Ranked #126

Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan

Alternative Titles

English: Rurouni Kenshin
Synonyms: Samurai X
Japanese: るろうに剣心 -明治剣客浪漫譚-


Type: TV
Episodes: 94
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 10, 1996 to Sep 8, 1998
Premiered: Winter 1996
Broadcast: Unknown
Licensors: Media Blasters
Source: Manga
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.441 (scored by 98,829 users)
Ranked: #1262
Popularity: #152
Members: 185,776
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Can you hear the calm silence of the eye of the storm?

It is the Meiji Era, a time of peace born from the bloodshed of war. Some remnants of the past remain loyal to samurai morals, but most have lost their way. Certain individuals refusing to accept the ways of this new world now threaten to revive the violence of the old days and bring forth war to Japan once again. Can this fragile peace withstand those who fight to destroy it?

Kenshin Himura is an assassin turned wanderer, who has vowed to never take another life and now devotes his life to helping those who cannot help themselves. He soon befriends others who share his ideals and who all refuse to give in to the evil that surrounds them. Together, they learn what it is like to fight for a cause. Will this legendary assassin and his band of heroic warriors be able to stop these rising threats and maintain Japan's peaceful era?

Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan is an enticing action series that explores historical themes through the eyes of the main protagonist, Kenshin, who has seen both good and evil. Will this changed man be able to keep moving forward towards the light, or will his dark past pull him back in?


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Characters & Voice Actors

Himura, Kenshin
Himura, Kenshin
Suzukaze, Mayo
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Suzuki, Masami
Suzuki, Masami
Sagara, Sanosuke
Sagara, Sanosuke
Ueda, Yuji
Ueda, Yuji
Fuchizaki, Yuriko
Fuchizaki, Yuriko
Kamiya, Kaoru
Kamiya, Kaoru
Fujitani, Miki
Fujitani, Miki
Myoujin, Yahiko
Myoujin, Yahiko
Tominaga, Miina
Tominaga, Miina


Furuhashi, Kazuhiro
Furuhashi, Kazuhiro
Director, Storyboard
Chigira, Kouichi
Chigira, Kouichi
Episode Director, Storyboard
Yoshida, Shunji
Yoshida, Shunji
Episode Director, Storyboard
Sokuza, Makoto
Sokuza, Makoto
Episode Director

More episodes Episodes(94/94)

Episode Title Aired
1 The Handsome Swordsman of Legend: A Man who Fights for Love
Densetsu no Bikenshi... Ai Yue ni Tatakau Otoko (伝説の美剣士...愛ゆえに闘う男)
Jan 10, 1996
2 Kid Samurai: A Big Ordeal and a New Student
Gakizamurai Sutta! Monda! de Monkasei (ガキ侍 スッた!モンだ!で門下生)
Jan 17, 1996
3 Swordsman of Sorrow: The Man Who Slays His Past
Kanashimi no Kenshi: Kako wo Kiru Otoko (哀しみの剣士· 過去を斬る男)
Jan 24, 1996
4 Bad! Introducing Sanosuke, Fighter-for-hire
Aku no Ichimonji: Kenkaya Sanosuke Toujou! (悪の一文字· ケンカ屋左之助登場!)
Jan 31, 1996
5 The Reverse-blade Sword vs. the Zanbatou: Beyond the Battle
Sakabatou Tai Zanbatou: Tatakai no Hate ni! (逆刃刀対斬馬刀· 闘いの果てに!)
Feb 7, 1996

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)

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Aug 4, 2008
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 read more
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Jun 3, 2007
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 read more
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Nov 4, 2007
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 read more
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Nov 21, 2015
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.


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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.  
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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  read more 
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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  read more 
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Both samurai, sword cutting Anime with enough comedy to keep you entertained 
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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 
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Anime: Peace Maker Kurogane
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 
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