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Rurouni Kenshin: Wandering Samurai 

Rurôni Kenshin -Meiji kenkaku romantan (original title)
The adventures of a young wandering swordsman who stumbles upon a struggling martial arts school in Meiji era Japan.
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Mayo Suzukaze ...
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 Himura Kenshin / ... 94 episodes, 1996-1998
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 Shikijo (2000) 92 episodes, 1996-1998
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Dan Lorge ...
 Chief Officer / ... 25 episodes, 1996
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 Yahiko (1996-1998) 24 episodes, 1996
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Storyline

A man slayer, Kenshin Himura, who played a major role in defeating Tokugawa Shogunate of feudal Japan carries his reverse blade sword (with a promise not to slay anymore). He embarks on a quest to repent for his sins by helping the innocent. He lodges in Kamia Kashin dojo where he becomes an acquaintance of Kaorou, the assistant instructor of the dojo. After being saved by Kenshin from mafia, a stubborn young boy, Yahiko Myojin joins the dojo as a student. Sanousuke, a victim of war becomes an acquaintance of Kenshin after losing to him in a duel. Together with his new friends, Kenshin carries out his ideal of helping the innocent. A series of events unfold that questions his ideal of living for the innocent and not slaying men. Kenshin faces every opponent with his reverse blade to uphold justice. Written by kumar29nov1992@gmail.com

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The story of the Samurai!


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17 March 2003 (USA)  »

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(95 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

There are two dubbed versions of Rurouni Kenshin. There is the official dub but there is also Samurai X which features different dialogue and different english speaking voice actors. Also, most notable about the differences between the two dubs is that Samurai X features different names for most of the characters i.e. Kaoru is called Kori and Yahiko is called Yoshi. See more »

Quotes

Hajime Saitoh: You train a dog with food. You can buy a person with money. But there isn't a man alive able to influence the Wolf of Mibu.
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Soundtracks

Kimi ni Fureru Dake de
Performed by Curio
Lyrics by Nob
Composed by Aja
Arranged by Curio and Masae Sakuma
Opening Theme: Episodes 83-94
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One of the essential Anime titles for the anime fan.
28 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

Ruroni Kenshin (Known in Samurai X in the US) is one of the greatest animes of all time. Ruroni Kenshin has everything an anime fan could want: a compelling story, interesting characters, and equal amounts of bloodshed and character development. I have seen a few episodes of the subtitled version and the first two OAV's "Trust" and "Betrayal.

I recommend both of them, but the subtitled version is much better.

If you haven't seen it before, then buy it (don't rent) and add it to your anime collection. It is an essential anime title for the anime fan I also recommend Ghost in the shell, Ninja scroll, the Dragonball Z and Gundam series


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