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Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan (Manga)

Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan

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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: 8.741 (scored by 21575 users)
Ranked: #412
Popularity: #40
Members: 36,158
Favorites: 4,343
1 indicates a weighted score
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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.

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Included one-shot:
Volume 28: Meteor Strike

Related Manga

Sequel: Rurouni Kenshin: Haru ni Sakura, Rurouni Kenshin: Yahiko no Sakabatou
Side story: Rurouni Kenshin: Voyage to the Moon World, Rurouni Kenshin: Yahiko's Battle, Rurouni Kenshin Uramaku: Honoo wo Suberu
Alternative version: Rurouni Kenshin: Tokuhitsu-ban
Adaptation: Rurouni Kenshin Special, Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan - Tsuiokuhen, Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan


Himura, Kenshin
Kamiya, Kaoru
Myojin, Yahiko
Sagara, Sanosuke

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Mar 8, 2008
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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Aug 7, 2013
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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Jan 23, 2009
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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Mar 25, 2015
A story that views the Japanese history (Meiji era) in a really fun, exciting and entertaining way…as anime&manga fans we always think of Japan as a dreamy land but in this story it shows you some of the dark sides of this country back in the 19th century, even though this manga has a historical background that non-Japanese readers wouldn't understand completely…it doesn't really mean that you won't enjoy reading it.

Rurouni Kenshin did start and end in the golden decade (the 90th) so I think those the of the same age as me will really enjoy reading this manga, the anime&manga world read more
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Busou Renkin is another great series authored by Nobuhiro Watsuki, the man responsible for Rurouni Kenshin. It shares the same mix of intense action, good story, great character development, and light-hearted humor. If you enjoyed the overall feel of Kenshin at all, then Busou Renkin is something you really should read.
The two main characters go through similar changes in their lives. They both begin as assassins and eventually turn around to use their skills for the good of others.
Both are about a great samurai who has a tragic past and this samurai meets an attractive young girl and they have life threatening hurdles to overcome. Along the way they pick up a variety of friends and enemies. The time setting is about (roughly) the same too, Feudal Japan. Both have excellent fighting scenes too, but Kyo´s fights are (in my opinion) better as Kenshin is peace loving and does not kill, while Kyo and his gang are much more sadistic and fights normally always end with someone being sliced in half or decapitated. But if you liked kenshin, you should like Kyo and vice versa, but keep in mind Kyo is a lot more bloodier than Kenshin and the anime for Kenshin is great, while the anime for Kyo is indescribably bad.
If you enjoyed Kenshin, Vagabond should be up your alley. Main character is a swordsman, takes place in Japan, historical fiction, great story and great characters.
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If you like Rurouni Kenshin you might like Kaze Hikaru. The time setting of both series is the same. Kaze Hikaru is like a shojo counterpart of Kenshin. Both are historical tale with sword fights, samurai and bushi. Kaze Hikaru contains a fluffy tale or romance, to sweet and very innocent. You guys should check it out. Also being publish by Viz.
Both series are about a protagonist with a strong sense of honour fighting both to protect his lady love and because of the legacy he has come to represent.

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