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At Toudou Gakuen High, the kids run around in gangs, pitching their martial arts against each other to prove who is the strongest. As always team “Katana” comes out on top since it’s led by none other than the most powerful fighter anywhere – Shin Natsume. On the face of it, Shin is a fun sort of guy who cares for his friends and protects his sister, Maya; however, slowly, everyone starts to suspect that something more sinister lurks behind his easy smiles and equally easy wins. As Maya and Shin's friends, Bunshichi and Mitsuomi, are about to find out, Shin has a secret past of horror and destruction... and it’s coming back to haunt them all!
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?
If what you're looking for is non-stop action and epic standoffs between the hardest characters you can imagine, then having watched Tenjho Tenge, your next step should be Kenshin. Kenshin has no ecchi and is set in Meiji period Japan rather than a modern day high school, but you will not be disappointed by the intense battles and fantastic characterisation.