Rurouni Kenshin

Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan

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In the final years of the Bakumatsu era lived a legendary assassin known as Hitokiri Battousai. Feared as a merciless killer, he was unmatched throughout the country, but mysteriously disappeared at the peak of the Japanese Revolution. It has been ten peaceful years since then, but the very mention of Battousai still strikes terror into the hearts of war veterans. Unbeknownst to them, Battousai has abandoned his bloodstained lifestyle in an effort to repent for his sins, now living as Kenshin Himura, a wandering swordsman with a cheerful attitude and a strong will. Vowing never to kill again, Kenshin dedicates himself to protecting the weak. One day, he stumbles across Kaoru Kamiya at her kendo dojo, which is being threatened by an impostor claiming to be Battousai. After receiving help from Kenshin, Kaoru allows him to stay at the dojo, and so the former assassin temporarily ceases his travels. Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan tells the story of Kenshin as he strives to save those in need of saving. However, as enemies from both past and present begin to emerge, will the reformed killer be able to uphold his new ideals?

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English: Rurouni Kenshin
Japanese: るろうに剣心 -明治剣客浪漫譚-
Type: TV
Episodes: 94
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 10, 1996 to Sep 8, 1998
Premiered: Winter 1996
Broadcast: Wednesdays at 19:30 (JST)
Producers: Aniplex, SME Visual Works, Fuji TV
Licensors: Media Blasters
Studios: Gallop, Studio Deen
Source: Manga
Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Historical, Romance, Samurai, Shounen
Duration: 25 min per ep
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older
Resolution: 480p
Type: Dual Audio


Kazuhiro Furuhashi – Director, Storyboard
Kouichi Chigira – Episode Director, Storyboard
Naoto Hashimoto – Episode Director
Shigeo Koshi – Episode Director
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Theme Songs

OP1: “Sobakasu (そばかす)” by JUDY AND MARY (eps 1-38)
OP2: “½” by Makoto Kawamoto (eps 39-82)
OP3: “Kimi ni Fureru Dake de (君に触れるだけで)” by CURIO (eps 83-94)
ED1: “Tactics” by THE YELLOW MONKEY (eps 1-12)
ED2: “Namida wa Shitteiru” by Mayo Suzukaze (eps 13-27)
ED3: “HEART OF SWORD ~Yoake Mae~ (HEART OF SWORD 〜夜明け前〜)” by T.M.Revolution (eps 28-38, 43-49)
ED4: “the Fourth Avenue Café” by L’Arc~en~Ciel (eps 39-42)
ED5: “It’s gonna rain!” by BONNIE PINK (eps 50-66)
ED6: “1/3 no Junjou na Kanjou (1/3の純情な感情)” by SIAM SHADE (eps 67-82)
ED7: “Dame! (ダメ!)” by You Izumi (eps 83-95)

Episode List

01: The Handsome Swordsman of Legend: A Man who Fights for Love
02: Kid Samurai: A Big Ordeal and a New Student
03: Swordsman of Sorrow: The Man Who Slays His Past
04: Bad! Introducing Sanosuke, Fighter-for-hire
05: The Reverse-blade Sword vs. the Zanbatou: Beyond the Battle
06: The Appearance of Kurogasa: Visitor from the Shadows
07: Deathmatch under the Moon! Protect the One You Love
08: A New Battle! The Mysterious Beauty From Nowhere
09: The Strongest Group of Ninjas: The Horrible Oniwaban Group
10: Aoshi: Someone so Beautiful it’s Frightening
11: Farewell, the Strongest Men: The Clash of Light and Shadow
12: Birth of a Boy Swordsman: The Battle of First Apprentice Yahiko
13: Strive for the Grand Championship: Toramaru’s Sumo Battle Log!
14: To Save a Small Life: Lady Doctor Megumi to the Rescue
15: Two Legendary Manslayers, Two Legendary Slashers!
16: A Promise From the Heart! The Secret Sword Technique of Shiden.
17: Fly to Your Dreams! Marimo, The Human Cannon.
18: Run Yahiko: Get the Reverse-Edged Sword Back!
19: Raijuta’s Ambition: The Fantasy of the Forbidden Kingdom.
20: Revival of the Killer Sword: Shinko Style!
21: Destruction of a Nightmare
22: Surprise Incident on a Runaway Locomotive
23: Sanosuke’s Betrayal!? The Fateful Reunion
24: Midnight Battle: Kenshin vs Sanosuke Revisited!
25: The Red Pirate: Kenshin and Kaoru Separated
26: Lightning Incarnate: Shura, The Mysterious Female Pirate!
27: Burn, Island of Terror! The Red Pirate: Conclusion
28: Prelude To a New Threat, The Shadow of the Wolf is drawing near
29: The Ultimate Fatal Rival! The Waylay of the Desperate Fang
30: Evil Monster of Revenge,… Shishio Makoto’s Plot!
31: Never Reaching Feelings… Kenshin’s Departure
32: Changing Tears to Courage! The Path Choosen by Kamiya Kaoru
33: Time to Be the Strongest Warrior! Aoshi’s New Battle
34: The Little Thief,… Makimachi Misao’s Deceptive Looks
35: Occupied Village! Shishio’s Evil Shadow, Ever Closer!
36: After The End of The Dynasty, First Meeting of Kenshin and Shishio
37: Shock! Sakabatou Broken,.. Soujiro “The Heavenly Sword” vs Kenshin
38: Sanosuke, The Secret of Patience,… Challenge the Hakai-Priest, Anji
39: The man who makes Sakaba,… Shat-ku Arai’s masterpiece
40: Cold-blooded, Samurai battle with Ju-Pon Gatana, Cho
41: Hidden Technique of Hiten Mitsurugi Ryu! Reunion with Master Seijuro Hiko
42: The Formation of an Alliance
43: Between Life and Death, Succession Technique Mastered.
44: A Decisive Battle Like Violent Waters
45: As if to Fly
46: Purgatory Bursts into Flames
47: Crash! The Lethal Punch, Futae no Kiwami
48: Reborn to Salvation
49: The Wolf Destroys the Shingan
50: The Promised Time has Come
51: Wake up Now!
52: To make a Miracle
53: The Giant vs Superman
54: Hiten vs Shukuchi
55: The Tragedy of a Stormy Night
56: A Duel With an Extreme Moment
57: Two Men at the End of an Era
58: The Age Chooses Shishio?
59: Not Out of Luck!
60: The Man who is Chosen for Victory
61: The Juppongatana who Remain
62: Kyoto, the Engraved Memory
63: The Legend of the Fireflies
64: The Birth of Prince Yahiko?
65: Find the Lost Treasure!
66: Kaoru Ecstatic!
67: The Gleaming Blade of Legends
68: The Medallion of Destiny
69: To the Battlefield of Shimabara
70: Shock of the Rairyu Sen
71: Kaiou’s Conspiracy
72: Days of Remorse
73: The Sneering Demon!
74: Sanosuke’s tears!
75: The Last Crusade
76: Bon Voyage
77: Himura Dojo in Shimonoseki?
78: Crush!
79: Kaishu Katsu and Kenshin
80: The Unending Revolution
81: Conspiracy of the Beniaoi
82: Kaishu Katsu’s Determination
83: Yutaro Returns
84: The Sanada Ninja Squad and the Elixir
85: A Straying Journey
86: A Heat Wave From Beneath the Earth
87: Scheneider’s Bet
88: The Two Guides
89: To My Angel Misao
90: Feng Shui, Surprise Attack!
91: The Magic of Feng Shui
92: Tokyo’s Under Martial Law!
93: The Enemy Awaits in Senjogahara
94: The Elegy of Wind and Water


Great first half, rubbish fillers afterwards smothered it in disappointment.


Overall amazing adaptation, until the third season. Ruins the purpose of getting into it and you could simply read the Manga instead.

Doriftmas Takumi

The second half is just unnecessary filler.


My all time favorite manga adapted. It holds up well when it follows the manga, and falters greatly when it tries to do original content


Barely average. Might have liked it more if I watched while it was airing. Does have some great moments at times.


This one is a classic but do yourself a favor and skip the filler, w/o filler this is an action packed and riveting story start to finish.


Recomiendo el Manga pero el Anime no se queda atras Muy buena trama y personajes


    Demolition Man

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