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Rurouni Kenshin  
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From Viz:
140 years ago in Kyoto, with the coming of the American "Black Ships," there arose a warrior who, felling men with his bloodstained blade, gained the name Hitokiri, man slayer! His killer blade helped close the turbulent Bakumatsu era and slashed open the progressive age known as Meiji . Then he vanished, and with the flow of years, became legend.
Ten years later, a young woman's life is saved when she happens upon a strange wandering swordsman named Kenshin. The young woman accepts the wanderer into her dojo, despite his secretive past, and the two become fast friends. As their relationship grows, they meet and make more friends (as well as enemies), and they grow accustomed to their life together.
However, one man can only run from his past for so long, and it isn't long before Kenshin is forced to face the life he thought he'd left behind. Now, together with his friends, he must fight the ghosts of his past if he wants the people he loves to have any kind of future.

Contains a side story called Yahiko no Sakabato.


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Associated Names
Kenshin (WATSUKI Nobuhiro)
Lãng khách Kenshin
Rurōni Kenshin
Rurōni Kenshin -Meiji Kenkaku Rōman Tan-
Samurai X
Wandering Swordsman Kenshin
Бродяга Кэнсин
るろうに剣心 -明治剣客浪漫譚-

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Latest Release(s)
v.1 c.3 by Viz about 1 year ago
v.1 c.2 by Viz about 1 year ago
v.1 c.1 by Viz about 1 year ago
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Status in Country of Origin
28 Tankoubon Volumes (Complete)
22 Kanzenban Volumes (Complete)
14 Bunkoban Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at vol.1, Ch.1 ; Chap 165 (Tsuiokuhen)
Ends at vol.18 ch.151 (anime TV series only); Chap 179 (Tsuiokuhen)

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Rurouni Kenshin by Rashid

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User Rating
Average: 8.8 / 10.0 (1858 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.76 / 10.0
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Last Updated
October 2nd 2017, 5:34pm PST



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Viz (28 Volumes & 9 Omnibuses - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #367 increased(+68)
Monthly Pos #541 decreased(-35)
3 Month Pos #555 decreased(-22)
6 Month Pos #474 decreased(-16)
Year Pos #457 decreased(-79)

List Stats
On 1271 reading lists
On 1239 wish lists
On 4724 completed lists
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Forum Posts
New Live-Action Rurouni Kenshin Film In the Works about 1 year ago
Is the 1st season of the anime faithful to the manga? about 1 year ago
Nobuhiro Watsuki Draws 2-Chapter Rurouni Kenshin Spinoff over 2 years ago
how does it hold up to today's shounen heavy hitters? over 5 years ago
NEW Rurouni Kenshin Anime!!?? over 5 years ago

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Absolutely Amazing   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Kyo_Takasuki
November 23rd, 2009, 6:52pm
I started reading this manga when it first started got translated in English I've never turned back ever since.Now I own every single volume, even the perfect edition. If you looking for martial arts, sword fights, a bit of Japanese history, and comedy this is the manga for you. All three arc were awesome but the last arc was the one that touched me to most. I feel that Watsuki Nobuhiro is on of the most talented and creative mangaka ever and I look up to him to also become a great mangaka. Jinchu, the last arc was definitely the best I've ever read and art work was the one of the best I've ever seen. It kept me so interested wanting to read more and peaked my interest with every page. Rurouni Kenshin is truly a great read.

... Last updated on November 23rd, 2009, 6:54pm
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Good read   
Rating: 8.9 / 10.0
by sparrow
September 18th, 2009, 7:31am
I liked the series. It has strong characters and a storyline that fits perfectly for a historical/fighting manga. When I finished reading the Kyoto arc, I feared that the only purpose of the rest of the story would be to continue a good selling manga. But the last arc was well done too. And there would be something missing in the series without some insight in Kenshin's past.
The reason why I haven't voted a perfect score is, that the series had no moments that absolutely touched me or forced me to read on. So in my opinion it's a very good manga, that only lacks the super-strong moments which the very best mangas have.
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isn't a sword with no edge just a big metal bar?   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by serobins
April 20th, 2009, 11:12pm
My title says it all. I enjoyed Rurouni Kenshin. It won its popularity fairly. I read to the end. At one point, I felt really horrible for Kenshin.

The only thing that bugs me... a lot of the main guys fight the villains with practice swords or dull blades. Ummm.... It's nice that they didn't want to kill anyone. The good guy's resolution was a noble one, and a great plot point.....but, but.....

....but sword fighting techniques developed for a lot of very good reasons, and for a host of equally good reasons, different techniques developed for fighting with sticks. For a test of this theory: Obtain a plain, round, steel bar approximately two and a half feet in length and between two and three pounds in weight. Applying a moderate amount o pressure, draw the bar quickly and forcefully across the outstretched arm of a willing friend. You may raise a bruise. Good? Okay. Now using the same force and weight, try the same thing with a sharpened katana. (For a different, but equally illuminating comparison, you could also try poking your friend in the stomach with the tip of the blunt bar/sharpened katana.)

I'm just saying. This bugged me the whole time I was reading. Why bother spending an entire manga with the good guys honing their sword fighting techniques to perfection... and then not have them fight with edged weapons?

... Last updated on May 28th, 2009, 12:30am
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by hikotaru
January 10th, 2009, 6:26pm
RK is the best manga ever. It´s totally deep within the storyline and the characters are really suitable. Kenshin´s past was also exiting to read through and I think this manga´s worth of reading it. The OVA was actually good but I liked reading this part better. Even if the OVA is really sad, I almost had to cry ...
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The Kyoto Arc was the high point of the series...   
Rating: N/A
by othellia
January 9th, 2009, 3:08pm
One of the best manga series that I've ever read. It combines action with romance and historical content. The secondary characters are not there just for show, and have their own motivation, goals, and hardships to face. All and all, just a very good story.

The only that I have to say against it though, is that the first big arc of the series was more exciting and had more depth than the second and last big arc. Enishi had more connection with Kenshin's path, but Shishio was all around a greater and more terrifying villain. Also, some character development for the minor characters seemed to disappear in the final arc, for the sake of some comic relief though.

However, other than that, this story is incredible, and I can guarantee that if you even remotely like action or romance, you won't regret picking this up.
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A classic   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Anza
November 29th, 2008, 8:21pm
RK is by far one of the most enjoyable mangas i've read. It's full of passion, drama, intense fights, virtue, courage, and meaning there is no better word to describe it then a classic and is a must read for anyone who enjoys manga. As someone who first watched the anime then read the manga the manga is vastly more detailed and far more enjoyable. If you need something to read the 28 volumes of it will keep you easily entertained for a good time to come, a must read from me.

... Last updated on November 29th, 2008, 8:22pm
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Hetien
November 17th, 2008, 3:17pm
personally, my immortal favorite series, of all time. the anime is great too, up till the end of the Shishio arc. then i hear it drops somewhat, due to master Watsuki not being done the final arc at the time. it's light and it's funny, and it's dark and deep. what more can you want? read it. now. like, right now.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by mewarmo990
October 11th, 2008, 6:59pm
It was the anime that originally got me hooked on Ruroken, and the ending that made me hate it. Then I discovered the manga. As I was reading it in Japanese before the series was actually complete, it completely pissed me off that the anime decided to end with a filler arc rather than waiting for the manga to finish.

Anyway, Rurouni Kenshin is known for its inclusion of elements from many genres, and also contains one of the sweetest couples in anime/manga to date. The art style of Watsuki is excellent, and character design evolves to an extent throughout the series. Plot and deep characters are what really appealed to me, though the cool martial arts element and comedy didn't hurt. It doesn't matter if you're not a fan of historical manga or if you have no inkling of Japanese history - give this manga a try.
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Manga >>>>> Anime   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Grandiloquent
September 21st, 2008, 4:07pm
The pure idiocy of the decision to end the Rurouni Kenshin anime with a FILLER arc baffles me. Making the anime shit. If you've seen the anime, come give the manga a chance. At least read the Jinchuu Arc, which starts at volume 19. (Read volume 18 just in case-- it's been a long time since I've finished RK.) They mashed the whole Jinchuu Arc in one measly OVA (or two, I forget) with sub-par animation.

The Jinchuu Arc (roughly translated as Divine Retribution) is the most well rounded and conclusive arc of the series. It's a very gripping and satisfying ending to a great story. Character and relationship development end on a clear and solid note (for the most part). The mystery, turmoil, and pain of Kenshin's past is finally fully revealed AND concluded as the events of the Jinchuu Arc forces him to completely come to terms with his past for the last time.

So, in conclusion, if you've only watched the anime, you've been jipped. Go read the manga. smile

... Last updated on October 14th, 2008, 11:18pm
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manga > anime ??   
Rating: N/A
by wizzedrix
July 19th, 2008, 4:08pm
I did'nt like this anime so much but it was like 5 years ago I watched it and don't remember too much so I'd wanna know if the manga is better, can anyone tell? bigrazz
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