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[ What is Rurouni Kenshin? ]
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Rurouni Kenshin (roughly translated as 'Wandering Swordsman Kenshin') is the story of the master swordsman Himura Kenshin. Once a lethal assassin feared throughout Japan as the Hitokiri Battousai, he fought for the Ishin Shishi to bring about the new Meiji Era. After killing countless men to achieve the goals he believed in, Kenshin decided to leave behind the life of the Hitokiri. He gave up his katana for a sakabatou - a reverse-bladed sword incapable of killing. Kenshin chose the path of the Rurouni, sworn to use his sword only to protect innocent people as best he can. No one knew where the deadly Hitokiri Battousai had vanished to, but his name became legendary among the people...
Rurouni Kenshin was originally created by Watsuki Nobuhiro. It is currently running in Japan in two forms: a manga appearing in Shonen Jump, and a weekly anime series currently in its third season. With great characters, a deep storyline, a perfect mix of drama and humor, beautiful artwork and truly awe-inspiring battle scenes, it should come as no surprise that RK is so immensely popular. The series has developed a huge following - especially in Japan, but also in countries all over the world.