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Rurouni Kenshin: Wandering Samurai 

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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Series cast summary:
Mayo Suzukaze ...  Himura Kenshin / ... 95 episodes, 1996-1998
...  Himura Kenshin / ... 94 episodes, 1996-1998
...  Shikijo (2000) 92 episodes, 1996-1998
...  Kaoru 27 episodes, 1996
...  Ayame 26 episodes, 1996
Dan Lorge ...  Chief Officer / ... 25 episodes, 1996
...  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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(95 episodes)

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Trivia

The television series is based on the manga of the same name but the plot eventually takes off in its own direction. 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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Referenced in Janpu arutimetto sutâzu (2006) See more »

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Sobakasu
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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One of the best anime series ever made!
14 January 2005 | by 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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