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Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan

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 12, 1994 to Sep 21, 1999
Authors: Watsuki, Nobuhiro (Story & Art)
Serialization: Shounen Jump (Weekly)


Score: 8.671 (scored by 33729 users)
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Ranked: #632
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Popularity: #77
Members: 62,138
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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.  
reportRecommended by horsiegirl210
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. 
reportRecommended by Serg
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. 
reportRecommended by Miyarin
Both manga are set in a period when samurai were still active in Japan. Both also deal with the changes in the samurai world when Japan started to open up to the Western civilization. And, of course, both manga tell the story of a rounin searching for redemption.  
reportRecommended by BDL
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  read more 
reportRecommended by mooman
Rurouni Kenshin is like a darker version of Inuyasha. Both have powerful swordsmen as their protagonists who are fighting a demon within themselves. There is a very similar feel in the way that people gravitate toward them despite their anti-social nature. And while Inuyasha is more openly romantic, Rurouni Kenshin also has bits of romance. If I tell you much more about their similarities, I'll ruin the series, but they are very similar in every sense but the differences between shojo and shonen. 
reportRecommended by yaoisnotgay
Even though the topics are not similiar at all it has got a very similar feel to it. Probably because the execution of the arcs/basic storyline is the same. 
reportRecommended by kujika
Both manga are set in a fictionalized version of feudal Japan and center around a warrior who seeks to atone for and/or escape from a life defined by violence and murder. 
reportRecommended by Uriel1988
Kenshin and Koro-sensei were destructive monsters in the past, but in present day, changed themselves to help the people around them. However, their lives are targeted by people from their past as well as new enemies made in the present. The supporting characters in both series learn from and are influenced by the aforementioned protagonists and have their own battles to face. An important theme in both series is an emphasis on not killing but disabling your opponent in order to defend yourself and those important to you. 
reportRecommended by xxxATiON
The story seems similar as in the protagonist has a very large potential for personal gain yet instead uses their abilities to help others arounf them. In Trigun, Vash wanders from place to place while in Rurouni Kenshin, Kenshin wanders after the war like Vash does. Also in both mangas, the main character is drawn towards a female character who at first resents and even gets extremely annoyed at them, but later warms up to them. 
reportRecommended by Cortez321
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. 
reportRecommended by lithiumflower
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. 
reportRecommended by chichiriNoDa
Both tell the story of two ronin samurai in conflict with their past,and during their wander they will fight strong enemies helping those who need it,in this point Kurogane is less ingenuous than Rurouni Kenshin and as plot more adult. 
reportRecommended by yakushi
Both stories feature leads living in a Japan of an era past where strife settled through the sword is still common thing. Yet they both seek to fight in a way to protect people. 
reportRecommended by fiore777
The background for Kenshin and Gintoki is pretty much the same. Once feared as a demon in the battlefield they disappeared from the world with the ending of the war. Years later they return as a new man that resign from violence, but their past pursues them and they have to fight again to protect those important to them. 
reportRecommended by BlindNoldor
Same author, both take place in a historic setting: Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Era Embalming ~ The Another Tale of Frankenstein~: Victorian England Once again, themes of revenge, betrayal, the sake of protecting someone are explored in Embalming, albeit a little differently than Rurouni Kenshin. Because it's by the same author, the battle scenes have the same flow and pacing. 
reportRecommended by xxxATiON
Rurouni Kenshin and Immortal Rain both begin with the female deuteragonist attacking the eponymous character. Kaoru and Machika learn later on who they really are and gradually fall in love with them. Kenshin and Rain are usually easy-going, goofy, clumsy, and very, very kind, but will become serious and ready to defend those important to them. Both have a dark past and enemies who they must confront if it means living peacefully with those who have become like a family to them. 
reportRecommended by xxxATiON
The main characters are similar, in that they both have dark pasts that they are trying to put behind them and set right. Also, both manga have sword fighting and are shounen. 
reportRecommended by Shioxus
They both feature very similar drawing. When I read Fullmetal Alchemist first, I immediately thought of Kenshin because they are so similar.Even more, the plot shares a similar core. If you liked one of them, reading the other is definitively something to consider. 
reportRecommended by Timarda
Noragami is Rurouni Kenshin with spirits and gods instead of samurai. There are many parallels, such as a the vow not to "kill" anymore. I loved both, and since the artwork is completely different, Noragami reads like an updated version of RK. It is not plagiarism at all, it is a honest, appreciative nod to a classic. 
reportRecommended by Tetragon
Both mangas have a similiar story line about "the strongest" who lost his powers in some kind of event and gets them back piece after piece as the story progress 
reportRecommended by MrMiyamura
While both manga have their differences, they are surprisingly similar. Both are historical and have a message of nonviolence. Kenshin and Thorfinn have almost identical backstories. SPOILER: However, while in Rurouni Kenshin we are introduced to Kenshin, who has already come to his decision to embrace a pacifist lifestyle, Vinland Saga is about how Thorfinn arrives at the same conclusion. Both manga are top quality with an enticing plot, wonderful characters and great action sequences. However, it's important to note that Rurouni Kenshin is shounen and Vinland Saga is seinen. If you're new, that means that RK is aimed to an audience of younger teenagers  read more 
reportRecommended by eccomi
Both have male protagonists with unique swords and both are often underestimated. Both protagonists fight to protect people. both have orange hair. 
reportRecommended by chevy-2k12
- Both have heroes that change their ways - Beautiful artwork that is easily noticeable - Lots of action scenes 
reportRecommended by Rance-sama
They both involve sword fighting and the techniques from Gamaran remind me of Rurouni Kenshin. They both have their own certain fighting style. Trust me if you liked Kenshin you're 100% going to like Gamaran it's going to be the next best thing. 
reportRecommended by iAMGeno
PLEASE READ~ It's hard to make a recommendation for "Ruler of the Land" because it is awesome in its own way. Both ROTL and Kenshin are great fantasy historical battle manga. While Kenshin is great at story and characters, ROTL is better as a comedy and introduces a wide range of characters with SUPER COOL BATTLE TECHNIQUES. Number one recommendation! 
reportRecommended by mastertek
Opposite sides of the Ishin-Shishi/pro-Shogunate clash of the Bakumatsu and, in Ruroken's case, into the Meiji period. Because Ruroken deals with the aftermath of pro-sonno joi activism and SIMP centres around Bakumatsu era Shinsengumi action, it's like they tell the same story from opposing sides. For anyone interested in Japanese history, it might be fun to try a different perspective. 
reportRecommended by lithiumflower
Both series are action/fighting-based period pieces -- though different eras -- set in the wake of a changing age. Likewise, both deal with the clash between those trying to find their way in changing times and those clinging to and attempting to revive a past that allowed them to prosper through violence. 
reportRecommended by lithiumflower
Somewhere I read that the two manga artists worked together before they became famous. Let's just say their styles have major simularities. 
reportRecommended by Yemi_Hikari
Meiji Period dramas revolving around the decline of the samurai class as Japan opened its gates to the outside world. In particular, the conflict between samurai and police officers (with a ninja or two thrown in) may seem familiar. Donten ni Warau is more of a fantasy story than the action-packed Rurouni Kenshin, but it does include exciting fight scenes and some wacky characters wielding unusual weapons. Also, both series manage to balance their sad or serious moments with hilarious slapstick humour.  
reportRecommended by m0g
If you are a die-hard fan of Rurouni Kenshin, you like swords, and you want to see the Shinsengumi aspect of the Bakumatsu, Peacemaker Kurogane is the perfect manga for you. Drawn by the talented Chrono Nanae, this follows the stories of the Shinsengumi members, and contains all the action, sword-fighting, and gun-toting you'll ever need, with a splash of fictionalized characters. You won't be disappointed. 
reportRecommended by Ayalicious
Both titles set in Japan the golden age of Japan. Both titles contain plenty of Sword and Ninja action with excellent artwork 
reportRecommended by kuglefang
Pasts twisted by the dark feelings over spilled blood haunt the expert swordsmen protagonists in both manga. As they struggle to leave their pasts behind them by committing themselves to promoting the good of society and holding a blade against the violence promoted by evil men distorted by the bloody revolution. These two manga are a must read for every reader out there. 
reportRecommended by arimakenshin
Both series are based in a much older time within the country of Japan and have a very historical feel. Not to mention, there is also romance in both: more so in Rurouni Kenshin than Sakuran. 
reportRecommended by Pyapi
They both take place in the late Warring States Era of Japan and..... Samon just kinda reminded me of Kenshin, cause they're both swordsman and they have long red hair. That's pretty much it... :P 
reportRecommended by Bellatrix510
The story seems similar as in the protagonist has a very large potential for personal gain yet instead uses their abilities to help others arounf them. In Trigun, Vash wanders from place to place while in Rurouni Kenshin, Kenshin wanders after the war like Vash does. Also in both mangas, the main character is drawn towards a female character who at first resents and even gets extremely annoyed at them, but later warms up to them. 
reportRecommended by Cortez321
This is the original traveling samurai adventure. This series is based on the same stories as the "Zatoichi" blind samurai live action film series. If you like samurai adventure, this is an excellent choice. 
reportRecommended by nihon
The male lead characters of the manga combat the gifted, fatally flawed antagonists and the supernatural as you follow them on their journeys to protect whom they love and cherish. 
reportRecommended by arimakenshin
Shounen-mangas with very strong maincharacters. Both try to make the world better with their fighting skills. Not to mention that Hokuto no ken was a huge influence to Kenshin. :) 
reportRecommended by SixPool