Packed with action, romance and historical intrigue, Rurouni Kenshin is one of the most beloved and popular manga series worldwide Set against the backdrop of the Meiji Restoration, it tells the saga of Himura Kenshin, once an assassin of ferocious power, now a humble rurouni, a wandering swordsman fighting to protect the honor of those in need A hundred and fifty years ago in Kyoto, amid the flames of revolution, there arose a warrior, an assassin of such ferocious power he was given the title Hitokiri: Manslayer With his bloodstained blade, Hitokiri Battosai helped close the turbulent Bakumatsu period and end the reign of the shoguns, slashing open the way toward the progressive Meiji Era  Then he vanished, and with the flow of years became legend In the th year of Meiji, in the middle of Tokyo, the tale begins Himura Kenshin, a humble rurouni, or wandering swordsman, comes to the aid of Kamiya Kaoru, a young woman struggling to defend her father's school of swordsmanship against attacks by the infamous Hitokiri Battosai But neither Kenshin nor Battosai are quite what they seem

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  1. Ray Campos Ray Campos says:

    Kenhin Himura is not your typical Shonen (boy's) manga hero. He's not a spunky teenager (he's actually pushing 30) he's not on a quest to be greatest ninja/pirate/karate champ of them all, and he doesn't get pumped up and excited for a fight. In fact, Kenshin seems to be what your traditional rock-headed fight-loving shonen protagonist might become after the end of a series; he's had his share of battles and just wants to sit back and enjoy life. The bulk of the series occurs in 1878, ten years after the Meiji revolution brought the reign of the Shoguns to an end and modernized Japan. Kenshin was instrumental in the victory of the revolutionaries, but he had to kill a lot of people to do it. Now, ten years later, he's traded in his old sword for a Sakabatou (a reverse-blade sword, which prevents him from killing his opponents) and vowed never to kill again. But his old reputation still causes Kenshin a great deal of trouble, as he is forced to defend his newfound friends from villains great and small.

    What makes Rurouni Kenshin an uncommonly great shonen manga is Nobohiro Watsuki's refusal to adhere to most of the conventions of the genre. Here we have a hero whose only ambition is to be left alone. Fighting, while it occurs frequently, is portrayed as undesirable and something to be avoided, rather than exciting and heroic. Kenshin himself is an excellent character, a humble and quiet man who appears to be at peace with the world on the surface, but deep down harbors trmendous inner anger and pain. But he takes this in stride, refusing to complain or allow it to trouble his loved ones.

    Rurouni Kenshin is also unique in that it is an action story which is symboitically tied to the development of its protagonist. The story can be broken into three major arcs, each of which represents a different change in Kenshin's character, and explore his relationship with his past in different and increasingly more intense ways. Ultimatly, Kenshin's journey is a personal one, and despite all the duels with sword-wielding madmen, terrorists, and criminals, the one fight which stretches from the begining to the end of this 27-volume series is Kenshin's battle with himself.

    And that ultimatly is what makes Rurouni Kenshin stand alone as one of the greatest shonen series of all time. While other series are content with heroes who seek fame, fortune or magical artifacts, Kenshin's quest is to simply find himself.

  2. Sesana Sesana says:

    I can see this is a series that a lot of people will really, really like. I am not one of those people. Too much action, too little plot, maybe? It sort of reminds me of Ranma ½ with a lot less slapstick. The art style is similar, which is probably why I'm comparing the two in the first place. There's nothing in the book that I can really criticize, it just isn't for me.

  3. Dani ❤️ Perspective of a Writer Dani ❤️ Perspective of a Writer says:

    I didn't always understand the battles but I didn't mind the frames with people. The start was good but it gets a little boring. A cute story overall but needs to get more interesting fast.

    BOTTOM LINE: An older manga I could actually understand.

  4. Sara Sara says:

    Amazing, I really loved the manga setting. In the Meiji era, Kenshi is a wanderer without a destination in a country that is starting to change and he is trying to figure out how to fit in. This a a very dear story to many manga lovers and I can see why. On to the next volume!

  5. Nicolo Yu Nicolo Yu says:

    Samurai X is one of my favorite animes ever. It tells the story of a former assassin seeking atonement for his role in the end of the Shogunate and the restoration of Imperial power in Japan during the the 19th Century. Although his kills were all done in the context of revolution and survival, all the deaths done by his hands as caused a huge stain on his soul.

    Samurai X is actually an English dub of an anime based on the manga Rurouni Kenshin by Nobuhiro Watsuki. Mangaka Watsuki wanted a different flavor of story in the market at that time. Hence, Rurouni Kenshin is a period drama, with a romantic hook, that is still recognizable a shonen manga, or stories aimed at a younger male audience.

    I've rediscovered translated scans of the original manga recently. This isn't a re-reading, since my first exposure to the story is through the aforementioned translated anime, and the subsequent trilogy of live action films.

    The first chapters collected in this volume brought the core cast of character together for the first time. The wandering swordsman, Kenshin, would meet Kaoru, a kendo instructor of her own dojo. Their first adventure together brought them together a couple of hoodlums who seek to capitalize on the name Battousai, which Kenshin's former alias, and a reminder of his dark and bloody past.

    Sanosuke the street fighter and Yahiko the orphaned son of a samurai are also introduced in this volume, rounding out our core cast.

  6. Nitzan Schwarz Nitzan Schwarz says:

    June 17, 2017 Edit:
    I just watched the absolutely beautiful first movie of the movie trilogy adaptation and that made me want to finally finish this series once and for all so I'm re-reading all the volumes I've read before and continuing with it for that purpose. At the moment I think the movie is better than the manga (*gasp*) and I highly recommend it for anyone who likes this manga and anime. It's visually stunning and the plot is a mismatch of a few of the manga arcs woven together pretty wonderfully! And the fighting is beyond amazing; raw and mesmerizing! (Whoops, is this becoming more a review of the movie? lol)

    I need to continue on with this manga series eventually. I liked this volume, but I just wasn't captured enough by the plot to go past volume five or so. Will do so eventually!

  7. Jessica Jessica says:

    I love this manga! None of the main characters are annoying for me. The story line from the beginning to the end is great. The relationship between Kaoro and Kenshin move along in nice pacing. I also like how the other characters keep making fun of Kenshin and how the antagonist always underestimate his power and his will to protect those he love.

    Most of all I want to mention that I like the manga way better than the anime. The manga has a light feeling about it, but they made the anime feels so dark and the story line change a bit too much for me accept. So before watching the anime, I highly recommend anyone to read this manga first.

    Besides Kenshin's voice in the anime in Japanese version annoys me, while Battosai voice in English dubbed irked me too.

  8. Melissa Melissa says:

    Wow! I really liked this book! It's way better than the anime, it let me get a deeper look into just how sweet of a person Kenshin is! I would definitely reccommend this series to any anime/manga lover.

  9. Lan Reynilda Lan Reynilda says:

    it's so niceeee to meet you again, kenshin! my first love ♥️

  10. Kushnuma Kushnuma says:

    Enjoying the action and the historical aspect of it.