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Rurouni Kenshin

Alt titles: Kenshin

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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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related anime

Anime Name Type Year Relation More Info
Rurouni Kenshin: Special Techniques TV Special   TBD
Rurouni Kenshin Movie Movie 1997 TBD
Rurouni Kenshin: Tsuiokuhen OVA 1999 TBD
Rurouni Kenshin: Seisouhen OVA 2001 TBD
Rurouni Kenshin: New Kyoto Arc OVA 2011 TBD

related manga

Manga Name Year Relation More Info
Rurouni Kenshin 1994 TBD
Rurouni Kenshin: Kinema-ban 2012 TBD
Name Role
Kazuhiro FURUHASHI Director
Noriyuki ASAKURA Music
Nobuhiro WATSUKI Original Manga Creator
Hiroshi HASEGAWA Producer
Mitsuhisa HIDA Producer
Koji KANEDA Producer
Ayao WAKANA Producer

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Official Editorial Reviews

Title Author Score Date
Rurouni Kenshin VivisQueen 6.5/10 Dec 7, 2008
Kenshin VivisQueen 6.5/10 Dec 7, 2008

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Rurouni Kenshin closetanimefan 7/10 Jan 25, 2014
Kenshin closetanimefan 7/10 Jan 25, 2014
Kenshin MisakiUsagi 6.5/10 Dec 1, 2013
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Both Hajime no Ippo and Kenshin use more realistic powers which is somewhat rare in shounen anime. The main characters also share some resemblances as they have a funny side and a serious asswhooping counterpart. (Though Kenshin uses actual double personalities.)

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Looking for unparallel shounen fighting to make you weep manly tears? You can turn to either Rurouni Kenshin or Hajime no Ippo. Both provide duels of incredible excitement between super-awesome characters that'll move you for all their tragedy. The one thing to look out for is the incessant filler in Rurouni Kenshin, which doesn't exist in Hajime no Ippo. But if you like one, you'll find the same kinds of thrills in the other.

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Kenshin is another battle anime (this time with martial arts and historical settings), without too much deep plot.
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