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 / ... (96 episodes, 1996-1998)
Mayo Suzukaze ...
 Himura Kenshin / ... (96 episodes, 1996-1998)
Dean Wein ...
 Shikijo (2000) (96 episodes, 1996-1998)
Dina Sherman ...
 Ayame (28 episodes, 1996)
Dan Lorge ...
 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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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 is meeting Megumi for the first time]
Kaoru Kamiya: How're you supposed to be related to our Kenshin?
Megumi Takani: Oh! Well, Ken-san is a VERY important person who's going to protect me. How are YOU related to him?
Kaoru Kamiya: Me? I'm...
Megumi Takani: I'm sure you couldn't be his lover. I mean, such a sweaty little girl can't be what Ken-san looks for in a woman.
Kaoru Kamiya: WELL, EXCUSE ME FOR SWEATING!
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Followed by Samurai X: Trust & Betrayal (1999) See more »

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Namida wa Shitteiru
Performed by Mayo Suzukaze
Composed by Toshiaki Yamazaki
Ending Theme: Episodes 13-27
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Legends of the Wanderer
13 August 2003 | by (Virginia) – See all my reviews

This is a truly fantastic series... dramatic characters, a hero that is capable of huge mood swings (from goofy, to romantic, to blood thirsty), and female characters that you would swear your life to protect or swear..well... I must be civil.

Great sword-fighting actions scenes, a drop of history (it takes place in the 1870s), and some philosophizing about living a life of violence versus peace make this series cover the gamut of emotions a viewer wants from any series, not just anime.

I hope everyone can take notice of this story, it is not for everyone, but it hits so many points relevant to our current world order: from terrorism (bad guys attacking the fragile government), to being able to look at the world as something other than a battlefield (Kenshin vowing not to kill after so many years as an assassin).


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