Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan

Rurouni Kenshin

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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: 8.291 (scored by 236216236,216 users)
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Ranked: #2632
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Popularity: #444
Members: 492,610
Favorites: 10,196

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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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The story is set in the 1870s era and features impressive sword-fighting action scenes. The show offers viewers a glimpse into the past and its historical context while touching on contemporary issues. For instance, it addresses terrorism by showing the villains attacking the government, and it also explores the complexities of living a life of peace instead of ...
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Mixed Feelings
Oro? Oro oro??

Ruroni Kenshin… a beloved classic produced the year I was born. I decided to pick this up mainly because of how good I’ve heard Trust and Betrayal is, but after finishing the series proper I had to write a full review because it would do this show a disservice to just slap a number on it and move on. I’ll try and keep this one brief. I’ll probably fail.

This is a show I want to be able to say I love, because there’s a lot here to love. Kenshin is one of the gems in director Kazuhiro Furuhashi’s Infinity Gauntlet, next to Hunter ...
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Rurouni Kenshin

This work has undoubtedly a deserved cult status for its performance at the time. Many still see her as a heavyweight of her time and would call this shounen even today one of the best.

Note, I only watched the anime adaptation and not read the manga. The manga is supposed to be better and also have a different ending, I don't know about this.

At the time, he was definitely one of the more individual anime among the anime. The portrayal of the old Japanese era in which there was a lot of cruelty has given the series a certain atmosphere.

Apart from that, the ...

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