Title: Rurouni Kenshin / Samurai X
By: Studio Gallop/DEEN
Series: 95 episodes
Date: January 1996 – August 1998
Synopsis: The legendary and ruthless Hitokiri Battōsai was a skilled samurai who spearheaded the Meiji Restoration and put an end the Edo Era. After these accomplishments the Battosai vowed to never kill another person and pursued a peaceful life as Himura Kenshin. But his past still haunts him in the form of many enemies seeking revenge. Can Kenshin protect the people around him? And more importantly can he do so without killing anyone and falling back into his old ways?
Review: Rurouni Kenshin served as as an introduction to anime for many westerners in the 1990s. Because of this the show has a pretty solid fan base and is held in high regards by many. Kenshin may not be one of the best shows of its era off of merits alone, but most fans love it nonetheless. Many anime lovers started from Kenshin, so it helps to define late 1990s anime, alongside Neon Genesis Evangelion and Cowboy Bebop.
One intriguing thing about Rurouni Kenshin is the cast. All main characters and villains have an interesting story to tell and this paves the way for very interesting plot progression. For example Kenshin’s character is kind, gentle and easy going, but also a fearsome, unforgiving killer. This odd combination of traits can leave you at the edge of your seat when he fights, since any fight could turn into the one where he snaps and returns to his old ways.
The show has its share of highs and low points, but has nonetheless won the hearts of many. Its the kind of show that feels timeless and stands out as a classic.Tags: Action, Adventure, Drama
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