Rurouni Kenshin is the story of a revolutionary patriot fighting to conceal his bloody past in the new Meiji era of Japan. Battosai Himura's role in the revolution was so infamous that it earned him the title ‘Hitokiri' (Manslayer). To put that fearful name and his past behind him, Himura returned to his original name of Kenshin, reversing the blade on his sword to make it non-lethal, swearing to never take another life and beginning again as an ordinary rurouni (wandering samurai). He meets Kaoru Kamiya, a spirited girl who runs the local dojo and is the first of several friends to accept him for who he is, not who he was. But Kenshin's past will not leave him alone, and with old rivals remerging, groups attempting to shatter the hard earned peace, and those with desire to face the legendary Battousai, all chasing after Kenshin, can he protect those he cares about and still maintain his oath?
In the year 1580 in feudal Japan, Fifteen-year-old Usagi is a klutz of a ninja who can't seem to complete her training. As she's unfit to be a ninja her great grandfather sends Usagi to Segachi on a very special mission: to marry the skilled ninja Hanzo Hattori and bear his child! However, there's a problem: Hanzo has no desire to be married. Usagi is allowed to stay with Hanzo for one year in order to complete her training, during which she tries her hardest to catch his eye. But lovely rivals such as Yuri and the Princess Sara, and love triangles with childhood friends and others stand in the way of true romance. Will Usagi ever end up with her beloved Hanzo?
Love is around the corner for the young people in Rurouni Kenshin and Tsuki no Shippo (aka Tail of the Moon), but how can they stay together? With the bloody paths that they have chosen, will it only depend on fate to decide what will happen? Or can these young people decide their future on their own?
Following a horrific defeat at the battle of Sekigahara, two survivors, Takezo Shinmen and Matahachi Hon’iden, are deflated at having been unable to make a name for themselves and earn glory on the battlefield. But while Matahachi is anxious to go home, Takezo has vowed never to return and intends to become a vagabond, travelling the country polishing and testing his skills as a swordsman. With a beastial mercilessness when it comes to killing and a habit of cutting down all in his path, it doesn’t take long for Takezo to become a wanted fugitive. However, after being captured by a monk named Takuan and given a new lease of life, Takezo begins to live under the name of Musashi Miyamoto. Now, with a new view on life and death, Musashi continues to travel the nation challenging the most infamous fighters to achieve his goal of becoming the strongest samurai ever known.
To magnificent stories about the birth of a great samurai warrior. Each Kenshin and Vagabond tell of an epic journey to reach the top through bloodshed and loneliness. These 2 mangas when looked into, are one in the same. A tale of a boy who starts his life with a sword and starts killing at a young age to go further and become a renown swordsmen, only to later repent for his sins. A wild beast who lives only by the sword. They both have the same great samurai era feel. Both are incredible series that can't be pasted up. If you enjoyed one great journey, then follow the other.