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April 20, 2008

Samurai x

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Kenshin Meiji Kenkaku Romantan?)[1] is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Nobuhiro Watsuki with an anime adaptation. The fictional setting takes place during the early Meiji period in Japan. The English-language versions of the OVAs as well the film is released as Samurai X, although the original title was included in the DVD releases. The story is about a fictional assassin named Himura Kenshin, formerly known as the “Hitokiri Battōsai(人斬り抜刀斎 English TV “Battosai the Manslayer”?).[2] Kenshin later grieves for all the lives he has taken, and vows that he will never kill again.

The manga initially appeared in Shueisha‘s Weekly Shonen Jump from September 2, 1994, to November 4, 1999. The complete work consists of 28 tankōbon volumes which have sold over 47 million copies in Japan as of 2007.[3] The United States release of the manga has been completed by Viz Media. Rurouni Kenshin is subtitled “Wandering Samurai” in some English releases, as a rough translation of “Rurouni.”

Writer Kaoru Shizuka has written an official Rurouni Kenshin novel titled Voyage to the Moon World. The novel has been translated by Viz and distributed in the United States and Canada.

Plot introduction

A young woman named Kamiya Kaoru mistakes Kenshin for a murderer known as “Hitokiri Battōsai“. However, when she notices Kenshin’s reverse-bladed sword, or sakabatō, she comes to the conclusion that he could not be the murderer. Kenshin saves her from certain death in battle against the real murderer, who claims to be a practitioner of Kamiya Kasshin Ryū, Kaoru’s own style, while using the name “Hitokiri Battōsai“. Kenshin takes her back to her dojo and Kaoru tells him of recent events while a man named Hiruma Kihei patches up her arm. Later, it turns out that Kihei and the murderer, whose real name is Hiruma Gohei, were working together to compel Kaoru to sell the dojo. The brothers Hiruma take Kaoru hostage and send their henchmen to attack Kenshin, who takes them all on with his superior speed and sword skill. Before destroying Kaoru’s dojo floor with Gohei’s face, Kenshin tells everyone that “Hitokiri Battosai” doesn’t use Kamiya Kasshin Ryū, but an ancient style of the Sengoku era that pits one against many: Hiten Mitsurugi-Ryū. If not for such a sword, the body count would increase tenfold” (Watsuki 46). Thus having revealed his identity, Kenshin makes ready to leave — until Kaoru asks for his name and for him to stay.


See also: List of minor Rurouni Kenshin characters
See also: List of villains in Rurouni Kenshin

Usage note: Character names are given in Japanese order with the given name after the family name. The English anime uses the Western order (family name after the given name) while the English manga uses the Japanese order.

Watsuki, in each tankōbon, details the creation of the characters, as well as the influences he had for the characters’ personalities and designs. Influences include historical figures (prominently seen with members of the Shinsengumi) and fictional sources including X-Men, Marvel characters, and SNK video games characters; when Watsuki uses SNK video games as inspiration he mainly uses Samurai Shodown and Last Blade ones.[5][6]

Main characters

Himura Kenshin

Himura Kenshin is an ex-hitokiri with the title “Hitokiri Battōsai. During the story Kenshin wanders around Japan to help those in need in order to atone for the murders he committed during the Bakumatsu. When he arrives in Tokyo, Kenshin meets a young woman named Kamiya Kaoru who invites him to live in her dojo despite finding out that Kenshin is a hitokiri. Significant instances transpire from that point, and Kenshin establishes lifelong relationships with many people, including ex-enemies.

Kamiya Kaoru

Kaoru is the teacher from a kendo school from Tokyo called Kamiya Kasshin-Ryū. The school starts to lose all its students when a thief from the city starts killing a large number of people and claims to be the “Hitokiri Battōsai from the Kamiya Kasshin-Ryū“. Kaoru encounters him but before being killed by him she is saved by the real Hitokiri Battōsai, now a wanderer, Himura Kenshin, to whom she offers to stay in her dojo.

Sagara Sanosuke

Sanosuke is a former member of the Sekihotai who becomes a fighter-for-hire after its destruction. During his introduction he encounters Kenshin, who defeats him easily and makes him note he was just fighting to delete his anger. Since that moment, Sanosuke becomes a friend of Kenshin and also his partner.

Myōjin Yahiko

Yahiko is an orphan from a samurai family and works as a thief to live. When he meets Kenshin, he decides to quit and becomes a student from the Kamiya Kasshin-Ryū wishing to become as strong as Kenshin. As the series progressess, Yahiko becomes skilled at the swordmanship and comes to face many opponents.

Takani Megumi

Megumi is a woman who lost her family during the Boshin Wars. She created a advanced version of the opium and due to it, she started working to industrialist called Takeda Kanryū to produce more. When Kanryū is arrested, Megumi becomes a doctor and a friend of Kenshin.

Shinomori Aoshi
Saitō Hajime
Makimachi Misao

Misao is an Oniwabanshu that lived with Shinomori Aoshi during her childhood. Misao appears in the story after Kenshin goes to Kyoto alone. She finds out that Kenshin met Aoshi and stays with him to know about the development of Aoshi.

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