs and runs away from battle without fighting should not bark!
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Heart of Swoard - Yoake Mae
Performed by Takanori Nishikawa (as T.M.Revolution)
Lyrics by Tokio Ikami
Composed and Arranged by Daisuke Asakura
Ending Theme: Episodes 28-38, 43-49
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There's only one word for this show- superb
24 June 2003 | by (Texas, U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Where do I start? This show rocks! A lot of people have cable

or satelite TV, and if you're one of them, lucky for you! Just tune in to Cartoon Network every day at five-thirty (central time) and watch this show. I'm not asking you- I am COMMANDING you! You gotta see this! It's not often that a TV show I absolutely love comes along, so please, take my word on this. I am not going to give you quotes from the show, or anything of the like. I am not going to summarize the story or anything like that. I am just going to present the facts. This show is superb. If you don't watch it... you ARE going to watch it. There is no doubt about. We have an agreement that whoever reads this is going to watch this Rurouni Kenshin. In fact, if you don't have cable and can't get it, I advise that you BUY the DVDs. Now, no more... you are going to watch this show that deserves more praise than I can possibly give it. For your sake and my own (do not cause me the pain of having to stay up late at night weeping, hoping that you have seen the goodness I can't describe). Please watch it. PLEEEASE!

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