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Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)

Rurouni Kenshin

Alternative Titles

English: Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story
Synonyms: Rurouni Kenshin Meiji Kenkaku Romantan, Samurai X, Sengoku no Mikazuki, Crescent Moon in the Warring States, Crescent Moon Over A Country At War, Cherry Blossoms in the Spring, Haru ni Sakura, Yahiko no Sakabatou, Yahiko's Reversed-Edge Sword
Japanese: るろうに剣心 明治剣客浪漫譚; 戦国の三日月

Information

Type: Manga
Volumes: 28
Chapters: 255
Status: Finished
Published: Apr 5, 1994 to Sep 21, 1999
Authors: Watsuki, Nobuhiro (Story & Art)
Serialization: Shounen Jump (Weekly)

Statistics

Score: 8.751 (scored by 19047 users)
Ranked: #292
Popularity: #36
Members: 31,535
Favorites: 3,945
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top manga page.

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Popular Tags

action drama historical samurai shounen

Synopsis

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. (Wikipedia)

Also includes the one-shot: Crescent Moon Over A Country At War (Vol.6)

Related Manga

Sequel: Rurouni Kenshin: Cherry Blossoms in the Spring, Rurouni Kenshin: Yahiko no Sakabatou
Side story: Rurouni Kenshin: Voyage to the Moon World, Rurouni Kenshin: Yahiko's Battle
Alternative version: Rurouni Kenshin: Tokuhitsu-ban
Adaptation: Rurouni Kenshin Special, Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan - Tsuiokuhen, Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan

Characters

 Kenshin
Himura, Kenshin
Main
 Kaoru
Kamiya, Kaoru
Main
 Yahiko
Myojin, Yahiko
Main
 Sanosuke
Sagara, Sanosuke
Main
 Tatsumi
Tatsumi
Supporting
 Seiryuu
Seiryuu
Supporting
 Suzaku
Suzaku
Supporting



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Mar 8, 2008
VK11
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
PokeL
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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User Recommendations

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.
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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