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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 Himura Kenshin / ... (95 episodes, 1996-1998)
Mayo Suzukaze ...
 Himura Kenshin / ... (95 episodes, 1996-1998)
Dean Wein ...
 Shikijo (2000) (95 episodes, 1996-1998)
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 Ayame (28 episodes, 1996)
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 Yahiko (1996-1998) (26 episodes, 1996)
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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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Trivia

"Ruouni", translated as "wanderer", is not in fact a real Japanese word. It is a neologism by the original creator of the comic this series was derived from. See more »

Quotes

Kaoru Kamiya: [to Yahiko and Sanosuke, before she and Megumi go to the hot springs] Hey, you guys, don't even think about peeping on us!
Sanosuke SagaraYahiko Myojin: Trust us, we won't.
Yahiko Myojin: Did you see anyone worth peeping at around here?
[Kaoru clocks him]
Kaoru Kamiya: [to Megumi, brightly] Come on, lets go!
Sanosuke Sagara: [pushing back the branches of a bush] Even though we said we wouldn't...
Yahiko Myojin: [pushing back the other side of the bush] ... We'll do it because she said not to.
[the boys are met with a bucket of water in their faces]
Kaoru Kamiya: [laughing] Too easy! You idiots, you ...
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Referenced in Samurai XXX (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

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Performed by Makoto Kawamoto
Composition and Lyrics Makoto Kawamoto
Arranged by Tetsuo Ishikawa
Opening Theme: Episodes 39-82
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Adventures of a Wandering Samurai
10 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The anime is about a wandering samurai in the 11th year of the Meiji era (around 1878)who stumbles upon a dojo in Tokyo and decides to stay there, helping in and around it. He protects the weak against the strong with his sword (even when they are banned) and in the process, runs into some friends and enemies from the past. The series also has some characters who really existed in the history of Japan which makes it all the more interesting. The best episodes to watch are 28 through 62, but you will need to go through the earlier ones which are sometimes silly to really understand them. The soundtrack alone is exceptional and is worth listening to. In my opinion it is better than most animes in its class.


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