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?
When a strange samurai tells her she is the successor of the swordsman Yagyu Jubei, Jiyu Nanohana refuses to believe him. But the descendants of Jubei's rivals have already sensed this, and one assassin after another is sent to attack Jiyu! Fortunately, Jubei left a little something for our heroine - a lovely heart-shaped eyepatch. As soon as Jiyu dons the eyepatch, she is overcome with Jubei's power and transforms into a ninja girl! Jiyu must put an end to the 300-year old feud between the samurai clans... before the feud puts an end to her.
A half-man, half-beast is chased by foes wielding power of an unpleasant nature. He would certainly be slaughtered, his mission failed, if not for the intervention of a wandering mercenary -- Kibagami Jubei. With the last of his strength, he gives Jubei a mysterious jewel, thereby transferring his mission: deliver the jewel at all costs to the Priestess of Light. The mystery of the jewel's powers, and the identities of those fiends who quest for it... these are questions whose answers will only be found through blood and battle.
Both Rurouni Kenshin & Ninja Scrolls include large quantities of action sequences, both leads displaying vast quantities of power, strength and style. There are also some parallels in the more unique looking and weapon wielding fighters that you occasionally find in RK & throughout Ninja Scrolls. Although NS is the darker, more violent of the two series, they both have a similar romantic feel to them which does not over-shadow the main plot but gives more depth to the central protagonists.
The time is centuries ago, during the Sengoku period; the place is feudal Japan. Political ambitions and bloodshed run rampant as rival warlords battle it out in an attempt to rule the nation. Some seek to spread their noble ideals, some seek to protect justice and yet others seek destruction. Date Masamune, Sanada Yukimumra and a variety of other warriors will fight it out time and time again; their actions helping to ultimately decide the fight of Japan.
Both anime are about samuri that only fight for what they believe in. Sengoku Basara is more fast paced, action packed, and throws in some random funny stuff where Kenshin is more slow and has a deeper story to it when fighting is involved. There is some comedy parts in Kenshin that I think if you liked those parts you will absolutely love Sengoku Basara.
For starters lets get th differences out of the way: Sengoku Basara much shorter than Rurouni Kenshin, Sengoku has a much faster pace than Rurouni, Rurouni has a much deeper story than Sengoku. But where they are similar is that they both have some rather nice action and there is some comedy in both of them and they both have samurai. So if you liked one then you may want to check out the other.
If you're into samurai then you'll love both anime. Both tell of a history that stems from the eyes of different view points with epic battles.
In Japan, legends tell of a strong clan of warriors who fought unarmed and walked the path of the undefeated. Since the Heian period, this clan known as the Shura helped shape and form history as we know it with the help of their legendary Mutsu Enmei-Ryuu style. Watch history unfold in this epic tale as the Shura and their ancestors witness the days of the swordfighter Musashi, fight with the one-eyed Jubei Yagyu and help influence the fall of the Shogunate and Shinsengumi; and most importantly, touch the hearts and minds of everyone they meet…
In ancient Japan, many wars and revolutions took place. Kenshin and Shura no Toki have to do with said wars, and the main characters are both the top of their class. They also have a somewhat big influence in history according to each series. And although Kenshin and the Mutsu clan have different views on what strength is supposed to be used for, they both understand that it's necessary to get things done.
Both Kenshin and Shura no Toki are about samurai and swordfights. Both are a bit funny and have a main character who is a lot stronger than anyone else.
Both Rurouni and Shura have the same kind of beginning and kept reminding me of eachother. A lone traveler meets trouble on his path and helps out a maiden in distress. The great thing of these two anime's is that it tells a tale that spans quite some time and works in one of the more turbulent times of Japanese history, the Meiji period. Both these series are a tale about a lot of fighting, but with a good undertone of a romantic story. The main character in both is calm and cheerfull for the most part and confers this to his closest friends.
Once upon a time, two brothers passed the happy days of their childhood by studying alchemy, which is governed by the equal transfer principle: an eye for an eye -- you can't get more than you give. But these brothers tried to defy that law, and a horrific accident resulted. Now, the older brother, Edward, is called the Full Metal Alchemist because of his metal limbs, and the younger, Alphonse, is a soul without a body, trapped within the confines of an automaton. Together they search for the power to restore themselves, to find the lives they lost so long ago...
One is an old classic of a samurai in Meiji era while the other is about an alchemist in an alternate universe, so at first glance you'd find the two series to be vastly different.
Kenshin (Ruruoni Kenshin) and Ed (Fullmetal Alchemist) share a lot of traits - peace-loving but do not shy away from conflict, determined, courageous and unflinching in the face of violence. Both protagonists have something in their past that they are trying to atone for. They seek salvation for what they did in the past, what they were directly responsible for. They firmly face the future, only looking back at their past to remind them why they've taken the paths they did. (Physically speaking, they have long hair and possess short stature. ^_^)
Plot wise, they deal with politics, war, and how the two affect each other. The characters deal with betrayal, greed, and corruption. There are struggles between duty and personal wishes, and as they question what is right and wrong, so do you.
Both series are funny and heartbreaking in turn, although the play on emotional aspects is more evident in Fullmetal Alchemist than in Ruruoni Kenshin.
Both of these anime are based on strong emotions. Kenshin and Edward have both committed a sin in their past and now they try to atone for them. Kenshin protects his beloved with his reverse blade sword, Ed and his younger brother Al want their bodies back and on their way they found out terrible truth about their possibilities. They swore not to hurt anyone so they chose the difficult and long path that doesn't break their oath.
There are many characters to love in both anime beginning with the main characters and ending with great episode characters. I dare compare Winry to Kaoru and Saitou Hajime to Roy Mustang. If you don't believe me, watch it and decide for yourself.
Also, if you look for fun, those anime won't disappoint you. Keshin's "Oro" moments are as hilarious as Edward's "did-you-say-I-m-so-small-you-can't-even-see-me??!!" moments. But those funny scenes won't kill the seriousness of the whole story. It is just a part for you to take in breath and watch on.