Ranked #38

Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan (Manga)

Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan

Alternative Titles

English: Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story
Synonyms: Samurai X, Sengoku no Mikazuki, Crescent Moon in the Warring States, Crescent Moon Over a Country At War, Meteor Strike
Japanese: るろうに剣心 -明治剣客浪漫譚-


Type: Manga
Volumes: 28
Chapters: 259
Status: Finished
Published: Apr 5, 1994 to Sep 21, 1999
Authors: Watsuki, Nobuhiro (Story & Art)
Serialization: Shounen Jump (Weekly)


Score: 8.731 (scored by 23062 users)
Ranked: #382
Popularity: #46
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The story of Rurouni Kenshin takes place during the early Meiji period in Japan. It tells the story of a peaceful wanderer named Himura Kenshin, formerly known as the assassin Hitokiri Battōsai. After participating during the Bakumatsu war, Kenshin wanders the countryside of Japan offering protection and aid to those in need as atonement for the murders he once committed as an assassin. When arriving in Tokyo, he meets a young woman named Kamiya Kaoru, who was in the middle of a fight with a murderer who claims to be the Hitokiri Battōsai from her swordmanship school. Kenshin decides to help her and defeats the fake Battōsai. After discovering that Kenshin is the real Battōsai, she offers him a place stay at her dojo as she notes Kenshin is a gentle person instead. Kenshin accepts and begins to establish lifelong relationships with many people, including ex-enemies, while dealing with his fair share of enemies, new and old.

(Source: Wikipedia)

Included one-shot:
Volume 28: Meteor Strike


Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan was published in English as Rurouni Kenshin by VIZ Media under the Shonen Jump imprint from December 23, 2003 to July 5, 2006 and again in 3-in-1 omnibus edition under Shonen Jump VIZBIG imprint from January 29, 2008 to March 16, 2010.

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Mar 8, 2008 8:38 AM
As we move closer and closer to the next decade, it seems like we keep on getting farther and farther away from amazing samurai stories. With possibly the recent exemption of Samurai Champloo and Gintama (which, to be fair, aren't your typical Meiji era samurai story, there seems like an apparent lack of new series that features your traditional Japanese samurai. Well, new series that are actually entertaining and interesting to read. The mid-90's and the turn of the century saw the unveiling of many great series (most still ongoing) like Vagabond and Blade of the Immortal, which truly define and really read more
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Jan 23, 2009 10:25 PM
Summary - Great manga with good action, great characters and an excellent plot.

Action - the swordsmanship scenes are well-drawn and the fights are pretty exciting. The reasoning behind the techniques is also explained and it kinda makes sense, at least in the context of a manga where the characters can leap many times their own height into the air.

Characters - wow, almost all the characters are well-developed and have a good back story to them. There is almost no one who is genuinely good or evil - everyone has a reason they developed the way they did. This is one of the read more
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Aug 7, 2013 2:07 PM
Rurouni Kenshin is a series I've just recently read and enjoyed a lot so I thought I'd give it a shot! My overall rating for the manga is a 9/10, and here is why:

Story (8/10): The story might not have been the most original but I believe Watsuki made the best of it.
The manga is separated into 2 main arcs.
Personally I prefer the first one. The characters are more interesting to me and I think it was developed better. However, the 2nd arc is a lot of fun to read as well.

What I don't like about the first arc is that the end feels like read more
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Jul 16, 5:50 PM
Rurouni Kenshin is a well-paced, high quality shounen series with a plethora of interesting themes and organically developed characters that stands among the best of its demographic.

The story of Rurouni Kenshin, set in Japan at the beginning of the Meiji period towards that end of the 1800s, begins following a rurouni named Kenshin and his time at the dojo of Kaoru, a female instructor whom he assisted. Initially, the story is engaging but episodic, with the focus being on the slowly expanding cast and their small-scale battles against individual threats to their safety. Though the more relaxed first quarter of the story doesn’t quite have read more
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