English: Rurouni Kenshin
Synonyms: Samurai X
Japanese: るろうに剣心 -明治剣客浪漫譚-
Jan 10, 1996 to Sep 8, 1998
25 min. per ep.
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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SynopsisHimura Kenshin is a vagabond with a dark past and sunny disposition. Not a ronin but a rurouni, he was never a samurai, but an assassin of utmost skill in the Meiji restoration, who in the turning point of the war simply walked away. His travels lead him to Tokyo in the 11th year of the Meiji era, where he befriends a female Kendo master, a former thief, a brawler and a doctor all with their own secrets. Together they fight off the enemies surfacing from the dark past that Kenshin cannot escape.
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Characters & Voice Actors
Opening Theme#1: "Sobakasu (そばかす)" by JUDY AND MARY (eps 1-38)
#2: "½" by Makoto Kawamoto (eps 39-82)
#3: "Kimi ni Fureru Dake de (君に触れるだけで)" by CURIO (eps 83-94)
Ending Theme#1: "Tactics" by THE YELLOW MONKEY (eps 1-12)
#2: "Namida wa Shitteiru" by Mayo Suzukaze (eps 13-27)
#3: "HEART OF SWORD ~Yoake Mae~ (HEART OF SWORD 〜夜明け前〜)" by T.M.Revolution (eps 28-38, 43-49)
#4: "the Fourth Avenue Café" by L'Arc~en~Ciel (eps 39-42)
#5: "It's gonna rain!" by BONNIE PINK (eps 50-66)
#6: "1/3 no Junjou na Kanjou (1/3の純情な感情)" by SIAM SHADE (eps 67-82)
#7: "Dame! (ダメ！)" by You Izumi (eps 83-95)
Rurouni Kenshin is one of the more well-known 90s anime series out there, and I'd heard lots of great things about it. On that premise, I decided to begin watching it.
RK can be divided into three major parts. The first part, the first 30 or so episodes, is basically an introduction-type of thing, where we get to know the characters and learn about them. It's not any continuous story here, just a new event every episode, or maybe small 2-3-episode arcs. Every time, Kenshin and/or Sanosuke ends up saving the day, or Yahiko manages to prove himself just a little bit more. It's not extraordinary in this part, but it's still very good - I'd give it a 9.
The second part, which is from episode 28 to 62, is where the story finally begins to develop. Now it's a continuous story, much like what most shonen anime series does. It is in this part that Rurouni Kenshin shows its best side, and there's a lot of pasts to look on, tons of emotions and resolves to change, and great action. Te pacing is just right too; it's not too fast, nor too slow. Everything about this part is perfect story-wise, if you ask me. This part also has an ending (since the remainder of the show is filler), which you may or may not like. Everyone, including the bad guys, get their story wrapped up, and for me, that's fine, but not everyone may share my opinion. All in all, I'd give this part a 10, and the story ends on a 10.
The remaining 32 episodes are filler as far as I've heard, and I haven't watched them yet. I don't think I will, since I thought the story ended so nicely; it'd kinda ruin the end if I watched more.
The animation is very good - considering the time it was made, that is. The coloring is a bit dull, and drawing style of the eyes and hairs of the characters is a style I don't really like a lot. However, aside that it's really good - the environments are lovely, and at times the animation is really smooth, even when comparing to anime of today. Lighting effects are good too, but I noticed one or two failed attempts in that department. One more thing - during sword fights, I got a bit let down every now and then. They don't always show when the sword hits someone. Instead, a a blue beam of light is shown and the character who's been hit is flying from the impact. It may create a "final blow" effect, but I didn't like it that much, really. All in all, I'm settling on a 8 score for the animation.
Character-wise, Rurouni Kenshin is a real masterpiece. The characters - even some of the bad ones, have pasts which have deeply affected how they act in the present. These pasts which serves as a motivation for their present actions adds depth to the characters, and it's easier to sympathize with them - even the bad ones. In addition to that, there's tons of character development; Yahiko evolving as a swordsman, Sanosuke turning from a fighter-for-hire into a person for fights more for his friends, bad guys questioning their being bad, and not to mention, Kenshin fighting against his past as a manslayer. I'm pretty much tied between 9 and 10, so I'll leave it at 9.
The soundtrack is, in my opinion, awesome. The background music is moody, fits right in with the setting of RK, and the songs are awesome. However, this is highly subjective, so you'll have to experience it for yourself. Unfortunately, the fansubs I watched didn't have the OP and ED themes included, so I just had to listen to them on Youtube. None of them really appealed to me, but you might think otherwise. Again, it's subjective, so you'll have to listen for yourself. Sound effects are good; from explosions to swords clashing against each others to cicada chirping. The voice acting is very good too, and I really enjoyed Kenshin's voice and his "gozaru". Due to not liking the OPs and EDs, I'll settle on a 9 (I've only heard them once, so for me it wasn't a big problem).
All in all, I really enjoyed RK, and take my word: If you like shonen, RK is a must-see for you. Which means, most of the anime fans out there should see RK.
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Rurouni Kenshin - an amazing anime taking place during the Japan Revolution - is an amazing story first written by Nobuhiro Watsuki in 1994 and first aired as an anime in 1996. If you're one of the older anime fans, chances are that you probably have seen this anime already and give it the respect that it deserves. If you are one of the younger anime fans out there and haven't heard too much about Rurouni Kenshin (also known as Samurai X in other countries outside of the United States), I urge to immediately to get your hands on a copy of the anime somehow and start watching it, you won't be disappointed if you are into samurai.
The story is deep, intricate, emotional, and touching. Everything from romance, action, suspense, and even some thriller in included in Rurouni Kenshin. There are a total of 95 episodes to Rurouni Kenshin, however, only the first 62 (the first two seasons) are only worth watching because the third season is all fillers. The first two seaons depict the story of Himura Kenshin, also known as Hitokiri Battousai, and his motley bunch of friends in Sagara Sonouske, Myojin Yahiko, and Kamiya Kaoru. Without giving too much away, the first season is based on his stay with Kaoru Kamiya and how he keeps his vow of not to kill. The second season is where the plot develops and we are introduced to a little bit of Kenshin's past.
To some of the younger fans out there, the animation may seem a bit older and not as new as some of our recent anime like Death Note and Full Metal Alchemist, it still is drawn with very exceptional quality and after the first few episodes, you find that the style perfectly suits the time frame in which the story takes place.
Taku Iwasaki has done a beautiful job with the soundtrack to Rurouni Kenshin as during each and every part, there is the perfect song that fits the scene. This is especially the case during the second season as Iwasaki unveils a multitude of amazing pieces of music that you will undoubtedly look to download.
You will either hate the characters or love them. The character development during the anime is portrayed very well. An example of this is the development of Yahiko from an innocent child to an exceptional swordsman throughout the show. The only qualm people may have is the lack of romance between Kenshin and Kaoru. Though its hinted at very slightly during the first two seasons, there is not much between them. All of Kenshin's rivals also have unique personalities and Nobuhiro Watsuki has done an excellent job with them.
The only reason I advise you to avoid the episodes 63-95 is that they are pointless fillers. By the time the second arc had ended, the Kyoto arc, the anime had caught up to the manga. So as with all animes, they stopped animating the manga and aired fillers so the manga could develop. However, by the time the manga finished, the fillers were so terribly bad that Rurouni Kenshin had to be cancelled.
That is why after episode 62, I urge you to find the manga and start reading it from Volume 18 to enjoy the amazing story of Enishi and the Revenge Arc. It is there where the true story of Kenshin is continued and completed, and not with the later episodes.
I rate episodes 1-62 a 10/10 because they follow the manga very well..
I rate episodes 63-95 a 6/10 because even though they are pointless, some of the fillers do have good back stories and battle scenes..
A final overall rating of a 9/10 is due to the anime, Rurouni Kenshin (the manga I would give a 10 ^_^). There is no doubt in my mind that if you are looking for an anime with a little bit of everything and looking for an anime that involves mystic sword styles, amazing battles and an "oro-ing red-headed samurai," look no further. read more
Based on the actual Meiji Period of Japan, Rouruni Kenshin is a Shounen, Action, Adventure about a wandering samurai, "Kenshin". Even though he is a kind and friendly person, he carries a bloody past he wishes not to return to. This shounen anime starts of like any other as we are introduced to the characters the story revolves around (Kenshin) and we learn quite a bit about them. Also like the typical shounen anime, once all the main characters are together to form some kind of fighting team, it starts of with couple short random adventures. There's plenty of action and comedy here but it lacks substance and it is not until later on in the Kyoto Arc. That is when the story becomes truly interesting, with even more intense battles, drama and a decent array of characters to back it up.
The characters are great and well developed, which is the sort of thing you'll expect from a shounen action series, of this calibre. But the character that truly stands out is "Kenshin", with his 3 contrasting personalities; dopy Kenshin, noble protector Kenshin and manslayer Kenshin and it is interesting how all of this is crammed into a single character. However there are a few brat-like characters that can get quite annoying at times but it doesn't take much away from the show.
There were two things I had to consider when looking into the quality of the animation; the time it was made and how well it depicted scenes. The animation quality of RK is exactly what you'd expect from something made in the 90s however when it comes down to it, it is really good especially during the action sequences. It is able to show the true intensity of the intense fights however those kinds of fights happen to rarely in RK.
The music on the other hand isn't all that special and there are only a few noticeable good tunes that go well, with the situations. The OP and ED themes are a range of catchy and annoying tunes however you'll definitely find some of them really enjoyable and hard to get out of your head. Another thing I just have to mention is that RK is one of those few anime that even a Sub anime fan like myself, actually prefered viewing the Eng. Dub version (uncut).
Overall RK is definitely one of the classic Shounen anime series that every shounen anime fan must watch. There a great deal of action, comedy and drama; with a superb story to back it up. The characters are also well developed and bring forth some really emotional moments but some are just plain annoying. Also little things like stupidly thought-up enemies and the huge number of cheesy moments reduce the overall quality of this fine anime. Another thing that badly affected the series was that it ended with a bunch of fillers but if you don't get bothered by all this, then you'll definitely enjoy RK.
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Your deeds of the past is something you won't be able to evade, neither ignore in any way: it will always come back gnawing at you. This is the tale of Himura Kenshin, who once was a ruthless assassin in the past, in his quest of finding redemption from his previous actions. Rorouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan is a magnificent, well crafted samurai based anime with fantastic characterization and story, which is so rare to find these days. However, it is profoundly clear that the anime falls apart in the last third of its duration, due to fillers.
The story of Rorouni Kenshin takes place in Tokyo, former Edo, in the 11th year of the Meiji era 10 years after the Meiji restoration. Himura Kenshin, now a vagabond, turned his back on the revolution that took place in Kyoto in its turning point, his travels leading him to Tokyo. There he encounters a kendo master, former thief, brawler and doctor, where he is able to find solace, but not without facing the enemies that constantly surge from his past.
The narration of the story is well executed. The first third of the anime is dedicated to the introduction of all the characters, while at the same time developing them, in addition to providing corresponding background stories. This part is mainly of episodic nature, yet some small arcs are present as well which gives good insight of the desolation of the samurai in the Meiji era due to the prohibition of using swords, as they find themselves out-of-place and struggle to survive. This was particularly well done in conveying these to the viewers, as you could really feel and understand the atmosphere and harships the people were going through.
However, where the anime truly shines is in the second part, the Kyoto arc. This is where the anime as a whole makes huge improvements which is easily the main reason why it is so highly praised. It is filled with plot twists, intricate and well executed narration, as well as providing well fleshed out villains with coherent motives and dark pasts. All the different characters and events come together as a joint to later conclude with fantastic ending. The pacing was well done too, neither too long nor too quick.
There fights are fantastic, but there are naturally flaws in it as well. Sudden power ups happen quite often as well, which is a little disappointing considering the high level of story telling; dialogues can be at times lackluster in the standalone episodes. But this is nothing compared with the last third of the anime, which is mainly composed of fillers. Fillers aren't bad on its own, yet they were very poorly written. This comes as no surprise, as the anime caught up with the manga. This doesn't excuse this however: it is plagued with bad narrative and story, in addition to having terrible characterization. It also floats away from focusing on feudal Japan, and starts introducing a lot of mythical non-sense, as well as a sudden unnecessary influx of foreigners that have no purpose other than to stretch out the story, in addition to boring fighting scenes. This mainly concerns episodes 63-94, and I would recommend anyone to avoid those. There some amusing moments, yet it isn't worth sitting through the remainder of the story.
The cast of characters in Rorouni Kenshin is large, yet appropriate for the setting. Audiences are introduced to vagabond samurai's, high-ranking governments officials, revolutionaries in hiding, you name it. As mentioned earlier, character development and fleshing out of those is one of the redeeming qualities of the anime.
Himura Kenshin clearly undergoes the biggest character development, and fleshing out: he evolves from a cold and ruthless assassin to a man who vowed to never kill again. Nevertheless he struggles to maintain his composition, as being pushed to the limit by his foes he tries to avoid reverting to his older self. There is little background story provided for Kenshin, yet little bits of his past are shown, which nevertheless keeps the reader intrigued and the want for more. His past is more extensively explored in "Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan - Tsuiokuhen", which should be your next watch.
Kenshin is not the only one that undergoes development; his near friends such Sagara, who evolves from being a simple thug to a more brightful person, or the evolution Yahiko in his sword skills. These are not that impressive in comparison, yet good to see. There is however the main female lead, Kaoru, and this character undergoes little to none character development which is very disappointing. She is your typical forceful and easily angered tsundere girl who serves no purpose in the story other than providing some comedic relief, and generating tension from some of the fights.
Villains are no exception either: these are in fact were very well crafted, each with their own motives, while at the same time providing a background story to enhance the credibility of the characters. This is naturally only for the first 62 episodes of the anime, as the last third the villains characters worsen as story progresses. Some of the fights can be a bit silly, in the respect that inexperienced people can win from top-notch warriors, yet this was a small drawback.
~Animation and sound~
The animation quality of Rorouni Kenshin is certainly very well executed, especially considering it was done in the late 90's. The battle choreography was well done, fluid and detailed, yet it must be said that some fights can be rather uninteresting because of the usage of the same techniques. Backgrounds are well drawn and detailed, easily conveying the atmosphere of the 19th century Japan. Character design are easily distinguishable from each other, yet the female cast shared similarities with each other.
The soundtrack used was one of the best, if not the best, I have listened to so far. These are well used in each different scene, especially when it begins with the more serious parts of the story. The viewer truly feels the atmosphere and tension in the air the story takes place in. I must mention that in the standalone episodes some of the OST's were overused. The voice actors performed their roles well, with characteristic dialogues and usage of words of the era, which at times could get a little bit annoying, as for example the case of Kenshin with his constant "gozaru".
Rorouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan was overall a fantastic experience, with a fantastic story and narrative full of plot twists, in addition to having very good character development and fleshing out of these. The soundtrack used was great and very important to convey the overall atmosphere of the anime. This anime would have easily been a great show, was it not for the fact that the last third thwarted the anime too much. I personally would recommend anyone potentially watching this anime to avoid episodes 63-94, and proceed with Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan - Tsuiokuhen for the background story of Himura Kenshin. I highly recommend this anime to anyone with a slight interest in history of Japan or samurais in general.
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Although one anime (Trigun) has a Wild West Cowboy feel, and another (Rurouni Kenshin) has Samurai, they both have a simalar story to tell. Both have a main character who dosen't kill no matter the situation, and both main charaters are skilled badasses. If you enjoyed Trigun then you'll probably enjoy Kenshin just the same, and vicea versa.
Both feature a similar main character who is strong, but does not seem strong.
Godly Swordsman/Gunman wanders around in bright-colored clothes determined not to kill anyone and uses his amazing skills to save people leaving everyone around in awe.
The main character in both animes seems like he is totally oblivious and clumsy, but he's really a major badass. That's about the only similarity, besides the fact that they both rock =)
Both protagonists have a dark past, are immensely skilled fighters, and are being hunted for some reason. Both also appear unthreatening and vulnerable until forced to defend themselves and other, are clumsy outside of combat, and serve as their own comic relief.
Both shows feature a highly-skilled warrior with a troubled past, wandering throughout the world on a mission of peace. Yet, despite their efforts, trouble follows them around, constantly challenging their main principle to not take a life.
Of course, this is all done in a hilarious manner, but while in Kenshin the last 20 or so episodes are just funny filler, Trigun turns more serious the closer it gets to the end.
Both protagonists have a troubling past that haunts them and both tries to bring peace to the land without killing. They are both very skilled in combat and both characters can be goofy at times. The only difference is that one has a Western, cowboy setting and the other has a Japanese, samurai setting
both the protagonists have a troubled past that made them swear never to kill again. they also share several other traits plot and character wise
They both involve a mass murderer that somehow suddenly wants peace and vows never to kill anyone and both are awesome
both main heros dont kill they repent for their past killings
Both have seemingly innocent protagonists that despite how clumsy and carefree they seem, they are actually skilled god-like fighters who want nothing more than to save lives and preserve the peace.
While completely different in setting, Rurouni Kenshin and Trigun share a main character who is trying to escape a violent past through a life of pacifism. They are helped along the way by an often pugnacious female and a really cool second male lead. Trigun is thematically like Kenshin, but has action more akin to Cowboy Bebop.
If you like Tirgun you will LOVE Rurouni Kenshin....it's basically Trigun with Swords....the main character also acts like a dumbs like cash did...but he's actually the best swordsman just like cash was the best gunman....soooo cool
These two anime are SO much alike and I think a list will best describe the similarities:
*Both have main characters, who are masters at killing, but are instead pacifists.
*The main struggle of each is that the MC is trying to escape his past, but each must ultimately confront.
*Both are action heavy, but have a very goofy side.
*MC have scars!!!!
Goofy protagonists that can mow down anyone in their way without taking a life, but struggle with their pacifistic ideals as their series continue and their enemies become more dangerous and ruthless.
Both of the main characters make the vow to not kill.
-both are about a wandering person who is a mater of their own respective skills . . .
-both are about justice. . .
-a good blend of comedy and action, not the best but good enough. . .
-Trigun has a western cowboy theme, while Rurouni Kenshin has a traditional Japanese Samurai theme. . .
To the point. The main characters are very similar and the type of fights are the same.
Fans of the bad ass pacifist of Trigun, meet Kenshin, a sword swinging total kick ass sweetie pie who knows how to do laundry. If you loved Vash you'll love Kenshin.
Himura Kenshin, once feared as the great assassin Hitokiri Battousai, has now become a wandering ronin who seeks to make amends with his past sins in the Meiji Period. Despite the official sword ban implaced by the government, Himura Kenshin still carries a "sakabatou" (reverse blade sword), and plans to achieve his goal by saving as many lives as he can with his sword. He instead stumbles upon the Kamiya Dojo and becomes a boarder there. Both Gintama and Rurouni Kenshin focus on the life of a samurai and how he tries to make his way in the new era after the war.
Gintoki and Kenshin have a great deal in common. Both are former samurai who were among the most feared by their enemies during a great war. Like Gintoki, who uses a wooden sword to avoid killing, Kenshin uses a reversed bladed sword, for the same reasons. There are also many similiarities between supporting characters in the two shows as well.
Gintama's character structure is completely based off of this story, and you will definitely enjoy to learn where the persona of the characters originated.
Overall this is a must watch for anyone that is currently watching gintama.
The heart of the Samurai - for those who are interested in the way of the samurai should like both series ^^
In Gintama and Rurouni Kenshin, the main characters Gintoki and Kenshin both are former war heroes of a great revolution, who now try to enjoy their daily lives as average civilians. Of course, the peace cannot keep up forever, as trouble surrounds these two as their pasts catch up with them.
Since Gintama features almost every main character of Rurouni Kenshin either in character, appearance or historical role, yet comically exaggerates their characteristics and throws them into nonsensical adventures, it can easily be considered a direct parody of Rurouni Kenshin.
1. both shows are about wandering samurai after a time when swords have been banned (but Gintama is more set in an alternate future where aliens have taken over and Rurouni Kenshin takes place in the Meiji period)
2. both the main title characters (Gintoki and Kenshin) are extremely strong with a darkish past
3. both use historical names/organizations (ex. Shinsengumi)
4. Kenshin and Gintoki are both very strong but handicap themselves (reverse-blade sword for Kenshin and a wooden sword for Gintoki)
5. Both Kenshin and Gintoki are against killing (Kenshin more than Gintoki)
6. Kenshin and Gintoki are very silly/goofy, but when they get serious their whole personality changes
7. Both shows are really good
Both anime are set in the same historical period, but with some big differences: while Rurouni Kenshin tries as hard as it can to be a historical accurated portrait of late 19th century Tokyo, Gintama is set in a totally fictional Tokyo where rounins and people dressed in typical Japanese clothes share space with advanced technology and aliens.
Also, Kenshin and Gintoki have a very similar past, as both played a leading role in the ultimate Japanese Civil War and became legends; now, they want to leave their past behind and try to live a peaceful life, hiding their scars from the past with a carefree pose.
And for the last but not the least, both main characters dropped the katana in favor of non-lethal swords like bokken (Gintoki) and a reverse-edged sword (Kenshin).
Gintama is more comedy-driven, while Rurouni Kenshin is more action-paced.
Both about samurai who prefer not to kill people because of a violent past. Both employ drama and comedy in turn. Kenshin is more serious than Gintama, which has a lot of silly, immature, or pointless humor (which is, of course, part of its charm).
Both are similar to each other in a lot of ways.Strong protagonists who have a somewhat dark past.Goofy at most of the times but know when to get serious.And the shinsengumi is involved as well. Also Shisio (Rurouni) is quite similar to Shinsuke(Gintama)
Both anime series have samurais and dozens of hardcore action battles.
Gintama and Rurouni Kenshin are alike in many ways.
-They both have the same type of humor and use it in the same way.
-Both of the MC's have the same type of morals.
-Both take place during the time of samurai.
Noragami's anime original end is a blatant copy of what happened between Kenshin and Jinnei in Rurouni Kenshin. Formerly kill-happy (during the samurai period) leads that no longer wish to kill are forced by another character from their pasts to fight with the intent to kill once more. In both series, the already FAR more pacifistic leads became even 'softer' after interacting with useless-outside-of-romance heroines, and the heroines lives are threatened in an attempt to make the leads have the desire to kill once more.
I had noticed Noragami is basically Rurouni Kenshin but not a period piece in terms of characterisation earlier, given Yato's goofy facade and the 'eyes of a killer' samurai flashbacks. Plus, Yato fights with a katana in modern times! But the ending certainly cleared away any remaining doubt.
Both revolve around a former killer for hire trying to atone for his past. In both series, the protagonist befriends a teenage girl and a young boy, the former of whom is a love interest, and the latter of whom is a disciple.
the main character of each show shares a similar past
-both shows are also packed with great samurai action
Both shows contain great action and a little bit of romance.
Main characters have a dark past but are trying live differently. Unfortunately (or fortunately for the show), some old "buddies" can't comprehend this kind of change...
Both shows share a similar main lead with the same past story. If you like concepts about righteousness give it a try, worth watching.
■Both have katana wielding protagonists that can cut through most things
■The main charcters in both have dark pasts as masskilling samurai
Noragami—think Rurouni Kenshin BUT with gods and demons.
Like Rurouni Kenshin and its protagonist Kenshin, Noragami follows the story of Yato, who holds a dark past which constantly comes back to haunt him and threaten the people he cares for.
Norgami brings the concept of Rurouni Kenshin and gives the story a twist which entices the audience magnificently. It is definitely something someone who enjoyed Rurouni Kenshin can appreciate.
Both have a main character with a bloody past they don't feel good about, both of them change their attitude when their eyes change, both of them use swords to fight, both are kind of vagabonds and both have a girl who they have feelings for!
Both samurai, sword cutting Anime with enough comedy to keep you entertained
Both are samurai stories set in a similar historical context and period.
They also portray the persecution of Japanese Christians in the past centuries (Samurai Champloo - canon material; Rurouni Kenshin - fillers).
They're both about Samurai in the not-so-ancient past, but RK is less realistic and has some romance elements as well.
Not only two of the best Samurai themed anime series getting around, but two of the best Anime series period.
Both are very rich in historical content aswell.
.acient japan. both anime main characters are samurai with amazing skills...
samurai traveling, sort of champloo has more traveling, but stories along the way to the final finish, characters similar (not really) but same Japanese style, relaxing entertaining stuff
If you enjoy a Shounen which involves sword fighting, crazy awesome samurai skills and a tremendously realistic back story - I would definitely recommend Kenshin. The art styles are quite different however, you need to understand that Kenshin came out back in the 90s and Samurai Champloo is one of the new age ones.
It sticks to the theme of Edo and Tokyo, the revolution around that time and how it not only affected samurais and nobility but common folks.
Personally, these two animes made me research more about Japanese history than any other anime.
Both about a man that had a bad past and then after a few years they began to change although in Inuyasha the main mostly changed because of the meeting with the girl other then that the story is quite similar both revoled around the guy main character both has romance although not so much in Rurouni Kenshin
It's a love story and a comedy, but not a love comedy. In both anime, the main character is a former mass-murderer who has deadly potential which is deliberately restricted (Inuyasha's necklace and Kenshin's reverse-blade sword). And mind you, both Kenshin and Inuyasha wear red kimonos (although in Kenshin's case, it's often violet).
Rorouni Kenshin and Inuyasha are very similar. They both have to deal with not fitting in with most people around them because Inuyasha is seen by half youkai to humans and to demons he's seen as half human, and then kenshin used to be a man slayer so he has to deal with that and the guilt he feels for taking human lives. Inuyasha meets Kagome and he starts to transform into a better person (demon?) while also becoming friends with miroku and sango and everyone else. Kenshin also gets friends and settles down when he used to just be a wanderer doing good deeds. Both people are trying to change for the better.
They are both about people (Kenshin and Inuyasha) battling with the past. Kenshin has do deal with his reputation of being the "man slayer". Inuyasha has to deal with Kikyo (dont know if I spelled that correctly). They also carry around weapons (Kenshin his reverse-blade sword. Inuyasha his giant sword [forgot the name]).
I know this doesnt make them sound similar, but trust me. They have the same feel and immensly reminds me of one another.
Both have a simular story line where one man/half demon seeks out to achieve their goals, to destroy their enemy. Along the way the gather friends to help them on their journey and the leading womans falls in love with the main character.
Inuyasha and Kenshin share a lot of qualities, especially considering the 'feel' or 'mood' of the series. Where one is set in Meiji era, the other takes place in a fantastical alternate world, however both concentrate on fighting on the canvas of more light-hearted slice of life (which occasionally goes into deeper, darker drama) comedy and romance.
All in all, if you watched one and want more of that feeling you had while watching, the other if the first place you ought to visit.
Both set in feudal japan, both are funny and have similair female protaganists
Two samurai shows set approximatively in same time period, with some overlapping characters, and red-head main characters!!!
Comedy and action mix perfectly in both, however Kenshin is more interesting and gripping. If you liked Peacemaker you'll LOVE Kenshin
Both take place back in the samurai days.
Both animes are Historical and about Samurais.
PMK is all about Shinsengumi, with Saitou, Okita and others, that "appear" or are mentioned in RK.
Even though the titles aren´t alike, it is almost as seeing the two sides of a coin.
samurai themed and both go back in time. they both contain the shinsengumi (in peacemaker, he is part of the shinsengumi and in kenshin the tall guy,forgot his name, came from there). the main characters both fight, but dont kill. i would recommend both to anyone.
same period of japanese history, from different angles
Both are historical anime based around approximately the same time period of Japan's history. Both series feature samurai and shinsengumi; in PeaceMaker Tetsunosuke (main character) wants to join the shinsengumi but in Rurouni Kenshin shinsengumi are one of Kenshin's (main character) enemies of the past.
Both series start out pretty light-hearted but get serious and quite dramatic later on. Also both have great funny moments! Also, both main characters have red hair.
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