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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Another real-life personality in the show is Toshimichi Okubo. Okubo was one of the men who overthrew the Tokugawa Shogunate, and was one of the founding members of the new Meiji government. See more »

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Sanosuke Sagara: I don't give a damn about my life. But, if I have to die, I sure ain't going alone! I'll be dragging you all the way down to hell with me!
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Performed by Yuki Isoya, Takuya Asanuma, Yoshihito Onda and Kohta Igarashi (as Judy and Mary)
Lyrics by Yuki Isoya (as Yuki)
Composed by Kaito Onta
Opening Theme: Episodes 1-38
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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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