Rurouni Kenshin

Alt titles: Kenshin

TV (94 eps)
4.341 out of 5 from 24,537 votes
Rank #216

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

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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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