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?
Naruto Uzumaki is a young ninja who bears a great power hidden inside him, a power that has isolated him from the rest of his village. As such, his only dream is to become the Hokage - the most powerful ninja, and leader of the village; but first he needs to graduate! With his inability to perform even the most basic ninja techniques, it seems that all Naruto has going for him is his determination to succeed no matter what. Teamed up with the genius Sasuke, book-smart Sakura, and their team leader Kakashi, Naruto embarks on his quest to become the Hokage. But with outside forces posing a threat to the entire Hidden Leaf village, Naruto discovers that he must become much stronger if he ever wants to realize his dream and protect the friendships he's forged.
Samurai and ninja-themed stories seem to go hand-in-hand, so give Naruto a try. Naruto is about ninjas and is set against a modern-medieval timeline, with a lot of fighting using ninja tools (shuriken, kyunai, etc) and ninja techniques as opposed to swords/blades with Rurouni Kenshin.
There's plenty of comedy and intrigue to go along as well, and you'll find there're plenty of characters to root for.
If you enjoy action series that do not forget matters of the heart, emotions, and character development AND you enjoy stories with a central male figure that has a nobel character to protect the weak... then you have to see Naruto. It has a rocky start, but then the show kicks it into high gear. In other words, if you like Rurouni Kenshin, you GOT to see Naruto!
Yoichi Karasuma is a strong young samurai who was born and raised in the mountains. One day his father decides to send him to the city to stay with the four Ikuraga sisters so that he can gain valuable life experience, but his first trip into civilization doesn’t go quite as planned. Not only is he late to meet his new hostesses, but he is labelled a pervert and manages to get himself arrested – twice! Now, as he lives at the Ikuraga Dojo with Ibuki, Ayame, Kagome and Chihaya, Yoichi must adapt to his new life at school while accepting the rather violent ‘training’ he receives from Ibuki. After making an enemy of the school delinquent and with a mysterious man after his life, it seems that Yoichi’s quest to gain life experience won’t be so smooth after all!
They are both samurai based shows, but that's not what makes them related. In fact the overall feel, pace and comedy of the show is relatively the same. Everytime I see Yoiichi doing a little wind technique I automatically think of Kenshin. Although Kenshin has more action, and Yuichi more comedy, they both have a great pace for any samurai lover.
Both animes are very similar not just in terms of the theme; both protagonists are master samurai who will shout the name of each attack right before they use it. in addition, both characters have the same manner of speech as well; using the suffix '-dono' for everyone as well as using 'de gozaru' at the end of some sentences for politeness. Asu No Yoichi! can be seen as a modern day Rurouni Kenshin in a certain light. Both are enjoyable for any samurai lover with a nice mix of action and comedy.
With Kenshin being my all time favorite anime, it's tough for me to relate shows to it. Asu no Yoichi is one that I don't have a hard time relating to Kenshin, however. The two main characters, Kenshin Himura and Yoichi Karasuma respectively, are similar in a lot of ways. The most obvious of which is their use of a little known yet very powerful sword style. The characters themselves aren't all, though. The whole of Yoichi feels a lot like Kenshin because once people realize who Yoichi is and how strong he is, opponents seem to come out of the woodwork in order to challenge him. They both have an air of comedy mixed with seriousness about them, although Kenshin is more serious than Yoichi. It shouldn't be too farfetched to say that either one is a good compliment to the other.
Both animes are similar with a samurai giving teachings and the samurai not killing a single person. Both are very joyable to watch and the fighting scenese are very well done.
Some things in life are so bad that you'd like to pretend they're just a dream. Unfortunately for Kazuki, trying to save a strange girl from being brutally killed by monsters (and ending up dying instead) is an unfortunate reality. Out of pity, the girl replaces Kazuki's heart with an alchemy-based artifact known as Kakugane, so that he may live on. With this strange device, Kazuki gains the power of Busou Renkin -- Arms Alchemy; a power that will come in handy when monsters (and worse) begin to plague his town! Kazuki soon meets the girl from his “dream” (named Tokiko) in reality, and she tells Kazuki to get on with his life; but with his sister and friends in danger, that might not be possible. Besides, if Kazuki gives up the chance to show off just how manly he can be, how can he hope to win the heart of the alluring older-sister-like Tokiko?!
Both Busou Renkin and Kenshin have sword battles, comedy, and an interesting story that you would love; so if you liked one, you would love the other one.
Busou Renkin has the same amount of action as Kenshin but in only 26 episodes. Just like Kenshin it has a little comedy to it and a very interesting storyline. Highly recommended!
The recommendation reason here is pretty obvious -- both Busou Renkin and Rurouni Kenshin are by the same mangaka. However, beyond that, both are fighting animes that explore more than just power or strategy -- hypocrisy is well discussed in both. Additionally, both have "bad guys" that don't always have to fight the "good guy" whenever they meet. (They actually have conversations and act like real people!) Overall, both are very good animes, and worth watching.
They are both from the same mangaka so it's not supprising that they are similar in many ways such as the overall atmosphere with a main character that's very laid back and easy going until it's time for a fight which both series have plenty of. If you like one of them you should check out the other.
Lady Ran is a self-described 'beautiful drifter': a samurai who travels Japan on a whim, always searching for good sake. Together with her good-hearted but somewhat dense sidekick Meow (master of the Iron Cat Fist style), they stumble into situations where they (usually unwillingly) confront bandits, corrupt officials and deceitful cults. But there's one enemy they can never defeat with their amazing sword and martial arts skills: their perpetual poverty!
Now I know you liked Kenshin so I bet you will also like this one. Carried by the wind: Tsukikage Ran is a story of a female swordman who is wandering around Japan looking for a good sake.
So like Kenshin, Ran is a wanderer but this one is actually wandering from place to another. On the way she meets more interesting people who stand out the crowd and is somehow always forced to help them.
I hope you will watch this one because it is really marvelous anime.
Two anime so delightfully similar except one has a male samurai lead, and the other a female samurai lead - both strong warriors, both wandering ronin, both have a martial artist sidekick.
Carried By The Wind is lacking the intricate plot and often serious tone that Kenshin carries, but the humour and animation are incredibly similar.
When watching Carried By The Wind I was half-expecting Himura to waltz on screen at any moment, that's how well these anime overlap. If you like one you will surely enjoy the other.
Jubei Kibagami is just a wandering swordsman minding his own business... until fate lands him in the middle of a battle with the terrifying Devils of Kimon! Now the fate of all of Japan lies in the hands of a vagabond samurai, a deadly female ninja and a perverted old monk as they take on an enemy who is, literally, immortal.
In Rurouni Kenshin, Himura Kenshin is a simple swordsman who wanders the land until one day fate intervenes in his life. Both Jubei Kibagami and Kenshin are thrown into battle against their will and seem to be fighting an endless battle while making allies along the way. Though their styles of fighting are both different, their goals are the same: to end corruption and bring justice to the land.
Both set in Feudal Japan, these series follow the lives of those who are setting things right. If you enjoyed the slight supernatural (or superhuman) characters from Kenshin, then you'll be able to easily enjoy Ninja scrolls. It is the same for the other way round and either way you will be able to enjoy the other one.