Let’s Watch a Classic Anime! Rurouni Kenshi and Samurai X

Rurouni Kenshin

Hello! I’m Mishi! Today I want to introduce you guys to my favorite anime “Rurouni Kenshi and Samurai X”. I know there are many fans for this anime! It is kind of an old anime but still one of my all time favorite anime ever! This is the anime that got me started to love anime. Let’s look over this great anime! ヽ(´3`)ノ 



Main Story

This story takes place in the Meiji period. Kenshi Himura is the main character who participated in the war of Edo period. He used to be feared by people because while the war was happening, he killed thousands of enemies. He is called Hitokiri Battosai which means assassin man-slayer in English. After the war, he becomes a ronin and travel around Japan. When he arrives in Tokyo, and he runs into a girl named Kaoru Kamiya who has troubles. He saves her and his life starts to change. This is the story about a samurai who has lost where to go without his sword and how to live his life in the new period.

Samurai X: The Motion Picture (Requiem for the Ishin Patriots)

Kenshin went to Yokohama to see a foreign building. While he is on the way back home, he runs into drunken foreigners who are causing a nuisance. A girl corrects them and they start to attack her. To stop them, Kenshin gets in the middle of this situation. At that time, the guy named Shigure also tries to stop those drunken foreigners. Kenshin and Shigure cooperate together and stop the situation. But the cops come and Kenshin and Shigure run away to the temple. Kenshin goes back to the girl and hears her name. Her name is Toki Takatsuki who is the sister of Gentatsu Takatsuki. This is bad for Kenshin because he fought her brother a long time ago and Shigure is his best friend. Kenshin…. What did you do! I can feel he is going to have to fight Shigure soon…..

OVA – Trust & Betrayal (Tsuioku Hen)

This OVA is the story of Kenshin who became Hitokiri Battosai. It is all about his past. Tomoe Yukishiro who is Kenshin’s ex-wife will be there too.

OVA – Reflection (Seiso Hen)

This OVA is the story of after the anime story. It is about Kenshin and Kaoru’s later life.

OVA – New Kyoto Arc (Shin Kyoto Hen)

It is a remake of Rurouni Kenshin.


Main Characters

Rurouni Kenshin Himura

Kenshin Himura(center) – Main character. He is a type of person who is usually cheerful but silly. He won’t let people imagine that he used to be an assassin man-slayer. After the certain incident, he stopped killing people. As being a ronin, he traveled around Japan and helped many people. He meets Kaoru and the main story starts to move on!

Sanosuke Sagara(left) – He shows up as Kenshin’s enemy at first but he lose a battle to him. He likes Kenshin’s personality and becomes  Kenshin’s best comrade. He is a type of person who is dependable. He has a powerful strength and tough body.

Yahiko Myojin(right) – He is from a samurai family. Because of the Meiji Restoration, he became an orphan. His father died in the war and his mother was sick. To pay her medical fee, he borrows money from Yakuza. After her death, he was forced to pickpocket to pay the loan. After he meets Kenshin and Kaoru, he starts to learn sword skill at Kamiya Dojo.

Rurouni Kenshin on CD Japan

Kaoru Kamiya – Main character. She is a active girl who carries  justice. She teaches a Kendo in Kamiya Dojo. Since Kenshin saved her Dojo, he stays in her place. As they get through so many troubles, they will get close to each other.



How to find this anime


Year : 1996-1998

Episodes : 94

Rurouni Kenshin, Vol. 1: Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story

Manga on Amazon

Rurouni Kenshin - TV Series Season One

Rurouni Kenshin on Amazon




Movie : Samurai X: The Motion Picture (Requiem for the Ishin Patriots)

Year : 1997

Samurai X - The Motion Picture (Rurouni Kenshin)

Samurai X – The Motion Picture on Amazon

OVA – Trust & Betrayal (Tsuioku Hen)

Year : 1999

Episodes : 4

Rurouni Kenshin Tsuioku Hen [Blu-ray]

Trust and Betrayal on Amazon

OVA – Reflection (Seiso Hen)

Year : 2001 – 2002

Episodes : 2

Rurouni Kenshin OVA -Reflection- Blu-ray Disc Limited Edition (while supplies last)

Reflection on Amazon

OVA – New Kyoto Arc (Shin Kyoto Hen)

Year : 2012

Episodes : 2

Rurouni Kenshin-New Kyoto Arc [Blu-ray]

New Kyoto Arc on Amazon

Live Action Movie

Rurouni Kenshin

Year : 2012

Rurouni Kenshin Live Action Movie [Japanese Audio with English Subtitles] [All Region]

Rurouni Kenshin on Amazon

Rurouni Kenshin – Kyoto Inferno (Kyoto Taika Hen)

Year : 2014

Rurouni Kenshin Live Action Movie 2 Kyoto Inferno [Japanese Audio with English Subtitles] [All Region]

Kyoto Inferno on Amazon

Rurouni Kenshin – The Legend Ends (Densetsu no Saigo Hen)

Year : 2014

Rurouni Kenshin Trilogy [Blu-ray]

3 live action movies set on Amazon

Samurai Rurouni Kenshin: Live Action the Movie - The Legend Ends

The Legend Ends on Amazon



Opening and Ending songs


Sobakasu(そばかす) – JUDY AND MARY

1/2 – Makoto Kawamoto(川本真琴)

Kimi ni Fureru dake de(君に触れるだけで) – CURIO



Namida wa Shitteiru – Mayo Suzukaze(涙は知っている – 涼風真世)

HEART OF SWORD 〜夜明け前〜 – T.M.Revolution

Heart of Sword - Yoakemae-

mp3 on Amazon

the Fourth Avenue Café – L’Arc〜en〜Ciel


It’s gonna rain! – BONNIE PINK

1/3 no Junjo na Kanjo(1/3の純情な感情) – SIAM SHADE

Dame! – Yo Izumi (ダメ! – 和泉容)

Rurouni Kenshin Best songs

All songs listed above are included + Niji on this CD!

Samurai X: The Motion Picture (Requiem for the Ishin Patriots)


Niji(虹) – L’Arc〜en〜Ciel

Niji - L'Arc〜en〜Ciel

mp3 on Amazon


Towa no Mirai – Animetal (永遠の未来 – アニメタル)

Rurouni Kenshin Best Theme Collection

Meiji Kenkaku Romantan Best theme collection


OVA – Reflection (Seiso Hen)


Itoshisa no Kate – Hiroko Kasahara (愛しさの糧 – 笠原弘子)


OVA – New Kyoto Arc (Shin Kyoto Hen)


Nanairo no Kaze – Rina Sumioka (七色の風 – 住岡梨奈)

feel you – Rina Sumioka(住岡梨奈)

feel you - Rina Sumioka

feel you – Rina Sumioka

Live Action Movie

Rurouni Kenshin

The Beginning – ONE OK ROCK(A-Sketch)

The Beginning - ONE OK ROCK(A-Sketch)

The Beginning – ONE OK ROCK(A-Sketch)

Rurouni Kenshin -Kyoto Inferno (Kyoto Taika Hen)

Mighty Long Fall – ONE OK ROCK(A-Sketch)

Mighty Long Fall - ONE OK ROCK(A-Sketch)

mp3 on Amazon

Rurouni Kenshin – The Legend Ends (Densetsu no Saigo Hen)

Heartache – ONE OK ROCK(A-Sketch)

Heartache - ONE OK ROCK(A-Sketch)

mp 3 on Amazon


Mishi’s top picks for Otaku

Kenshin Action Figure

Do not make him mad!

Kenshin Figure




Kenshin Himura Action Figure

He will protect you!

Makoto Shishio Action Figure

Makoto Shishio
Welcome to his dark world!





Kenshin Himura Action Figure Anime


Hajime Saito Action Figure

Hajime Saito
He is about to use his special skill!










My Review

Rurouni Kenshi and Samurai X Recommendation Chart

Rurouni Kenshin is one of my favorite anime. What I like about this anime is definitely the way Kenshin lives. He penetrates his own belief against the flow of era and tries to compensate what he has done before. He shoulders his mistakes of the past and carries them everywhere he goes. He doesn’t have to say a word because I can get to tell that this man is carrying so many things on him. I want to call a chiropractor or exorcist to let him free.  Σ(゚Д゚;≡;゚д゚) Seriously, somebody has to tell him that he did enough to compensate. He doesn’t have sacrifice himself anymore. But that is his life so sometimes, you can clearly tell that he has his sorrow on him. Probably that is what makes him act silly usually? I don’t know….. What do you think? (T-T ))(( T-T)

Well, it sounds like a gloomy story but I want you guys to know that this anime is usually comical! It is a pretty funny anime that you can laugh at a lot! When it comes to fighting scenes, it gets so serious and Kenshin will make cool scenes! The combination of emotions(funniness, seriousness, sadness and coolness) is balanced so good! I am sure that opening, ending and background songs will help you to get into this anime.

Live Action Movie 1 : Rurouni Kenshin

Live Action Movie 2 : Rurouni Kenshin Kyoto Inferno

Live Action Movie 3 : Rurouni Kenshin The Legend Ends

After you finish watching this anime, I know you will want to grab something like a sword and start to mimic their sword attack like a child. (Probably, Hajime Saito’s skill, huh?) ゝ( ゚∀゚)メ(゚∀゚ )ノ


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