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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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Series cast summary:
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 kumar29nov1992@gmail.com

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The story of the Samurai!


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Release Date:

17 March 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs


(95 episodes)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The first two seasons follows the manga its based on fairly closely until the third season, at which point it goes in a completely different direction. See more »


Sanosuke Sagara (Zanza): Hey, Kenshin, what are you doing?
Kenshin Himura: Oh, I was just rummaging.
Sanosuke Sagara (Zanza): Rummaging, uh? What's in the box? Is it food?
Kenshin Himura: No, actually it's...
Sanosuke Sagara (Zanza): Never mind, don't care.
Kenshin Himura: Uh, ok.
Kenshin Himura: That's just like Sano...
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Referenced in Die Another Day (2002) See more »


The Fourth Avenue Cafe
Performed by L'Arc-en-Ciel
Lyrics by Hyde (as Hyde)
Composed by Ken Kitamura (as Ken)
Arranged by L'Arc-en-Ciel and Hatano Takeyuki
Ending Theme: Episodes 39-42
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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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