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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 Chief Officer / ... (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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Megumi and Kaoru have the nicknames Kitsune (Fox) and Tanuki (Racoon Dog). In Japanese folklore, the Kitsune and Tanuki are thought of as "dangerous spirits". The Kitsune is said to often take on the form of a bewitching woman who seduces and tricks unworthy men, whilst protecting and rewarding deserving people. These are the two very different attitudes Megumi holds towards Sanosuke and Kenshin. The Tanuki, on the other hand, is said to also take on the form of a woman, but is regarded as much more playful and mischievous than the judgmental Kitsune. See more »

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Sanosuke Sagara (Zanza): [after being punched straight in the head with a dagger and being completely unharmed] Is that the best you can do? Even with a dagger? Man, I sure picked a boring fight...
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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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Love it!!!
1 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I must say that this is THE BEST ANIME I have EVER seen!!! It definitely is the perfect mix of romance, story, history, mystery, and all other good things all rolled into one series!

I especially love it because of its strong storyline and characters. Every character has a history and this anime has been created in a way that allows them to show you that background on each character, making each character all the more interesting. I also like the subtle romance it portrays and the way that it intertwines real Japanese history with fiction - that was probably the best part, actually.

Anyway, from the first episode, I was hooked...I was so hooked, I finished the series within like a month and half. Now, I'm on to reading the manga, which is just as good as the anime. This is one anime that I can watch over and over and not get bored of!


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