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The story begins at the end of the Meiji Restoration, in the 11th year of the Meiji era. Himura Kenshin was a bloody assassin famed for his ruthless killings in the streets of Tokyo, and was known as the Hitokiri Battousai, or Battousai the Manslayer (sounds corny in English ^-^), to his enemies. He meets Assistant Kendo Master Kaoru, a young boy picked up off the streets, and former adversaries and acquaintances as the story advances. Kenshin tries to figure out his past, and tries to atone for his time spent as an assassin. He is now a rurouni (not a ronin since he was never officially a samurai), "the wandering samurai."
Adventure, Drama, Military, Science Fiction, Shounen
The TV series was made more for kids, but the OVAs/OAVs are more for teens and up for violence and some sexual content.
Anime Episodes: We have 95
- 01: The Handsome Swordsman of Legend
- 02: Kid Samurai
- 03: Swordsman of Sorrow
- 04: Bad!
- 05: Reverse-Blade Sword vs. Zanbatou
- 06: The Appearance of Kurogasa
- 07: Deathmatch Under the Moon
- 08: A New Battle
- 09: The Strongest Group of Ninjas
- 10: Aoshi
- 11: Farewell, the Strongest Men
- 12: The Birth of a Boy Swordsman
- 13: Striving for the Grand Championship
- 14: To Save a Small Life
- 15: Two Legendary Manslayers
- 16: A Promise from the Heart
- 17: Fly to Your Dreams
- 18: Get Back the Reverse-Blade Sword
- 19: Raijuta's Ambition
- 20: Revival of the Shinko Style
- 21: The Dissolution of a Nightmare
- 22: Danger on a Runaway Locomotive
- 23: Sanosuke's Betrayal
- 24: Midnight Battle
- 25: The Crimson Pirate
- 26: Lightning Incarnate
- 27: Burn, Island of Terror!
- 28: Prelude to the Impending Fight
- 29: Strongest Opponent from the Past
- 30: A Devil of Vengeance
- 31: A Wish Unrequited
- 32: Change Tears to Courage
- 33: For the Title of Strongest
- 34: The Girl Bandit
- 35: Conquered Village
- 36: Across the Boundary Between Edo and Meiji
- 37: Shock! The Reverse-Blade is Broken
- 38: Sanosuke's Secret Training
- 39: The Creator of the Reverse-Blade Sword
- 40: A Killer Without Mercy
- 41: The Ultimate Technique of the Hiten-Mitsurugi Style
- 42: The Formation of an Alliance
- 43: Between Life and Death
- 44: A Decisive Battle like Violent Waters
- 45: As If to Fly
- 46: Purgatory Bursts into Flames
- 47: Crash! The Lethal Punch, Futae no Kiwami!
- 48: Reborn to Salvation
- 49: The Wolf Destroys the Shingan
- 50: The Promised Time Has Come
- 51: Wake up Now!
- 52: To Make A Miracle
- 53: The Giant vs. Superman
- 54: Hiten vs. Shukuchi
- 55: The Tragedy of a Stormy Night
- 56: A Duel with an Extreme Moment
- 57: Two Men at the End of an Era
- 58: The Age Chooses Shishio?
- 59: Not Out of Luck!
- 60: The Man who is Chosen for Victory
- 61: The Juppongatana Who Remain
- 62: Kyoto, the Engraved Memory
- 63: The Legend of the Fireflies
- 64: The Birth of Prince Yahiko?
- 65: Find the Lost Treasure!
- 66: Kaoru Ecstatic!
- 67: The Gleaming Blade of Legends
- 68: The Medallion of Destiny
- 69: To the Battlefield of Shimabara
- 70: Shock of the Rairyu Sen
- 71: Kaiou's Conspiracy
- 72: Days of Remorse
- 73: The Sneering Demon!
- 74: Sanosuke's Tears
- 75: The Last Crusade
- 76: Bon Voyage
- 77: Himura Dojo in Shimonoseki?
- 78: Crush!
- 79: Kaishu Katsu and Kenshin
- 80: The Unending Revolution
- 81: Conspiracy of the Beniaoi
- 82: Kaishu Katsu's Determination
- 83: Yutaro Returns
- 84: The Sanada Ninja Squad and the Elixir
- 85: A Straying Journey
- 86: A Heat Wave from Beneath the Earth
- 87: Schneider's Bet
- 88: The Two Guides
- 89: To My Angel Misao
- 90: Feng Shui, Surprise Attack!
- 91: The Magic of Feng Shui
- 92: Tokyo Under Martial Law!
- 93: The Enemy Awaits in Senjogahara
- 94: The Elegy of Wind and Water
- 95: End of Wanderings
Includes a 3-part OVA series,