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In this Japanese name, the family name is Himura.
Himura Kenshin
Rurouni Kenshin character
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Himura Kenshin by Nobuhiro Watsuki
First appearance Rurouni Kenshin manga Act 1: Kenshin ● Himura Battōsai
Rurouni Kenshin anime episode 1
Voiced by Japanese
Megumi Ogata (CD book)
Mayo Suzukaze (anime)[1]
English
Richard Cansino (anime, Credited
as Richard Hayworth)[2]
J. Shanon Weaver (OVA)[3]
Profile
Age 28[4]
Date of birth June 20, 1849[4]
Occupation Former hitokiri
Known relatives Yukishiro Tomoe (late wife, deceased)
Yukishiro Enishi (ex-brother-in-law)
Kamiya Kaoru (wife)
Himura Kenji (son)
.Himura Kenshin (緋村 剣心 ?), known as Kenshin Himura in the English-language anime dubs,[5] is a fictional character from the Rurouni Kenshin universe created by Nobuhiro Watsuki.^ Rurouni Kenshin Episode 93 English Dubbed [veoh] .
  • TVOKAY - Anime Streaming - Rurouni Kenshin 16 January 2010 2:53 UTC tvokay.com [Source type: General]

^ Rurouni Kenshin Episode 27 English Dubbed [megavideo] .
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^ Rurouni Kenshin Episode 59 English Dubbed [veoh] .
  • TVOKAY - Anime Streaming - Rurouni Kenshin 16 January 2010 2:53 UTC tvokay.com [Source type: General]

.He is the main protagonist of the manga and anime series, as well as the related media in the franchise.^ Favorite manga/anime series .
  • Favorite Kenshin Character. - Anime Forum dot Com 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC www.animeforum.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Anime and manga series Views .
  • Samurai X - Wikiquote 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Himura Kenshin (緋村 剣心, Himura Kenshin ) is a fictional character in the anime and manga series Rurouni Kenshin created by Nobuhiro Watsuki and the main protagonist of the franchise, as well as its title character.
  • Rurouni Kenshin/Himura Kenshin - Animepedia, for everything Anime - a Wikia wiki 16 January 2010 2:53 UTC anime.wikia.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.When creating Kenshin, Watsuki designed him to be the physical opposite of Hiko Seijūrō, a character that appears in Watsuki's first one-shot manga, "Crescent Moon in the Warring States"; a character with the same name appears in Rurouni Kenshin as Kenshin's swordsmanship teacher.^ Which Rurouni Kenshin character are you?
  • Which Rurouni Kenshin character are you? - Forums Atari Europe 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC forums.eu.atari.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Kenshin coldly reminds him that his name is Himura Kenshin, and that he's a Rurouni.
  • Rurouni Kenshin: Reverse-Blade Sword vs. Zanbatou episode on TV.com 16 January 2010 2:53 UTC www.tv.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Rurouni Kenshin is a manga and anime series created by Nobuhiro Watsuki.
  • SPECTRUM NEXUS · Anime Reviews · Rurouni Kenshin: Tsuiokuhen OVA 16 January 2010 2:53 UTC www.thespectrum.net [Source type: General]

.Kenshin's story is set in a fictional version of Japan during the Meiji period.^ The story of Rurouni Kenshin takes place during the early Meiji period in Japan.
  • DBZ-Zone: Watch and Stream Full English Dubbed Rurouni Kenshin Episodes Online 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC www.dbz-zone.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ After participating during the Bakumatsu war, Kenshin wanders the countryside of Japan offering protection and aid to those in need, as atonement for the murders he once committed as an assassin.
  • DBZ-Zone: Watch and Stream Full English Dubbed Rurouni Kenshin Episodes Online 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC www.dbz-zone.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan Rurouni Kenshin tells the story of a wandering samurai named Kenshin, formerly nicknamed the Hitokiri Battousai (loosely translated to "Battousai the Manslayer") from the Revolution that took place during the dying days of the Tokugawa Shogunate near the end of the 19th century in Japan.
  • anime.mikomi.org - Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC anime.mikomi.org [Source type: General]

.Kenshin is a former legendary assassin known as "Hitokiri Battōsai" (人斬り抜刀斎 ?)[note 1] (rendered as Battousai the manslayer in the Media Blasters English anime dub,[5] as Battousai: The Slasher in the Sony English dub,[8] and as The Unsheather on the Japanese kanzenban covers).^ After Kamiya Kaoru discovers that Kenshin is the Battōsai, she offers him a place stay at her dojo as she notes Kenshin is a gentle person instead.
  • DBZ-Zone: Watch and Stream Full English Dubbed Rurouni Kenshin Episodes Online 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC www.dbz-zone.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ As for the translation, well, both subtitles and dubbed tracks have translation variations to the original versions - the language structure of Japanese and English is very different so it is hard to get a direct translation.
  • Pisoga -Anime4f - Watch Anime Online, Episodes, Stream: Rurouni Kenshin 19 September 2009 1:31 UTC www.anime4f.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Kaoru is in pursuit of a man who claims to be the Battousai, and at first believes Kenshin is the man, but after seeing Kenshin’s clumsiness and “sakabato” (“reverse blade sword”), she decides he can’t possibly be the legendary manslayer.

At the end of the Bakumatsu, he becomes a wandering samurai, now wielding a sakabatō (逆刃刀 ?, lit. ."reverse-blade sword"), a katana that has the cutting edge on the inwardly curved side of the sword, thus being nearly incapable of killing.^ The edge of the reverse blade.

^ Reverse blade--a sword with the ordinary blade and flat edge reversed.

^ He carries a "sakabatou" (a sword with the blade reversed so he cannot kill his opponents, only knock them unconscious) because he has vowed to himself never to kill again and uses the sword technique called "Hitenmitsuryugiryuu" ("Strike of the Flying Dragon").
  • [un]Offical Rurouni Kenshin FAQ & Questions - Other Anime - Adult Swim 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC boards.adultswim.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Kenshin wanders the countryside of Japan offering protection and aid to those in need, as atonement for the murders he once committed as an assassin.^ After participating during the Bakumatsu war, Kenshin wanders the countryside of Japan offering protection and aid to those in need, as atonement for the murders he once committed as an assassin.
  • DBZ-Zone: Watch and Stream Full English Dubbed Rurouni Kenshin Episodes Online 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC www.dbz-zone.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ It tells the story of a peaceful wanderer named Himura Kenshin, formerly known as the assassin Hitokiri Battōsai.
  • DBZ-Zone: Watch and Stream Full English Dubbed Rurouni Kenshin Episodes Online 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC www.dbz-zone.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Kenshin Himura, once a Imperial assassin, is now the only man the stands between peace and renewed war.
  • Amazon.com: Rurouni Kenshin Wandering Samurai - Premium Box 1: Mayo Suzukaze, Miki Fujitani, Yûji Ueda, Mîna Tominaga, Mika Doi, Yoku Shioya, Kaori Yuasa, Noriko Namiki, Hirotaka Suzuoki, Yoshito Yasuhara, Tomo Sakurai, Taiki Matsuno, Masaaki Ishikawa, Hiroshi Takemura (II), Mayumi Akado, Hidehiro Kikuchi, Norihisa Mori, Masami Suzuki, Sumi Shimamoto, Yûki Nakao, Kazuhiro Furuhashi, Kaeko Sakamoto: Movies & TV 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC www.amazon.com [Source type: General]

.In Tokyo, he meets a young woman named Kamiya Kaoru, who invites him to live in her dojo despite learning about Kenshin's past.^ Saitoh would have to learn this about him.
  • Comrades 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC www.pacifier.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Kaoru invites Kenshin to stay, telling him that she doesn't care about his past.
  • Rurouni Kenshin/Himura Kenshin - Animepedia, for everything Anime - a Wikia wiki 16 January 2010 2:53 UTC anime.wikia.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ "Is your name Kamiya Kaoru?"
  • kuroiyousei - Never By Chance 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC kuroiyousei.net [Source type: Original source]

.Throughout the series, Kenshin begins to establish lifelong relationships with many people, including ex-enemies, while dealing with his fair share of enemies, new and old.^ Kenshin accepts and begins to establish lifelong relationships with many people, including ex-enemies, while dealing with his fair share of enemies, new and old.
  • DBZ-Zone: Watch and Stream Full English Dubbed Rurouni Kenshin Episodes Online 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC www.dbz-zone.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ WHAT ARE ALL THE STORY ARCS? In my eyes there's three main story arcs in the series, not including the special Yahiko story or the Kenshin Kadan.
  • [un]Offical Rurouni Kenshin FAQ & Questions - Other Anime - Adult Swim 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC boards.adultswim.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Rurouni Kenshin had lots of miscellaneous books dealing with the series.
  • Serizawa Kamo's Rurouni Kenshin Translation Index 16 January 2010 2:53 UTC victorian.fortunecity.com [Source type: Original source]

.Through these encounters and relationships, Kenshin begins to find true atonement for his past enabling him to fully conquer his "Battōsai" nature.^ After Kamiya Kaoru discovers that Kenshin is the Battōsai, she offers him a place stay at her dojo as she notes Kenshin is a gentle person instead.
  • DBZ-Zone: Watch and Stream Full English Dubbed Rurouni Kenshin Episodes Online 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC www.dbz-zone.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Since Kenshin had already hazard an accurate guess about him and did not seem to mind, perhaps it would be better to reveal his dark past to him.
  • Twist of Time - Part 8 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC rurouni.tripod.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Kenshin accepts and begins to establish lifelong relationships with many people, including ex-enemies, while dealing with his fair share of enemies, new and old.
  • DBZ-Zone: Watch and Stream Full English Dubbed Rurouni Kenshin Episodes Online 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC www.dbz-zone.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Kenshin's character was well received by fans, with his holding the top spot in all reader popularity polls for the series.^ Kenshin's character is the same as well when Kaoru didn't think at first glance and personality he could be the legendary manslayer.
  • Rurouni Kenshin - Fact or Fiction - Other Anime - Adult Swim 16 January 2010 2:53 UTC boards.adultswim.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ It's all about character, yours in particular Rurouni Kenshin Seisouhen 1 and 2 karou fighting stuff How do we read (count...
  • Rurouni Kenshin [Archive] - Animeboards.com Forums 16 January 2010 2:53 UTC animeboards.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Rurouni Kenshin, unlike the OVAs which have a more serious tone, has a lot of comedy in it, which I think was placed quite well in the series.

.Critics of the series praised his personality, though some complained about his development during the original video animation (OVA) series, which differs from the manga.^ Difference between the ova and tv series?
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^ Anonymous "At least Wuffie wouldn't have to worry about Duo Pranks..he'd have to worry about another person though ^_^" - Kobura Doragon Votes received so far: 3 .

^ Sanosuke* Is anyone excited about the manga series getting licensed?
  • Anime Web Turnpike - Web Forums - Rurouni Kenshin: what do you like about it? 16 January 2010 2:53 UTC forum.anipike.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.A variety of collectibles based around Kenshin have been created, including figurines, key chains, plushies, and replicas of his sakabatō sword.^ During Sanoske's second fight with Kenshin he's tossed around and hit with enough blows that even with a reverse-blade sword he would probably have a lot of cuts.
  • Rurouni Kenshin - Television Tropes & Idioms 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: Original source]

^ This classic and intricately designed replica sword is a sure eye catcher even for persons who aren’t interesting in sword collection.
  • Top 10 Badass Swords - Listverse 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC listverse.com [Source type: General]

^ For fellow Kenshin fans: the design matches Kenshin's sword in the manga flawlessly; it's a perfect replica.
  • WeaponMasters - Swords - Reverse Blade Katana 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC www.weaponmasters.com [Source type: Original source]

Contents

Creation and conception

Redesign of Kenshin in the kanzenban series.
.Watsuki discovered and used the story of Kawakami Gensai, a hitokiri (人斬り ?, literally "manslayer") executed by the Meiji Government.^ Gensai kawakami was executed because he was 2 good.
  • Rurouni Kenshin - Fact or Fiction - Other Anime - Adult Swim 16 January 2010 2:53 UTC boards.adultswim.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ "Hitokiri" quite literally means manslayer as "hito" means person and "kiri" means cut or kill.
  • Rurouni Kenshin - Fact or Fiction - Other Anime - Adult Swim 16 January 2010 2:53 UTC boards.adultswim.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ You follow the story of Himura Kenshin, who used to be known as "Battousai the Manslayer."
  • anime.mikomi.org - Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC anime.mikomi.org [Source type: General]

.According to Watsuki, when he found that Kawakami maintained a duty to his dead comrades, he decided to create the title character.^ Himura Kenshin (緋村 剣心, Himura Kenshin ) is a fictional character in the anime and manga series Rurouni Kenshin created by Nobuhiro Watsuki and the main protagonist of the franchise, as well as its title character.
  • Rurouni Kenshin/Himura Kenshin - Animepedia, for everything Anime - a Wikia wiki 16 January 2010 2:53 UTC anime.wikia.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Lying Creator - Watsuki has admitted (in the sidebars titled "Watsuki is a liar"), among other things, that "rurouni" is a word he made up.
  • Rurouni Kenshin - Television Tropes & Idioms 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: Original source]

^ If Watsuki took the trouble to decide Saitou’s an O anyway, his idea of Saitou’s character must have included some latent altruism (of course, Hiko and Shishio are type Os too…).
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.Since Watsuki's debut work contained a tall, black-haired man in "showy" armor, the creator wanted to make a character "completely opposite" to the debut character and the new character ended up "coming out like a girl."^ The hero of my debut story was a tall handsome man with black hair and armor, so I tried to draw the exact opposite and ended up with a girl (laughs).
  • [un]Offical Rurouni Kenshin FAQ & Questions - Other Anime - Adult Swim 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC boards.adultswim.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Kyoto, with the coming of the American "Black Ships," there arose a warrior who, felling men with his bloodstained blade, gained the name Hitokiri, man slayer!
  • Manga Fox: Rurouni Kenshin Manga Series 16 January 2010 2:53 UTC www.mangafox.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Kyoto, with he coming of the American "Black Ships," there arose a warrior who, felling men with his bloodstained blade, gained the name Hitokiri , man slayer!
  • Rurouni Kenshin Manga - Read Rurouni Kenshin manga scans online. 16 January 2010 2:53 UTC www.onemanga.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.According to Watsuki, he used "no real motif" when creating Kenshin and placed a cross-shaped scar when "not knowing what else to do."^ I saw Kenshin's cross-shaped scar.
  • Rurouni Kenshin and the Lord of the Rings, a fanfic by John the Visionary, chapter 12 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC www.samizdat.com [Source type: Original source]

^ He has a cross-shaped scar on his left cheek.

^ A scar in the shape of a cross.
  • M.A.T.C.H.E.S - Rurouni Kenshin 16 January 2010 2:53 UTC angel.todandlorna.com [Source type: Original source]

[9] .At the end of the series, Kenshin appears with short hair.^ But by the end of the series, he acknowledges that Kenshin's gone down a different path, and calls off the blood feud between them.
  • Rurouni Kenshin - Television Tropes & Idioms 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: Original source]

^ She's stopped short as she gets a good look at Kenshin's kimono, which is absolutely covered in seam lines where all the cuts it's taken throughout the series have sewn up.
  • Rurouni Kenshin - Television Tropes & Idioms 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: Original source]

.Initially, Watsuki had planned to make his hair shorter before the end, however, he found this to be similar to the character Multi from To Heart.^ These support characters are the more stoic types (Wolfwood is moreso than Sanosuke, howeve) who balance the light-hearted attitudes of the leads.
  • Rurouni Kenshin | Anime-Planet 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC www.anime-planet.com [Source type: General]

^ But he found as he raised a hand behind his head in one of his typical casual gestures that he immediately started fingering his hair to make sure it was the same as always.
  • kuroiyousei - RK Fic - Rurouni's Kiss 16 January 2010 2:53 UTC kuroiyousei.net [Source type: Original source]

^ However, if Sanosuke had thought to make Saitou uncomfortable or angry by kissing him in front of everyone, the plan had failed miserably -- he'd enjoyed it quite a bit; he thought the boy had too.
  • kuroiyousei - (Up)Turning the Tables 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC kuroiyousei.net [Source type: Original source]

[10] .Watsuki based most of Kenshin's abilities on a real swordsman of the Tokugawa period named Matsubayashi Henyasai, who was skilled in acrobatic techniques.^ Reply to iyouboushi - Message ID#: 134350 Hey, if you have any questions about, real history during the period or what applies to Kenshin etc.
  • [un]Offical Rurouni Kenshin FAQ & Questions - Other Anime - Adult Swim 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC boards.adultswim.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Badass Decay - Raijuta was supposed to be a bigger threat until Watsuki remembered that Kenshin had already demonstrated the ability to dodge bullets.
  • Rurouni Kenshin - Television Tropes & Idioms 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: Original source]

^ MrHitokiri wrote: Hey, if you have any questions about, real history during the period or what applies to Kenshin etc.
  • [un]Offical Rurouni Kenshin FAQ & Questions - Other Anime - Adult Swim 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC boards.adultswim.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[11] .During his fight against Shishio Makoto's army, Kenshin is given a new sword with a sheath made of wood.^ Megumi(female doctor whoes family is or was from Aizu) and Yahiko Miojin (not sure bout the spelling on that) well, i have only seen up to the fight between Makoto Shishio and Kenshin (really cool fight by the way) oh yeah the "reverse blade sword" is also called a sakabato.
  • anime.mikomi.org - Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC anime.mikomi.org [Source type: General]

^ I plan on having a new sheath made soon.
  • WeaponMasters - Swords - Reverse Blade Katana 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC www.weaponmasters.com [Source type: Original source]

^ This trope is somewhat subverted, as all of Kenshin's allies all have differing abilities to use against the quirky miniboss squads, and still get their fair share of fights.
  • Rurouni Kenshin - Television Tropes & Idioms 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: Original source]

.Watsuki decided to redesign the sword to make it look as the first one Kenshin had in the series, though it is more difficult to draw.^ Though Kenshin is more serious, Trigun is surely a worthy recommendation.
  • Rurouni Kenshin | Anime-Planet 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC www.anime-planet.com [Source type: General]

^ More pretty, love-love stuff from the first OST. This one, like many of the gut guitar tracks, is very peaceful; I like it quite a bit.
  • kuroiyousei - Rurouni Kenshin Random 16 January 2010 2:53 UTC kuroiyousei.net [Source type: General]

^ Looking at the distance, Kenshin knew he'd never be able to make it.
  • M.A.T.C.H.E.S - Rurouni Kenshin 16 January 2010 2:53 UTC angel.todandlorna.com [Source type: Original source]

[12]
.During the development of the pilot chapter of the series, Rurouni, Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story, Watsuki and his editor argued over Kenshin's speech patterns; they settled for a "slangy" pattern.^ Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan This is an excellent series overall.
  • anime.mikomi.org - Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC anime.mikomi.org [Source type: General]

^ The story of Rurouni Kenshin takes place during the early Meiji period in Japan.
  • DBZ-Zone: Watch and Stream Full English Dubbed Rurouni Kenshin Episodes Online 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC www.dbz-zone.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ What did they do to Rurouni Kenshin???
  • What did they do to Rurouni Kenshin??? Cartoon network... - Q&A 16 January 2010 2:53 UTC www.faqs.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.For the final version of the first Romantic Story, Watsuki adjusted the dialogue; in his view, he made Kenshin sound "more as I prefer him now."^ The final episode is a silly romantic interlude where Kenshin and Kaoru go on a short trip and get stuck in the rain.
  • GreenCine | product main - Rurouni Kenshin Vol. 22: End Song (1997) 16 January 2010 2:53 UTC www.greencine.com [Source type: General]

^ Here we have a deviation that sounds more like something off the first soundtrack, what with the cheesy rock organ, cheerful synthesis, and goofy upbeat feeling.
  • kuroiyousei - Rurouni Kenshin Random 16 January 2010 2:53 UTC kuroiyousei.net [Source type: General]

^ He remembered when he was 16 he had already mastered Hiten Mitsuruugi Ryuu and on his way to become a legend but now he was nothing once more as he had to re-establish everything he was and get back at that old bat who made him who he was.
  • M.A.T.C.H.E.S - Rurouni Kenshin 16 January 2010 2:53 UTC angel.todandlorna.com [Source type: Original source]

[13] .Watsuki added Kenshin's trademark "oro" as a placeholder to be an expression of the English speech disfluency "huh". Watsuki notes that he was surprised at how much it caught on, and how much he ended up having Kenshin use the sound during the series.^ How much of Kenshin is there?
  • [un]Offical Rurouni Kenshin FAQ & Questions - Other Anime - Adult Swim 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC boards.adultswim.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Much later at the caf where we ended up, I was back to thinking of school and our esteemed classmates.
  • http://www.asnx.net/kenshin/chocolate.htm 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC www.asnx.net [Source type: Original source]

^ The English voice acting could use some work with Yahiko and pronunciation, and Kenshin's Japanese voice doesn't seem to...
  • Buy Rurouni Kenshin Manga DVD Anime - JustManga.com 16 January 2010 2:53 UTC www.justmanga.com [Source type: General]

[14] .Watsuki also planned to make Kenshin older than 30 years old; his editor commented that it was strange that the main character of a manga for teenagers was so old, so he made Kenshin 28 years old.^ While the star of Kurogane is younger, and his challenges not at the level of Kenshin 's main character, both are equally compelling narratives.
  • Rurouni Kenshin | Anime-Planet 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC www.anime-planet.com [Source type: General]

^ Odd Couple (Sanosuke teaming up with either Megumi and/or Saitou; Kenshin also remarks how unlikely it was that he, a former Imperialist, and Sano, an ex-Resistance member, can be trusted teammates) Older Than They Look : Kenshin is 28 years old, while his master Hiko is a whopping (by manga standards) 43 - but you'd never guess it.
  • Rurouni Kenshin - Television Tropes & Idioms 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Rurouni Kenshin Manga Translations Volume 1--Kenshin * Himura Battousai (from the front flap) Watsuki: I like the Ishin Shishi, but the truth is Im a big fan of the Shinsengumi .

[15]
.In the first Rurouni Kenshin kanzenban, published in Japan in July 2006, Watsuki included a draft page featuring a redesign of Kenshin's character.^ The first interview is featured in the Kenshin Hiden.
  • Serizawa Kamo's Rurouni Kenshin Translation Index 16 January 2010 2:53 UTC victorian.fortunecity.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Rurouni Kenshin Manga Translations Volume 1--Kenshin * Himura Battousai (from the front flap) Watsuki: I like the Ishin Shishi, but the truth is Im a big fan of the Shinsengumi .

^ Please support the publishers that bring our favorite manga titles to the US by purchasing the official Rurouni Kenshin manga volumes when they are available in your area.
  • Rurouni Kenshin Manga - Read Rurouni Kenshin manga scans online. 16 January 2010 2:53 UTC www.onemanga.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.To make his X-shaped scar more notable, Watsuki made it long enough to cross his nose.^ He has a cross-shaped scar on his left cheek.

^ That made perfect sense, of course, as Kamatari was a much more practiced cross-dresser than Saitou was.
  • kuroiyousei - (Up)Turning the Tables 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC kuroiyousei.net [Source type: Original source]

^ Watsuki has said more than once that Hiten Mitsurugi Ryu is a made up style, very little is known about Furanui Kenjutsu.
  • Rurouni Kenshin Forum FAQ - Page 4 - BJP Forums 16 January 2010 2:53 UTC www.boards.jp [Source type: General]

.Kenshin's hair is tied in two tails, which are flowing to make him look younger, but shorter, to be less androgynous.^ Kenshin goes out with the girls fishing and runs into a fisherman who tells him when he was younger he was always looking for the right technique with the sword and ended up losing to a woman who loved him and wished on the fireflies for his return.
  • anime.mikomi.org - Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC anime.mikomi.org [Source type: General]

^ Placing both hands on either of Kenshin's shoulders, he held the red-haired samurai close, breathing in the scent of him.
  • Comrades 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC www.pacifier.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Hmm...I wonder why Kenshin never attracts *normal* people to make trouble for him ;) If you haven't read "An Inn in Hokkaido" what are you waiting for!
  • Calger's Anime Shrine: Fanfiction: Prism Chapter 6 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC www.flame.org [Source type: Original source]

.Watsuki also added a habaki to Kenshin's sword to make it easier to draw by simplifying its structure, while also emphasizing strength.^ Kenshin had yet to draw his sword.
  • The Tabi That Were Worn to Shreds 16 January 2010 2:53 UTC sekihara.dreamhost.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The Sweat Drop Sword Lines Take That Me - Just like Watsuki, Kenshin has terrible handwriting.
  • Rurouni Kenshin - Television Tropes & Idioms 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: Original source]

[16] .Kenshin's hitokiri look was also redesigned slightly, by making his clothes more damaged and giving him Yukishiro Tomoe's neck scarf.^ Kenshin and Kaoru decide to give him and Megumi a little push together.
  • Lunaescence Archives :: Moderated Creative Writing Community 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC www.lunaescence.com [Source type: General]

^ I might have danced, Im not sure, but I dont remember him giving me any are you out of your mind looks, so maybe I didnt.
  • http://www.asnx.net/kenshin/chocolate.htm 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC www.asnx.net [Source type: Original source]

^ Looking at the distance, Kenshin knew he'd never be able to make it.
  • M.A.T.C.H.E.S - Rurouni Kenshin 16 January 2010 2:53 UTC angel.todandlorna.com [Source type: Original source]

[17]
.In the anime adaptation of Rurouni Kenshin, Watsuki's designs were combined with the voice talents of Mayo Suzukaze, a female seiyū.^ Rurouni Kenshin got me into anime.
  • Anime Web Turnpike - Web Forums - Rurouni Kenshin: what do you like about it? 16 January 2010 2:53 UTC forum.anipike.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Kenshin's seiyuu is Suzukaze Mayo.
  • Anime Web Turnpike - Web Forums - Rurouni Kenshin: what do you like about it? 16 January 2010 2:53 UTC forum.anipike.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ I thought Rurouni Kenshin was a good anime.

.In producing the English dub version of the series, Media Blasters considered following suit, with Mona Marshall considered as a finalist for voicing Kenshin.^ The series' rights were owned by Media Blasters.
  • [un]Offical Rurouni Kenshin FAQ & Questions - Other Anime - Adult Swim 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC boards.adultswim.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The only ones I can tolerate are Tactics and Heart of Sword; my sis and I can sing all of Tactics in English and all of Heart of Sword in Japanese :D I break my usual rule and watch Kenshin dubbed.
  • Anime Web Turnpike - Web Forums - Rurouni Kenshin: what do you like about it? 16 January 2010 2:53 UTC forum.anipike.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Sound Kenshin was actually one of my first downloaded anime series back in 2002 so I was only able to get the Jap dub w/ eng subs – well I loved it.

.Richard Hayworth eventually was selected for the role, giving Kenshin's character a more masculine voice in the English adaptation.^ In the English version, I thought Richard Hayworth did a passable job as Kenshin's VA. I really loved Lex Lang as Sanosuke though.
  • anime.mikomi.org - Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC anime.mikomi.org [Source type: General]

^ The main character in Peace Maker, however I am not comparing to Himura from Kenshin, I think he's a lot more like Sanosuke and Yahiko, as far as drive and determination.
  • Rurouni Kenshin | Anime-Planet 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC www.anime-planet.com [Source type: General]

^ Champloo is more about the characters than about a story, but Kenshin also has some nice character development, using flashbacks at the right moments.
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Additionally, Marshall was selected to voice the younger Kenshin during flashback scenes. Clark Cheng, writer of the Media Blasters dub script, said that localizing Kenshin's unusual speech was a difficult process. .His use of "de gozaru" and "oro" were not only character trademarks that indicated Kenshin's state of mind, but important elements to the story.^ However, sessha lacks one important sense, de gozaru.
  • M.A.T.C.H.E.S - Rurouni Kenshin 16 January 2010 2:53 UTC angel.todandlorna.com [Source type: Original source]

^ As expected in a 95 episode TV series Rurouni Kenshin has a good story and character development.

^ The yellow eyes invariably accompany a lower voice and a shift to “ore” and “omae” in his language (no “oro” and no “de gozaru”).
  • DS822 » Tortured 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC www.alltrees.org [Source type: Original source]

.However, neither is directly translatable to English, and in the end the company chose to replace "de gozaru" with "that I did," "that I am," or "that I do."^ However, sessha lacks one important sense, de gozaru.
  • M.A.T.C.H.E.S - Rurouni Kenshin 16 January 2010 2:53 UTC angel.todandlorna.com [Source type: Original source]

^ However, as mentioned, Tanto did exist known as Kubikiri, which translates to "Head Cutter" which had an edge on the inside curvature (Extreme Uchi Sori).
  • Rurouni Kenshin Forum FAQ - Page 4 - BJP Forums 16 January 2010 2:53 UTC www.boards.jp [Source type: General]

^ One of the first things I noticed was that, instead of translating "de gozaru" as I (amongst others, including the anime translators) did, they translated "sessha" instead.
  • Rurouni Kenshin Manga Translations 16 January 2010 2:53 UTC pomi.sandwich.net [Source type: Original source]

.Kenshin's signature "oro" was replaced with "huah" to simulate it being a "funny sound" that had no real meaning.^ I mean, come on, how many of you really, honestly think Kenshin is sane?
  • DS822 » Tortured 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC www.alltrees.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Wait, he cant mean No, Yahiko whispered, realizing what Battousai was implying.
  • Calger's Anime Shrine: Fanfiction: Prism Chapter 10 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC www.flame.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Being a Sandtrooper also means you are unique in a way that no second Sandtrooper has the same weathering as you.
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Character outline

Personality

.Kenshin desires to protect every individual from danger without harming others.^ But why are you using it to harm others when you can protect them?
  • Sonic the Hedgehog: The New Hitokiri Batousai [Archive] - SEGA Forum 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC forums.sega.com [Source type: Original source]

.Formerly known as "the strongest hitokiri," Kenshin is the main target of many old enemies and people who want to gain his title.^ Complete: Yes Summary: Wanting to protect the people of Japan, Kenshin leaves Hiko and lends his sword to the Patriots.
  • Lunaescence Archives :: Moderated Creative Writing Community 16 January 2010 2:53 UTC lunaescence.com [Source type: General]

^ Kyoto, with the coming of the American "Black Ships," there arose a warrior who, felling men with his bloodstained blade, gained the name Hitokiri, man slayer!
  • Manga Fox: Rurouni Kenshin Manga Series 16 January 2010 2:53 UTC www.mangafox.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Kenshin accepts and begins to establish lifelong relationships with many people, including ex-enemies, while dealing with his fair share of enemies, new and old.
  • DBZ-Zone: Watch and Stream Full English Dubbed Rurouni Kenshin Episodes Online 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC www.dbz-zone.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Thus, he avoids letting others get too close to him personally for their own protection.^ Sanosuke bluntly tells him to mind his own business, and says he won't let anyone or anything get in his way.
  • Rurouni Kenshin: Reverse-Blade Sword vs. Zanbatou episode on TV.com 16 January 2010 2:53 UTC www.tv.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ But Sanosuke was not going to let him escape, for he followed swiftly with a grin, peering closely into Saitou's face before the wolf could turn his head.
  • kuroiyousei - (Up)Turning the Tables 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC kuroiyousei.net [Source type: Original source]

However, he eventually begins relying on his friends, allowing them to fight alongside him.[19] After the Bakumatsu, Kenshin develops an ongoing rivalry with the ex-Shinsengumi member Saitō Hajime . .Although they become partners in the series, they both know that one day they will finish their duel.^ "I don't know why, I don't know how, but this pairing just came to me one day and I have been obsessed with it ever since!!

^ Anyway if they stop at the same episodes again, I'm just glad Rurouni Kenshin is back on the air for fans who don't know the series can be introduced to it at least.
  • Rurouni Kenshin - Fact or Fiction - Other Anime - Adult Swim 16 January 2010 2:53 UTC boards.adultswim.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Kenshin and Kaoru: I don't know the specific amount of time that they were together, but I know it was long in both the anime and manga.
  • Best couple in anime [Archive] - AnimeNation Forums 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC www.animenation.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.During the end of the series, Kenshin challenges Saitō to end the rivalry.^ But by the end of the series, he acknowledges that Kenshin's gone down a different path, and calls off the blood feud between them.
  • Rurouni Kenshin - Television Tropes & Idioms 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan The series is about a samurai known for his assassination skills and sword style, during a time of war between dynasties.
  • anime.mikomi.org - Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC anime.mikomi.org [Source type: General]

^ Anime & Manga > Rurouni Kenshin Other Results: 15 Challenges , 47 Beta Readers , 2 Series Include: All Characters .
  • Lunaescence Archives :: Moderated Creative Writing Community 16 January 2010 2:53 UTC lunaescence.com [Source type: General]
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.However, Saitō refuses to fight because Kenshin is different from the time they were enemies.^ Join Kenshin, Kaoro, Yahiko and Sanosuke as they battle it out with their enemies while Kenshin is trying to stop his 'other self' getting out of control.....
  • Manga Fox: Rurouni Kenshin Manga Series 16 January 2010 2:53 UTC www.mangafox.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ "Heard his friends ribbing him about it and how he only likes 'white chocolate' and that white chocolate isn't really chocolate at all because they taste so different and stuff."
  • http://www.asnx.net/kenshin/chocolate.htm 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC www.asnx.net [Source type: Original source]

^ When Yumi's being carried by Sano via being slung over his back as they're racing against time to fight their way up Shishio's evil fortress.
  • Rurouni Kenshin - Television Tropes & Idioms 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: Original source]

[20]
.Throughout the series, a young woman named Kaoru develops strong romantic feelings for Kenshin, and he also comes to love her.^ When arriving in Tokyo, he meets a young woman named Kamiya Kaoru.
  • DBZ-Zone: Watch and Stream Full English Dubbed Rurouni Kenshin Episodes Online 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC www.dbz-zone.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The Kenshin Yahiko had come to know, while frighteningly strong in swordsmanship, was nothing like the nightmarish childs tales of Battousai.
  • Calger's Anime Shrine: Fanfiction: Prism Chapter 10 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC www.flame.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Rurouni Kenshin is a series of great quality, romantic beauty, and melancholy reflection on a time when things were simpler and life was more beautiful.
  • anime.mikomi.org - Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC anime.mikomi.org [Source type: General]

.Despite his feelings, Kenshin is constantly haunted by the wrongs committed in his past and believes he does not deserve happiness.^ This story revolves around Kenshins past and present state, always having Kenshin think of his wrong doings back before the Mejji era.
  • anime.mikomi.org - Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC anime.mikomi.org [Source type: General]

^ Believe it or not, business really does want consumers to feel confident and safe in surfing the web (i.e., more e-confidence = more e-commerce).
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^ Also captivating is the growing love between Kenshin and Karou despite Kenshin's past love with Tomoe.
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.However, as he notes how Kaoru would feel if he dies, Kenshin decides not to leave her and regains a desire to survive.^ After Kamiya Kaoru discovers that Kenshin is the Battōsai, she offers him a place stay at her dojo as she notes Kenshin is a gentle person instead.
  • DBZ-Zone: Watch and Stream Full English Dubbed Rurouni Kenshin Episodes Online 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC www.dbz-zone.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ I also found out about a tomoe hater " Tomoe makes kenshin misreble by her death " ofcourse she does , if your wife died u would be misreble 2 u know so "whats the point ?"
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^ Kenshin and Kaoru decide to give him and Megumi a little push together.
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[21]
.If he is not able to protect his loved ones, he begins to shift into his "Hitokiri Battōsai" personality, and takes extreme measures in order save others, caring little for the well-being of his opponents.^ The little ones will be missing me as well."
  • Comrades 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC www.pacifier.com [Source type: Original source]

^ I Love those, and all the other ones as well.
  • Rurouni Kenshin Forum FAQ - Page 4 - BJP Forums 16 January 2010 2:53 UTC www.boards.jp [Source type: General]

^ I love this anime, although I have not seen them all (like so many others)it, so far is one of the best.
  • anime.mikomi.org - Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC anime.mikomi.org [Source type: General]

[22] .However, Kenshin avoids changing his personality, swearing that he will never kill.^ Kenshin has taken a vow never to kill again, yet his past always catches up with him and he is put in positions where his morals are really put to the test.
  • anime.mikomi.org - Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC anime.mikomi.org [Source type: General]

^ Kenshin Himura, better known as Hitokiri Battousai, has made an oath to never kill again.
  • anime.mikomi.org - Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC anime.mikomi.org [Source type: General]

^ While Kenshin tries to avoid killing (after all, RK takes place in peaceful Meiji era), Mugen and Jin from S.Ch.
  • Rurouni Kenshin | Anime-Planet 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC www.anime-planet.com [Source type: General]

.He tries to avoid the deaths of as many people as possible.^ The movement of feudalism is toward generating as many and as strong bonds between people as possible, usually to stave off the chaos of a decaying central authority.
  • DS822 » Tortured 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC www.alltrees.org [Source type: Original source]

^ You are correct, but I have read too many articles recently about people trying to associate age to lack of tech savvy.
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[23]
Most of the time, Kenshin refers to himself with the extremely humble pronoun "sessha" (translated in the manga by Viz as "this one") and uses the formal verb "de gozaru" (conveyed by Media Blasters by phrases like "…that it is."). He also addresses most women with an honorific which is generally reserved for feudal lords. In the English anime, "Miss Kaoru" is used instead of "Kaoru-dono". When in his "Battōsai" mode, Kenshin changes from being polite to serious; one of his quotes, "de gozaru", disappears and "sessha" is replaced with the more typical brash male pronoun "ore."[22] Throughout the series, Kenshin uses the quote "oro," which expresses surprise or dismay. .In the Media Blasters English dub, "oro" has been translated into "huh."^ In English it would be translated closely to "huh?"
  • [un]Offical Rurouni Kenshin FAQ & Questions - Other Anime - Adult Swim 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC boards.adultswim.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ A popular Rurouni Kenshin website is hosting it online for free (and translated into English) for those who wish to see it.
  • [un]Offical Rurouni Kenshin FAQ & Questions - Other Anime - Adult Swim 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC boards.adultswim.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Request for English -- > Romaji Translation Pls help translate into roma(n)ji "Design" translated into Romanji please!
  • Map of Learning Japanese language and characters 12 September 2009 11:58 UTC www.docoja.com [Source type: General]

"Oro" is kept intact in the Viz manga.

Techniques

The void created by the Amakakeru Ryū no Hirameki and the consecutive strike
.Kenshin practices the Hiten Mitsurugi-ryū (飛天御剣流 ?, lit.^ The style which Kenshin uses, the "Hiten Mitsurugi" would literally mean "Heaven Flight Holy Sword" if it were to be translated.
  • Rurouni Kenshin - Fact or Fiction - Other Anime - Adult Swim 16 January 2010 2:53 UTC boards.adultswim.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Kenshin: {remembering how he learned the Hiten Mitsurugi attacks} "I can't believe I lived through all that."
  • MM.org Forum: General => Favourite Anime Quotes! 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC forum.mediaminer.org [Source type: General]

^ WHAT STYLE DOES KENSHIN PRACTICE? IS IT REAL? Himura Kenshin practices the Hiten Mitsurugi Ryuu style.
  • [un]Offical Rurouni Kenshin FAQ & Questions - Other Anime - Adult Swim 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC boards.adultswim.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

."Flying Heaven Honorable Sword Style"), also referred to in the series as "Ultrasonic Sword Style," a fictional ancient sword art.
^ Sano: His hidden sword technique is "Hiten Mitsurugi Style", the flying sword to heaven philosophy.
  • Rurouni Kenshin Quotes 18 September 2009 8:20 UTC www.angelfire.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan The series is about a samurai known for his assassination skills and sword style, during a time of war between dynasties.
  • anime.mikomi.org - Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC anime.mikomi.org [Source type: General]

^ He pave a road into the Meiji Era with his sword skills in the style and art of the Hiten Mitsurugi Ryuu.
  • MediaMiner.org - Anime 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC www.mediaminer.org [Source type: General]

.Kenshin's mastery of the style enables him to exercise superhuman speed and reflexes, study and predict his opponent's movements in battle, as well as perform many powerful sword techniques.^ Kenshin goes out with the girls fishing and runs into a fisherman who tells him when he was younger he was always looking for the right technique with the sword and ended up losing to a woman who loved him and wished on the fireflies for his return.
  • anime.mikomi.org - Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC anime.mikomi.org [Source type: General]

^ The style which Kenshin uses, the "Hiten Mitsurugi" would literally mean "Heaven Flight Holy Sword" if it were to be translated.
  • Rurouni Kenshin - Fact or Fiction - Other Anime - Adult Swim 16 January 2010 2:53 UTC boards.adultswim.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ His spirit is powerful as well, and that is where I want to surpass him.
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[24] .Among several of his Hiten Mitsurugi-ryū and battōjutsu skills, Kenshin can utilize Shinsoku (神速 ?, lit.^ Kenshin, who left early from his training of the Hiten Mitsurugi style in favour of fighting for the Imperialists, continues where he had left off ten years earlier to defeat Shishio.

^ The style which Kenshin uses, the "Hiten Mitsurugi" would literally mean "Heaven Flight Holy Sword" if it were to be translated.
  • Rurouni Kenshin - Fact or Fiction - Other Anime - Adult Swim 16 January 2010 2:53 UTC boards.adultswim.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ I will use my Hiten Mitsurugi Style Ultimate Attack if I found out who took Rurouni Kenshin off Cartoon Network !!!
  • What did they do to Rurouni Kenshin??? Cartoon network... - Q&A 16 January 2010 2:53 UTC www.faqs.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

."God-speed"), which allows him to quickly overpower and dispatch opponents with his sword before they have time to react.
^ Both series are about legendary samurais, who were both very feared, because they were invincible when holding sword, but at the same time they both had their sensitive side.
  • Rurouni Kenshin | Anime-Planet 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC www.anime-planet.com [Source type: General]

^ After that they walked in silence for quite some time, and Saitou wondered if Sanosuke intended to follow him home.
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^ She held onto the receiver for a long time before replacing it in the cradle, staring at nothing with eyes open for so long without blinking they began to sting.
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.Most of his techniques were originally intended to be lethal, but Kenshin has since modified his usage of such techniques in accordance with his vow never to kill.^ He carries a "sakabatou" (a sword with the blade reversed so he cannot kill his opponents, only knock them unconscious) because he has vowed to himself never to kill again and uses the sword technique called "Hitenmitsuryugiryuu" ("Strike of the Flying Dragon").
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^ Most famously, the OVA changes the origin of Kenshin's scar from accidental to intentional .
  • Rurouni Kenshin - Television Tropes & Idioms 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: Original source]

^ This wasn't their first duel since meeting again, so he knew that Saitoh wouldn't hesitate to kill Rurouni Kenshin, but he wouldn't kill the Hitokiri Battousai.
  • Comrades 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC www.pacifier.com [Source type: Original source]

.To this end, he fights using his sakabatō.^ Only instead of trying to circumvent fights by driving wedges into his opponents’ psyches, Enishi uses similar insight to much more cruel ends.
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[24]
.When Kenshin decides to continue his training to defeat Shishio Makoto, he learns the Kuzu-ryūsen (九頭龍閃 ?, lit.^ Kenshin, who left early from his training of the Hiten Mitsurugi style in favour of fighting for the Imperialists, continues where he had left off ten years earlier to defeat Shishio.

^ Good Scars Evil Scars (Kenshin has an X-shaped scar on his cheek with a tragic backstory, some villains like Makoto Shishio are[strike: just disfigured] one big scar.
  • Rurouni Kenshin - Television Tropes & Idioms 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: Original source]

"Nine-headed Dragon Strike")
, which simultaneously deals nine strikes to the fundamental targets of swordsmanship. The technique makes guarding and dodging virtually impossible for the opponent.[25] .The Kuzu-ryūsen, however, is a byproduct used for the initiation in learning Amakakeru Ryū no Hirameki (天翔龍閃 ?, lit.^ They can, however, be released during the battle if either (1) if a bomb is used before a gauge is filled or (2) no bombs are in stock.
  • DoDonPachi Dai-ou-Jou - The Next Level Forum 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC www.the-nextlevel.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Rurouni Kenshin Vol.17 Ch.143: the third amakakeru ryu no hirameki .
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^ Rurouni Kenshin Vol.14 Ch.120: The First Amakakeru Ryuu no Hirameki .
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."Heavens Gliding Dragon Flash"; Viz translation - "Dragon Flight of Heaven"), a Hiten Mitsurugi-ryū battōjutsu that surpasses the speed of the Kuzu-ryūsen.
^ The style which Kenshin uses, the "Hiten Mitsurugi" would literally mean "Heaven Flight Holy Sword" if it were to be translated.
  • Rurouni Kenshin - Fact or Fiction - Other Anime - Adult Swim 16 January 2010 2:53 UTC boards.adultswim.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Sano: His hidden sword technique is "Hiten Mitsurugi Style", the flying sword to heaven philosophy.
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^ Hiten-Mitsurugi Ryū .
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[26] The secret behind the technique lies in an additional step with the left foot, which adds instantaneous acceleration and weight to the sword.[27] In addition, if the initial strike is avoided or blocked, the force of the unusually fast slashing motion displaces the air around it, generating a vacuum in its wake and sucking the opponent in; as this happens, the body is spun around for a second strike, with the previous action adding force and momentum to the swing, making the subsequent strike far stronger.[28] .Since the Hiten Mitsurugi-ryū is only suitable to a wide-framed muscular build like that of Seijūrō's, Kenshin's body deteriorates and he is unable to use it ever again by the end of the manga.^ Rurouni Kenshin Manga Translations Volume 1--Kenshin * Himura Battousai (from the front flap) Watsuki: I like the Ishin Shishi, but the truth is Im a big fan of the Shinsengumi .

^ Kenshin, who left early from his training of the Hiten Mitsurugi style in favour of fighting for the Imperialists, continues where he had left off ten years earlier to defeat Shishio.

^ The style which Kenshin uses, the "Hiten Mitsurugi" would literally mean "Heaven Flight Holy Sword" if it were to be translated.
  • Rurouni Kenshin - Fact or Fiction - Other Anime - Adult Swim 16 January 2010 2:53 UTC boards.adultswim.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

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Plot overview

.After finishing his job as the murderer "Hitokiri Battōsai" in the Ishin Shishi, Kenshin assumes the life of a wanderer.^ Rurouni Kenshin Manga Translations Volume 1--Kenshin * Himura Battousai (from the front flap) Watsuki: I like the Ishin Shishi, but the truth is Im a big fan of the Shinsengumi .

^ After participating during the Bakumatsu war, Kenshin wanders the countryside of Japan offering protection and aid to those in need, as atonement for the murders he once committed as an assassin.
  • DBZ-Zone: Watch and Stream Full English Dubbed Rurouni Kenshin Episodes Online 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC www.dbz-zone.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ It tells the story of a peaceful wanderer named Himura Kenshin, formerly known as the assassin Hitokiri Battōsai.
  • DBZ-Zone: Watch and Stream Full English Dubbed Rurouni Kenshin Episodes Online 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC www.dbz-zone.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Ten years after the Revolution, he arrives in Tokyo, where he meets Kaoru.^ Ten years after the Revolution, Kenshin wanders into Tokyo where he meets a woman named Kaoru and saves her from a man pretending to be the Battousai studying Kaoru's swordsmanship style, and this is where the story begins.
  • anime.mikomi.org - Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC anime.mikomi.org [Source type: General]

^ Ten years after the revolution, he forges a plan to overthrow the government, snatching all of Japan away from them.

^ I just also happen to believe that, without Kenshin's experience with Tomoe over ten years previous, he would never have become the Rurouni that Kaoru came to know and love.
  • The Snow Raven, Chapter 1 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC www.akane.org [Source type: Original source]

.She invites him to stay in her dojo even after she discovers that Kenshin is the "Battōsai".[24] During his residence in the dojo, Kenshin establishes lifelong relationships with many people, including ex-enemies.^ During Sanoske's second fight with Kenshin he's tossed around and hit with enough blows that even with a reverse-blade sword he would probably have a lot of cuts.
  • Rurouni Kenshin - Television Tropes & Idioms 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Of all the people in the world, Himura Kenshin who had known him during every important stage of his life was the very, very last one he wanted to be aware of something like this.
  • kuroiyousei - (Up)Turning the Tables 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC kuroiyousei.net [Source type: Original source]

^ Yahiko, Sano and even I will tease Kenshin for letting two little girls sneak up on him when he's the best swordsman in Japan.
  • M.A.T.C.H.E.S - Rurouni Kenshin 16 January 2010 2:53 UTC angel.todandlorna.com [Source type: Original source]

.When Shishio Makoto, the brutal once-successor to Kenshin's position as Chōshū's hitokiri, masterminds a movement seeking to overthrow the Meiji Government, Kenshin leaves Tokyo to stop him.^ It was too late to stop his own momentum, and Sano wound up falling, dragging a surprised Kenshin over the rail with him into the cold water.
  • M.A.T.C.H.E.S - Rurouni Kenshin 16 January 2010 2:53 UTC angel.todandlorna.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan This is a great anime, but if you have seen Samurai X , it will be hard to get used to kenshin, once you get used to him its all over!
  • anime.mikomi.org - Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC anime.mikomi.org [Source type: General]

^ But if you don't mind that-- In the eleventh year of the Meiji era, in a town near Tokyo-- Kenshin: I'll stay with you a while.

[28] .To defeat such a foe, Kenshin is forced to resume his training and mend his relationship with his teacher Hiko Seijūrō, who taught and took care of Kenshin, originally named Shinta (心太 ?), in his childhood.^ Kenshin, who left early from his training of the Hiten Mitsurugi style in favour of fighting for the Imperialists, continues where he had left off ten years earlier to defeat Shishio.

^ Blue With Shock - Kenshin does this (complete with floating spirit balls of depression) when he remembers the kind of training Hiko put him through.
  • Rurouni Kenshin - Television Tropes & Idioms 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: Original source]

^ If I ever find the ass who took my favorite anime away im gonna beat the crap out of him and FORCE him to but Rurouni Kenshin.....FOREVER!!!!!!!*starts swearing* .
  • What did they do to Rurouni Kenshin??? Cartoon network... - Q&A 16 January 2010 2:53 UTC www.faqs.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.That childhood training was interrupted when Kenshin decided to protect the people of Japan.^ Complete: Yes Summary: Wanting to protect the people of Japan, Kenshin leaves Hiko and lends his sword to the Patriots.
  • Lunaescence Archives :: Moderated Creative Writing Community 16 January 2010 2:53 UTC lunaescence.com [Source type: General]

^ Kaoru interrupts by telling Sanosuke that Kenshin just refused an officer from a high-ranking Imperial officer (Interesting to note, Kenshin looks away at this point) and that he prefers to remain a wanderer, protecting people with his sword as he can.
  • Rurouni Kenshin: Reverse-Blade Sword vs. Zanbatou episode on TV.com 16 January 2010 2:53 UTC www.tv.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[25] .After finishing his training, all Kenshin's friends reunite with him and help him to defeat Shishio and his army.^ Blue With Shock - Kenshin does this (complete with floating spirit balls of depression) when he remembers the kind of training Hiko put him through.
  • Rurouni Kenshin - Television Tropes & Idioms 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Saitoh crawled over Kenshin so that he was on all fours above him, the heat emanating from his body began to slowly wash over Kenshin's exposed flesh, infusing his being with instant need.
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^ Hey, thanks for all your help, Kenshin.
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[29]
.Months later, a man known as Yukishiro Enishi starts attacking all people that Kenshin meets as an act of revenge for the death of his sister Tomoe.^ Broken Bird (Yumi Komagata, Shura the Pirate, Tomoe Yukishiro, to a degree Sayo Magdaria; Megumi started the series as this, but she gets better) Calling Your Attacks - Interrupted on one occasion when Enishi punches Kenshin in the face before he can finish.
  • Rurouni Kenshin - Television Tropes & Idioms 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: Original source]

^ What I find far more attention-getting is the fact that Enishi took off for China to acquire the skills and money to carry out revenge on his sister’s killer.
  • DS822 » Tortured 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC www.alltrees.org [Source type: Original source]

^ As to her death, she threw herself infront of both fighters to stop Kenshin's death, he was badly wounded, blinded by blood and fatigue, and it seemed that his mind was all screwed up by the lies he was fed about Tomoe.
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[30] .At this moment, it is discovered that Kenshin was married to Tomoe in the Bakumatsu but accidentally killed her when trying to rescue her from a group of assassins.^ After participating during the Bakumatsu war, Kenshin wanders the countryside of Japan offering protection and aid to those in need, as atonement for the murders he once committed as an assassin.
  • DBZ-Zone: Watch and Stream Full English Dubbed Rurouni Kenshin Episodes Online 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC www.dbz-zone.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Seta Soujiro (Rurouni Kenshin) and Omi Tsukiyono (Weiss Kreuz) "Both are assassins with troubled pasts, try to hide behind a smile, and are truly both sweet.

^ While Kenshin tries to avoid killing (after all, RK takes place in peaceful Meiji era), Mugen and Jin from S.Ch.
  • Rurouni Kenshin | Anime-Planet 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC www.anime-planet.com [Source type: General]

[31] .When Enishi finds out about Kenshin's feelings towards Kaoru, Enishi sets out to kidnap her.^ Man, Kenshins gonna kill me when he finds out about this.
  • Calger's Anime Shrine: Fanfiction: Prism Chapter 10 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC www.flame.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Himura Kenshin i must find out .
  • Anime & Manga’s Chat Logs from October 24th, 2008 - meebo rooms 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC chatlogs.meebo.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Kenshin's formidable countenance gives Kaoru and Yahiko pause, and they inquire as to what he's thinking about.
  • Rurouni Kenshin: Reverse-Blade Sword vs. Zanbatou episode on TV.com 16 January 2010 2:53 UTC www.tv.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.He succeeds and leaves behind a professionally-made decoy of Kaoru with a sword in her heart, making everyone believe that she had been murdered.^ But honestly, over all, not to mention for the price, this thing makes an AWESOME funcion peice, a great sword for those who cant just leave it on the wall!
  • WeaponMasters - Swords - Reverse Blade Katana 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC www.weaponmasters.com [Source type: Original source]

[32] .Kenshin falls into severe depression and runs off to a village of wanderers to mourn.^ It was too late to stop his own momentum, and Sano wound up falling, dragging a surprised Kenshin over the rail with him into the cold water.
  • M.A.T.C.H.E.S - Rurouni Kenshin 16 January 2010 2:53 UTC angel.todandlorna.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Defensive Feint Trap - Kenshin defeats a large opponent by baiting him into a running match, after which the opponents ankles give out.
  • Rurouni Kenshin - Television Tropes & Idioms 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Blade Run - Kenshin does this to Sano's BFS ; his mentor pulls off an even more awesome version on an even bigger opponent's (even bigger, natch) weapon.
  • Rurouni Kenshin - Television Tropes & Idioms 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: Original source]

[33] .However, he breaks out of his depression after his friends discover Kaoru is alive.^ Rivendell was where Kaoru and her friends were going to stay, to sort out the business of the ring.
  • RKLoTR: Kenshin and the Two Towers by John the visionary 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC sword.borderline-angel.com [Source type: Original source]

.The group goes to rescue her on Enishi's island.^ Complete: Yes Summary: A look at Kenshin's week-long recovery after the group returns from Enishi's Island.
  • Lunaescence Archives :: Moderated Creative Writing Community 16 January 2010 2:53 UTC lunaescence.com [Source type: General]

[34] .A battle between Kenshin and Enishi follows and when Kenshin wins, he and Kaoru return home.^ Warrior Therapist (Kenshin and many others) Weak But Skilled (Kenshin) Wham Episode (Enishi gets to defeat Kenshin and (apparently) brutally murder Kaoru ).
  • Rurouni Kenshin - Television Tropes & Idioms 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: Original source]

^ His fingers returned to the jar and the disappeared again, this time between Kenshin's thighs.
  • Comrades 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC www.pacifier.com [Source type: Original source]

^ A battle between Aoshi and Kenshin once more.
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[35] .Five years later, Kenshin is married to Kaoru and has a son named Kenji.^ Now, ten years into the Meiji Era, a man named Kenshin Himura appears and is revealed to be the Batousai.
  • Manga Fox: Rurouni Kenshin Manga Series 16 January 2010 2:53 UTC www.mangafox.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Ten years after the Revolution, Kenshin wanders into Tokyo where he meets a woman named Kaoru and saves her from a man pretending to be the Battousai studying Kaoru's swordsmanship style, and this is where the story begins.
  • anime.mikomi.org - Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC anime.mikomi.org [Source type: General]

^ Complete: Yes Summary: Kaoru and Kenshin watch their son take his first steps under the sakura tree.
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.After an encounter with Kaoru's student Myōjin Yahiko, Kenshin gives his sakabatō to him as a gift for his coming-of-age.^ Yahiko, a samurai wannabe and a student of Kaoru.
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^ After Kamiya Kaoru discovers that Kenshin is the Battōsai, she offers him a place stay at her dojo as she notes Kenshin is a gentle person instead.
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^ Kenshin and Kaoru decide to give him and Megumi a little push together.
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Appearances in other media

Kenshin as seen in the OVAs
.Kenshin first appears in two chapters of Rurouni, Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story, the pilot chapters of the manga, in which he arrives in Tokyo and defeats several groups of villains attacking families.^ The first volume manga of Rurouni Kenshin was published in 1994 (I believe it might have ran first in Shounen Jump previous to it being compiled into a volumed manga book, but I do not know the year).
  • [un]Offical Rurouni Kenshin FAQ & Questions - Other Anime - Adult Swim 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC boards.adultswim.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Now, ten years into the Meiji Era, a man named Kenshin Himura appears and is revealed to be the Batousai.
  • Manga Fox: Rurouni Kenshin Manga Series 16 January 2010 2:53 UTC www.mangafox.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Goldfish Poop Gang - Those Two Bad Guys , a pair of brothers Kenshin defeats in his debut chapter, brought back as recurring minor minions in the anime; the manga also lets them show up again during Sano's side story where he meets up with his family, and dealt with offscreen just as quickly.
  • Rurouni Kenshin - Television Tropes & Idioms 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: Original source]

.In these stories, Kenshin is given a similar personality to the one he has in the series, but his name is unmentioned.^ Story Types: Death-Fic, One Shot, Reader Insert, Real Person, Song-Fic Length: 2 chapter(s) / 3085 words .
  • Lunaescence Archives :: Moderated Creative Writing Community 16 January 2010 2:53 UTC lunaescence.com [Source type: General]

^ WHAT ARE ALL THE STORY ARCS? In my eyes there's three main story arcs in the series, not including the special Yahiko story or the Kenshin Kadan.
  • [un]Offical Rurouni Kenshin FAQ & Questions - Other Anime - Adult Swim 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC boards.adultswim.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ There are many similarities one can draw from these two series par the obvious samurai/action theme.
  • Rurouni Kenshin | Anime-Planet 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC www.anime-planet.com [Source type: General]

[13][37] .Later, in the movie Samurai X The Motion Picture, Kenshin meets a samurai named Takimi Shigure, who tries to overthrow the Meiji Government and avenge the deaths of his family during the Bakumatsu.^ After participating during the Bakumatsu war, Kenshin wanders the countryside of Japan offering protection and aid to those in need, as atonement for the murders he once committed as an assassin.
  • DBZ-Zone: Watch and Stream Full English Dubbed Rurouni Kenshin Episodes Online 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC www.dbz-zone.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Now, ten years into the Meiji Era, a man named Kenshin Himura appears and is revealed to be the Batousai.
  • Manga Fox: Rurouni Kenshin Manga Series 16 January 2010 2:53 UTC www.mangafox.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Not a ronin but a rurouni, he was never a samurai, but an assassin of utmost skill in the Meiji restoration, who in the turning point of the war simply walked away.
  • Watch Rurouni Kenshin Episodes Online | AnimeSeason.com 16 January 2010 2:53 UTC www.animeseason.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • Watch Rurouni Kenshin /Samurai X (dub) Online - Revolution Anime 16 January 2010 2:53 UTC revolution-anime.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
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.Kenshin encounters Shigure and defeats him in order to avoid the start of a war.^ Kenshin's hand was already starting to reach down to finish himself off when Saitoh's hand stopped him.
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^ Defensive Feint Trap - Kenshin defeats a large opponent by baiting him into a running match, after which the opponents ankles give out.
  • Rurouni Kenshin - Television Tropes & Idioms 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: Original source]

[38]
.In the OVAs, Kenshin is given a more humanized design and a different personality.^ Rurouni Kenshin, unlike the OVAs which have a more serious tone, has a lot of comedy in it, which I think was placed quite well in the series.

^ I personally prefer the ova's over the tv eps because the provide moe towards the area of a serious Kenshin and is more for the teen/adult audience.
  • anime.mikomi.org - Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC anime.mikomi.org [Source type: General]

^ I like the way how Kenshin became totally different from the OVA and yet so deadly/skillful as ever.

.There are also numerous changes to his life story compared to that of the manga, including the way he received his X-shaped scar in Samurai X: Trust & Betrayal.^ Then, one day, Studio 23 in the Philippines aired this story of a young man who is a samurai with red hair and a cross-shaped scar and with a reverse-edged sword.

^ Knowing that this is the only way to defeat Robotnik, he began to change his life and become a manslayer.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog: The New Hitokiri Batousai [Archive] - SEGA Forum 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC forums.sega.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Samurai X is not as good as Trust and Betrayal but its still a solid one.

[39] .In Samurai X: Reflection, as time passes, Kenshin becomes tortured anew by the guilt of leading a happy life after such a destructive past.^ Rurouni Kenshin is a series of great quality, romantic beauty, and melancholy reflection on a time when things were simpler and life was more beautiful.
  • anime.mikomi.org - Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC anime.mikomi.org [Source type: General]

^ I was married to Kenshin, and I was happier with him than I ever was during the rest of my life.
  • kuroiyousei - Never By Chance 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC kuroiyousei.net [Source type: Original source]

^ Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan The series is about a samurai known for his assassination skills and sword style, during a time of war between dynasties.
  • anime.mikomi.org - Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC anime.mikomi.org [Source type: General]

.He makes the decision to wander again, and Kaoru strongly supports him, promising to welcome him home with a smile and their child.^ Kaoru scowled at him, then turned to smile at the little boy sitting on the porch.
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Kenshin eventually becomes ravaged by an unknown disease. However, he decides to assist in the First Sino-Japanese War as he had promised the Meiji Government. .After the war's end, Sanosuke discovers a gravely injured Kenshin on the shore, and arranges for Kenshin's return to Tokyo and Kaoru.^ After Kamiya Kaoru discovers that Kenshin is the Battōsai, she offers him a place stay at her dojo as she notes Kenshin is a gentle person instead.
  • DBZ-Zone: Watch and Stream Full English Dubbed Rurouni Kenshin Episodes Online 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC www.dbz-zone.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Himura Kenshin - 28 Kamiya Kaoru - 17 Myojin Yahiko - 10 Sagara Sanosuke - 19 Takani Megumi - 22 .
  • [un]Offical Rurouni Kenshin FAQ & Questions - Other Anime - Adult Swim 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC boards.adultswim.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Complete: Yes Summary: Kenshin and Kaoru receive a phonograph from Sanosuke, who's travelling the world.
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.The two finally meet, and Kenshin collapses into her arms as he clutches her to him.^ It was too late to stop his own momentum, and Sano wound up falling, dragging a surprised Kenshin over the rail with him into the cold water.
  • M.A.T.C.H.E.S - Rurouni Kenshin 16 January 2010 2:53 UTC angel.todandlorna.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Yahiko, Sano and even I will tease Kenshin for letting two little girls sneak up on him when he's the best swordsman in Japan.
  • M.A.T.C.H.E.S - Rurouni Kenshin 16 January 2010 2:53 UTC angel.todandlorna.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Defensive Feint Trap - Kenshin defeats a large opponent by baiting him into a running match, after which the opponents ankles give out.
  • Rurouni Kenshin - Television Tropes & Idioms 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: Original source]

.Kaoru then notices Kenshin's scar has faded away, signifying his death.^ Complete: Yes Summary: On the second anniversary of her father's death, Kaoru shares her memories of him with Kenshin.
  • Lunaescence Archives :: Moderated Creative Writing Community 16 January 2010 2:53 UTC lunaescence.com [Source type: General]

^ Warnings: Crude Humor, Death, Violence Main Characters: Himura Kenji, Himura Kenshin, Kamiya Kaoru Genres: Action, Death, Martial Arts, Samurai .
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^ Warnings: Death Main Characters: Himura Kenshin, Kamiya Kaoru, Shinomori Aoshi Genres: Death, Drama .
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[3] .Nobuhiro Watsuki, after watching the last OVA, was quite unhappy with how the story ended, saying that "Kenshin went through so much crap and deserved a happy ending."^ How much of Kenshin is there?
  • [un]Offical Rurouni Kenshin FAQ & Questions - Other Anime - Adult Swim 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC boards.adultswim.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Title: Rurouni Kenshin OM Rank: 240 Categories: action , anime , historical , shounen Author: Watsuki Nobuhiro .
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^ I'm no Nobuhiro Watsuki, but I think I can do a better job of writing a continuation story than those idiots at Sony did with that godawful Reflections OVA. .
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[14]
.Kenshin is a playable character in all of the Rurouni Kenshin video games,[40] including Jump Super Stars[41] and Jump Ultimate Stars.^ Which Rurouni Kenshin character are you?
  • Which Rurouni Kenshin character are you? - Forums Atari Europe 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC forums.eu.atari.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Rurouni Kenshin Episode 40 .
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^ Rurouni Kenshin (dub) Episode 41 .
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[42]
.Tokiko Tsumura, one of the main characters of Buso Renkin, another series created by Watsuki, is based on the design of Kenshin as a hitokiri.^ One Piece creator Eiichirō Oda served as Watsuki's assistant before breaking out on his own.
  • Rurouni Kenshin - Television Tropes & Idioms 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Kenshin himself is an ok main character, though I must confess that it is a lot easier to like him if you have watched the Trust and Betrayal OVAs.

^ The anime and art is not as good as the one in OVA 1 & 2, and the character designs are not as good as the OVA's, either.
  • anime.mikomi.org - Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC anime.mikomi.org [Source type: General]

Watsuki commented that Tokiko is the female version of the "Hitokiri Battōsai" when he drew her face.[43]

Reception

.Kenshin has been highly popular with the Rurouni Kenshin reader base, having ranked first in every Shonen Jump popularity poll of the series, always with more than double the votes of second place.^ It will always be with me but Kenshin, Rurouni Kenshin, helps people.
  • Comrades 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC www.pacifier.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The first volume manga of Rurouni Kenshin was published in 1994 (I believe it might have ran first in Shounen Jump previous to it being compiled into a volumed manga book, but I do not know the year).
  • [un]Offical Rurouni Kenshin FAQ & Questions - Other Anime - Adult Swim 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC boards.adultswim.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Title: Rurouni Kenshin OM Rank: 240 Categories: action , anime , historical , shounen Author: Watsuki Nobuhiro .
  • Rurouni Kenshin Manga - Read Rurouni Kenshin manga scans online. 16 January 2010 2:53 UTC www.onemanga.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[27][44] .Watsuki received letters from fans describing Megumi Ogata's CD book voice as a "good fit" for Kenshin.^ His seiyuu, Suzukase Mayo, definitely goes into my book of favorites, along with Ogata Megumi, Seki Toshihiko and Shiozawa Kaneto (even if he is dead!
  • DS822 » Tortured 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC www.alltrees.org [Source type: Original source]

^ As a whole, I'd say that this is a good buy for the money, and like many have said before, especially if you're a Kenshin fan.
  • WeaponMasters - Swords - Reverse Blade Katana 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC www.weaponmasters.com [Source type: Original source]

.Watsuki said that he imagined Kenshin's voice to be "more neutral."^ However, despite all the flaws that Rurouni Kenshin has, it is at times watchable (more than can be said for many other anime I know).

[45] .The fact that the CD book voice actors, especially Ogata and Tomokazu Seki, who portrayed Sanosuke, did not get their corresponding roles in the anime disappointed Watsuki.^ His seiyuu, Suzukase Mayo, definitely goes into my book of favorites, along with Ogata Megumi, Seki Toshihiko and Shiozawa Kaneto (even if he is dead!
  • DS822 » Tortured 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC www.alltrees.org [Source type: Original source]

^ With my level of kanji, I honestly don't know who did the "remixing," whether it was the director of the anime or what, but I can rarely forgive whoever it was.
  • kuroiyousei - Rurouni Kenshin Random 16 January 2010 2:53 UTC kuroiyousei.net [Source type: General]

[46]
.A plethora of merchandise have been released in Kenshin's likeness including keychains,[47] action figures,[48] and plush dolls.^ Dubbed, but I like the Subtitles a lot better * Do you own Rurouni Kenshin merchandise?
  • Anime Web Turnpike - Web Forums - Rurouni Kenshin: what do you like about it? 16 January 2010 2:53 UTC forum.anipike.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ I want a Himura Kenshin plushie and action figure.
  • Anime Web Turnpike - Web Forums - Rurouni Kenshin: what do you like about it? 16 January 2010 2:53 UTC forum.anipike.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ I'm really liking the Kyoto/Shishio arc - Lots of action, character development and growing detail on Kenshin's past.
  • Anime Web Turnpike - Web Forums - Rurouni Kenshin: what do you like about it? 16 January 2010 2:53 UTC forum.anipike.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[49] Since the manga was published, non-functional[50] and functional[51] sakabatō have been produced for purchase by collectors and fans.
.Several publications for manga, anime, video games, and other media have provided praise and criticism on the character.^ Japanese video games Japanese RPGs, dating simulators, and other import oddities .
  • How about Japanator's own list of the 25 greatest anime characters? | Japanator.com: anime news, original features, and weird stories from Japan, updated daily! 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC www.japanator.com [Source type: General]

^ The description of this list starts with: “I have always been a fan of characters in video games” .
  • Top 10 Badass Swords - Listverse 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC listverse.com [Source type: General]

^ To this day,Yaya has made a myriad of costumes in the genres of anime/manga, video games, sci-fi and of course from her own original designs.
  • Otacool Worldwide Cosplayers 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC www.dannychoo.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.T.H.E.M. Anime Reviews criticized that Kenshin's super deformed appearance in comedy scenes does not suit the context of the character and the series.^ Show Rurouni Kenshin anime info & Characters   .
  • Rurouni Kenshin - Free Mangas Online 12 September 2009 11:58 UTC www.sunmanga.com [Source type: General]

^ If you enjoy an anime that's full of life, has heaps of laughs, fight scenes galore, but will touch your heart as well, Rurouni Kenshin is for you!
  • MediaMiner.org - Anime 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC www.mediaminer.org [Source type: General]

^ Though he doesn't say the name of his move like he usually does, the move that Kenshin uses on Gohei is the first appearance of the "Ryu Tsui Sen."
  • Rurouni Kenshin - Fact or Fiction - Other Anime - Adult Swim 16 January 2010 2:53 UTC boards.adultswim.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[52] .Mania.com remarks that Kenshin has a "smartass" attitude in a review of volume 8; while they noted that is a common attitude in the anime that makes him look out-of-character.^ Kenshin goes out with the girls fishing and runs into a fisherman who tells him when he was younger he was always looking for the right technique with the sword and ended up losing to a woman who loved him and wished on the fireflies for his return.
  • anime.mikomi.org - Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC anime.mikomi.org [Source type: General]

^ He supposed this situation was the perfect opportunity to find out for sure just who Kenshin was, but now that he was alone with the hitokiri he had no idea what to say to him.
  • Calger's Anime Shrine: Fanfiction: Prism Chapter 10 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC www.flame.org [Source type: Original source]

^ If I ever find the ass who took my favorite anime away im gonna beat the crap out of him and FORCE him to but Rurouni Kenshin.....FOREVER!!!!!!!*starts swearing* .
  • What did they do to Rurouni Kenshin??? Cartoon network... - Q&A 16 January 2010 2:53 UTC www.faqs.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[53] .Anime News Network praises Kenshin for being a character that all people enjoy watching due to his comedy scenes.^ I own practically all the OST CDs except for the Director's Cut and the new OAV OST. I have a few volumes of the manga, stickers, a Kenshin & Sano mug, a Kenshin pin, the anime DVDs, one art book, and I think that's it.
  • Anime Web Turnpike - Web Forums - Rurouni Kenshin: what do you like about it? 16 January 2010 2:53 UTC forum.anipike.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Kenshin accepts and begins to establish lifelong relationships with many people, including ex-enemies, while dealing with his fair share of enemies, new and old.
  • DBZ-Zone: Watch and Stream Full English Dubbed Rurouni Kenshin Episodes Online 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC www.dbz-zone.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ For those watching the English language version on Cartoon Network, "Hitokiri Battousai" is what Kenshin was called in the Japanese version.
  • Rurouni Kenshin - Fact or Fiction - Other Anime - Adult Swim 16 January 2010 2:53 UTC boards.adultswim.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[54] .SciFi.com remarked "Kenshin's schizoid personal conflict between his ruthless-killer side and his country- bumpkin" as a perfect way to develop good stories.^ If you are looking for a show with good characters and a strong story watch Kenshin.
  • anime.mikomi.org - Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC anime.mikomi.org [Source type: General]

^ He has commented on it as saying "It's a bit different from Rurouni Kenshin and I think this will be a good story to improve my future works."
  • [un]Offical Rurouni Kenshin FAQ & Questions - Other Anime - Adult Swim 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC boards.adultswim.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ We still remember the sad moment between both countries but it was opted that way and it happened as wanted.
  • SAND FOR SINGAPORE - Che Det 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC chedet.co.cc [Source type: Original source]

[55] In About.com's "Top 8 Anime Love Stories", Kenshin and Kaoru's relationship ranked 8th with Katherine Luther noting it a "classic romance."[56] He was also fifth in IGN's Top 25 Anime Characters of All Time with writer Chris Mackenzie describing him as "A classic example of a classic anime type, the peace-loving killing machine".[57]
.The development of Kenshin in the OVA series has had negative reviews by many publications.^ I personally prefer the ova's over the tv eps because the provide moe towards the area of a serious Kenshin and is more for the teen/adult audience.
  • anime.mikomi.org - Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC anime.mikomi.org [Source type: General]

^ As expected in a 95 episode TV series Rurouni Kenshin has a good story and character development.

^ Rurouni Kenshin, unlike the OVAs which have a more serious tone, has a lot of comedy in it, which I think was placed quite well in the series.

.Anime News Network also adds that in Samurai X: Reflection he "continues to be his old mopey self" and criticizes that he never says "oro",[54] while IGN cited that some moments of the relationship between Kenshin and Kaoru were depressing.^ Kenshin's most critical moment!
  • DBZ-Zone: Watch and Stream Full English Dubbed Rurouni Kenshin Episodes Online 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC www.dbz-zone.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Kenshin`s critical moment .
  • Rurouni Kenshin Episodes - Rurouni Kenshin Anime Direct Downloads - Watch Rurouni Kenshin Anime for FREE! 18 September 2009 8:20 UTC anime.thehylia.com [Source type: General]

^ Kaoru out the women, kenshin (oro!
  • Favorite Kenshin Character. - Anime Forum dot Com 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC www.animeforum.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[58] .However, some reviewers noted Kenshin's personality in the OVAs to be one of the most complex to ever be animated remarking the fact that he can not forget his bloody past, although having a peaceful life.^ After Kamiya Kaoru discovers that Kenshin is the Battōsai, she offers him a place stay at her dojo as she notes Kenshin is a gentle person instead.
  • DBZ-Zone: Watch and Stream Full English Dubbed Rurouni Kenshin Episodes Online 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC www.dbz-zone.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ This story revolves around Kenshins past and present state, always having Kenshin think of his wrong doings back before the Mejji era.
  • anime.mikomi.org - Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC anime.mikomi.org [Source type: General]

^ TDK 09-18-2007, 02:12 AM I hope this is the right one since there are 26 pages of Kenshin threads, most are complaining about the OVA's though.....
  • Anime Web Turnpike - Web Forums - Rurouni Kenshin: what do you like about it? 16 January 2010 2:53 UTC forum.anipike.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[59]
.A large number of video game characters were based on the character of Kenshin such as Keiichiro Washizuka from The Last Blade.^ Rurouni Kenshin seemlessly blends fictional characters (although most characters are based off real people) with actual historical events from Japanese history.
  • anime.mikomi.org - Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC anime.mikomi.org [Source type: General]

^ I have always been a fan of characters in video games, television shows and movies who know how to wield a mighty bladed weapon.
  • Top 10 Badass Swords - Listverse 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC listverse.com [Source type: General]

^ The description of this list starts with: “I have always been a fan of characters in video games” .
  • Top 10 Badass Swords - Listverse 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC listverse.com [Source type: General]

[60] .Kenshin's personality was also planned to be used in the character Kakashi Hatake from Naruto, but the idea was deemed as a failure.^ Hatake Kakashi (Naruto) "If you want to kill me, despise me, hate me, and live in an unsightly way...
  • Fav anime quotes | BleachAnime.org Forums 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC www.bleachanime.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ This is ample material to work with as Kenshin, the lead character, used to be a loyalist of the shoguns but now supports the emperor as a citizen.

^ Hatake Kakashi (Naruto) "No, you don't get it, thats why I'm telling you.
  • Fav anime quotes | BleachAnime.org Forums 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC www.bleachanime.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[61] .In an interview with Mayo Suzukaze, who is the seiyū for the character, she says that she started feeling similar to Kenshin after years of work as his voice, and comments that providing the voice for the character was one of her best experiences.^ Kenshin's seiyuu is Suzukaze Mayo.
  • Anime Web Turnpike - Web Forums - Rurouni Kenshin: what do you like about it? 16 January 2010 2:53 UTC forum.anipike.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Kenshin, who left early from his training of the Hiten Mitsurugi style in favour of fighting for the Imperialists, continues where he had left off ten years earlier to defeat Shishio.

^ Author: Guest Quality: Incomparable Functionality: Full Contact Use I have to say that this is one of the best Sakabatous i\'ve seen in years.
  • WeaponMasters - Swords - Reverse Blade Katana 3 February 2010 16:016 UTC www.weaponmasters.com [Source type: Original source]

[62]

Notes

  1. ^ "Hitokiri." The term refers to an assassin and translates as "manslayer." Within the Rurouni Kenshin universe "Battōsai" refers to someone who has mastered battōjutsu.[6] Assassins during the bakumatsu adopted professional names; for instance Kawakami Gensai was known as Hitokiri Gensai.[7]

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