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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

Paperback, 208 pages
Published October 22nd 2003 by VIZ Media LLC (first published September 2nd 1994)
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Ray Campos
Aug 19, 2007 Ray Campos rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: manga fans, fans of action/adventure or historical fiction
Shelves: manga, historical
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 ...more
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.
Mar 11, 2009 Melissa rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anime/manga lovers
Recommended to Melissa by: Kaelyn
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.
I love this manga! I found none main characters to be annoying. The story line from from the beginning to the end. The relationship Kaoro and Kenshin is great and I also like how they keep making fun of Kenshin and how the antagonist always underestimate his power and his will to protect those he love. I also want to mention that I like this way better than the anime, this manga has a light feeling about it but they made the anime feels so dark and the story line change a bit to much for me. So ...more
This is the best manga of Nabohiro Watsuki. I have read plenty of his, but this one is definitely his masterpiece. But there are a lot of samurai themed manga out there. And I just can't say this one is my favorite even though when I was still a child Kenshin was my hero. And who would not love him? Samurai wielder with kind cute of face but actually had been a cold blooded slasher?

Story: Historically based on Edo era and there was no fantasy element like vampire or any blood sucking creature *
N.T. Embe
Dec 06, 2012 N.T. Embe rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Japanese history, samurai, shounen lovers. People who love great characters and time period pieces.
Recommended to N.T. Embe by: Toonami

I've been a fan of the Rurouni Kenshin anime since I first saw it countless years ago on Toonami, on Cartoon Network. Back then, still a kid, barely a teenager, I fell in love with the man known as Himura Kenshin. He was a man that would forever change my life and continue to influence the type of people I admired in this world. Being able to come back now, and humbly read this comedic, playful, serious, gentle, badass, kickass, threatening, beautiful, engaging story is like coming up close and
This was actually my very first Manga. I've been getting into Anime lately - Death Note, Bakuman, and Noir are quickly becoming some of my favorite shows (and... um... Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl, but let's not talk about it) - but before this one, no Manga. Going into it, I had no idea what it was or what it would be about; all I knew was that my friend had given it to me. But... well, I wasn't a big fan. The Manga has significant problems in structure and artwork that prevented me from really ...more
Ok, so the first few volumes are nothing new or spectacular but even so, I still find this manga quite enjoyable. The story about a samurai who doesn't want to kill anymore and change himself due to his ruthlessness in his past is nothing new. We've seen this story before.

So far, the characters are really likeable and fun. Kenshin is the nice, honorable, and badass hero that you would expect from an action manga. But he also has a few traits that make him stand out. He's tough but he's also clum
I love this stuff! Kenshin will always have a special place in my heart. Having watched everything there is to see (and bought the t-shirt) I decided that it was time for me to get down to the source material. Now, usually, I prefer to read matter before seeing it in motion, but this is a strange exception to that. You find that you pick up all these little nuggets here and there that were skipped from the series: a bit of background information here, a minor character there. While this is true ...more
I'm not going to put all the Kenshin volumes I've read, but suffice to say I'm owning them as they come out. Kenshin was one of my first anime series and the Rurouni was one of my first anime loves. Hahaha. Rather touching story of a wandering samurai with a violent past and a demon deep inside, who is trying to repent for his mistakes while ghosts from past return to haunt him. Way cool sword fighting abound. Classic.
Jul 19, 2007 Rini rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
This is a story that came from a small guy but had big courage to change the world. I like the story about how Kenshin Himura met His (first) wife, Tomoe and how he got scars. Well i knew it from the OVA (Original Video Animation)... but i did read all the volumes. The evil one whom i like was Sishio Makoto (contradict with his name that has meaning "truth").
This story was most interesting. I also enjoyed all of the historical aspects to it as well. I really did not know that much about the Meiji period and find it fascinating to learn more about it. The character development is great and I really can't wait to learn more about Kenshin.
I really was in love with this book, and yes I thought the plot was so awesome. It was interesting, easy to follow, and I love rurouni kenshin. Just look at him, he's so freaking cute. xD Anyways, I also really love how the stories go, and his sword style is freaking cool!!
I've read all 28 volumes but to save time and space I'm only posting the first volume. This series is AMAZING. If you don't have to money to spend on 28 volumes, check it out at your local library. It's totally worth the time.
Andrea Olsen
This is my favorite manga series. The TV anime series is great and the movie Samurai X is the best animated film I've ever seen.
Even after all these years, I still love that sweet rurouni.
La Revistería Comics
Reedición de Rurouni Kenshin volumen 1: Kenshin, Battousai Himura.
Incluye la popular sección "Aclaraciones de la traducción" y el índice original, inédito en la primera edición argentina.

Índice de Rurouni Kenshin Volumen 1: Kenshin, Battousai Himura
Capítulo 1: Kenshin - Battousai Himura
Capítulo 2: El vagabundo llega a la ciudad
Capítulo 3: Yahiko Myoujin - de la familia samurai de Tokyo
Capítulo 4: La resurrección del Kasshin Ryu
Capítulo 5: Hombre luchador
Capítulo 6: Confrontación - Sanosuke Sagar
Hyper Chick
I LOVE this book sooo much!!!
To get it republished is such a genius move from Elex. And the moment is just right, Kyoto Inferno is now showing on cineplex. I actually did not read this series then--I watched the anime instead (and fall for Sanosuke Sagara ever since). And all things I questioned about were explained here in the manga. But the way the mangaka draw the line, I would reluctantly say that I was impressed. I am not a fan of shonen manga tho, I am not comfortable to see rough line and the way the characters stare ...more
At the end of the Bakumatsu period, there was a man who could slay countless opponents with only a single swing of his blade, and with his unbelievable skill and strength he closed the turbulent and more closed minded Bakumatsu era, and slashed open the new and progressive Meiji era... But after serving his duty, he disappeared, leaving behind only his legend...
It is now the 11th year of Meiji and everyone is reminded and given a reason to fear the Hitokiri, the man from whom the before mentione
A beautiful story about atonement. I'm rating just volume 1 but really, this is for the entire series. I started and finished this series (in a super short amount of time that I would advise against) all thanks to the live-action film. Everyone was buzzing about this and that for the sequels (!!!) and I had to read the original work to know all about it, from the very beginning. I have no patience to wait for sequels if I can just read the original work and know everything.

Himura Kenshin is bur
Dallan Tucker
SUMMARY: Ten years ago, during the chaos of the Japanese revolutionary war, there was a man known as Hitokiri Battousai (Battousai the Man-Slayer). A legendary assassin who helped usher in the era of peace and civility known as the Meiji Age. At the conclusion of the revolutionary war, the Battousai disappeared, never to be seen again...

In the "present" (the time that the book takes place), seventeen-year-old Karou Kamiya, instructor and master of the Kamiya Kasshin Kendo School, is on the hunt
Timothy Stone
After beginning to watch anime recently, I decided to try reading some manga. Okay, to be honest, it wasn't entirely that way. I had thought of reading manga before as I had thought of watching anime before, but I had the typical misconception of these genres. You know, that it was all lewd sexual content and humongous mecha. A little dumb of me to assume such nonsense? Admittedly, yes. That's what has steeped into the Western culture, this lie about anime and manga. Anyways, some good manga was ...more
Synopsis: A story of a the infamous Hitokiri Battosai "the man slayer" now pronouced as "Runrouni" Kenshin a travler with no destination. Kenshin encounters many foes but along the way he also comes across aliances and everlasting friends. His journey begins in the the 11th year if the Meiji era in Kyoto, Japan.
Purpose: to entertain with a folklore of old time japan
Audience: Young Adults
Medium: Graphic Novel
Genre Setting: action/adventure
Critisism: This invigoraty story of Him
RuroKen is the tale of a samurai, who after a very brutal past decides to never kill again but instead fight for peace alongside a group of normal people. Well … the normal part was a bit off and everybody was doing their best to make him kill again, so that internal struggle was quite interesting.

Everything in the setting smelled pure win, as it was a historical era where Japan was exiting a long period of conservatism and bloody civil strife, where new ideas and technologies were entering thei
I've always been a fan of Rorouni Kenshin. I've watched the anime multiple times--I believe it was one of the first few anime I watched, after Sailormoon and Yu Yu Hakusho--in different dubs (Tagalog, English, English-subtitled). But I watched it when I was a lot younger, and TV tends to censor things.

After I watched the Rorouni Kenshin movie last year, I felt like reading the manga. So I finally started and I am blown away. The art is amazing. It's all extremely detailed, from the lines and spe
Ian Zimmerman
Rurouni Kenshin is a historical fiction/action comic set 11 years after the Meiji Revolution of 1867-1868. It is bound to remind Western readers a bit of Alexander Dumas' Three Musketeers, due to both series revolving around furious sword fights, clever plot twists, and highly likeable protagonists in a Romantic historical setting. Kenshin Himura was once a ruthless soldier who killed hundreds of opponents and earned the nickname "Battosai the manslayer". 11 years after the war, he has become a ...more
Mark L.
This book is the first in the now world famous Rurouni Kenshin series. Witty humor , punctuated and smoothly transitioning into poignant moments of action, drama, romance, and explorations on the ethos of the swordsman in the dimming twilight hours of the age of the sword are the very essence of Watsuki's most famous and admired works (at least in my opinion). Set in a backdrop of the tumultuous period of a changing social and political structure that has come to be called the Meiji Restoration ...more
When I first began watching anime I started in the shonen genre, more specifically, the historical shonen genre. Because of this, Rurouni Kenshin was the go to recommendation when I started reading manga. I got to around volume six before I decided this just wasn't for me.

My reason for ultimately abandoning Rurouni Kenshin wasn't one of content or style, I liked the concept and art, but rather of substance. In the shonen genre I would consider Rurouni Kenshin to be one of the classics. So, if yo
This one definitely reaches back to my childhood! I'd seen bits and pieces of the anime, but never read the manga. I'm only reviewing the first volume, here, and I say it's a good introduction!

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Watsuki Nobuhiro (和月 伸宏) is a Japanese manga artist, best known for his samurai-themed series Rurouni Kenshin. He once worked as an assistant for his favorite author Takeshi Obata.
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