Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan

Rurouni Kenshin

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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Samurai X, Wandering Kenshin: Romantic Tales from the Meiji Era
Japanese: るろうに剣心 -明治剣客浪漫譚-
English: Rurouni Kenshin
German: Rurouni Kenshin
Spanish: Kenshin, el Guerrero Samurai
French: Kenshin le Vagabond
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Type: TV
Episodes: 94
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 10, 1996 to Sep 8, 1998
Premiered: Winter 1996
Broadcast: Wednesdays at 19:30 (JST)
Studios: Gallop, Studio Deen
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, ComedyComedy, RomanceRomance
Themes: HistoricalHistorical, SamuraiSamurai
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.281 (scored by 239163239,163 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #2862
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #452
Members: 499,420
Favorites: 10,167

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In the final years of the Bakumatsu era lived a legendary assassin known as Hitokiri Battousai. Feared as a merciless killer, he was unmatched throughout the country, but mysteriously disappeared at the peak of the Japanese Revolution. It has been ten peaceful years since then, but the very mention of Battousai still strikes terror into the hearts of war veterans.

Unbeknownst to them, Battousai has abandoned his bloodstained lifestyle in an effort to repent for his sins, now living as Kenshin Himura, a wandering swordsman with a cheerful attitude and a strong will. Vowing never to kill again, Kenshin dedicates himself to protecting the weak. One day, he stumbles across Kaoru Kamiya at her kendo dojo, which is being threatened by an impostor claiming to be Battousai. After receiving help from Kenshin, Kaoru allows him to stay at the dojo, and so the former assassin temporarily ceases his travels.

Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan tells the story of Kenshin as he strives to save those in need of saving. However, as enemies from both past and present begin to emerge, will the reformed killer be able to uphold his new ideals?

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Characters & Voice Actors


Hasegawa, Hiroshi
Katou, Toshiyuki
Assistant Producer
Matsuda, Keiichi
Assistant Producer
Furuhashi, Kazuhiro
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard


Opening Theme

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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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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 ...
Oct 26, 2009
Mixed Feelings
Well this review is short and simple. If you want to watch an action-drama with a great main storyline, then this anime is for you. OR should i say the first 62 episodes anyways. There are 95 in total, but after episode 62, the main story simply ends. It turns into a giant filler arc or rather i should say it qualifies for a filler series its so long and boring. I watched it in hopes there would be something, anything that would revolve around furthering the story, but alas my patience were fruitless D: it has some good episodes to it here and there, ...
Jan 31, 2009
Absolutely horrible. I don't know what can make a series so unwatchable while its OVA and movies were fantastic. The lame excuses of jokes that this anime try to come up with makes you want to hop off a cliff. Kenshin totally does not possess the aura of a fighter but rather a klutz and fails at being funny. Even during the fights, it is just ridiculously stupid. E.g. forgot the name but there was this one villain who has a blade that reeks of the fats of the victims that he slaughtered in the past that when he fights his blade becomes coated ...

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