Rurouni Kenshin: Wandering Samurai (1996– )
"Rurouni Kenshin" (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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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 kumar29nov1992@gmail.com

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The television series is based on the manga of the same name but the plot eventually takes off in its own direction. See more »

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Seijuro Hiko: Before we begin there's one thing I need to say. If you do manage to learn this final technique, you will, in effect, gain a strength that will equal my own. But, don't let it go to your head! Times have changed and you can no longer afford to put everything on your own shoulders and be the only sacrifice. Even the happiness of one person is complicated these days. If you should fall as a sacrifice, the young lady who came to Kyoto with the one wish of seeing you will, without a doubt, be ...
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Followed by Samurai X: Reflection (2001) See more »

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HEART OF SWORD - 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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Master of anime and of the sword
17 August 2003 | by (Virginia) – See all my reviews

This is one of the greatest anime series I have ever seen. I have been introduced anime on relatively recently...1997 at earliest. In that time, I've gotten my hands on a number of really good and really bad shows. Kenshin is definitely among the best.

The dynamic emotions of Kenshin himself as well as the mix of humor and philosophy of life vs. death in the show make it exceptionally entertaining and captivating.

The mutual devotion between Kenshin and his friends, Kaoru, Sanoske, Yahiko, etc... is amazing to watch as it develops and is put to the test.

The sadistic enemies, and the foolish ones, all provide foils that drive the plot and cause the viewer to be moved as Kenshin struggles to throw off his murderous past in favor of a life defending his honor, his friends, and the innocent.

If you are a long time anime-buff, or a new fan of the genre...this series is a must-see.


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