Rurouni Kenshin

Alt title: Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan

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Trigun

Trigun

“Vash, the Stampede” - worth 60 billion dollars to the one who can turn him in. Bounty hunters everywhere are on the lookout for this legendary gunman, not to mention insurance agents Meryl Stryfe and Milly Thompson, who are tasked with preventing any potential damage that this Vash can cause. But with 60 billion on his head, Vash is not an easy man to find.

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VRDave VRDave says...

Even though he uses a gun instead of a sword, Vash from Trigun has the same no-kill attitude as Kenshin. He will stress this to its limit, finding every crazy way to get around it, just like good ol' Himura!

captainunderpants captainunderpants says...

Alot like kenshin but with guns .The baddies remind me of rogues in the old judge dred comics i used to read ...luv it

shalist shalist says...

Give Kenshin a gun instead of a sword, and a you've got the same series. Both Kenshin and Vash come from a shady past, and have super human skills to boot. They're both hellbent on not killing, and often use simple goofiness to hide the calibur of their characters, often for hillarious results, though when pressed to a wall, both are more than capable of making their opponents regret being born.

Zadillo Zadillo says...

The protagonists are very similar in many ways, with a sort of dark past they are trying to make up for, and an approach to not try and kill anyone..... you should definitely enjoy the characters and stories in both cases.

NekoRocket NekoRocket says...

Vash and Kenshin both have a tiny problem. Everyone seems to want them dead, except for their closest friends. Trigun and Rurouni Kenshin are both very action oriented anime with a heavy dose of humor. I'm quite certain that if you like one, you'll appreciate the other.

Rar Rar says...

Rurouni Kenshin and Trigun are most clearly related through their protagonists. Kenshin and Vash share a violent brand of pacifism, and the gentler side of their dual personas are distinctly 'boke' in nature - always the butt of slapstick humour. Another, less positive, link is that both series are prone to pseudo-science - losing some of the magic of the story in giving silly 'scientific' explanations.

Bateau Bateau says...

Two great stories about two heros who vow to protect the weak without taking a human life. If you love Kenshin you'll love Trigun, if you love Trigun you'll love Kenshin. Pretty simple hmm.

AnimeUnrivaled AnimeUnrivaled says...

The Kenshin TV series and Trigun are both classic anime that deserve to be watched by any otaku. The lead characters, Kenshin and Vash, both have skill in battle above and beyond anything fathomable by most. They both also have dark secrets. Both are more than they first appear to be. While the stories in these two series can be heavily dramatic and serious at times, they also have many instances of humor (especially on the part of the lead characters). Not only do the main characters mirror one another, but their "sidekicks" are quite similar as well. Wolfwood and Sanosuke are both talented fighters who don't measure up to their friends, but can beat most. These support characters are the more stoic types (Wolfwood is moreso than Sanosuke, howeve) who balance the light-hearted attitudes of the leads. The action in both shows is fun to watch, the character designs (appearance and characterization) fascinating, the plots thick, and the humor delightful. Both series have very similar story patterns and their atmospheres are very reminiscient of one another.

CheesyP18 CheesyP18 says...

The themes and overall tone of Trigun and Kenshin are the same. They both portray characters to have kind hearts and vows not to kill people. Each character's story is rich and develop the same way. Added to this theme is a touch of comedy. Kenshin adds comedy by providing plenty of humorous filler episodes and Trigun succeeds by creating Vash to be this extreme baka. On the surface one might say that these two have nothing in common, but it is the stark opposite, they couldn't be more similar. I can almost guarantee that if you watched Trigun and liked it, you would also like Kenshin and vice versa. If not, you must have gone through some kind of mental unstability between watching them. ^_^

freakzilla freakzilla says...

Both Vash and Kenshin are trying to forget their pasts and are now living happy (and for us funny) lives. Though Kenshin is more serious, Trigun is surely a worthy recommendation.

chickenonfire chickenonfire says...

Both series are about badasses with a sensitive side who try to journey on a quest of love and peace, but find that their past catches up with them inevitably.

kamenoko kamenoko says...

Both Trigun and Kenshin feature happy-go-lucky characters with mysterious pasts, though one ran a bit too long. Both will make you laugh, and maybe cry, and both are quality anime that aren't to be missed.

kristianmorris kristianmorris says...

Not that this needs explanation but both protagonists come off as weak and entirely comedic for quite some time but as the series progresses they start to get awesome. The two are worth every minute spent watching them.

lantis lantis says...

Two series with VERY similar formula, with two radically different settings. If you liked Trigun, you will like Kenshin TV. Even if Kenshin had the emberassing period after the Kyoto arc... Regardless, you won't wanna miss it!

sothis sothis says...

Trigun and Kenshin both alternate serious storyline, with random comedic things thrown in (chibis, etc). If you enjoy that variety, check out Kenshin.

kingpac kingpac says...

Trigun and Kenshin both have very similar lead characters in that they both can make you fall to the floor laughing one moment, and sit still with a straight face the next. If you loved the way Kenshin toys with your emotions then you should watch Trigun if you want the same feeling.

Firestorm Firestorm says...

The characterization in both Trigun and Kenshin is extremely similar. If you liked the characters in Trigun, you'll like them in Kenshin as well and vice versa.

Seime Seime says...

Although the settings of these two series are very different, their main characters are very much alike. Some of the supporting characters are also mirrored in these two anime. Ex: Trigun's Wolfwood and Kenshin's Sanosuke.

Throughout both of these anime Vash and Kenshin, while great fighters, are advocates of peace who despise killing. If you liked the action, comedy or even just the characters of Rurouni Kenshin, you're sure to like Trigun.

helixcs helixcs says...

Although this is oft-repeated, I wanted to add a vote to this recommendation. Both Kenshin and Trigun share a ruthless, murderous samurai (or a gunman in Trigun) who is well known for his past violence, despite his kind-hearted nature. Both have vowed not to kill, and use their weapons to only harm or stop wrong-doers - not to kill them. Both are recommended for action addicts.

styln styln says...

Both Kenshin and Trigun are filled with nice action, some comedy, and even some drama. They have a very similar main character who has a dark past, has decided to never kill anyone, and is very proficient in the weapon of his choice.

SDGHomero SDGHomero says...

Although the settings are quite different, the nature of both leading characters remains basically the same. Kenshin Himura (also known as Battusai or simply, the "Manslayer) is on a quest for attonement. Vash, known as The Human Stampede, has an obscure past as well. The similarities are just stricking. A good story, unforgetable characters and a mix of humor and strickingly serious subjects will mostly keep you interested since both series are a must-see because of their "classic" status.

On a side note, you may want not to see Rurouni Kenshin after the end of the Kioto saga, since the story deviates from the original manga, and it kinda (if not horribly) sinks.

Shuklyah Shuklyah says...

There is plenty of action and a fun story line that unfolds as you watch every entertaining episode! It's a must watch if you like figting scenes and some goofy scenes as well!! A+

Felipe18713 Felipe18713 says...

Both series have the main character being unbelievably strong, yet they do not use their strength for show or money or power, they use it to protect those in need, to fight and stand up for the weak, with the least amount of bloodshed as possible.

Both have excellent stories to tell and great action and hilarious moments, you'll love both series!

kenshina kenshina says...

Kenshin (Rurouni Kenshin) and Vash (Trigun) both seek for peaceful life, and try to find a way to get rid of their sin (personal) and pain that they suffer from loosing their most cherished being. If you like the kind heart behind their deadly strenght, yet struggling with melancoly, which stands to protect true kindness, you will surely like both animes.

Qwero Qwero says...

Both series are about someone who wants to save humans at all cost, they both fight for it, and both are extremely tough to defeat. Both series also have a good form of comedy so you'd definetly find the other series good as well.

awpaperwings awpaperwings says...

The main hero of both of these shows have a superhuman ability to protect people and they both have promised not to kill. Also they both provide the central comic relief of the series. The feel of both shows, along with their age/animation style is also very similar.

megab megab says...

in both shows their chaters are a like in way they both want to save the people they like even if they have diffftent styes of fighting. Kenshin with his sword and Trigun withy guns. Both of them have a terriable past that sat at the bottom of their hearts u know when u watch the shows. In Kenshin  the truth is found out with the 6 ova series, it is a sequal to the 95 eps if u didnt know. As for the Trigun series his past is in the show its self. but watch both them they both great shows

KittyEmperor KittyEmperor says...

For started Vash and Kenshin are very similar characters they both are rather notorious and don't wish to kill anyone anymore.  Beyond that they also have a very similar style in storytelling in that when the situation becomes serious the characters grow serious as well but for most of the other time they are not so serious but they end up being more adding some comedy to the situations.  If you liked one then you'll probably like the other.

KoolKool KoolKool says...

Both brilliant series with great stories and pretty similar main characters. Both are pacifists but have another, more dangerous side when they are pushed.

Both shows also have serious moments along with light-hearted slapstick. Fans of one should enjoy the other.

UnicornApocalypse UnicornApocalypse says...

Both protagonists appear childish and carefree from the start but have this dark past they must face constantly throughout the series.  These two animes (mangas as well) are incredible and must sees in the anime realm.

JenKenos JenKenos says...

Both shows give a similar feeling, despite having great differences in setting and plot. However, both are being lead by what seem to be unbeatable characters, with pasts covered by shadow and a strong will of justice. In addition, they're famous shows of the 90's and a companion of the leading character carries a big ass weapon in each one of them.

lampshade4091 lampshade4091 says...

The main characters Kenshin(Rurouni Kenshin) and Vash(Trigun) are so similar to one another, but distinct enough that you won't feel like the exact same story is being told.  Both characters refuse to kill and behind their goofy or gentle exterior there is the pain that comes from their past.

Lel0uchViBritannia Lel0uchViBritannia says...

Although plot of both animes are quite different but personalities of Kenshin and Bash are quite similar ,if you like one you will definitly like other

justinwiggins justinwiggins says...

It's just like Trigun, but with swords. Vash and Kenshin both "act" like dumbasses but they are always a few steps ahead of their enemies. Defintly my top 2 favourite animes :)

Swerto Swerto says...

Both deal with aloof and playful main characters with a ehart of gold. Both have main characters who refuse to kill under any circumstance. Both face situations where this refusal to kill is challenged. 

miko miko says...

as it's weird to see these two matched up together, it's not uncommon to have liked one over the other.  one based on a planet with three suns and the other based in feudal Japan, both containing a male lead role who will stop at nothing to do what he can for his friends.

HKBattosai HKBattosai says...

If you like Rurouni Kenshin or Trigun, then you’ll like the other one because both are 90’s action shounen animes that feature a main male protagonist who is funny and incredibly powerful in their fighting skills. Ironically, both believe that killing is wrong and refrain from doing so.

InuYasha

InuYasha

Kagome is a normal high school girl who falls into a well, transporting her back in time to the feudal era. Upon her arrival to this world, she mercifully unleashes Inuyasha, a half demon. As if this isn't enough, she also discovers that she is the bearer of the Shikon no Tama, a jewel of great spiritual power, a jewel which has just shattered into a million shards. Now, along with Miroku the priest, Sango the demon hunter, and Shippou the mischievious fox-demon, they must set out to find the Shikon shards and defeat the evils of the demon Naraku.

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kamirura kamirura says...

Inuyasha has the same principle as Rurouni Kenshin, except that Inuyasha feels a bit more fantasy than Kenshin. You have the same style. I liked both Kenshin and Inuyasha a lot but Inuyasha feels more fun sometimes, not as serious as Rurouni Kenshin. So if you want more humor and a bit more playful anime I recommend this one.

VRDave VRDave says...

InuYasha is set in a different "time" era and has lovable characters, just like Kenshin. The fights and the action are great, along with the neverending quest to find Naraku! If you liked one of these series, give the other a try!

shalist shalist says...

Lots of decent swordfights, though in Inu Yasha, they seldom spend much time dwelling on the morality of killing their enemies. Basically, Inu Yasha takes the same blend of humor, swordplay, and interesting characters, and simply adds an element of fantasy and magic to it.

miaka miaka says...

If you did enjoy Rurouni Kenshin then you should love Inuyasha. they both got very awsome fights and great stories. the thing that is different is that Kenshin is more like reality wihle Inuyasha is more fantasy. but bouth is main played in old Japan.

Anzelya Anzelya says...

Both Kenshin and Inuyasha have fighting, romance and funny parts. The main characters in both stories are something between good and evil, yet are bent towards the good side more and more. Their reasons to turn good may differ, but the females in both stories are a great help for them. The anime take place in a somewhat medieval time and include sword fighting, as well as some unreal happenings (aka magic). If you liked one of them, you'd surely like the other one.

twobellssilence twobellssilence says...

Fighting for love, honor, and life. What more could you ask for from feudal fairytales? Epic battle scenes, memorable quotes, and soundtracks that whisk you away. And who wouldn't want either clan of wacky sidekicks? Both are must sees.

chamomille chamomille says...

If you liked one because of combination of action, fun and romance, you would like the other. Both are well-animated, especially for children. The main hero, together with his frends, figths with various enemies and also learns special techniques to become stronger.

Caramelo Caramelo says...

Both series are about good winning against evil. In InuYasha, the main character, Inuyasha is a half-demon and he fights so he can become a full-fledge demon. Along the way, he falls in love with Kagome, a reincarnation of his past love. The only bad thing about this anime is that it is a tad too long, spanning 6 seasons. And soon after, you start to get a little bored.. But it's still really nice. As for Rurouni Kenshin, aka Samurai X, it's about fighting for the good. A bit cliche at some parts, but it's still nice. It includes humour and the relationships between characters are sweet. >< Anyway, if you like Inuyasha, I think you'll like Rurouni Kenshin. Vice versa :)) Highly recommended to watch both!!

dahliabao dahliabao says...

These series are very easy to get into. Also, both has a great mix of action and light-hearted humor that truly is for everybody.

Melnut Melnut says...

Both of the series have a strong story line and sometimes keep you on the edge of the seat and other times falling off your seat, laughing. If you like comedy and action, both of them are great.

rossion rossion says...

both inuyasha and rorouni kenshin are about legendry beings kenshin being himura the batosai who disapered in the war against tocogawa not seen for 10 years before he returned as a wonderor while inuyasha is a half demon who was sealed to a tree for 50 years by his lover both were once seen as evil deadly killers but both reluctantly became heroes to save the one woman he loved in inuyasha not to be mistaken for the lover who sealed him to a tree

chii chii says...

Both anime have lots of adventures all across feudal Japan with many sword fights and enemies along the way. Both have their funny parts to them but know how to make the show go back to being serious very quickly. With amazing characters and an interesting enough plot check out one if you liked the other.

thegreatmajeni thegreatmajeni says...

If you like Inuyasha, you should Check out Kenshin (visa versa). They have the same kind of Comedy, you can also see the same kind of blend of characters, Kenshin being like Inuyasha, and Kagome being like Kaoru. If you like 1, I suggest trying the other.

sesshomarux24x sesshomarux24x says...

Both of these anime are very similar in the way that they both have action, romance and sword fighting. The male and female leads almost have the same personalities except flipped. these anime have the same emotional feel that will make you watch until the end, and the end will leave you kinda asking is there more?

PurplePeopleEater PurplePeopleEater says...

Both shows involve awesome sword fighting, special swords, out of this world characters, the past, humor, love, and some darkness. Both Kenshin and Inuyasha have times when they become a darker side of themselves. For Inuyasha, it's when he turns demon. For Kenshin, it's when he becomes or nearly becomes Battosai the manslayer. Both have romance, though moreso in Inuyasha. Both also have plenty of comedy. In moods they are very similar. If you like one, you will probably like the other. The enemies in both shows are supernatural. In Inuyasha, it's demons. In Kenshin, it's other strange things. The action in both is exciting. The sword battles are awesome. If you love one, you will probably love the other.

KarmicFairy KarmicFairy says...

There is a good bit of sword play and levels of mastery in both which brings along some decent fight scenes. Both are enjoyable if you like that aspect. I also like that both leads have a plutonic female counterpart who they care about. You're always hoping throughout that it leads to more. 

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Samurai Deeper Kyo

Samurai Deeper Kyo

Samurai Deeper Kyo is a story of two men in one body - the humble, polite Mibu Kyoshiro and the legendary samurai Onime-no-Kyo, who has a price on his head. Consequently, Mibu Kyoshiro is captured for having an uncanny resemblance to the samurai. As the story of SDK progresses, we learn more about the two unique souls that inhabit the same body.

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kamirura kamirura says...

Samurai Deeper Kyo also tells us the story about a samurai trying to find his place in the big world. The man Kyoshiro in this series also have a split personality like Kenshin. He fights between being the man-killer Kyo and the pharmasist Kyoshiro. Both Kyo and kyoshiro wants to get separated into two bodies and get rid of one another. Samurai Deeper Kyo also contains the cute love story as we saw between Kaoru and Kenshin. Samurai Deeper Kyo is one of my favourite serie, and if you liked Kenshin you should watch Samurai Deeper Kyo.

VRDave VRDave says...

Even though Samurai Deeper Kyo isn't as GOOD as Kenshin, it has the same entertaining aspects, such as a character fighting the "demons" within himself so they wont kill all his enemies, as well as good swordplay action. If you liked one of these, definitely give the other a try.

OmegaPhoenix OmegaPhoenix says...

Samurai Deeper Kyo has a Similar setting to kenshin, so if u like the fudal japan bit, SamuraiDeeper will keep u happy!

nextolast nextolast says...

Swordfingthin action... the lone ass kicking swordsman.. this is great stuff and these are both really good examples. both kyo and kyoshiro and kenshin are pretty intense characters that, when really set can do almost everything. The epic style of both these animes also makes it likely that liking one must mean liking the other,

Zadillo Zadillo says...

Very different in many ways, but similar settings and some similar influences in style and storytelling, and some good sword fighting action, etc.

Allanon Allanon says...

The thing that could make kenshinfans like this one is because och two things mainly, The powerful and wonderful Kyo and second, his relationships to the characters closest to him, especially the girl. It´s not in te open friendly way as in kenshin but still, there´s just something with this one that i like almost as much as kenshin.

tetra tetra says...

At first you would think that if you like Kyo or Kenshin you should see the other because, OMG they are both samurai anime!!! They do however have more similarities than that, all good ones.

The characters Kyo and Kenshin have a lot in common, and no I'm not going to say what, that is a surprise ^^. The overall feel of the anime are very similar, the animation style is similar and both are rather good anime.

batman2004 batman2004 says...

If you liked Samurai Deeper Kyo or Rurouni Kenshin, I think you will like the other. Both anime have a good amount of action, sword duels and swordsmanship. Also, both of the main characters are masters in swordsmanship. So if you liked SDK you'd like Kenshin as well, or vice versa.

Felipe18713 Felipe18713 says...

Both feature an amazing samurai master at work with a blade and some awesome moves to show. Though Kenshin fights not to kill, Kyo doesn't really seem to have that problem, both are an excellent anime series with awesome fights and fantastic storylines.

Talespirit Talespirit says...

If you like samurais and their swords, there's one in both series with close to a double identity (the friendly oro one, and the deadly assassin).

chamomille chamomille says...

Both series are about legendary samurais, who were both very feared, because they were invincible when holding sword, but at the same time they both had their sensitive side. If you liked one, you would surely like the other.

Ryokashi Ryokashi says...

Not only do these two series have a strong focus on swordfighting, but the two main characters of both series both have another side to them. Kyoshiro, who hates what he becomes when he loses control, and avoids his past because of what Kyo has done, and Kenshin, who took a vow never to kill again after his former life as a legendary killer ended.

FireFlower FireFlower says...

Rurouni Kenshin and Samurai Deeper Kyo have a bit similar things. Kenshin and Kyo fall for one girl who they met, they both have dual personalities and they both are great martial artists.

Rurouni Kenshin is a bit merry-going-around where everything happens in certain order but it is really pleasant to watch because it won't bore you.

Samurai Deeper Kyo is then again, not so merry-going-around. But then again it is not boring either because some plot changes are stunning.

ch0p5tixmast3r ch0p5tixmast3r says...

Obviously both are about Samurai. They have some action, but they are also very story-oriented series. I think it takes both of them a little while to really get going and get good, but they do. Both of the main characters have 2 personalities within them- that are extremely opposite. Each of them have awesome, powerful main characters, that are unseemingly capable of kicking butt.

essateg essateg says...

Love the feudal-era setting of SDK which contrasts well with the post-meiji revolution setting of Rurouni Kenshin. Both strong main characters, both in spirit and skill.

lindapearl lindapearl says...

Kyoshiro from Samurai deeper kyo and Kenshin from Rurouni Kenshin both have a bloody pass and don't want to slay men ever again but they will if any of their love ones is threatened. Both characters wil only draw their sword for others and have altered personalities. And both anime contain romance scenes between the main female and male characters.

Peace Maker Kurogane

Peace Maker Kurogane

Peace Maker Kurogane takes place in Kyoto in the late 19th century, during the height of the conflict between the Shinsengumi, a shogunal police force, and its enemy, an anti-government faction called the Choshu. This tale follows a young boy named Ichimura Tetsunosuke who is desperate to join the Shinsengumi and avenge his parents' deaths by the hands of the Choshu. But in the midst of the bloodshed, will he be strong enough to survive?

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VuTang VuTang says...

At long last, another anime set in sword-era Japan. However, Kenshin is in the relatively peaceful Meiji era, while Kurogane takes place in the unstable time of events leading up to the Meiji restoration.

sothis sothis says...

Another samurai based series, though with a better look (similar to the OVAs) and lots of dramatic moments. Definitely a good watch.

freakzilla freakzilla says...

Kenshin and Kurogane are both based on the same historical facts, yet in Kenshin we side with the Imperialists and in Peace Maker with the Shinsengumi. The environment is thus very alike, as well as the entire mood. The main difference is that Kenshin is more action-based, while Kurogane has a stronger story. 

VRDave VRDave says...

Kenshin and Peace Maker are quite similar. I think the character design and the way characters grow are quite alike. The main character in Peace Maker, however I am not comparing to Himura from Kenshin, I think he's a lot more like Sanosuke and Yahiko, as far as drive and determination. Both shows have a nice touch of humor, but Peace Maker I feel is more realistic and more serious for the most part.

NoSanninWa NoSanninWa says...

Because it is really interesting to see two different takes on the same period of history. While Kenshin takes place after Kurogane, some of the characters (Such as Saitao Hajime) are the different versions of the same historical people. Kenshin also sometimes has flash backs to the time in which PeaceMaker Kurogane takes place.

daniel44044 daniel44044 says...

PMK and Kenshin are must-see anime. Both have extreme sword fights and a main character who is peaceful, yet was trained or is training to be a great swordsman; these characters will be involved in great battles and will have awesome fights.

vick01 vick01 says...

Both Peace Maker and Kenshin contain elements of the same time period and story. Both stories deal with Japan and the time of the Meiji revolution. Peace Maker deals with the actual revolution while Kenshin deals with the era directly after the revolution. If you liked the characters in Peace Maker you will find the characters in Kenshin just as enjoyable, and vice versa.

Kuratsu Kuratsu says...

If you are the type that likes anime with a samurai main character, then you would like PMK and Kenshin.  

In both you will find a mixture of sadness and happiness; the characters have sad pasts but also bright presents, and each has a main character that is always surrounded by people who helps him to discover himself and change for the better. In addition, this main character helps others become better people.

Deadlystrike6 Deadlystrike6 says...

Both anime are set in traditional historic Japan and feature realistic combat sequences over super powers. Great fighting sequences and character development. While the star of Kurogane is younger, and his challenges not at the level of Kenshin's main character, both are equally compelling narratives.

tinalax tinalax says...

Rurouni Kenshin and Peace Maker Kurogane both take place in the same time period. Both main characters look young for their age, and have a goofy side to them. However, they both have a past that they can't forget. Although each has their own motive, both characters push towards their goals. The story line follows their journey as they find new companions, and eventually come to realize what they truly want. If you liked the action-comedy combination in one, you'd like the other as well.

HoshikoYoukai HoshikoYoukai says...

Ruroini Kenshin and Peace Maker Kurogane are both set within the era of the tokugowa reseme, and both have factors of the shinsengumi. and who ever has wached peace maker or kenshin and ever wondered what the other side of the story was like, here it is.

suiru suiru says...

If you liked "Rurouni Kenshin," it stands to reason that you'd enjoy "Peace Maker," too. They're both historical fiction, set near the same time. "Peacemaker" is a little more contemporary, but they both have extremely comedic and serious aspects.

People might even recognize different historical figures from both anime, such as Saito Hajime.

kenshina kenshina says...

The anime art is different, but if you like the era of samurai's struggle between the two clan (Shinsengumi and rebellion), you should try to look through both angles. See yourself, eyes from each clan, to see what they see.

JeadiX JeadiX says...

Though there is and age difference between the main characters, both of them carry the heavy weight of a haunting past that they are hoping to somehow overcome by way of the sword. Both animes have historical settings and a perfect balance of emotion, action, and comedy.

stingreis stingreis says...

Pretty obvious recommendation. Both set in the feudal type era, both have male lead (young man in RK and young boy in PMK) that fights with the idea of killing anyone... yet fights in battle. The moral of both anime's even seems similar. The relationships created between characters and even the moments of comic relief.

If you enjoyed watching one then you are sure to like the other

PurplePeopleEater PurplePeopleEater says...

Both of these shows deal with great sword fights, main characters who swear not to kill, and a sometimes dark but sometimes humorous mood. Both animes have main characters facing a struggle within themselves because of past events and the struggle over wanting to protect people with their sword but not wanting to kill. The biggest difference is the fact that during the revolution, they fought on opposite sides. Though Kenshin occurs over ten years later, he is still on the imperealist side. 

Bleach

Bleach

Fifteen-year-old Ichigo Kurosaki is a typical teen with fighting skills, two caring sisters and a special trait: he can see ghosts. However, when Ichigo and his family find themselves under attack by a huge beast, Ichigo discovers that there’s more to the supernatural world than the everyday specter. Vengeful spirits known as Hollows roam the world in search of devouring souls, and Shinigami – soul reapers – work tirelessly to defeat them and guide normal ghosts into a place called Soul Society. Ichigo valiantly fights the Hollow that threatens his sisters, but on the verge of defeat a Shinigami named Rukia gives him her powers, turning him into a Shinigami himself. Ichigo must now adjust to his new life of both vanquishing and saving souls for the sake of Soul Society.

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genux genux says...

If you like the sword fights in Rurouni Kenshin, check out Bleach. It has a similar samurai-themed approach but is set in the present time. It stretches more to the fantasy/cool side as compared to RK (like in the latter part of the series involving feng shui), but the fight scenes are clearly inspired.

daniel44044 daniel44044 says...

Kenshin and Bleach are must-see anime. In both anime there are some extreme sword fights, and the main characters don't really like to fight but will do so to protect the people around them.

renjiofthundr renjiofthundr says...

Both Bleach and Kenshin are action-packed and have characters who are filled with love, until evil strikes. If you are thrilled by these things then I guarantee you'd like these.  

Shuklyah Shuklyah says...

What I am liking about this show is that even though it is different in it's own way, it lends it's way to be goofy sometimes just like in Rurouni Kenshin (the series). It's pretty cool! A.

holyzac holyzac says...

If you Loveeeeeee flashy sword fights and long spectacular battles, both animes Rurouni Kenshin and Bleach are for you! If you watched either one and cant get enough you can always watch the other one. Both are unique animes which specialises in their awesome swordplays. To top that up, their plot also makes it intresting to follow together with the amazing battles sending chills to the spine.

perdendosi perdendosi says...

Both of the series includes swordsskills and how much the characters are evolving. And the maincharacters from both series evolves the most, and the only reason for that is so they can protect everyone around them.

LadyL333 LadyL333 says...

Both anime's revolve around a prodigy swordsman, the hummor and fighting sequinces are simular in both, and the charctor devolpment is paid attention to dispite the huge amount of charactors.

Ichigo7410 Ichigo7410 says...

I think both stories have the same samuri feel to them. They both share the actuon packed scenes followed by scenes of intense emotions.

saiyamar saiyamar says...

Both of these anime has sword fights, comedy, romance, fiction and cool hair! (Couldn't help it)! Each anime has a main character who fights to protect with a sword, and i think that is probably the most important thing they both share.

If you're one of those people who enjoyed the anime as a whole for evertything about it, then this anime is also a must watch for you as they have many of the same qualities in them.

eternalsong eternalsong says...

This series is about swordplay and a villian, just like Bleach. The main character here isn't like Ichigo. He is calm with a touch of humor when he wants to show it and serious when he needs to be. Ichigo in some ways becomes serious when he needs to, which links these two together. Overall, this is an excellent anime that will catch your attention quickly!

rdh rdh says...

Both is a anime that you whant to wach more of. its a good story not just fight, thats inportant in a Anime. You are geting to know the pepole in the serie.

Both stories are not boring after a while, both of anime is the same rhythm. the series is about a man who turned against evil. the evil may be different but both fights in almost the same way.

rossion rossion says...

in bleach as in rorouni kenshin the hero is a reluctant one who is an amazing swordsman the only difference is the enemies as kenshins is usualy other man slayers while ichigo's are evil sprits they also have a hidden identity of which they can't escape ichigo is a soal reaper (shinigami) and kenshin is known as the legendary himora the batosai a man slayer who kills all in his path with the hiten mitsurugi sword style they both end up using their skills to save their loved ones they are both just great anime's to watch

fat10 fat10 says...

Both anime are characterized by an interesting and beautiful story. We can compare them by their style samurai, the great battles and huge swords. However fighting in different worlds, since Bleach is more supernatural.

Samurai Champloo

Samurai Champloo

Samurai Champloo is all about style, from the dj-style scratching scene changes to the hip-hop-inspired soundtrack to the eclectic character design. Mugen's fighting style is a funky meld of capoeira and limb-cutting, and Jin is the dramatic foil; he is all steel and old-school samurai style. What binds them together is the desire to test each other's abilities, and a promise to a girl named Fuu: to find the samurai that smells of sunflowers, who plays a pivotal role in her past. Together they travel through edo-era Japan, finding battle and comedy wherever they stop.

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jarga jarga says...

Both Kenshin and Champloo involve wandering samurai and well-made action scenes. Sword fights galore! If you liked the sword fights in Rurouni Kenshin then Samurai Champloo is another action show that would surely entertain you.

freakzilla freakzilla says...

If you liked the sword fighting in either Kenshin or Champloo then you'll like the other. They are done in the same style, and both anime add some nice music to the fights which draw you in even more. Champloo is more about the characters than about a story, but Kenshin also has some nice character development, using flashbacks at the right moments.

azntenniskid azntenniskid says...

Samurai Champloo and Kenshin are both about samurai and swordfights. They both have a bit of drama and are emotional at times, yet are also comedic. The only difference is that SC is a bit more dark and emotional, while Kenshin has more comedy.

hypnocrown hypnocrown says...

Both series have great characters and cool samurai action. Even though the characters are not similar, they are all interesting in their own way. I find that the stories are fun to see so if you like one, you're sure to like the other one as well.

Deadlystrike6 Deadlystrike6 says...

Both Champloo and Kenshin are set in traditional historical settings and feature a skilled protagonist facing corruption, personal crises, and must overcome many combat-related roadblocks in order to achieve success. Champloo has a slightly modern feel to it, while Kenshin is swamped with nostalgic scenery. Neither series is bloated with fillers, if any, and provides excellent fare for viewers seeking amazing fight sequences in serious anime.

Ddbill Ddbill says...

These both show beauty, grace and brute force all in one. With the compelling plots of each, your brought through a nice story line wit grand depictions of swordsmanship in their many forms. If you like one, you'll definantly like the other.

tasanime tasanime says...

There are many similarities one can draw from these two series par the obvious samurai/action theme. Although most characters in each are sword wielding men, the way in which they fight is highly unique, styles intertwined with another fighting technique. Both provide depth to the central characters though the use of a female medium and the ties/bonds that are developed over time as well as the unwitting desire to protect others - for self gain or otherwise. If it was indeed these aspects of the series which you enjoyed, than I recommend you seek this in the other.

ConnorD ConnorD says...

If you liked Samurai Chalmpoo or Rurouni Kenshin then i think you will like the other. both ahve really good action/fighting scenes and both have masters of the sword. if you liked on then give the other a try

QuenOScots QuenOScots says...

If watching sword battles admist interesting characters and a touch of humor is what you desire, you should watch this series. Both Rurouni Kenshin and Samurai Champloo really appealed to my husband who loves stories about samurai and their adventures. In fact these are the only two anime shows to date that he wants to purchase and I am not going to complain ;-)

Ryokashi Ryokashi says...

Samurai Champloo has an emphasis on combat, the two main characters being masters of their own unique styles of fighting. Both of them have mysterious origins, and sides to them that often end up hurting them in the long-run. This is similar to Kyoshiro, who transforms into his alter-ego, Kyo, a killer who was said to have killed 1000 men in a single battle.

chamomille chamomille says...

It's obvious that both series are enjoyable especially for samurai lovers. But that's not the only similar point. Both series are very funny and can also provide you a little info about japanese history. Both main female characters Fuu (from S.Ch.) and Kaoru (from R.K.) are strong, open and brave ladies. The main male characters are very skilled in martial arts and they are almost invincible. They just have different view on human life. While Kenshin tries to avoid killing (after all, RK takes place in peaceful Meiji era), Mugen and Jin from S.Ch. don't hesitate to kill someone even if it's not necessary^^..I'm sure that if you liked one, you'd like the other.

LxTrix LxTrix says...

These guys know how to use swords. These guys know how to fight. They all have someone to protect. They live in the name of the Samurai.

Basilisk

Basilisk

Oboro, a naive, love-struck girl, is pledged to Gennosuke, an idealist. Both are successors to opposing ninja clans with a long history of hatred kept barely in check by a covenant of peace. Just as the two vow to reconcile the clans with their marriage, the shogun orders the feud to resume in order to resolve an internal struggle that threatens to tear the Tokugawa shogunate apart. Even worse, Oboro and Gennosuke themselves are forced to lead their clans in battle. Can the star-crossed lovers resist the brutal circumstances and remain true to their love as the death toll rises?

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kamirura kamirura says...

Kenshin and Basilisk are both samurai series about the old assassins that ruled the country. They have amazing sword fights and magic techniques, forbidden love and everything you can wish for. :)

tasanime tasanime says...

If you liked Rurouni Kenshin for the action, fighting styles & techniques or the character designs, yet prefer something more violent where people actually kill each other than Basilisk is most definitely for you. If it was the Samurai meets romantic sub-plot that truly won you over, than either anime should suffice.

chamomille chamomille says...

Both series let you enjoy various fighting techniques of samurais or ninjas that are in some form taught even nowadays. If you liked one, you'd surely like the other.

NoirTheElitist NoirTheElitist says...

Both series have fights, supernatural powers, love stories, and drama...much drama. If you like gory deaths with ingenious battle scenes, do watch.

kb2007 kb2007 says...

both these anime have to do with samurais..they have excelent sword fights.also they talk about historical japan

TheMajor5 TheMajor5 says...

Rurouni Kenshin and Basilisk are both similar in that they take place in a time when peace is just beyond the horizon.  Tension is still high and certain people aim to seek vengeance.  Two skilled samurai, Kouga and Kenshin, believe in the new era and peace that lie ahead.  They are forced to fight regardless of their beliefs and slaughter the other clan.  Political change is happening and as a result Kouga is forced to fight incredibly tough opponents and same for Kenshin.  Bloodshed and sweet samurai fights with hint of romance, if you liked one, watch the other.

Lel0uchViBritannia Lel0uchViBritannia says...

Both animes have similar atmosphere, progressing story ,skillful fighting. If you like one you will definitly like other

staffordshire staffordshire says...

both of them feel the same,except not many die in rurouni kenchin,but still if you are into "grown up" anime, you will like them. love story is very good and the fights are awesome too.

Black Cat

Black Cat

An organization known to the dark side of the world as Chronos claims to desire world peace, employing the top thirteen assassins in the world known as 'Erasers.' They each have a weapon customized to fit their style, all made out of orichalcum ore, the strongest material available on Earth. Number 13, Train Heartnet (codenamed Black Cat) is the most famous and revered of the thirteen Chronos numbers, but in the light of a tragic event he has come to question his path in life. Together with Sven Vollfied, a struggling bounty hunter and a living weapon named Eve, Train takes up a job as a bounty hunter - all the while running from the other Erasers and Creed Diskenth, a crazed man whom wants him to join the Apostles of the Stars, a group made to destroy Chronos.

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Cetonis Cetonis says...

Kenshin and Black Cat are each set around a main character who was originally a cold assassin but changed his ways and decided not to kill again, becoming a seemingly innocent hero-type. Both heroes try to keep a low profile, but their pasts inevitably catch up with them. The plots really do progress in eerily similar fashion, eventually pitting the hero and his small group of allies against a nemesis and his personal army. Although, with Kenshin being a long-running series it is somewhat drawn out, whereas Black Cat feels somewhat rushed towards the end. Kenshin is also a fair bit more mature, but if you liked one of these shows the other is certainly worth a look.

Sevoth Sevoth says...

Both main characters have dark pasts that they want to get rid of, and the stories take place during this struggle of theirs. They're both hilarious and fun at times, but there are serious moments when the main characters have to face their past.

tyciol tyciol says...

Black Cat and Rurouni Kenshin are both great anime involving a diverse cast of characters, whose adventure alongside and battle against a protagonist with amazing skills in combat. Using the standard military weapon of their respective ages with amazing skill as assassins, both go through experiences with women who change them and their desire for direction in life as the best path to better the world. Redirecting their skills away from killing, the two show even more prowess, as they battle to stay alive while showing their enemies the same courteousy.

crimsonbutterfly crimsonbutterfly says...

Both series habitually flow from seriousness to amusing. Also, both series are really about the main character trying to uphold new principles regardless of what others around them think.

HoshikoYoukai HoshikoYoukai says...

both animes have the same story line plot, an assassin who has vowed to no longer kill, and their past catches up with them. Kenshin and Train both have simmilar peronalities and aquire friendships through the series, if you liked one i am shure you would like the other

sillysia63377 sillysia63377 says...

Both animes involve young men with a bloody path who made the choice to change their ways a start anew. Both of the main characters are adorable and have great personalites, as well as great fighting power. While I personally think the Black Cat manga is a more suitable match to Rurouni Kenshin, even the anime has a great many parallels.

Samurai 7

Samurai 7

In an age when samurai enhanced their bodies mechanically, a great war broke out. After the war's end, these "Bandits" (having become mere robbers) have lost their samurai code and now rob villages for their rice and women. The peasants of Kanna Village are filled with despair and agree to hire some samurai to retaliate, but with only rice in their food stores and no money to offer, it seems that time is running out. Now, the villagers must set out to look for samurai willing to accept such a deal -- but are there still such men that abide by the samurai code, and protect the weak?

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MidnightsMelody MidnightsMelody says...

Both series are about people fighting the government. Both have samurai who know what it is to be a samurai, and those who have misunderstood what it is to be a samurai completely, those who will do anything for money, and those who could care less about money. Moreover, both have (a) main character(s) who are completely misunderstood by everyone, and in both, the most important thing is protecting others. I'm sure if you like one, you'd love the other!

hypnocrown hypnocrown says...

I believe that anyone who enjoyed the story of the wondering samurai will most likely be interested in Samurai 7. I know they're different but they both have that element of action that makes you want to come back for more.

tasanime tasanime says...

The main protagonists in each series seem to want to fight for a greater good and to amend for previous sins, using great skills and techniques. They both revolve around the protection of communities and require a great leader as well as the kindness of those who desire protection - with an added twist of humour. If you're a fan of Samurai actions, than you are already fans of them both.

kenaniah kenaniah says...

Both series feature butt-kicking sword fights and some literary value. Samurai 7 is an awesome remake of Kurosawa's 1954 film "Seven Samurai", and the plot of Ruroni Kenshin (movies/OVAs, don't know about the TV) play out a well-constructed tragedy.

RedCrossRobbery RedCrossRobbery says...

Both Rurouni Kenshin and Samurai 7 carry out as typical samurai series, but the main resemblance is Kenshin to Kambei. Very cool, collected samurai who have kind hearts.

Zarrokian Zarrokian says...

Although their stories are different they are about samurai who protect the innocent and go to great lengths to strengthen their bodies, minds, and souls in order to protect the ones they love. They are both mainly about action but you can find a very healthy dose of comedy and romance in both of these anime. They also feature samurai vs. (ex)samurai and samurai vs. men with guns which show just how hardcore the main characters can be at times... over all id say if you like sword fighting animes these are some must see and if you like action in general i can say you will probably like these as well.

Naruto

Naruto

Naruto Uzumaki is a young ninja who bears a great power hidden inside him, a power that has isolated him from the rest of his village. As such, his only dream is to become the Hokage - the most powerful ninja, and leader of the village; but first he needs to graduate! With his inability to perform even the most basic ninja techniques, it seems that all Naruto has going for him is his determination to succeed no matter what. Teamed up with the genius Sasuke, book-smart Sakura, and their team leader Kakashi, Naruto embarks on his quest to become the Hokage. But with outside forces posing a threat to the entire Hidden Leaf village, Naruto discovers that he must become much stronger if he ever wants to realize his dream and protect the friendships he's forged.

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OmegaPhoenix OmegaPhoenix says...

Narturo has a simliar STYLE to kenshin and it also has been following its manga quite well. I mean what else can i say, its Naruto! If U can bear with Kenshin you can bear with naruto!

Chek Chek says...

I enjoyed Kenshin alot but when I saw Naruto I was blown away. By the end of Kenshin the series I couldent belive he never really hacked some people to peices or beat some butt instead of looking like a little bitch half the time. In Naruto there are fight sequences like Kenshin but instead of everyone happily living the majority of the time people get stabbed and killed ninja style. This series shows ninja tecniqes comparible to magic teck such as replicaton and elemental control. If you have a strong love for Kenshin then you will greatly appreciate Naruto. It does start a little slow building up story but at least watch through episode 24 and you will be plesantly suprized.

XMrNiceguyX XMrNiceguyX says...

Wihle Naruto is more humoreous, Rurouni Kenshin is alot more serious and has shorter fights. Naruto plays in a fantasy world, while Rurouni Kenshin plays in the past (ofcourse both series are fictional.) IN addition to this: Naruto is more ninja, while Rurouni Kenshin is more samurai.

genux genux says...

Samurai and ninja-themed stories seem to go hand-in-hand, so give Naruto a try. Naruto is about ninjas and is set against a modern-medieval timeline, with a lot of fighting using ninja tools (shuriken, kyunai, etc) and ninja techniques as opposed to swords/blades with Rurouni Kenshin.

There's plenty of comedy and intrigue to go along as well, and you'll find there're plenty of characters to root for.

QuenOScots QuenOScots says...

If you enjoy action series that do not forget matters of the heart, emotions, and character development AND you enjoy stories with a central male figure that has a nobel character to protect the weak... then you have to see Naruto.  It has a rocky start, but then the show kicks it into high gear.  In other words, if you like Rurouni Kenshin, you GOT to see Naruto!