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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Mayo Suzukaze ...
 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 story of the Samurai!


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One of the main characters, Hajime Saitoh, was a real person. Saitoh was a swordsman for the Shinsen Gumi throughout the last days of the Bakufu (Shogunate) government and the fighting leading up to the Meiji Restoration. After the defeat of the Shogunate, he did obtain a job in a provincial police organization, where he spent his days before this death near the end of the century. See more »

Quotes

Kenshin Himura: [to Saitoh] Let's go!
Sanosuke Sagara (Zanza): [steps into the room and punches Kenshin] And just where the hell do you think you're going without me?
Kenshin Himura: [surprised] Sano, what are you doing in Kyoto?
Sanosuke Sagara (Zanza): I followed you! And that's what you get for leaving without even saying goodbye!
Kenshin Himura: You came all this way just to punch me?
Sanosuke Sagara (Zanza): No, you idiot! I came to help you stop Makoto Shishio!
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Followed by Samurai X: Reflection (2001) See more »

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Dame!
Performed by You Izumi
Lyrics by Hiromi Mori
Composed by Satoshi Henmi
Arranged by Koichi Korenaga
Ending Theme: Episodes 83-94
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One of the best anime series ever made!
14 January 2005 | by (Philippines) – See all my reviews

This is one of the most memorable and most recognizable anime I know, with a cast of great characters and story lines and funny sub-plots, it's everything you'd want to see in an anime. It starts out as Kenshin Himura a wanderer in the Meiji era, ends with a kendo teacher Kaoru Kamiya, and he starts living with her, and eventually she finds out this is no ordinary traveler, this is Battousai, the slasher! An infamous samurai who killed a lot of people in his past. But finds him to be a sweet gentle man who is kind towards children, who wants to restore peace, and end his days as a slasher. Later more characters appear, Yahiko, and then Sanosuke, then Megumi. A great cast with very dark and dramatic backgrounds filled with tragedies. Every episode seems to give each character some background and info and their dark secrets. The soundtracks are also great, I love the one by L~Arc~Ciel in the latter episodes. The sword fighting is also cool, and unforgettable. But wait, a few characters portrayed or based on actual people, like Saitou Hajime and Aritomo Yamagata, oh my, I wonder if they were really like that in real life, I mean their personalities as seen here. Anyways recommended to all anime fans, and to non-anime fans who are not familiar with anime yet, forget Dragon Ball or Pokemon, watch this.


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