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88
The Two Guides - Yahiko and Yutaro's Eternal Vow
1998-06-09
As he faces off against the Black Knight's leader, Kenshin must rely on his brains and not his sword to win the battle.

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87
Schneider's Bet - The Collapse of the Black Knights!
1998-06-02
After their search leads them to the hidden cure, the leader of the Black Knights makes it clear that he has no intention of honoring his promise to cede control of Japan to the Sanada Ninjas.

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84
The Sanada Ninja Squad and the Elixir - Misanagi's Driving Quest
1998-05-05
When a letter from Dr. Hans reveals the story of the miraculous medicine, Yutaro joins the Peace Force in an effort to find it.

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83
Yutaro Returns - The Conspiracy of the Shadow Swordsmen
1998-04-21
With his arm nearly healed, Yutaro and his doctor arrive for a visit at the dojo.

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81
Conspiracy of the Beni-Aoi - The Living Ghost of the Revolution Targets Kaishu!
1998-03-10
Despite Kaishu's determination to free his daughter on his own, Kenshin joins the Peace Force and Daigoro for a rescue.

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78
The Artist's Crush - A Romantic Spree at the Hakone Hot Spring
1998-02-17
When Kenshin accidentally loses all their money, the Peace Force must go to work at an inn in order to pay their bill.

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77
There's a Himura Dojo in Shimonoseki?! Another Battousai Appears!
1998-02-10
When the Peace Force comes across a man posing as Kenshin, everyone else wants the impostor exposed. But Kenshin notes that he's been using his profits to care for a group of orphans.

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76
Bon Voyage - Hope Overcomes the Melancholy Waves
1998-02-03
Following Shogo's surrender, Kenshin asks the government not to execute him. As a result, he and his followers are sent into exile in Holland.

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75
The Last Crusade - Two Amakakeru Ryu no Hirameki Crash!
1998-01-27
As Misao and the Dutch consul ask the Army delay to their attack, the sightless Kenshin pressures Shogo to prevent the martyrdom of his followers.

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74
Sanosuke's Tears - An Eternal Farewell Befalls the Two
1998-01-20
As Kenshin tries to stop the slaughter of the Christians as they march towards martyrdom, Sanosuke is unable to avert the death of Shogo's terminally ill sister.

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73
The Sneering Demon -Shouzo and Karyu Scattered in the Explosive Flames
1998-01-13
Sir Kaioh unveils his plan to use Shogo Amarusa's loyal followers to overthrow the government and control Japan himself.

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71
The Conspiracy of Kaiou - Shougo Caught in a Trap
1997-12-16
Though blinded by his duel with Shogo Amakusa, Kenshin seeks another battle in hopes it will restore his sight.

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64
The Birth of Prince Yahiko? - An Elegant Debut into Society
1997-10-28
After stepping in to stop what appears to be a robbery, Kenshin and Kaoru meet a young prince who looks exactly like Yahiko.

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42
Elegy of Water and Wind
1998-09-08
With Kenshin's help, the Wind family derails their rival's plan to redirect the flow of the Ki and ends their effort to dominate Japan

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41
Just Pieces of the Puzzle
1998-08-18
With help from the Wind family's leader, Kenshin saves Kaoru's life. But the Water family's quest to redirect the Ki and gain control of Japan moves ahead as planned.

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40
War of Ki
1998-08-04
The Water family's efforts to gain control of the Ki have left Kaoru seriously wounded.

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39
Scary Inheritance
1998-07-21
As Kenshin learns of a battle between the Wind and Water families for control of the Ki, efforts to build a railroad are exposed as a Water clan plot to control Japan

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38
Feng Shui
1998-06-23
Following a series of accidents in town, a master of feng shui blames an imbalance in the Ki, a force which keeps all of nature's other forces in balance

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37
Message from Kyoto
1998-06-16
As Aoshi arrives to bring her home, Misao joins Kaoru and some friends for a final shopping spree. However, Sanosuke and Yahiko's efforts to keep an eye on the women lead to them to be mistaken for a pair of thieves

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36
Yahiko and Yutaro's Eternal Promise
1998-06-09
As he faces off against the Black Knight's leader, Kenshin must rely on his brains and not his sword to win the battle.

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35
Defeat of the Black Knight
1998-06-02
After their search leads them to the hidden cure, the leader of the Black Knights makes it clear that he has no intention of honoring his promise to cede control of Japan to the Sanada Ninjas.

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34
the Red Heat That Fly from Deep Under the Ground
1998-05-26
After surviving a fall into a volcano, the Peace Force comes across an injured Sanada Ninja who offers to help battle his former allies.

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33
End of Wanderings
1998-09-15
It's peaceful times and everyone is carrying about their life, Kaoru and Kenshin leave to visit a graveyard, Yahiko is helping at the Akabeko and Sanosuke is helping Megumi so she can make something for him to eat. Kenshin and Kaoru visit the graveyard and do what they have to do, suddenly it started to rain so they went to a hotel to spend the night.

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32
The Elegy of Wind and Water
1998-09-08
Kenshin, Sanosuke and Jinpu went to Senjo Gahara and found the water clan, Jinpu went and attacked Reisui, and Reisui used his formation and proved to be more powerful than Jinpu. Meanwhile the author arrived and told the police and Sanosuke's friend to put the dragon statue in the center it will stop the Ryu Myaku.

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31
The Enemy Awaits in Senjogahara
1998-08-18
Kaoru was given the water and she started to recover, Kenshin and Jinpu left to Nikko to beat the Ryu Myaku before it was too late. Sanosuke and his friend went looking around for clues, finally they got possession of a book that gave many useful clues.

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30
Tokyo Under Martial Law
1998-08-04
Kaoru was injured and the only way to cure her is to go into the mountains and find the dragon fountain and get the water only then she will be cured. Jinpu creates a plan, he and Kenshin will go and get the water, Sanosuke and his friend will find some sort of statue and will destroy it and Yahiko will stay behind to protect Kaoru.

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29
The Magic of Feng Shui
1998-07-21
The Fusui Master Jinpu had just saved Kenshin, they return back to the dojo and he explains everything. He shows Kenshin the map and tells him that his clan had an Eigou formation that would protect the town, the water clan also wanted a formation but the both would conflict, so they tried to destroy the Eigou formation.

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28
Feng Shui Surprise Attack!
1998-06-23
Two competing clans of Feng Shui users create a powerful magic around the land that Tokyo sits in circa 1604. After 275 years, this magic begins to reactivate and cause disasters in Tokyo.

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27
To My Angel Misao
1998-06-16
A day in the dojo where Yahiko is training, Yahiko is training with Misao and she's deciding it's about time she leaves. Omasu, Ochika and Aoshi arrive and are ready to take Misao back to Kyoto.

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26
The Two Guides
1998-06-09
Kenshin faces off against Melder in a ferocious battle to claim the elixir, igniting a conflagration that threatens to take everyone down in flames.

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25
Schneider's Bet
1998-06-02
Kenshin and Sanosuke continue to fight Zan and Ren while Baku is unnoticed. Sanosuke is having a bit of trouble but with the help of Kaoru, Sanosuke is able to defeat Zan.

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24
A Heatwave from Beneath the Earth
1998-05-26
Kenshin and the rest fell underground and had no idea of what to do. Meanwhile Misanagi and the Black Knights enter the path way and begin to move toward the divine medicine.

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23
A Straying Journey
1998-05-19
Kenshin and the rest continue to use their hints and search for the divine medicine, suddenly Yahiko is unable to walk anymore, he had a fever. A hunter appeared and brought Yahiko in and treated him, he gave Kenshin some more clues as to where the divine medicine was, Yahiko got better and they left.

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22
The Sanada Ninja Squad
1998-05-05
As Kenshin tries to stop the slaughter of the Christians as they march towards martyrdom, Sanosuke is unable to avert the death of Shogo's terminally ill sister.

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21
Yutaro Returns
1998-04-21
The group celebrates the return of Yutaro with Professor Hans, unaware that the Black Knights are on their heels, in search of a divine elixir.

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20
Kaishu-Katsu's Determination
1998-04-14
Daigoro was just stabbed and Kenshin stepped forward to fight the leader while the others took care of the rest. The leader was defeated and shortly the police arrived and arrested the Beni Aoi.

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19
Conspiracy of the Beniaoi
1998-03-10
Itsuko was kidnapped and Katsu had received a letter about it, Kenshin paid a visit to him and found out that Katsu was hiding someone's money and the Beni Aoi wanted it. Katsu was suppose to arrive at 2:00am at a temple, and if he cooperates his daughter would not be harmed.

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18
The Unending Revolution
1998-03-03
A bunch of men are ready to attack Kenshin but Kenshin has no idea who these people are, they tell Kenshin that they are the Beni Aoi, Kenshin still doesn't know who they are, the leader figures out Kenshin wasn't hired as a bodyguard and left. Daigoro continues to train and has a match with Yahiko.

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17
Kaishu-Katsu and Kenshin
1998-02-24
A man is talking about people being able to go to the moon, but the others laugh at him, he left with his teacher and forgot his books. Yahiko went to return the books but the man (Daigoro) and his teacher was going to be attacked.

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16
Crush!
1998-02-17
When Kenshin loses Kaoru's money, the group must work at a restaurant to pay off their bill. An artist seeking inspiration falls in love with Kaoru.

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15
Himura Dojo in Shimonoseki?
1998-02-10
Kenshin and the rest are in the restaurant eating, suddenly a group called Tengu creates a disturbance, Yahiko and Misao take them outside and fight them. Then a man claiming to be the legendary Battousai arrives and scares them away.

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14
Bon Voyage
1998-02-03
The war was over and Shougo surrendered. Kenshin visited Elsten to find out what will happen to the believers and so on.

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13
The Last Crusade
1998-01-27
Misao was caught by two men and was brought to the leader of the army, she kept on telling them that Kenshin is negotiating with Shougo. Finally Elsten arrived and tried to stop the attack, he was only able to stop it for an hour, after the hour they would attack.

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12
Sanosuke's Tears
1998-01-20
The army started to prepare themselves to fight Shougo and kill everyone else. Sanosuke continued to try and bring Magdaria to Elsten.

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11
The Sneering Demon
1998-01-13
Kenshin is caught by someone and he takes him out quickily. Meanwhile the rocks had fallen and Shouzo was trapped, Sanosuke and Magdaria managed to get out fine.

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10
The Days of Remorse
1998-01-06
Misao tells Kenshin what she knows, Shougo and Magdaria(Sayo) are hiding a secret, in the past Shougo was able to help cure people's illness because he had study under the field of medicine, but he can't cure his sister and she's dying. Soon after Kenshin, Kaoru, Yahiko and Kenshin leave and gets caught by someone.

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9
Kaoru's Conspiracy
1997-12-16
Sano is unconscious and lying on the floor of a cave. When he wakes up, he finds himself looking into the face of Magdaria.

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8
Shock of the Rai Ryu Sen
1997-12-09
The round man has Kenshin down and surrounded by the dogs, but then he loses the whistle with which he controls them. Kenshin ends up saving himself and the round man from the dogs.

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7
To the Battlefield of Shimabara
1997-12-02
In Shimabara, Yahiko almost gets run down by a carriage carrying the Ambassador of Holland, Elsten-dono. Kenshin and Elsten recognize each other, since Kenshin saved Elsten's life 10 years ago at the end of the Edo dynasty.

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6
The Medallion of Destiny
1997-11-25
Amakusa Shougo appears at the place Cho is protecting. He defeats Cho and then kills the man he came to kill.

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5
The Gleaming Blade of Legends
1997-11-18
The Kenshin-gumi receives a letter from Misao. She reports on a murder mystery in Kyoto and a dead body with strange carvings on the flesh.

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4
Kaoru, Ecstatic
1997-11-11
In the face of Kenshin's probing questions, Souijuro's concentration is broken. In defeat, the young assassin returns his prized sword to Shishio, warning him of the danger that lays ahead.

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3
Find the Lost Treasure!
1997-11-04
In an effort to explain Souijuro's emotionless posture, Kenshin recalls how the young assassin was rescued from a life of slavery and then taught to fight by Shishio.

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2
The Birth of Prince Yahiko
1997-10-28
A foreign prince is attacked by bandits. As Kenshin and Kaoru are returning from a play, they see this and Kenshin intervenes.

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1
The Legend of the Fireflies
1997-10-14
Kenshin goes off fishing to bring some food on the table. At the river he meets an old man who tells him the legend of the fireflies.

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Rurouni Kenshin, also known in Japan as "Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story," is a popular anime series that first aired on the Cartoon Network between 1996 and 1999. A blend of historical drama, romance, and action, the series is set in Japan during the early Meiji period, a time of great change when the samurai class was being phased out as railway lines were laid, Western clothing was adopted, and the country began to shape itself into a modern nation.

The tale is of Himura Kenshin, the show's main character, originally a ruthless and feared assassin known as 'Battousai the Manslayer,' who, after the bloody Bakumatsu war, decides to sheathe his sword and vow never to kill again. He becomes a wanderer, offering aid to those in need as atonement for his past deeds. The show takes the classic wandering samurai trope and gives it a powerful, emotional structure and punch. Carrying a "reverse-blade" sword that can't easily kill, Himura is resolved to uphold his belief in non-violence, although circumstances often lead him to fierce battles.

His journey leads him to a martial arts school in Tokyo, guided by the vivacious instructor Kaoru Kamiya, where he is offered a place to stay. This sets the stage for the rest of the series, as Kenshin starts interacting and engaging with a motley crew of characters, each with their unique background and motivation. There's young, boisterous Yahiko Myojin, a former thief-turned-student, as well as Sanosuke Sagara, a street fighter with a strong sense of justice. Later they are joined by Megumi Takani, a doctor with a tragic past.

The cast of Rurouni Kenshin is a delight, endearing in its diversity as they grapple with their situations and evolve. All along, they face a variety of foes, ranging from greedy local businessmen and the odd hardened criminal to ever-tougher opponents from Kenshin's own stained past. The enemies and their arcs provide complexity and depth to the story, paving the path for Kenshin's progression as a character as he battles his internal and external struggles.

Rurouni Kenshin has a deeply philosophical undertone, interspersing combat and character development with questions about redemption, morality, and the cost of peace. However, the narrative remains accessible with its light-hearted elements, frequent comedic relief, and compelling romance between Kenshin and Kaoru.

The animation, created by Studio Gallop and Studio Deen, is consistent, and given its timeline, it goes from beautiful to magnificent. There's a joyful playfulness to the domestic scenes, while the landscapes of Meiji-era Japan are evocively rendered in meticulous detail. The action sequences are fluid, dynamic, and enrapturing, employing stylistic choices that complement the narrative stakes of the battles.

Rurouni Kenshin is also memorable for its stellar voice acting in both English and Japanese, enhancing the emotional resonance of the characters. The music, including the mellifluous opening theme, remains enduringly popular, encapsulating the show's mix of melancholy past and hopeful future.

Overall, Rurouni Kenshin stands tall as a standout anime series for its well-crafted story, unforgettable characters, and complex themes. A vivid depiction of the waning samurai era, it also serves as a historical primer for the period, transporting viewers with its strong atmospheric storytelling. It rides the fine line between historical world-building and classic character-focused narrative, managing to weave in substantial emotional arcs along with its action-filled narrative. It is a testament to the power of redemption and the pursuit of peace even in the most turbulent times. Rurouni Kenshin is both a reflection of change and continuity, deeply rooted in its era but reaching towards universal, timeless themes.

Rurouni Kenshin is a series categorized as a ended . Spanning 3 seasons with a total of 155 episodes, the show debuted on 1996. The series has earned a mostly positive reviews from both critics and viewers. The IMDb score stands at 8.4.

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How can I watch Rurouni Kenshin online? Rurouni Kenshin is available on Cartoon Network with seasons and full episodes. You can also watch Rurouni Kenshin on demand at Hulu Plus, Max, Amazon Prime online.

Channel
Cartoon Network
Rating
8.4/10
Cast
Mayo Suzukaze, Dorothy Elias-Fahn, Richard Cansino
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