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Rurouni Kenshin: Wandering Samurai 

Rurôni Kenshin -Meiji kenkaku romantan (original title)
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The adventures of a young wandering swordsman who stumbles upon a struggling martial arts school in Meiji era Japan.
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Series cast summary:
Mayo Suzukaze ...  Himura Kenshin / ... 95 episodes, 1996-1998
Richard Cansino ...  Himura Kenshin / ... 95 episodes, 1996-1998
Dorothy Elias-Fahn ...  Kaoru 95 episodes, 1996-1998
Rebecca Forstadt ...  Kori Kamiya (Sony Samurai X dub) 95 episodes, 1996-1998
Mîna Tominaga ...  Yahiko Myôjin 94 episodes, 1996-1998
Brianne Brozey ...  Yoshi (Sony Samurai X dub) / ... 93 episodes, 1996-1998
Derek Stephen Prince ...  Sanosuke Sagara (Sony Samurai X dub) 92 episodes, 1996-1998
Dean Wein ...  Shikijo (2000) 92 episodes, 1996-1998
Dina Sherman Dina Sherman ...  Ayame 26 episodes, 1996
Dan Lorge ...  Chief Officer / ... 25 episodes, 1996
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A man slayer, Kenshin Himura, who played a major role in defeating Tokugawa Shogunate of feudal Japan carries his reverse blade sword (with a promise not to slay anymore). He embarks on a quest to repent for his sins by helping the innocent. He lodges in Kamia Kashin dojo where he becomes an acquaintance of Kaorou, the assistant instructor of the dojo. After being saved by Kenshin from mafia, a stubborn young boy, Yahiko Myojin joins the dojo as a student. Sanousuke, a victim of war becomes an acquaintance of Kenshin after losing to him in a duel. Together with his new friends, Kenshin carries out his ideal of helping the innocent. A series of events unfold that questions his ideal of living for the innocent and not slaying men. Kenshin faces every opponent with his reverse blade to uphold justice. Written by kumar29nov1992@gmail.com

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Japanese

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1999 (USA) See more »

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(95 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Megumi and Kaoru have the nicknames Kitsune (Fox) and Tanuki (Racoon Dog). In Japanese folklore, the Kitsune and Tanuki are thought of as "dangerous spirits". The Kitsune is said to often take on the form of a bewitching woman who seduces and tricks unworthy men, whilst protecting and rewarding deserving people. These are the two very different attitudes Megumi holds towards Sanosuke and Kenshin. The Tanuki, on the other hand, is said to also take on the form of a woman, but is regarded as much more playful and mischievous than the judgmental Kitsune. See more »

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Kenshin Himura: [about the guy he fought in the Revolution who tried to kill him again last week] We have some things in common, but I wouldn't call him a friend...
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There is a alternate English dub version called "Samurai X" which aired in various Asian countries. See more »

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Original lyrics by Yuki Isoya
Original composition by Kaito Onta
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A Powerful Series... Though Not Without Flaws
11 May 2004 | by Ou24See all my reviews

When I first saw Rurouni Kenshin, I was still relatively new to the world of Japanese animation. I had only seen a handful of series before, and though they all entertained me, it had yet to earn the same status with me as so many millions of anime fans claim Japanese animation to be worth. Rurouni Kenshin did that for me.

The first 20 episodes or so were nothing out of the ordinary; A lighthearted comedy series, with a bit of action and drama mixed in. And even though these aspects were handled extraordinarily well, it wasn't anything remotely special. The animation was slightly mediocre, though not too bad considering, but the feel was nice. Good music, great characters and average plots, for a swordfighting anime. But with episode 28, the series made an incredible flip over. The change in atmosphere was shocking in fact, and took me completely by surprise. It was like a complete opposite of the episodes that had come before it. All of a sudden, the plot thickened incredibly. The animation went better. The storytelling of the images changed dramatically and the music went through the roof. (Well, at least for a Japanese animation newb like I was at the time)

But all this was only to increase in the coming arc... The plot turned a lot darker, the lightheartedness was all but erased, and the animation increased incredibly. There's a lot of controversy about this change to the Kenshin fans. A lot of people seem to appreciate the lighthearted beginnings more. I am not one of those.. This new arc (Entitled the ''Kyoto Arc'') was indeed really masterful to me. It enchanted me. And to this day, Rurouni Kenshin ranks above the top of my favourite anime list.

However, don't go rushing out and buy this; after this ''Kyoto Arc'', the series takes a dive for the worse. Apparently unable to keep consistent and on par in release speed to the original ''manga'' comic (Which was released at the same time), the animation studio had no choice but to continue with a self-created filler Arc. It was a tedious, boring and quite frankly annoying arc, which disgraced the beauty of before. Even worse: Bad ratings forced the company to shut and end the Rurouni Kenshin series, leaving the final arcs of the original manga (Which were just as powerful as the previous ones) unanimated and untouched.

However, Rurouni Kenshin (Despite the mistake listed above), is truly a powerful series with a stunning storyline and great characters and I recommend it heavily. Though, if you're looking for some brainless entertainment with lots of ''cool'' action, don't go here. Rurouni Kenshin also pleases there, but you'll get a lot more out of it if you can appreciate all the series has to offer.

(9/10)


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