Rurouni Kenshin (JP)

Rurouni Kenshin (JP)

Kenshin Himura was a merciless swordsman known as Hitokiri Battousai during the civil war. He has helped to bring down the Tokugawa era which is then ushered into the Meiji period. Many people want to hire him for his skills or kill him as revenge for his past deeds. Kenshin himself grieves for the lives that he has taken, and has vowed that he will never kill another human being again.

Ten years after the war, he has become a wanderer who has dedicates his life to help and protects those who couldn't protect themselves as a way to repent for his past sins. His life changes after meeting a tough young woman named, Kaoru Kamiya. Together with their new found friends, Sanosuke Sagara and Yahiko Myoujin, they fight those who are oppressing the weak and threatening the peace of the country.

Opening Theme:
#01: Sobakasu - Judy & Mary (eps 1-38) (Lyrics)
#02: ½ - Makoto Kawamoto (eps 39-82) (Lyrics)
#03: Kimi Ni Fureru Dake De - Curio (eps 83-95) (Lyrics)

Ending Theme:
#01: Tactics - The Yellow Monkey (eps 1-12) (Lyrics)
#02: Namida wa Shitte iru - Mayo Suzukaze (eps 13-27) (Lyrics)
#03: Heart of Sword - T.M. Revolution (eps 28-38,43-49) (Lyrics)
#04: Fourth Avenue Cafe - L'Arc~En~Ciel (eps 39-42) (Lyrics)
#05: It's Gonna Rain - Bonnie Pink (eps 50-66) (Lyrics)
#06: 1/3 no Junjou na Kanjou - Siam Shade (eps 67-82) (Lyrics)
#07: Dame - You Izumi (eps 83-95) (Lyrics)

#01: Samurai X: Requiem for the Ishin Shishi ~1997
#02: Samurai X: Trust and Betrayal (Reminiscence) ~ 1999
#03: Samurai X: Reflection (Seisouhen) ~ 2001

The guide for Rurouni Kenshin's dubbed version airing in the U.S., can be found here.

Episode Info

Final: Movie -- Samurai X: The Motion Picture (Dec/20/1997) [Special Runtime: 90 Min.]

Himura Kenshin is a protector who goes around to get forgiveness for his sins. He arrives in Tokyo where he meets Kamilya Kaoru, a woman who is in a fight with a murderer. He helps her. Kaoru finds out that Kenshin is an assassin, but she gives him shelter because she knows he is not a killer like he is made to be. Along the way, he befriends Sagara Sanosuke (an ex-Sekihō Army member), Myōjin Yahiko (an orphan) and a doctor named Takani Megumi.

Together they get through a vast amount of enemies along the way to bringing peace to their town. One of the enemies in particular is the former leader of the Oniwabanshū, Shinomori Aoshi. When someone close to Kenshin's heart is killed, he seeks revenge to any, if not all people who've had a hand in her demise.
Mayo SuzukazeMayo Suzukaze
voiced Kenshin Himura
Mayo SuzukazeMayo Suzukaze
voiced Kenshin Himura
Miki FujitaniMiki Fujitani
voiced Kaoru Kamiya
Yuuji Ueda (1)Yuuji Ueda (1)
voiced Sanosuke Sagara
Yuuji Ueda (1)Yuuji Ueda (1)
voiced Sanosuke Sagara
Miina TominagaMiina Tominaga
voiced Yahiko Myoujin
Miina TominagaMiina Tominaga
voiced Yahiko Myoujin
Mika DoiMika Doi
voiced Megumi Takani
Mika DoiMika Doi
voiced Megumi Takani
Tomo SakuraiTomo Sakurai
voiced Misao Makimachi



Reviews: 6
Simply IrresistibleRating: 3 likes, 0 dislikes

Rurouni Kenshin has a great storyline, characters development and above all, incredible sword fights. The combat sequences remain one of the best depictions of samurai fight ever in an anime, especially the duel between Kenshin and Shishio Makoto. But don't be fool; this anime is quite funny too, even in its serious atmosphere. The songs in the anime such as Hearts of Sword by T.M. Revolution, Tactics by Yellow Monkey and 4th Avenue Cafe by L'arc en Ciel will always be my favorite anime songs. However, the show begins to go downhill, once the Kyoto arc ends. The rest of the show is kind of a letdown since those episodes are not from the manga. Without reading the manga, you'll finish the series with a sense of it being incomplete. Read more

Review posted on Wednesday, October 18th 2006 at 3:34 am

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Mayumi Tanaka as Yutaro Tsukayama (12 eps)
Sumi Shimamoto as Tae (10 eps)
Takehito Koyasu as Jinpuu (10 eps)
Yasuyoshi Hara as Anji Yukuyama (10 eps)
Nobuyuki Hiyama as Daigoro Okuma (8 eps)
Masaaki Ohkura as Shobu Santou (8 eps)
Hidetoshi Nakamura as Kaiou (8 eps)
Nobuo Tobita as Kanryu Takeda (7 eps)
Kousei Yagi as Kaishu Katsu (7 eps)
Hiroko Kasahara as Sayo Magdalia (7 eps)

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Network: Fuji TV ( Japan)
Type: Animation
Genres: Anime, Action, Adventure
Status: Canceled/Ended
Runtime: 25 Minutes
Language: Japanese
Premiere: January 10, 1996
Ended: September 08, 1998
• Kenshin le Vagabond (Used In France)
• Kenshin Samurai Vagabondo (Official Title), (Used In Italy)
• Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan (Used In Japan)
• Samurai X (Used In Hong Kong)
• Samurajai X (Official Title), (Used In Lithuania)
• Samuray X (Official Title), (Used In Turkey)
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