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Rurouni Kenshin: Wandering Samurai 

Rurôni Kenshin -Meiji kenkaku romantan (original title)
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The adventures of a young wandering swordsman who stumbles upon a struggling martial arts school in Meiji era Japan.
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Series cast summary:
Mayo Suzukaze ...  Himura Kenshin / ... 95 episodes, 1996-1998
Richard Cansino ...  Himura Kenshin / ... 95 episodes, 1996-1998
Dorothy Elias-Fahn ...  Kaoru 95 episodes, 1996-1998
Rebecca Forstadt ...  Kori Kamiya (Sony Samurai X dub) 95 episodes, 1996-1998
Mîna Tominaga ...  Yahiko Myôjin 94 episodes, 1996-1998
Brianne Brozey ...  Yoshi (Sony Samurai X dub) / ... 93 episodes, 1996-1998
Derek Stephen Prince ...  Sanosuke Sagara (Sony Samurai X dub) 92 episodes, 1996-1998
Dean Wein ...  Shikijo (2000) 92 episodes, 1996-1998
Dina Sherman Dina Sherman ...  Ayame 26 episodes, 1996
Dan Lorge ...  Chief Officer / ... 25 episodes, 1996
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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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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

1999 (USA) See more »

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(95 episodes)

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Quotes

Sanosuke Sagara: I wouldn't mind picking a fight for a change. Usually, I don't have any choice about who I fight with, but I can't stand watching people abuse those weaker than them. Something about that sort of bugs me. Especially when it's a bunch of hypocrites talking about the virtues of freedom and justice for all. That really pisses me off.
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The version aired on Cartoon Network's Toonami edits out profanity, blood and some violence. See more »

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Followed by Rurouni Kenshin: Requiem for the Ishin Patriots (1997) See more »

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Sobakasu
Performed by Yuki Isoya, Takuya Asanuma, Yoshihito Onda and Kohta Igarashi (as Judy and Mary)
Lyrics by Yuki Isoya (as Yuki)
Composed by Kaito Onta
Opening Theme: Episodes 1-38
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Samurai Action at it's Best
31 March 2001 | by SkyrcketSee all my reviews

If you're looking for a great samurai story it doesn't get much better that Ruroni Kenshin.

Kenshin is just about the best samurai to ever pick up a blade, but now that Japan has settled into the peaceful Meiji period guys like him are no long needed. In fact, ex-samurai are scorned by the public in general. So Kenshin sets out to try and find a normal life for himself. In time Kenshin finds a home and friends in a Tokyo dojo but ghosts from his past keep popping up as do people out to destroy the new government. Kenshin, who has vowed never to kill again, isn't about to let anyone disrupt the new life he's built for himself. So such times come he reluctantly heads out to knock some heads.

I really just can't get over how great this show is. Richly draw characters, great action, compelling stories, romance, humor and more all set against a very real felling backdrop of late 1870's Japan. RK works not only as a good anime, but historical show as well.

One other thing I like about the show is the villains. RK's creator (whose name escapes me at the moment) is an admitted fan of American comics and you can see that in some of the villains. Psycho killer Jin-E bears an (pardon the expression) uncanny resemblence to Gambit from the X-Men. I've also seem elements of characters like Spawn, Wolverine, Omega Red, the Absorbing Man, the Incredible Hulk and Daredevil in some bad guys. Really cool.

In short, Kenshin is a show that belongs on the shelf of anyone who calls themself an anime fan.


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