Rurouni Kenshin

Rurouni Kenshin Rurouni Kenshin, also known as Samurai X, is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Nobuhiro Watsuki. The story begins during the 11th year of the Meiji period in Japan and follows a former assassin from the Bakumatsu, known as Hitokiri Battosai. After his work against the bakufu, Hitokiri Battosai disappears to become Himura Kenshin: a wandering swordsman who protects the people of Japan with a vow of never to take another life. Watsuki wrote this series because of his desire of making a shōnen manga that was different from the other ones that were published at the time, with Kenshin being a former assassin and the story taking a more serious tone as it continued.

The manga initially appeared in Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump from April 25, 1994 to November 4, 1999. The complete work consists of 28 tankōbon volumes, while years later it was reprinted into twenty-two kanzenban volumes. Studio Gallop, Studio Deen and SPE Visual Works adapted the manga into an anime series which aired in Japan from January 10, 1996 to September 8, 1998. Besides an animated feature film, two series of original video animations (OVAs) were also produced. The first adapted stories from the manga that were not featured in the anime, while the second was a sequel to the manga. Several art and guidebooks for Rurouni Kenshin have been published and writer Kaoru Shizuka has authored three official light novels which were published by Shueisha. Many video games have also been released for the PlayStation, PlayStation 2, and PlayStation Portable consoles. A successful live-action theatrical film adaptation was released in 2012, with limited international screenings.

The manga, as well as the first light novel and first guidebook, have received North American releases by Viz Media. Rurouni Kenshin is subtitled "Wandering Samurai" in some English releases. The TV series was later licensed in North America and released on DVD by Media Blasters. The first two seasons aired on the United States Cartoon Network as part of the Toonami block, while the third season was only featured on DVD. The English-language versions of the OVAs, as well as the film, were originally released as Samurai X in North America, although the original name was included on the later DVD and Blu-ray Disc releases.

The Rurouni Kenshin manga has over 70 million copies in circulation as of 2014, while its anime has ranked among the 100 most watched series in Japan multiple times. The series has received praise and criticism from various publications for manga, anime and other media, with both having received good response on the characters' designs and historical setting.
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RUROUNI KENSHIN: Japan's Stage Musical Canceled Due To COVID-19

RUROUNI KENSHIN: Japan's Stage Musical Canceled Due To COVID-19

Based on the classic manga, the Rurouni Kenshin stage musical has been forced to cancel due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Hit the jump for more information on the recent cancelation!
RUROUNI KENSHIN: Final Two Live Action Films Delayed Due To COVID-19

RUROUNI KENSHIN: Final Two Live Action Films Delayed Due To COVID-19

Highly successful film series, Rurouni Kenshin has announced that its most recent films will be delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Hit the jump for more info on the release.
All Episodes Of RUROUNI KENSHIN Will Begin Streaming On Funimation

All Episodes Of RUROUNI KENSHIN Will Begin Streaming On Funimation

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The Final and The Beginning- the two-part Rurouni Kenshin finale in WB Japan's live-action pentalogy have released a new teaser trailer hyping their respective July and August release dates.
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RUROUNI KENSHIN Is Returning In The Form Of A Stage Play In Japan This Year

RUROUNI KENSHIN Is Returning In The Form Of A Stage Play In Japan This Year

Fans of the popular anime and manga, Rurouni Kenshin, should rejoice as a stage play based on the characters of the anime is scheduled for showing Japan later this year.
RUROUNI KENSHIN Manga Creator To Resume New Arc After Escaping Child Pornography Charges With Just A Fine

RUROUNI KENSHIN Manga Creator To Resume New Arc After Escaping Child Pornography Charges With Just A Fine

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RUROUNI KENSHIN Creator Nobuhiro Watsuki Receives 200k Yen Fine For Child Pornography

RUROUNI KENSHIN Creator Nobuhiro Watsuki Receives 200k Yen Fine For Child Pornography

Rurouni Kenshin fans around the globe were stunned and dismayed to learn last November that series creator Nobuhiro Watsuki has been formally charged with possessing child pornography.
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RUROUNI KENSHIN Manga Creator Arrested For Child Pornography, Manga Goes On Indefinite Hiatus

The mang and anime community around the world was stunned and dismayed this morning to learn of child pornography charges levied against Rurouni Kenshin mangaka Nobuhiro Watsuki.
There's A New Live-Action RUROUNI KENSHIN Trilogy In Development

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Controversial news surrounding Emi Takei's marriage and pregnancy has revealed that there's a new Rurouni Kenshin trilogy in development.
Here Are FUNimation's TOP 5 Action Scenes From The Live Action RUROUNI KENSHIN Trilogy.

Here Are FUNimation's TOP 5 Action Scenes From The Live Action RUROUNI KENSHIN Trilogy.

FUNimation released a new video for the top 5 action scenes from last years Rurouni Kenshin trilogy. Hit the jump and check them out!
Check Out These Amazing Fight Clips From The Live Action RUROUNI KENSHIN Trilogy

Check Out These Amazing Fight Clips From The Live Action RUROUNI KENSHIN Trilogy

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NEW Interview Released For The Live Action RUROUNI KENSHIN - Part 1: Origins Movie!

NEW Interview Released For The Live Action RUROUNI KENSHIN - Part 1: Origins Movie!

FUNimation has released a new interview to celebrate the release of the first live action movie based on the Rurouni Kenshin Manga series. Hit the jump, watch the interview and let us know what you think!