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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 (1859 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.76 / 10.0
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Last Updated
October 2nd 2017, 5:34pm PST



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English Publisher
Viz (28 Volumes & 9 Omnibuses - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #385 increased(+41)
Monthly Pos #535 increased(+30)
3 Month Pos #588 decreased(-55)
6 Month Pos #558 decreased(-72)
Year Pos #472 decreased(-94)

List Stats
On 1273 reading lists
On 1239 wish lists
On 4728 completed lists
On 211 unfinished lists
On 561 custom 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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one of the best   
Rating: N/A
by konan45
June 7th, 2008, 1:02pm
i love Rurouni Kenshin it is one of my favorite mangas. The plot and story is one of the best i have read and the characters is awesome. the two first arcs is amazing and the third is good. everyone interested in manga should read this

... Last updated on August 5th, 2008, 10:06am
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Best manga I've ever read   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by trunks84
April 24th, 2008, 4:12pm
It's one of the best mangas out there. Especially shonen, I'd even go as far as calling it the best since its my favorite. And the people that are complaining that Kenshin doesn't kill anymore are just missing the whole message that RK stands for. Not a single page of this manga is boring, and the more you advance the more it sucks you in. Even the ending was satisfying to me which is rare since most series don't end remotely the way I want.

And what is it that makes this manga stand tall above the others for me? Kenshin, his tragic past that remains secret for a long time. It's what makes him my favorite character in any media. Kenshin is the type of guy that we all should strive to be.

Anime compared to manga: like Itachi159159 states, you'll better stay away from reflections cause it's totally different from the manga and it sucks completely. What for a lot of people is the most enjoyable arc gets raped bye the anime completely. But the anime follows the manga completely till the end of the Shishio ac. Trust & Betrayal had some minor differences but they all worked and only made it even more of a masterpiece.

... Last updated on May 24th, 2012, 5:46am
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by flapple
January 14th, 2008, 11:32pm
OMG u have to read this if u like swords, fighting, martial arts, killing, and bits of romance ^_^. THIS manga is for anyone to read =) it will make you happy, sad, pissed, laugh, depressed, and VERY satisfied ^_^...once u finish this manga u will be sooooo happy that u will want to write a comment like this one once it is over...BUTTTTTT if u want to go PAST the manga ending u have to watch the movie (Samurai X: Reflection) <--- but beware it is SAD OMG so depressing but at the same time really interesting and enjoyable... it twists the manga a little bit, but it still has the same concept.

you must be aware.... that those of u that watch the movie Samurai X:reflection, it is DEPRESSING. i dunno about u but it was a GREAT movie... i just wanted to kill the writers (not the mangaka), director, storyboard person, the screenplay dude, the animation director, the animation staff the director of photography, and all the other ones listed at animenewsnetowrk... lol but it still was a really good movie well i hope this helped

i think i might have A.D.H.D


... Last updated on June 1st, 2008, 8:18pm
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great manga   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by ray_archangel
December 9th, 2007, 8:00pm
This is a wonderful manga, highly recommended, especially if you like martial arts and swordplay. It used to be my favorite in this genre, but now it moved on to the second place after 'Vagabond'. RK is kinda unrealistic and gets more so as the series progresses. Also, it gets kinda tedious in the last volumes. The fact that the main character never kills anyone is also annoying ^_^' . Still, a must read, and one of the best mangas around.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by wewerethere1
October 3rd, 2007, 7:29pm
I thought that the anime was the best. Now reading the manga has made it even more perfect. It is the most beautiful story ever. I just cant say how great, wonderful, i dont know, this story is. There is no word. Its too great. Also is reflection real, or based on the manga. If it is i would be disappointed. If not then that is the greatest of all. PERFECT

... Last updated on October 4th, 2007, 7:58pm
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by MaVe89
September 17th, 2007, 9:24am
One of the best (if not the best...) manga I’ve ever had in my hands!
The plot is great! This manga made me cry a lot of times but also made me laugh. Theoretically it’s shounen but the big thread of romance (for me it’s kind of big ;P) make you feel like you’re reading shoujo (although personally I like shounen much smilebut everything fit with each other perfectly!!!!!
I was so addicted to kenshin, that I’ve read the whole story in one week!
You have to try this!
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Simply Amazing   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by darkzelkova
September 14th, 2007, 7:05pm
The artwork in the is stunning - the plot line - amazing. This manga has to be my favorite one that I've read entirely through. Amazing battle scenes, heart-wrenching events, and amazingly well done scripting and drawing make this a must read for any manga fan.
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Rating: 8.8 / 10.0
by timduncan
September 14th, 2007, 9:04am
especially kyoto arc very good
protagonists and antagonists really interesting
but sometimes finishing without killing
really annoying.
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Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by L3zl13
September 11th, 2007, 10:53pm
Great action, great characters, great art, great story... Except the last arc with Enishi.
But it still isn't one of my favourites, because while I understand Kenshin's background, but his resolve to kill or injure seriously even while his friends life is in danger becomes sooo annoying after a while.

... Last updated on September 11th, 2007, 10:58pm
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All-time favorite manga   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by zero9345
September 1st, 2007, 5:48pm
This series is probably my all-time favorite manga of them all. All the panels have been drawn nicely and well-done. The story is also very good. I really do enjoy Watsuki Nobuhiro work.

... Last updated on September 1st, 2007, 5:49pm
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