8.6/10
13,751
54 user 68 critic

Rurouni Kenshin: Wandering Samurai 

Rurôni Kenshin -Meiji kenkaku romantan (original title)
The adventures of a young wandering swordsman who stumbles upon a struggling martial arts school in Meiji era Japan.
Reviews
Popularity
2,486 ( 37)

Watch Now

With Prime Video

ON DISC

Episodes

Seasons


Years



3   2   1  
2003   1998   1997   1996  
Top Rated TV #164 | See the Top Rated TV as rated by our users.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Samurai X: Trust and Betrayal (TV Mini-Series 1999)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

In the era of Japan's Meiji Restoration, an assassin regains his humanity.

Stars: Mayo Suzukaze, Junko Iwao, Nozomu Sasaki
Samurai X: Reflection (TV Mini-Series 2001)
Animation | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Kenshin and Kaoru are married. Kenshin leaves Kaoru with their son, Kenji, to lead a revolution in China. But both of them suffer from a seemingly incurable disease. 15 years later, Kenshin... See full summary »

Stars: Mayo Suzukaze, Miki Fujitani, Mîna Tominaga
Animation | Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The war against the Tokugawa Shogunate ended years ago. But there are some who are not happy with the outcome. Takimi Shigure watched his friends and family get cut down in the name of ... See full summary »

Director: Tsuji Hajiki
Stars: Mayo Suzukaze, J. Shanon Weaver, Miki Fujitani
Animation | Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A revision of the first arc of the anime with improved animations but following the source material a bit closer.

Director: Kazuhiro Furuhashi
Stars: Leraldo Anzaldua, Lowell Bartholomee, Meg Bauman
Animation | Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

One day, 14-year-old Yusuke Urameshi suddenly finds himself dead, having died pushing a child out of the way of oncoming traffic. Since he has such a bad personality, even the Spirit World ... See full summary »

Stars: Nozomu Sasaki, Justin Cook, Christopher Sabat
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A former assassin who has resolved to never kill again has his vow sorely tested.

Director: Keishi Ohtomo
Stars: J. Michael Tatum, Takeru Satoh, Micah Solusod
Animation | Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A revision of the first arc of the anime with improved animations but following the source material a bit closer.

Director: Kazuhiro Furuhashi
Stars: Leraldo Anzaldua, Lowell Bartholomee, Meg Bauman
Samurai Champloo (2004–2005)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

Fuu, a waitress who works in a teahouse, rescues two master swordsmen, Mugen and Jin, from their execution to help her find the "samurai who smells of sunflowers."

Stars: Kazuya Nakai, Ginpei Sato, Ayako Kawasumi
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Kenshin Himura goes up against pure evil Makoto Shishio who is attempting to overthrow the Meiji government. The fate of the country hangs in the balance as Kenshin Himura takes up the sword that he vowed to never draw again.

Director: Keishi Ohtomo
Stars: Takeru Satoh, Emi Takei, Tatsuya Fujiwara
Berserk (1997–1998)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

Guts is a skilled swordsman who joins forces with a mercenary group named 'The Band of the Hawk', lead by the charismatic Griffith, and fights with them as they battle their way into the royal court.

Stars: Nobutoshi Canna, Marc Diraison, Carrie Keranen
Trigun (1998)
Animation | Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

Vash the Stampede is the most infamous outlaw on the planet Gunsmoke and with a 60 billion double dollar price on his head the most sought after!

Stars: Masaya Onosaka, Hiromi Tsuru, Satsuki Yukino
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Shishio has set sail in his ironclad ship to bring down the Meiji government and return Japan to chaos, carrying Kaoru with him. In order to stop him in time, Kenshin trains with his old master to learn his final technique.

Director: Keishi Ohtomo
Stars: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Takeru Satoh
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
Mayo Suzukaze ...
...
 Himura Kenshin / ... 94 episodes, 1996-1998
...
 Shikijo (2000) 92 episodes, 1996-1998
...
...
Dan Lorge ...
 Chief Officer / ... 25 episodes, 1996
...
 Yahiko (1996-1998) 24 episodes, 1996
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The story of the Samurai!


Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

17 March 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ruroken  »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(95 episodes)

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Makoto Shishio: [Trying to prove to his assistant that hell exists] Shishio : Himura has experienced fighting with Aoshi and it's hell for him. Okina's parents were killed in front of his eyes and it was hell. I was burned, every inch of my body in pain shouting for death, and it's hell. Now, do you think that hell is not here on earth? If hell is not here, then why the hell should I keep you alive?
See more »


Soundtracks

Dame!
Performed by You Izumi
Lyrics by Hiromi Mori
Composed by Satoshi Henmi
Arranged by Koichi Korenaga
Ending Theme: Episodes 83-94
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
One of the best animes there is, and the best of its kind
10 September 2007 | by See all my reviews

I first saw this great anime when I was about 10 or 11 years old, and by that time I didn't know what anime was so I didn't care much about this series...I mean, I liked it but for me it was just another show on TV. Now, 8 years later, I get the chance of rewatch this series again, and I came the conclusion: This is a truly fantastic series!!!! It has great sword fighting actions scenes, a hero that is capable of huge mood swings (I love kenshin's goofy faces), some real history, dramatic characters, a great story and the music is superb. One thing I did like is the fact that the main character, Kenshin, never kills the opponent and have good sense of moral. Kenshin is one of the best characters in anime history in my opinion, and Shishio, the mummy guy as some people know him, is by far the best villain in the series and also one of the greatest villains in anime history, at least in my opinion. Every character in this series 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 very interesting and unique.

You cannot call yourself a true anime fan without watching Rurouni Kenshin, and if you like samurai and things like that you will certainly love this series. I was hooked from the first episode and I'm very sad for not be able to find the DVDs.

In my opinion it is the best anime in its class, and so I give it a perfect 100/10!!!!


13 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 54 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page