Throwback Thursday: Rurouni Kenshin [Legend of Battousai The Manslayer]

rk“Rurouni Kenshin” is your stereotypical wandering swordsman (hence the name Rurouni, meaning masterless wanderer).

The story begins after the Bakumatsu war, which signals the end of the Edo period and the beginning of the Meiji period. Kenshin, a former assassin during the war, wanders Japan helping strangers in need of his skills in order to repent for his acts of violence. He’s typically peaceful, and would rather strike a man using the reverse side of his blade, than killing him.

After wandering for some time, he saves the life of a woman named Kamiya Kaoru, who offers him a home at her family’s dojo in return for his help. Kenshin agrees and continues a peaceful existence until it’s revealed that they may be in danger due to a plot to overthrow the Meiji government.

This title has a lot of historical references but continues to deliver jaw dropping acting sequences. It’s a fun anime series for those who like swordsmanship without all the extra additives that turn a historical genre into a supernatural one.

Just as a reminder, don’t forget to check out Kenshin’s next appearance in “J-Stars Victory Vs” for the paystation 3 on March 19th!

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