Rurouni Kenshin

Alt title: Kenshin

TV (94 eps)
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In the revolutionary Meiji period, Japan is undergoing enormous political change. It is a time when vagabonds and terrorists will use any method to prevent the modernization of their country, even if it means trampling on the innocent in the process. In such a time, Himura Kenshin, a wandering samurai, has dedicated his life to protecting the weak and desperate peasants from those who would oppress them. However, Kenshin has a dark past which threatens to destroy the values he is fighting for. When he meets his new friends Kaoru, Sanosuke, and Yahiko, and tries to build a peaceful life with them, events conspire against him. Can Kenshin overcome the demons within and without, and finally ensure the peaceful future that Japan deserves?

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  • Kenshin: Battousai Himura, Legendary Swordsman image

    Episode 1

    Kenshin: Battousai Himura, Legendary Swordsman

  • Wild Student, Yahiko Myoujin image

    Episode 2

    Wild Student, Yahiko Myoujin

  • The Man Who Killed the Past image

    Episode 3

    The Man Who Killed the Past

  • Fight Sanosuke: Living Mean Is the Only Way image

    Episode 4

    Fight Sanosuke: Living Mean Is the Only Way

  • Reversed Edge Sword Vs. Zamba Sword image

    Episode 5

    Reversed Edge Sword Vs. Zamba Sword

  • The Visitor from Darkness image

    Episode 6

    The Visitor from Darkness

  • The Battle Under the Moon image

    Episode 7

    The Battle Under the Moon

  • The Mysterious Woman and the New Battle image

    Episode 8

    The Mysterious Woman and the New Battle

  • The Most Powerful Stealth Corps: Oniwabanshuu image

    Episode 9

    The Most Powerful Stealth Corps: Oniwabanshuu

  • Aoshi: So Fearful It's Almost Beautiful image

    Episode 10

    Aoshi: So Fearful It's Almost Beautiful

  • A Crash of Light and Darkness image

    Episode 11

    A Crash of Light and Darkness

  • Birth of a Young Swordsman: The Battle of Number One Student, Yahiko image

    Episode 12

    Birth of a Young Swordsman: The Battle of Number One Student, Yahiko

  • Sumo Wrestler Toramaru image

    Episode 13

    Sumo Wrestler Toramaru

  • Lady Doctor Megumi to the Rescue image

    Episode 14

    Lady Doctor Megumi to the Rescue

  • Two Legendary Slashers image

    Episode 15

    Two Legendary Slashers

  • The Secret Sword of Shiden image

    Episode 16

    The Secret Sword of Shiden

  • Marimo, the Human Cannon image

    Episode 17

    Marimo, the Human Cannon

  • Run Yahiko! Get the Reverse-Edged Sword Back image

    Episode 18

    Run Yahiko! Get the Reverse-Edged Sword Back

  • The Fantasy of the Forbidden Kingdom (the Ambition of Kaminari Juuta) image

    Episode 19

    The Fantasy of the Forbidden Kingdom (the Ambition of Kaminari Juuta)

  • Revival of the Killer Sword: Shinko Style image

    Episode 20

    Revival of the Killer Sword: Shinko Style

  • Destruction of a Nightmare: The Ambition of Raijuta, Conclusion image

    Episode 21

    Destruction of a Nightmare: The Ambition of Raijuta, Conclusion

  • Surprise Incident On a Runaway Locomotive image

    Episode 22

    Surprise Incident On a Runaway Locomotive

  • Sanosuke and the Colored Woodblock Prints image

    Episode 23

    Sanosuke and the Colored Woodblock Prints

  • Kenshin Vs. Sanosuke: Once Again! image

    Episode 24

    Kenshin Vs. Sanosuke: Once Again!

  • The Red Pirate: Kenshin and Kaoru Separated image

    Episode 25

    The Red Pirate: Kenshin and Kaoru Separated

  • Shura, the Mysterious Female Pirate image

    Episode 26

    Shura, the Mysterious Female Pirate

  • The Red Pirate: Conclusion image

    Episode 27

    The Red Pirate: Conclusion

  • Return of the Wolf: Prologue of a Blood War image

    Episode 28

    Return of the Wolf: Prologue of a Blood War

  • The Most Powerful Archenemy! Senseless Fang On Attack image

    Episode 29

    The Most Powerful Archenemy! Senseless Fang On Attack

  • Villain Demon in Revenge: A Plot of Makoto Shishio image

    Episode 30

    Villain Demon in Revenge: A Plot of Makoto Shishio

  • Impossible Thought image

    Episode 31

    Impossible Thought

  • Kaoru Goes to Tokyo image

    Episode 32

    Kaoru Goes to Tokyo

  • Until I Get the Title of Most Powerful: The New Fight of Aoshi image

    Episode 33

    Until I Get the Title of Most Powerful: The New Fight of Aoshi

  • Stickup Girl image

    Episode 34

    Stickup Girl

  • Stolen Village image

    Episode 35

    Stolen Village

  • Beyond the End of the Tokugawa Era! Shishio and Kenshin Come Face to Face image

    Episode 36

    Beyond the End of the Tokugawa Era! Shishio and Kenshin Come Face to Face

  • Shock! Broken Reverse Edged Sword: Heaven Sword, Sojiro Vs. Kenshin image

    Episode 37

    Shock! Broken Reverse Edged Sword: Heaven Sword, Sojiro Vs. Kenshin

  • Sanosuke's Severe Training image

    Episode 38

    Sanosuke's Severe Training

  • The Last of Shakkuu Arai's Reverse Edge Sword image

    Episode 39

    The Last of Shakkuu Arai's Reverse Edge Sword

  • Fatal Fight With a Fearsome Cold Blooded Assassin image

    Episode 40

    Fatal Fight With a Fearsome Cold Blooded Assassin

  • Reunification With Master Sijuro Hiko image

    Episode 41

    Reunification With Master Sijuro Hiko

  • Establishment of an Alliance image

    Episode 42

    Establishment of an Alliance

  • Mastering the Secret Between Life and Death! image

    Episode 43

    Mastering the Secret Between Life and Death!

  • The Most Powerful Group: Juppon Gatana image

    Episode 44

    The Most Powerful Group: Juppon Gatana

  • Just Like Flying! image

    Episode 45

    Just Like Flying!

  • Burning Rengoku! the Fate of Makoto Shishio image

    Episode 46

    Burning Rengoku! the Fate of Makoto Shishio

  • The Clash image

    Episode 47

    The Clash

  • The Beginning of Anji's Rebirth Into Salvation image

    Episode 48

    The Beginning of Anji's Rebirth Into Salvation

  • The Wolf Who Caught the Eyes of a Heart image

    Episode 49

    The Wolf Who Caught the Eyes of a Heart

  • Time to Honor the Promise image

    Episode 50

    Time to Honor the Promise

  • Amakakeru-Ryu-No-Hirameki! Final Battle image

    Episode 51

    Amakakeru-Ryu-No-Hirameki! Final Battle

  • Wake up Miracle! the Attack of Aoi'Ya image

    Episode 52

    Wake up Miracle! the Attack of Aoi'Ya

  • The Giant Vs. the Superhuman image

    Episode 53

    The Giant Vs. the Superhuman

  • Heaven Against Earth image

    Episode 54

    Heaven Against Earth

  • Tragedy On the Night of the Storm image

    Episode 55

    Tragedy On the Night of the Storm

  • The Ultimate Battle image

    Episode 56

    The Ultimate Battle

  • Two People Who Have Survived the End of Tokugawa image

    Episode 57

    Two People Who Have Survived the End of Tokugawa

  • Does This Era Choose Shishio? image

    Episode 58

    Does This Era Choose Shishio?

  • Luck Will Continue image

    Episode 59

    Luck Will Continue

  • Who Gets the Victory? Shishio Vs. Kenshin image

    Episode 60

    Who Gets the Victory? Shishio Vs. Kenshin

  • Juppon Gatana, the Choice in Order to Live image

    Episode 61

    Juppon Gatana, the Choice in Order to Live

  • Kyoto Carved Memories image

    Episode 62

    Kyoto Carved Memories

  • The Legend of Wishmaster Firefly: the Girl Who Waited for a Swordsman image

    Episode 63

    The Legend of Wishmaster Firefly: the Girl Who Waited for a Swordsman

  • Birth of Prince Yahiko / a Splendid High Society Debut image

    Episode 64

    Birth of Prince Yahiko / a Splendid High Society Debut

  • Find Missing Treasure / Famous Detective Dog, Notaro image

    Episode 65

    Find Missing Treasure / Famous Detective Dog, Notaro

  • Impressed Karoru! / a Proposal from Kenshin image

    Episode 66

    Impressed Karoru! / a Proposal from Kenshin

  • Legendary Sword: Mysterious Swordsman Shogo Amakusa image

    Episode 67

    Legendary Sword: Mysterious Swordsman Shogo Amakusa

  • Medallion of Fate: Encounter of Sanosuke and Sayo image

    Episode 68

    Medallion of Fate: Encounter of Sanosuke and Sayo

  • To the Battle Place: Shimbara! Moment of Truth image

    Episode 69

    To the Battle Place: Shimbara! Moment of Truth

  • Shock of Rairyusen! Kenshin Buried Into Darkness image

    Episode 70

    Shock of Rairyusen! Kenshin Buried Into Darkness

  • Kaioh's Plot: Trapped Shogo image

    Episode 71

    Kaioh's Plot: Trapped Shogo

  • Looking Back On the Old Days: the Sad Past of Shogo and Sayo image

    Episode 72

    Looking Back On the Old Days: the Sad Past of Shogo and Sayo

  • Sneering Evil Demon! Shozo's Kanyu Disappears Into Explosion image

    Episode 73

    Sneering Evil Demon! Shozo's Kanyu Disappears Into Explosion

  • Tears in Sanosuke's Eyes: Permanent Good-bye Between the Two image

    Episode 74

    Tears in Sanosuke's Eyes: Permanent Good-bye Between the Two

  • The Last Holy War: the Crash of Two Amakakeru-Ryu-No image

    Episode 75

    The Last Holy War: the Crash of Two Amakakeru-Ryu-No

  • Leaving for a Journey: Beyond the Sad Wave, There Is Hope image

    Episode 76

    Leaving for a Journey: Beyond the Sad Wave, There Is Hope

  • Himura Dojo in Shomonoseki (City in Yamaguchi Prefecture) image

    Episode 77

    Himura Dojo in Shomonoseki (City in Yamaguchi Prefecture)

  • A Lady Admired by an Art Student: Love Affair in Hakone image

    Episode 78

    A Lady Admired by an Art Student: Love Affair in Hakone

  • The Fate of Two Guys Who Lived at the End of the Tokugawa Era image

    Episode 79

    The Fate of Two Guys Who Lived at the End of the Tokugawa Era

  • The Ending of Tokugawa Era: an Order from Heaven image

    Episode 80

    The Ending of Tokugawa Era: an Order from Heaven

  • Showdown in Shinagawa image

    Episode 81

    Showdown in Shinagawa

  • More Precious Than Money image

    Episode 82

    More Precious Than Money

  • Ambition of the Black Wolves image

    Episode 83

    Ambition of the Black Wolves

  • Sanada Ninja Group and the Miraculous Medicine: the Targ image

    Episode 84

    Sanada Ninja Group and the Miraculous Medicine: the Targ

  • Straying Journey: a Trap of God Crossing That Was Set up image

    Episode 85

    Straying Journey: a Trap of God Crossing That Was Set up

  • The Three Sanadas: the Red Heat That Fly from Deep Under the Ground image

    Episode 86

    The Three Sanadas: the Red Heat That Fly from Deep Under the Ground

  • Schnider's Bet: Defeat of the Black Knight image

    Episode 87

    Schnider's Bet: Defeat of the Black Knight

  • The Two Guideposts: Yahiko and Yutaro's Eternal Promise image

    Episode 88

    The Two Guideposts: Yahiko and Yutaro's Eternal Promise

  • To My Angel Misao: Message from Kyoto image

    Episode 89

    To My Angel Misao: Message from Kyoto

  • Feng Shui image

    Episode 90

    Feng Shui

  • Scary Inheritance image

    Episode 91

    Scary Inheritance

  • War of Ki image

    Episode 92

    War of Ki

  • Just Pieces of the Puzzle image

    Episode 93

    Just Pieces of the Puzzle

  • Elegy of Water and Wind image

    Episode 94

    Elegy of Water and Wind

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VivisQueen's avatar by VivisQueen on Dec 7, 2008
Score 6.5/10

Story
Perhaps the astonishing thing about Rurouni Kenshin’s consistently strong following over the years is that the series is staggeringly inconsistent. For the first thirty episodes, it’s quite possible that I watched the same cliché on repeat. Some glory-hunting thugs or evil yakuza challenge a buffoonish Kenshin to a fight, only to end... read more

mdchan's avatar by mdchan on Jan 12, 2015
Score 8/10

I first saw Rurouni Kenshin back when VHS tapes were still a thing.  Yes, I just went there. I loved the characters, the battles, the...well, everything about the series......and then the fillers hit starting at episode 63.  Some of the filler episodes aren't bad, but they're what we call "AO" episodes, or "Anime Originals".  In other words, unlike the rest of the series... read more

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