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Rurouni Kenshin
るろうに剣心
(Rurouni Kenshin)
Demographic Shōnen
Genre Action; Meiji era historical fiction
Manga
Author Nobuhiro Watsuki
Publisher Flag of Japan Shueisha
Serialized in Flag of JapanWeekly Shonen Jump
Flag of Norway Flag of Sweden Shonen Jump
Original run September 2, 1994November 4, 1999
Volumes 28
TV anime
Director Kazuhiro Furuhashi
Studio Studio Gallop (episodes 1-66), Studio Deen (episodes 66 onwards), SPE Visual Works
Licensor Flag of Japan SPE Visual Works
Flag of the United States AnimeWorks
Network Flag of Japan Fuji Television, Animax
Original run January 10, 1996September 8, 1998
Episodes 95
Movie: Samurai X: The Motion Picture
(Rurouni Kenshin: Ishin Shishi no Requiem)
Director Hatsuki Tsuji
Studio Studio Gallop, SPE Visual Works
Licensor Flag of Japan SPE Visual Works
Flag of the United States ADV Films
Released Flag of Japan December 20, 1997
Runtime 90 min.
OVA: Samurai X: Trust and Samurai X: Betrayal
Rurouni Kenshin: Tsuioku Hen
Director Kazuhiro Furuhashi
Studio Studio Deen, SPE Visual Works
Licensor Flag of Japan SPE Visual Works
Flag of the United States ADV Films
Episodes 4
Released Flag of Japan 1999
OVA: Samurai X: Reflection
Rurouni Kenshin: Seisou Hen
Director Kazuhiro Furuhashi
Studio Studio Deen, SME Visual Works
Licensor Flag of Japan SPE Visual Works
Flag of the United States ADV Films
Episodes 2
Released Flag of Japan December 12, 2001

Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story (るろうに剣心 明治剣客浪漫譚 Rurōni Kenshin Meiji Kenkaku Romantan?)[1] is a manga series written and illustrated by Japanese manga artist Nobuhiro Watsuki with an anime adaptation. The story is set during the early Meiji period in Japan. The English-language versions of the OVAs as well the film is released as Samurai X, although the original title was included in the DVD releases. The series tells the story of an assassin named Himura Kenshin, who was known as the Hitokiri Battōsai [Hitokiri (Man Killer) Battōsai (Sword Master or Battoujutsu master)]. Kenshin later grieves for all the lives he has taken, and vows that he will never kill again. Image File history File links Flag_of_Greece. ... Macedonia TV (Greek: Μακεδονία TV, Makedonia TV) is a Greek national television network, based in Thessaloniki. ... is the 10th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 251st day of the year (252nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... The following is a list of episodes from the anime Rurouni Kenshin. ... Studio Gallop is a Japanese animation studio. ... Aniplex Inc. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Aniplex Inc. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... A.D. Vision (commonly referred to as ADV) is a Houston, Texas based international multimedia entertainment company, active in home video production and distribution, broadcast television, theatrical film distribution, merchandising, original productions, magazine and comic book publishing and is the largest anime company in North America. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... is the 354th day of the year (355th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... Original Video Animation ), abbreviated OVA ), is a term used for anime titles that are released direct-to-video, without prior showings on TV or in theaters. ... Studio DEEN (スタジオディーン) is a Japanese company that produces anime. ... Aniplex Inc. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Aniplex Inc. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... A.D. Vision (commonly referred to as ADV) is a Houston, Texas based international multimedia entertainment company, active in home video production and distribution, broadcast television, theatrical film distribution, merchandising, original productions, magazine and comic book publishing and is the largest anime company in North America. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Original Video Animation ), abbreviated OVA ), is a term used for anime titles that are released direct-to-video, without prior showings on TV or in theaters. ... Studio DEEN (スタジオディーン) is a Japanese company that produces anime. ... Aniplex Inc. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Aniplex Inc. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... A.D. Vision (commonly referred to as ADV) is a Houston, Texas based international multimedia entertainment company, active in home video production and distribution, broadcast television, theatrical film distribution, merchandising, original productions, magazine and comic book publishing and is the largest anime company in North America. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... is the 346th day of the year (347th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about the comics published in East Asian countries. ... Mangaka ) is the Japanese word for a comic artist. ... Self Portrait Nobuhiro Watsuki , born May 26, 1970) is a Japanese mangaka, best known for his samurai-themed series Rurouni Kenshin. ... “Animé” redirects here. ... The Meiji period ), or Meiji era, denotes the 45-year reign of Emperor Meiji, running, in the Gregorian calendar, from 23 October 1868 to 30 July 1912. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Original Video Animation ), abbreviated OVA ), is a term used for anime titles that are released direct-to-video, without prior showings on TV or in theaters. ... Jack Ruby murdered the assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, in a very public manner. ... This article or section contains a plot summary that is overly long or excessively detailed compared to the rest of the article. ... Battōjutsu ) is a Japanese term meaning techniques for drawing a sword. ...


The manga originally appeared in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump from September 2, 1994, to November 4, 1999, and the completed work consists of 28 tankōbon volumes. The United States release of the manga has been completed by Viz Media. Rurouni Kenshin is subtitled "Wandering Samurai" in some English releases, as a rough translation of "Rurouni." Shueisha ) is a major publisher in Japan, headquartered in Tokyo. ... Weekly Shonen Jump, issue 17 2007 (Japanese version), featuring Luffy of One Piece on the cover JUMP SHOP Osaka Shop. ... is the 245th day of the year (246th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... is the 308th day of the year (309th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... Tankōbon ) is the Japanese term for a compilation volume of a particular series (such as a manga or a novel series, magazine articles, essays, craft patterns, etc. ... Viz Media, LLC, headquartered in San Francisco, California, is a major American anime, manga and Japanese entertainment company formed by the merger of Viz, LLC, and ShoPro Entertainment. ...


Writer Kaoru Shizuka has written an official Rurouni Kenshin novel titled Voyage to the Moon World. The novel has been translated by Viz and distributed in the United States and Canada.

Contents

Plot overview

The story starts with Kenshin meeting Kaoru in Edo (modern-day Tokyo). Kaoru is in pursuit of a man who claims to be the Battousai, and at first believes Kenshin is the man, but after seeing Kenshin's clumsiness and "sakabato" ("reverse blade sword"), she decides he can't possibly be the legendary manslayer. The actual culprit turns out to be a former student of the Kamiya dojo who seeks revenge after being expelled. Kaoru is captured and held captive by the fake Battousai, but Kenshin appears on the scene, reveals that he is the real Battousai, and proceeds to defeat both the fake and his gang without killing any of them. He uses a powerful, ancient style of swordsmanship known as "Hiten Mitsurugi-Ryu." When offered a place at the dojo, Kenshin decides to temporarily stop being a Rurouni and stay at the dojo, starting the first of three manga arcs.


Characters

See also: List of Rurouni Kenshin Characters

Usage note: Character names are given in Japanese order with the given name after the family name. The English anime uses the Western order (family name after the given name) while the English manga uses the Japanese order. Rurouni Kenshin, the English-language manga logo This page describes the minor/supporting characters of the anime and manga Rurouni Kenshin/Samurai X and the enemies Kenshin battles throughout the series. ...


Nobuhiro Watsuki, in each tankōbon, details the creation of the characters, as well as the influences he had for the characters' personality and design. Influences include historical figures (prominently seen with members of the Shinsengumi) and fictional sources including X-Men and Marvel characters, and SNK video games characters, mainly Samurai Shodown and Last Blade ones. Tankōbon ) is the Japanese term for a compilation volume of a particular series (such as a manga or a novel series, magazine articles, essays, craft patterns, etc. ... The Shinsengumi (Japanese: 新選組 or 新撰組) were a special police force of the late shogunate period. ... The X-Men are a group of comic book superheroes featured in Marvel Comics. ... This article is about the comic book company. ... “SNK” redirects here. ... Samurai Shodown (Samurai Spirits in Japan), or SS for short, is the name of a fighting game series by SNK. It is considered to be the premier 2D weapons fighter, and is one of the best-known video games created by SNK. This series also started SNKs reputation for... The Last Blade (月華の剣士: Gekka no Kenshi), or LB for short, is a series of video games created by SNK. The game takes place during the Bakumatsu era of Japan, and also has a take on Japanese mythology. ...


Rurouni Kenshin main characters:

This article or section contains a plot summary that is overly long or excessively detailed compared to the rest of the article. ... Kamiya Kaoru (神谷 薫 Kamiya Kaoru), known in Western-order (Kaoru Kamiya) in the English anime, is a fictional character in the anime and manga Rurouni Kenshin/Samurai X. Her Japanese seiyū is Miki Fujitani and her English voice actors are Dorothy Elias-Fahn in the TV series and Katherine Catmull in... Sagara Sanosuke ), known in Western order (Sanosuke Sagara) in the English anime, is a fictional character in the anime and manga series Rurouni Kenshin/Samurai X. The character model for Sagara Sanosuke is the 10th unit captain of the Shinsengumi, Harada Sanosuke. ... Myōjin Yahiko ), known in Western order (Yahiko Myojin) in the English anime, is a fictional character in the anime and manga Rurouni Kenshin/Samurai X. In the Spanish-language version of the anime, he is known as Yoshi (although in the Latin-American Spanish version, his original name Yahiko... A headshot of Takani Megumi from the Rurouni Kenshin anime series. ... Shinomori Aoshi (四乃森蒼紫), known as Aoshi Shinomori in the English version of the anime, is a fictional Okashira, or leader, of the Oniwabanshu in the anime and manga series Rurouni Kenshin. ... Rurouni Kenshin, the English-language manga logo This page describes the minor/supporting characters of the anime and manga Rurouni Kenshin/Samurai X and the enemies Kenshin battles throughout the series. ... Makimachi Misao (巻町操) is one of the characters in Rurouni Kenshin. ...

Media

See also: Rurouni Kenshin media and Brilliant Collection

This article lists media information on Rurouni Kenshin, a manga and anime series created by Nobuhiro Watsuki. ... Disc 1 ベスト・サウンドトラック集 [Best Soundtrack Collection] 1 君は誰を守っている [Kimi wa dare wo mamotteiru) 2 運命の歯車~京都へのプロローグ~ [Unmei no Haguruma~Kyoto Prologue~] 3 日本迷走~維新の闇~ [Nihon meisou~Ishin no Yami] 4 The Last Wolf Suite~志々雄真実組曲~[Shishio Makoto Kumikyoku] 5 Departure (master mix) 6 維新転覆計画 [Ishin Tenpuku Keikaku] 7 Fallen Angelー灰色の天使ー[Haiiro no Tenshi] 8 桜の木の下に~死者の歌~[Sakura no Ki no...

Rurouni: Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story

A prototype series titled Rurouni: Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story[2] first appeared as a pair of separate short stories published in 1992 and 1993 in the manga magazine Weekly Shonen Jump Special. Weekly Shonen Jump, issue 40 (Japanese version) Weekly Shonen Jump (週刊少年ジャンプ Shūkan Shōnen Janpu), with a circulation of over 3 million, is one of the longest-running, weekly manga compilations in Japan. ...


The story released in the first manga features an earlier version of Himura Kenshin helping a wealthy girl named Raikōji Chizuru. Chizuru would later be the prototype for Rurouni Kenshin's heroine, Kamiya Kaoru. Chizuru also makes a cameo in the Seishouhen OVA with Kenji in the final scene. This article or section contains a plot summary that is overly long or excessively detailed compared to the rest of the article. ... Kamiya Kaoru (神谷 è–« Kamiya Kaoru), known in Western-order (Kaoru Kamiya) in the English anime, is a fictional character in the anime and manga Rurouni Kenshin/Samurai X. Her Japanese seiyÅ« is Miki Fujitani and her English voice actors are Dorothy Elias-Fahn in the TV series and Katherine Catmull in...


The second story, which though released second in the manga format was indeed the first 'Rurouni' one-shot, has Kenshin saving the Kamiya family's dojo from a corrupt crime lord who seeks to marry the family's oldest daughter, Megumi (later to become Takani Megumi), with the aid of her younger siblings, Kaoru and Yahiko (the heir to the Kamiya dojo, later to become Myojin Yahiko). While Kaoru and Yahiko's characters are similar to their incarnations in Rurouni Kenshin, Megumi's personality is distinctly different as she is more timid and submissive than her eventual incarnation in the series, and Watsuki has noted her personality from that part has been transferred to the character of Sekihara Tae. A headshot of Takani Megumi from the Rurouni Kenshin anime series. ... Myōjin Yahiko (明神 弥彦 Myōjin Yahiko), known in Western order (Yahiko Myojin) in the English anime, is a fictional character in the anime and manga Rurouni Kenshin/Samurai X. In the Spanish-language version of the anime, he is known as Yoshi. ... Rurouni Kenshin, the English-language manga logo This page describes the minor/supporting characters of the anime and manga Rurouni Kenshin/Samurai X and the enemies Kenshin battles throughout the series. ...


Rurouni Kenshin

In 1994, Watsuki created an ongoing version that was published in Shonen Jump until its conclusion in 1999. The manga consists of 28 tankōbon volumes. The storyline of Kenshin is divided into three storyline arcs: Tokyo, Kyoto, and the Jinchū (人誅編 Jinchū-ban?). The Jinchū arc (also known as the "Ending Arc", "Revenge Arc", and sometimes spelled "Jinchuu Arc") was not animated, except for the parts about Kenshin's background which formed one of the OVAs released. Weekly Shonen Jump, issue 40 (Japanese version) Weekly Shonen Jump (週刊少年ジャンプ ShÅ«kan Shōnen Janpu), with a circulation of over 3 million, is one of the longest-running, weekly manga compilations in Japan. ... This article is about the year. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Tokyo (disambiguation). ... Kyoto )   is a city in the central part of the island of HonshÅ«, Japan. ...


The Jinchū arc contains a large amount of Himura Kenshin's backstory including the meeting of his first wife, (Yukishiro Tomoe), and the events that resulted in his infamous cross-shaped scar. The story arc is primarily focused on characters from Kenshin's years spent as the Hitokiri Battōsai, who seek revenge against him for his past actions. The Jinchū arc also has a stronger romantic theme to it. Yukishiro Tomoe (雪代 å·´), known in Western order (Tomoe Yukishiro) in the English anime, is a fictional character in Nobuhiro Watsukis popular anime and manga series Rurouni Kenshin, otherwise known as Samurai X. Tomoe is splattered with blood while witnessing a battle between Kenshin and an assassin dispatched to kill him. ...


Yahiko no Sakabatō

In 2000, it was followed up by Yahiko no Sakabatō (弥彦の逆刃刀 ("Yahiko's Reversed-Edge Sword")?), which Viz released in the September 2006 edition of Shonen Jump. The story follows the character of Myojin Yahiko, who reluctantly accepts an assignment to teach at the Kikuhara Kasshin Shintō style dojo. At the dojo, Yahiko finds that Midori, the daughter of the dojo's master, and three students are being held hostage by a criminal, Mutō Kaname, and his followers. Yahiko quickly defeats Mutō and a police officer, Lieutenant Kitaki, who attacks Mutō with the blind belief that all criminals must be executed for the sake of the Meiji era. Yahiko returns to the students and subjects them to harsh training for the rest of his duration at the dojo. Myōjin Yahiko (明神 弥彦 Myōjin Yahiko), known in Western order (Yahiko Myojin) in the English anime, is a fictional character in the anime and manga Rurouni Kenshin/Samurai X. In the Spanish-language version of the anime, he is known as Yoshi. ... Weekly Shonen Jump, issue 17 2007 (Japanese version), featuring Luffy of One Piece on the cover JUMP SHOP Osaka Shop. ...


He returns to Tokyo at the end of the month and then takes off to the Akabeko restaurant to visit Sanjō Tsubame, not knowing the whole trip was planned by Kenshin for Yahiko to become stronger.


Kenshin Kaden

An encyclopedia (164 pages), including Haru ni Sakura, detailing the fates of all of the Rurouni Kenshin characters. Cyclopedia redirects here. ...


Haru ni Sakura is six pages long and in full color. The story takes place years after the manga's conclusion, when Kenshin and Kaoru have married and have a young son, Kenji. Many of the series' major characters who have befriended Kenshin reunite (or otherwise reveal their current whereabouts) with him in a spring picnic.


Rurouni Kenshin kanzenban

In July of 2006, the Japanese publishers of Rurouni Kenshin released the long-awaited kanzenban edition. Each Rurouni Kenshin kanzenban volume features a new cover, and there's also a color panel inside the book that is new art as well. The Rurouni Kenshin kanzenban is slated to run 22 volumes (as opposed to the original 28 Tankōbon each book will contain more chapters than the basic editions), with two coming out monthly. As a bonus, the Rurouni Kenshin kanzenban will include "Yahiko no Sakabato", an extra story that ran in Shonen Jump and was never collected into a book in Japan. Tankōbon ) is the Japanese term for a compilation volume of a particular series (such as a manga or a novel series, magazine articles, essays, craft patterns, etc. ...


Novels

Originally from Shueisha's Jump j-Books. Voyage to the Moon World is an original story (that was later adapted in the anime), but the rest are adaptations of manga and anime stories. Only Volume 1 has been translated into English so far.

  1. Volume 1
    Voyage to the Moon World and Sanosuke and the Nishiki-e By Kaoru Shizuka (1996/10). ISBN 1421506041 (English edition published as Rurouni Kenshin: Voyage to the Moon World. Translation by Cindy Yamauchi & Mark Giambruno. Published by Shonen Jump)
  2. Volume 2
    Yahihiko's Battle and Kurogasa By Kaoru Shizuka (1997/10). ISBN 4087030636
  3. Shimabara Arc
    TV Anime Shimabara Arc (#67-76) 1999/2. ISBN 4087030776

Nishiki-e (錦絵, a brocade picture) refers to multi-colored woodblock printing, especially of ukiyo-e. ... Mark Giambruno is a 3D artist, art director and writer. ...

Anime

The television series was split into three approximate seasons, with the first 27 episodes generally following the Tokyo Arc, episodes 28-62 closely following the Kyoto Arc, and episodes 63-95 being "filler" non-manga based episodes designed so that Watsuki could have more time to finish the Jinchuu plot so it could be animated. The anime series slid from high popularity (after the Kyoto Arc because of all the "filler" episodes) to eventual cancellation before the Jinchū/Revenge Arc could be animated. The anime series began airing on Japan's Fuji TV on January 10, 1996 and ended on September 8, 1998. It was produced by Aniplex (formerly SPE Visual Works) and Fuji TV, and was animated from episode 1 to 66 by Studio Gallop, whereas the episodes from 66 onwards were animated by Studio Deen. The TV series was later licensed in North America by Media Blasters. The following is a list of episodes from the anime Rurouni Kenshin. ... The Fuji TV headquarters in Odaiba is known for its eccentric architecture. ... is the 10th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 251st day of the year (252nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Aniplex Inc. ... The Fuji TV headquarters in Odaiba is known for its eccentric architecture. ... Studio Gallop is a Japanese animation studio. ... Studio DEEN (スタジオディーン) is a Japanese company that produces anime. ... Media Blasters is a corporation in New York City that translates, packages, and dubs anime and live action films for home video release. ...


The animated series enjoys immense popularity worldwide, and although designed primarily for young male fans, its detailed exploration of emotion and relationships attracts many young female followers as well.


Movie

Main article: Rurouni Kenshin: Ishin Shishi he no Requiem

A movie, Samurai X: The Motion Picture , known in Japan as Ishin Shishi he no Requiem (―維新志士への鎮魂歌 Requiem for the Ishin Patriots?)[3] which tells a story where Kenshin meets a samurai who was very close to a man Battosai murdered in the war. The samurai is trying to start a revolution to overthrow the Meiji government.


OVAs

Kenshin as an apothecary

The OVA series, which features a number of historical characters, attempts to be more realistic and accurate than the TV series, which begins as a romantic comedy but evolves into a period drama. The OVA made use of live footage spliced with animation cells giving the series a different feel than straight animation. Both OVAs were re-released internationally in "Director's Cut" forms that spliced the separate "episodes" together into continuous movies, as well as adding some extra footage. The order of musical cues in both director's cut OVAs were significantly lessened and altered, although the tracks themselves were not altered or omitted. Image File history File links Kenshin_Apothecary. ... Image File history File links Kenshin_Apothecary. ... Interior of an apothecarys shop. ...

Main article: Rurouni Kenshin: Tsuiokuhen

The first OVA series, Samurai X: Trust and Samurai X: Betrayal, collectively known in Japan as Tsuiokuhen (追憶編 Recollection?) and later edited into a movie as Samurai X: Trust & Betrayal -Director's Cut, was set during the downfall of the Tokugawa shogunate and telling of Kenshin's childhood and teenhood. Only a few characters from the TV series appear in this OVA, namely Kenshin, Kenshin's master Hiko Seijuro (Seijuro Hiko in the English anime), and Saitō Hajime (Hajime Saito in the English anime), as well as a cameo by Makoto Shishio in silhouette at the end. The OVA mainly depicts the life of Kenshin as Battosai and his time with his first wife, Tomoe. Kenshin is nine years old at the beginning and eighteen years old at the end of the OVA. A human ovum An ovum (loosely, egg or egg cell) is a female sex cell or gamete. ... The Tokugawa shogunate or Tokugawa bakufu (徳川幕府) (also known as the Edo bakufu) was a feudal military dictatorship of Japan established in 1603 by Tokugawa Ieyasu and ruled by the shoguns of the Tokugawa family until 1868. ... This page is about the Japanese ruler and military rank. ... Hiko Seijuro Hiko Seijuro XIII ) is Himura Kenshins master in the anime/manga series Rurouni Kenshin. ... Saito Hajime (Fujita Goro) Saitō Hajime (斎藤一 Saitō Hajime) (February 18, 1844 - September 28, 1915) was born in Edo, Musashi Province (now Tokyo). ... Makoto Shishio(志々雄真実) is a fictional character from the manga and anime series Rurouni Kenshin. ...

Himura Kenshin leaving the Ishin Shishi
Main article: Rurouni Kenshin: Seisōhen

The second OVA series Samurai X: Reflection, known in Japan as Seisōhen (星霜編 Time?) [4] and later edited into a movie as Samurai X: Reflection -Director's Cut, was set both during and after the TV series and telling of Kenshin and Kaoru's later years, differs from the manga on many key plot points, such as the details in regard of the Jin-e and Enishi fights. The OVA is best described as a montage of singular events surrounding the life of Kenshin, told from the point of view of Kaoru. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (852x480, 36 KB) Kenshin receiving the reversed-blade sword upon leaving the Ishin. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (852x480, 36 KB) Kenshin receiving the reversed-blade sword upon leaving the Ishin. ...


This OVA changed many plot elements in the manga, including key battle scenes, and should be considered a non-canon part of the Kenshin universe. Non-canon is a term usually used when referring to manga and anime. ...


Sakabatō

The sakabatō (逆刃刀, lit. reverse-blade sword) is the main weapon of the character Himura Kenshin. It was created by Nobuhiro Watsuki as an original weapon that represents Kenshin's unwillingness to kill.


On a normal katana, the outwardly curved side of the sword is sharp, while the inwardly curved side of the sword (棟, mune) is blunt. In contrast, the sakabatō has the cutting edge on the inwardly curved side of the sword. The sakabatō is able to break other katana while fencing because the outward side is blunt, so the edge is more bold and it could damage the sharp edge sword.


Although the origin of the sakabatō is the cause of some confusion amongst fans, Watsuki has stated in an interview that the sakabatō was his creation. There is no record of reverse-bladed katana ever having been used historically in Japan and there is no existing school of swordsmanship that employs them. However, since the manga was published, non-functional sakabatō have been produced for purchase by collectors and fans.


Related information

  • Kenshin's original Japanese dialogue contains some unusual words which can cause problems in translation. Most of the time, he refers to himself with the extremely humble pronoun "sessha" (translated by Viz as "this one") and uses the formal verb "de gozaru" (conveyed by Media Blasters by sentence-final phrases like "…that it is."). He shares this vocabulary with some characters in other series, such as Goemon Ishikawa from Lupin III (though Goemon refers to himself in the first person in the English version of the anime). He also addresses most women with an honorific that was generally reserved for feudal lords; the translation "Miss Kaoru" does not really express the same degree of extreme courtesy as "Kaoru-dono". When in Battōsai persona, Kenshin stops being so polite; "de gozaru" disappears, and "sessha" is replaced with the more typical brash male pronoun "ore". Kaoru is quick to catch onto this fact, as is demonstrated after the fight with Jin-e.
  • Both Kenshin's name and his semi-nonsensical exclamation "oro" are tributes to Watsuki's favorite comedian, Ken Shimura. As used by Shimura and Watsuki, "oro" expresses surprise or dismay, based on the similar exclamation "ara" (generally considered feminine). As proper Japanese vocabulary, "oro" only exists as a word for lochia. It seems in the English version that "oro" has been translated into "huh?" in the English anime dub (although in episode 62 of the dub, Kaoru notices that Kenshin is saying "oro" rather than "huh?"). However, "oro" is kept intact in the English manga.
  • The source of Kenshin's cross scars were introduced later in the manga series, and in the OVA, but the source of the idea was revealed during an interview with the creator of the series. During concept design, Nobuhiro Watsuki started out with the usual, stereotypical masculine swordsman. He then proceeded to draw a character that, in appearance, was the complete antithesis of the other design. Even he felt that the character design of Kenshin resembled a girl. He added the scars, out of desperation, to make the character look more manly.
  • The word Battōsai (抜刀齋) translates into Master of Sword Drawing. Battō (抜刀) is the action of drawing a sword; Sai is a suffix which has no literal meaning, but in this context, can refer to having mastered a set of skills or knowledge. The name directly indicates Kenshin's mastery of all forms of Battōjutsu. However, Kenshin did not give himself this name, nor does he value it.
  • The name Samurai X was created to be used as an international name for the Rurouni Kenshin series. It is used for many different versions of the series. ADV Films' English language release of the OVAs and the movie used the title Samurai X so as not to confuse their releases with Media Blasters’, which had the TV series.
  • Watsuki, being a fan of American comics, particularly Marvel, based some of the characters in Rurouni Kenshin on various characters in X-Men, Spider-Man and numerous other Marvel characters. Kenshin's enemy, Jin-E, was physically based on Gambit while Shinomori Aoshi's long coat and the length of his double-kodachi (based on Gambit's cue stick/bō) are borrowed from the same character. Saito Hajime's character design (dark blue uniform, white gloves, hairstyle and 5 o'clock shadow) and credo of brutally killing those who are evil were patterned after The Punisher while his smoking habit and penchant for sarcastically berating his friends (especially Sanosuke) are inspired by Wolverine. Moreover, Kenshin himself also exhibits wit, sensibilities, and morals similar to Spider-Man’s. The character design of Yatsume Mumyoi, a character from the Jinchu arc (see above), is extremely similar to the supervillain Venom from Spider-Man, something which Watsuki himself points out in his respective character-commentary section. The cloak of Hiko Seijūrō, Kenshin's master, Watsuki admits in one of the manga commentaries was inspired by the cloak of Spawn. Anji, the master of Futae no Kiwami, was partially inspired by Colossus.
  • This series is also, in part, inspired by the classic SNK game Samurai Shodown, as Watsuki frequently makes references to the game and its characters in his own character notes. It is also noteworthy that the Last Blade games series, also from SNK, has many characters that in turn took elements from Rurouni Kenshin characters, most notably Moriya Minakata, whose cloak was inspired by that of Hiko Seijuro and whose primary skills are in battōjutsu. The Last Blade is considered an act of admiration for Watsuki by the SNK team that developed Samurai Shodown. Watsuki was later invited to design the characters for Samurai Shodown Zero.
  • According to Watsuki's “Secret Life of Characters” sections, his characters are also visually based on characters from other popular anime series. Sanjō Tsubame's haircut was modeled on Hotaru Tomoe's from the Sailor Moon series, while Yukishiro Tomoe and Honjō Kamatari are based on Rei Ayanami and Yui Ikari respectively of Neon Genesis Evangelion.
  • The alternate title for Kenshin, Samurai X, is used in another Watsuki series, Buso Renkin. Sword Samurai X is the name of Shusui Hayasaka's Buso Renkin (an alchemic weapon).
  • In the first appearances of Yahiko, he is shown in the English manga to be naming himself as Myōjin Yahiko, Tokyo Samurai, though by Meiji era, most members of the samurai class became shizoku, who retained the same salary but were no longer permitted to wear and draw a katana unnecessarily in public. In later releases by Viz depicting Yahiko's introduction, Yahiko refers to himself as Tokyo Shizoku, confusing many of the readers who had seen the previous edition. In the English dub by MediaBlasters, he refers to himself as "Yahiko Myojin: Son of a Samurai".
  • The character Baiken from Guilty Gear was heavily inspired by Kenshin, to the point where her initial physical appearance in the first game was a pallette swap of Kenshin. It is said that Daisuke Ishiwatari (the character designer) got the idea when he saw a picture of Kenshin and mistook him for a woman.
  • In the first episode of the OVA series, Kenshin buries his caretakers and their murderers with crosses on top of the graves. This would be highly unlikely since Christianity was forbidden under the Tokugawa Shogunate.

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Notes and references

  1. ^ Note: The Japanese title literally means "Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Swordsman", a collection of Romantic Folk Tales. "Rurouni" is a neologism created from the verb "ru," meaning "to wander," and "ronin," meaning "masterless samurai." A rough translation of the title would be "Kenshin the Wandering Swordsman".
  2. ^ Both short stories were published in English by Viz Communications; the first is in Rurouni Kenshin Volume 1, and the second is in Rurouni Kenshin Volume 3.
  3. ^ The full Japanese name is Rurouni Kenshin - Meiji Kenkyaku Roumantan - Ishin Shishi he no Rekuiemu (るろうに剣心―明治剣客浪漫譚―維新志士への鎮魂歌?) and was released under Samurai X: The Motion Picture in the English language.
  4. ^ Note: it was called Samurai X: Reflection in the English language releases

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Kenshin's internal struggle is truly internal--the only manifestation of it is the child's spinning top he owns, the only remaining vestige of his mangled childhood.
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