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

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Latest Release(s)
v.1 c.3 by Viz (89d ago)
v.1 c.2 by Viz (89d ago)
v.1 c.1 by Viz (89d 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 (1826 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)

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Monthly Pos #354 (No change)
3 Month Pos #312 increased(+16)
6 Month Pos #322 increased(+47)

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On 1265 reading lists
On 1204 wish lists
On 4638 completed lists
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Forum Posts
New Live-Action Rurouni Kenshin Film In the Works 136 days, 15 hours, 48 minutes ago
Is the 1st season of the anime faithful to the manga? 158 days, 9 hours, 48 minutes ago
Nobuhiro Watsuki Draws 2-Chapter Rurouni Kenshin Spinoff 472 days, 6 hours, 21 minutes ago
how does it hold up to today's shounen heavy hitters? 1709 days, 20 hours, 5 minutes ago
NEW Rurouni Kenshin Anime!!?? 1710 days, 18 hours, 18 minutes ago

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Top Shounen   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by eni
March 23rd, 2007, 5:15pm
One of the best shounen I've read, that's for sure (and I have read many^^). The storytelling lacks a little bit inbetween, trys to stretch some fights unnecessary - but especially the character development and the atmosphere is just great.

... Last updated on March 23rd, 2007, 5:16pm
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by ares6
January 22nd, 2007, 9:00pm
I will read it and edit my comment afterward. But if you like Samurai with action and romance, check out Blade Of The Immortal.

... Last updated on January 22nd, 2007, 9:00pm
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Discovered this late but what an incredible book   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Daedalus
December 9th, 2006, 8:20pm
If you have a girlfriend you want to pass the joy of manga to or simply are new to it and looking for a masterpiece of efficient, quality shonen style manga then Rurouni Kenshin is for you. I simply do not know of any other title that asks very little of you and yet gives so much. Deathnote requires patience while Berserk requires certain mindstate/ maturity but Rurouni kenshin asks " are you ready for a good story". If the answer is great then this quick running, superheroic, educating (if you are evenly mildly interested in japanese history around the Bakumatsu and Meiji periods), romantic and swordplay stories then this is for you. Every character is developed and matures throughout the story--the love portion is as enjoyable as the fighting and the villains are imaginative and linked to so many american superheroes/ villains that it becomes a neat side fact to go through the series and connect the characters with their marvel dopplegangers. Great great series!!
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The best!!!!!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by ntangel
October 2nd, 2006, 10:53pm
I actually own all 28 volumes of this Manga....and this manga will remain as my favorite even after million years...that much I can assure you!!!!So...saying that much should mean just try it!!!
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one of the best   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Manmankyle
September 10th, 2006, 4:37pm
what can u say it is just plain great
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One of the best   
Rating: N/A
by Avalon
August 16th, 2006, 9:01pm
This is a definite classic.

The characters in this story really are the deepest ones I've read, and not just the leads. I mean like _every_ character with decent screen-time could easily have a brilliant stand-alone manga. And of course, because it is a samurai manga, expect some truly amazing scenes with beautiful artwork and angles.

Even with 28 volumes I still want more...
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Rating: N/A
by Anonymous
April 17th, 2006, 9:02pm
a true masterpiece... the characters are admirable (even the baddies!)... i like this series because you get to see the character development through the story, especially Kenshin... the way how the story ended was satisfying (the OAV... *snif* it's so sad...)
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Rating: N/A
by Anonymous
December 16th, 2005, 10:50am
The plot is good, but not great. The characters really pull the story through. Kenshin has so much personality and is a completely developed character. Extremely rare.
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The greatest & (cutest) samurai in history   
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by vosh
March 10th, 2005, 3:16pm
If u have not read this, go get it NOW!
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