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

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Kaoru Kamiya: Ugly? I'll have you know they call me The Rose of Martial Arts around here!
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Lyrics by Hiromi Mori
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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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