History Manga / RurouniKenshin

24th Jul '16 9:51:01 AM bt8257
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It turns out that this stranger is Kenshin Himura, a former assassin for anti-shogunate forces during the early days of the Restoration. Regretting his former life as the infamous "Hitokiri Battousai" -- the "Quick-Draw Manslayer" -- Kenshin now wanders Japan as a vagrant soul, seeking atonement for his sins by using his swordsmanship to right wrongs without spilling any more blood.

Along the way, Kenshin meets new friends -- Sannosuke Sagara, a veteran of an extremist group; Yahiko Myoujin, a street urchin and aspiring samurai; and Megumi Takani, a doctor he rescued from her unintentional involvement in the opium trade. At the same time, however, he must also deal with many enemies, some of whom were stark reminders of who he used to be.

''Rurouni Kenshin'' ("るろうに剣心", "Kenshin the Wanderer") is a 1994-1999 manga by Creator/NobuhiroWatsuki, also known as "Samurai X" after Creator/ColumbiaPictures renamed it for their anime releases (which was later co-opted by Creator/ADVFilms for ''their'' release of the movie and [=OVAs=]). Watsuki, being a major fan of the ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'' comics (the characters from which he based a lot of the cast's designs on), heartily endorsed this title translation.

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It turns out that this stranger is Kenshin Himura, a former assassin for anti-shogunate forces during the early days of the Restoration. Regretting his former life as the infamous "Hitokiri Battousai" Battōsai" -- the "Quick-Draw Manslayer" -- Kenshin now wanders Japan as a vagrant soul, seeking atonement for his sins by using his swordsmanship to right wrongs without spilling any more blood.

Along the way, Kenshin meets new friends -- Sannosuke Sanosuke Sagara, a veteran of an extremist group; Yahiko Myoujin, Myōjin, a street urchin and aspiring samurai; and Megumi Takani, a doctor he rescued from her unintentional involvement in the opium trade. At the same time, however, he must also deal with many enemies, some of whom were stark reminders of who he used to be.

''Rurouni Kenshin'' ("るろうに剣心", "Kenshin the Wanderer") is a 1994-1999 199499 manga by Creator/NobuhiroWatsuki, also known as "Samurai X" after Creator/ColumbiaPictures renamed it for their anime releases (which was later co-opted by Creator/ADVFilms for ''their'' release of the movie and [=OVAs=]). Watsuki, being a major fan of the ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'' comics (the characters from which he based a lot of the cast's designs on), heartily endorsed this title translation.
12th Jul '16 9:19:27 PM GlitteringFlowers
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* AdaptedOut: The live action movies do this with many characters' backstories and internal angst, even going as far as removing arc-important characters period. In particular Sanosuke, Anji,, and Raijuta gets hit hardest with this with their pasts that are essential to their personalities removed (with the last not even appearing in the live action movie).

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* AdaptedOut: AdaptedOut:
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The live action movies do this with many characters' backstories and internal angst, even going as far as removing arc-important characters period. In particular Sanosuke, Anji,, Anji and Raijuta gets hit hardest with this with their pasts that are essential to their personalities removed (with the last not even appearing in the live action movie). movie).
** A scene [[http://heckyeahkenkao.tumblr.com/post/142487425901/rurouni-kenshin-unaired-last-scene from the last episode of the anime]] included [[spoiler: Kenshin and Kaoru's son, Kenji Himura]], but it wasn't aired. The character didn't show up ''at all'' in the TV series [[spoiler: and didn't make an animated apparition until the polemic ''Seisouhen'' OAV's, where he becomes an AscendedExtra.]]
30th Jun '16 9:39:31 AM Morgenthaler
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* BastardAngst: Seta Soujirou is a darker take on this trope -- his entire stepfamily was abusive towards him for his illegitimacy, which caused him to snap and kill them all.
16th Jun '16 4:12:31 PM nombretomado
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** While the ''TenchiMuyo'' franchise suffered with various alcohol/'tea' edits, everyone was allowed to drink sake during Sanosuke's party in episode 24 of the TV-Y7 version, though some drunken behavior was edited out.

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** While the ''TenchiMuyo'' ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' franchise suffered with various alcohol/'tea' edits, everyone was allowed to drink sake during Sanosuke's party in episode 24 of the TV-Y7 version, though some drunken behavior was edited out.
15th Jun '16 8:44:02 PM dotchan
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* HighlyVisibleNinja: A conscious decision made by Misao's grandfather Okina, thus building for himself quite the support system out of his friends and neighbors in Kyoto.

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* HighlyVisibleNinja: A HighlyVisibleNinja:
** The former imperial ninjas went public (sort of, they do have civilian identities and their headquarters doubles as an inn), wearing stereotypical ninja-type outfits, a
conscious decision made by Misao's grandfather Okina, thus building for himself quite the support system out of his friends and neighbors in Kyoto.
22nd May '16 1:54:02 PM IronicMouse
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* TheWarJustBefore: In this historical fiction series, the changes of the Meiji Restoration following the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boshin_War Boshin War]] is the backdrop for the series storyline. Notably [[TheHero Himura Kenshin]] was a veteran of that war who served on the side of the House of Meiji against the Tokugawa Shogunate. The events of the Boshin War also become relevant during the Kyoto (on an ideological scale) and Jinchū Arcs (on a more personal level). The main antagonist of the former story arc, Makoto Shishio, was a fellow Meiji partisan who now seeks to overthrow the current government based on it not [[TheSocialDarwinist living up to his own standards]] while Enishi Yukishiro seeks retribution on Kenshin for one of his unintended casualties being [[spoiler:his sister Tomoe Yukishiro]]. In addition, two characters who were soldiers for the Tokugawas, Hajime Saito and Uonuma Usui, joined Kenshin and Shishio's groups respectively.
22nd May '16 1:39:43 PM bt8257
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* HighlyVisibleNinja:
** A conscious decision made by Misao's grandfather Okina, thus building for himself quite the support system out of his friends and neighbors in Kyoto.

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* HighlyVisibleNinja:
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HighlyVisibleNinja: A conscious decision made by Misao's grandfather Okina, thus building for himself quite the support system out of his friends and neighbors in Kyoto.



** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Realsaitou-2.jpg Saito Hajime]] gets one of these in every [[PeacemakerKurogane anime]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaze_Hikaru manga]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/When_the_Last_Sword_Is_Drawn film]] that features him and [[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/kenshin/images/c/cc/Rsz_saitoova.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20120930193546 Rurouni Kenshin is no exception]] albeit downplayed when compared to other fictional examples which often portray the man as a young slender {{bishonen}} (and also because he is generally considered to be evil-looking or fierce in his appearance by the Kenshin fandom in general with this including those who find him handsome and his snarky GoodIsNotNice personality).
* HistoricalDomainCharacter:
** Saito Hajime (1844-1915) was the captain of the Shinsengumi's third unit and later a police officer in Tokyo where he adopted the alias Fujita Goro (a name he uses frequently in the series) and married one Takagi Tokio.

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** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Realsaitou-2.jpg Saito Hajime]] gets one of these in every [[PeacemakerKurogane [[Manga/PeacemakerKurogane anime]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaze_Hikaru manga]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/When_the_Last_Sword_Is_Drawn film]] that features him and [[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/kenshin/images/c/cc/Rsz_saitoova.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20120930193546 Rurouni Kenshin is no exception]] albeit downplayed {{downplayed|Trope}} when compared to other fictional examples which often portray the man as a young slender {{bishonen}} (and also because he is generally considered to be evil-looking or fierce in his appearance by the Kenshin fandom in general with this including those who find him handsome and his snarky GoodIsNotNice personality).
* HistoricalDomainCharacter:
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HistoricalDomainCharacter: Saito Hajime (1844-1915) was the captain of the Shinsengumi's third unit and later a police officer in Tokyo where he adopted the alias Fujita Goro (a name he uses frequently in the series) and married one Takagi Tokio.



* HonorBeforeReason: The warriors of the Kenshin Gumi and even ''Shishio'' of all people follow this trope to a tee.

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* HonorBeforeReason: The warriors of the Kenshin Gumi and even ''Shishio'' of all people follow follows this trope to a tee.



* ImagineSpot:
** When Kenshin is late to return home after being dragged off to a gambling session with Sano, Yahiko suggests that he's either won big or lost big, then suggests that Kaoru shouldn't be surprised about him coming home in nothing but his underwear. In the manga, this is accompanied by a small visual of just that.

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* ImagineSpot:
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ImagineSpot: When Kenshin is late to return home after being dragged off to a gambling session with Sano, Yahiko suggests that he's either won big or lost big, then suggests that Kaoru shouldn't be surprised about him coming home in nothing but his underwear. In the manga, this is accompanied by a small visual of just that.



* InstantWakingSkills:
** It's unclear if Kenshin's this trope or just a very light sleeper, but when he's on watch he rests sitting up, with his sword in his lap and his forehead resting on the hilt. Once, he heard someone sneaking up on him and started a draw with his thumb. When it turned out to be Kaoru, he dropped the sword back down in relief and cuts said thumb.

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* InstantWakingSkills:
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InstantWakingSkills: It's unclear if Kenshin's this trope or just a very light sleeper, but when he's on watch he rests sitting up, with his sword in his lap and his forehead resting on the hilt. Once, he heard someone sneaking up on him and started a draw with his thumb. When it turned out to be Kaoru, he dropped the sword back down in relief and cuts said thumb.



* IronicEcho:
** "A sword is a weapon. Kenjutsu the art of murder." Kenshin says this at the beginning of the series, but then immediately rejects it in favor of Kaoru's more [[TechnicalPacifist idealistic vision]]; it's revealed that this is his mentor's philosophy, and he quotes it back to Kenshin to remind him that real life is a CrapsackWorld.

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* IronicEcho:
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IronicEcho: "A sword is a weapon. Kenjutsu the art of murder." Kenshin says this at the beginning of the series, but then immediately rejects it in favor of Kaoru's more [[TechnicalPacifist idealistic vision]]; it's revealed that this is his mentor's philosophy, and he quotes it back to Kenshin to remind him that real life is a CrapsackWorld.



* JidaiGeki:
** A {{Deconstruction}} that asks: "So what happens to all those BadAss swordsmen after they've been outmoded by technology and a shift in societal mores?"[[note]]The surprisingly accurate answer, of course, is that "a lot of them were ''bored as hell'' and this was not a particularly safe period to live in." It never got ''quite'' this epic in real life, but it was still pretty brutal at times.[[/note]]

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* JidaiGeki:
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JidaiGeki: A {{Deconstruction}} {{deconstruction}} that asks: "So what happens to all those BadAss swordsmen after they've been outmoded by technology and a shift in societal mores?"[[note]]The surprisingly accurate answer, of course, is that "a lot of them were ''bored as hell'' and this was not a particularly safe period to live in." It never got ''quite'' this epic in real life, but it was still pretty brutal at times.[[/note]]



* LockedIntoStrangeness: [[spoiler: 12-years-old Enishi's black hair turned white after Tomoe's death]].

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* LockedIntoStrangeness: [[spoiler: 12-years-old 12-year-old Enishi's black hair turned white after Tomoe's death]].



* MadeOfIron:
** While the series appears to have high standards for what counts as a "crippling blow", this is one of Sanosuke's distinguishing traits. As early as his introduction mini-arc, a man hits him in the face with a hidden knife-ring: not only Sanosuke doesn't even flinch, the man ''breaks his finger in the attempt''.

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* MadeOfIron:
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MadeOfIron: While the series appears to have high standards for what counts as a "crippling blow", this is one of Sanosuke's distinguishing traits. As early as his introduction mini-arc, a man hits him in the face with a hidden knife-ring: not only Sanosuke doesn't even flinch, the man ''breaks his finger in the attempt''.



* MayDecemberRomance:
** Kenshin and Kaoru (he's 28 and she's 17). Some time passes before things get serious between them.
** Aoshi and Misao (he's 26 and she's 16). To Aoshi's credit, in the ''manga'' he finds the [[{{Ephebophile}} implications]] a little unsettling and makes it clear to Misao that he won't consider it until some time passes. In the ''anime'' though, Kenshin convinces him to start looking at Misao as a woman by the end of the Kyoto arc.

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* MayDecemberRomance:
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MayDecemberRomance: Kenshin and Kaoru (he's 28 and she's 17). Some time passes before things get serious between them.
** Aoshi and Misao (he's 26 and she's 16). To Aoshi's credit, in the ''manga'' he finds the [[{{Ephebophile}} implications]] a little unsettling and makes it clear to Misao that he won't consider it until some time passes. In the ''anime'' though, Kenshin convinces him to start looking at Misao as a woman by the end of the Kyoto arc.



* MotiveDecay:
** Raijuuta is a bad enough case of this that Watsuki himself complains about it in an after word.

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* MotiveDecay:
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MotiveDecay: Raijuuta is a bad enough case of this that Watsuki himself complains about it in an after word.afterword.



* MultipleDemographicAppeal: While it is, ''strictly'' speaking, a shonen adventure series, the hugely varied cast, fascinating villains, interesting politics and backstories (many of which were at least historically based and some of which were ''startlingly'' accurate), and beautiful guys AND girls gave it appeal across nearly every single age and gender group in Japan, making it far and away one of the banner [=manga/anime=] series of the 90's. It was even exported to ''dozens'' of other countries with great success, particularly in Asia, Western Europe, Oceania, and America (for example, Australia & New Zealand ran the full Sony dub several times over, nearly every Asian country ran the show in various forms at least once, and the series gained considerable success on {{Toonami}} in America).

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* MultipleDemographicAppeal: While it is, ''strictly'' speaking, a shonen adventure series, the hugely varied cast, fascinating villains, interesting politics and backstories (many of which were at least historically based and some of which were ''startlingly'' accurate), and beautiful guys AND girls gave it appeal across nearly every single age and gender group in Japan, making it far and away one of the banner [=manga/anime=] series of the 90's.'90s. It was even exported to ''dozens'' of other countries with great success, particularly in Asia, Western Europe, Oceania, and America (for example, Australia & New Zealand ran the full Sony dub several times over, nearly every Asian country ran the show in various forms at least once, and the series gained considerable success on {{Toonami}} in America).



* MundaneUtility:
** In an anime filler episode, the protagonist at one point finds himself attending a fancy dinner party, so he picks up a knife and performs the Hiten Mitsurugi Ryu (Steak style) to cut up a steak.

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* MundaneUtility:
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MundaneUtility: In an anime filler episode, the protagonist at one point finds himself attending a fancy dinner party, so he picks up a knife and performs the Hiten Mitsurugi Ryu (Steak style) to cut up a steak.



* ObfuscatingStupidity:
** Kenshin in spades.

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* ObfuscatingStupidity:
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ObfuscatingStupidity: Kenshin in spades.



* OddCouple:
** Sanosuke teaming up with either Megumi and/or Saitou; Kenshin also remarks how unlikely it was that he, a former Imperialist, and Sano, an warrior for the Shogunate, can be trusted teammates.

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* OddCouple:
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OddCouple: Sanosuke teaming up with either Megumi and/or Saitou; Kenshin also remarks how unlikely it was that he, a former Imperialist, and Sano, an warrior for the Shogunate, can be trusted teammates.



* OlderThanTheyLook:
** Kenshin is 28 years old, while his master Hiko is a whopping (by manga standards) 43--but you'd never guess it. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Yahiko and Misao, who wonder if the Hiten Mitsurugi style is the fountain of youth. Also pointed out in the End-of-Volume specials in Volumes 1 and 4 of the manga, where characters thinking on Kenshin after he left come to the conclusion that if he really was a hero of the Meiji Restoration, he'd have to be at least 30...

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* OlderThanTheyLook:
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OlderThanTheyLook: Kenshin is 28 years old, while his master Hiko is a whopping (by manga standards) 43--but you'd never guess it. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Yahiko and Misao, who wonder if the Hiten Mitsurugi style is the fountain of youth. Also pointed out in the End-of-Volume specials in Volumes 1 and 4 of the manga, where characters thinking on Kenshin after he left come to the conclusion that if he really was a hero of the Meiji Restoration, he'd have to be at least 30...



* ParentalSubstitute:
** Kenshin and Kaoru all but adopt Yahiko. This is best emphasized by their reaction, when [[spoiler: Yahiko runs away to join the rebels. In the DistantFinale he inherits Kaoru's fighting style and Kenshin's reverse blade.]]

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* ParentalSubstitute:
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ParentalSubstitute: Kenshin and Kaoru all but adopt Yahiko. This is best emphasized by their reaction, when [[spoiler: Yahiko runs away to join the rebels. In the DistantFinale he inherits Kaoru's fighting style and Kenshin's reverse blade.]]



* PersonalEffectsReveal: [[spoiler: After Tomoe's death]] Kenshin goes through her diary and figures out that [[spoiler: the man he killed months earlier was Tomoe's fiance]]. Bummer.

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* PersonalEffectsReveal: [[spoiler: After Tomoe's death]] death,]] Kenshin goes through her diary and figures out that [[spoiler: the man he killed months earlier was Tomoe's fiance]]. Bummer.



* PromotionToParent:
** Tomoe.

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* PromotionToParent:
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PromotionToParent: Tomoe.



* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech:
** Every time Kenshin fights an opponent, the opponent gives him this, mainly for being on the Imperialists' side or being a pacifist. Kenshin always manages to prove them wrong, or at least prove that he may not agree with them but doesn't suck like they say he does.

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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech:
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TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Every time Kenshin fights an opponent, the opponent gives him this, mainly for being on the Imperialists' side or being a pacifist. Kenshin always manages to prove them wrong, or at least prove that he may not agree with them but doesn't suck like they say he does.



* SexyMentor: Hiko Seijuro. Forty-three, my ass...

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* SexyMentor: Hiko Seijuro. Forty-three, 43, my ass...



* ShoutOut:
** Han'nya has WolverineClaws.

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* ShoutOut:
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ShoutOut: Han'nya has WolverineClaws.



** Kaoru has rained (harmless, of course) blows on Kenshin to the sound effects of [[FistOfTheNorthStar ATATATATATA]] and [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure ORAORAORAORA]].

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** Kaoru has rained (harmless, of course) blows on Kenshin to the sound effects of [[FistOfTheNorthStar [[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar ATATATATATA]] and [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure ORAORAORAORA]].



* ShrineToTheFallen:
** Sano finds out about what happened to his mother at one of these. He prays to it under the guise of wanting to eat dinner faster.

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* ShrineToTheFallen:
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ShrineToTheFallen: Sano finds out about what happened to his mother at one of these. He prays to it under the guise of wanting to eat dinner faster.



* StuffedIntoTheFridge: [[spoiler: [[{{Subversion}} Almost]]]] Played straight and everything. The "note" that is left behind by Enishi is the scent of plum blossoms that his sister loved so much, that would lead Kenshin to [[spoiler: the brutally murdered corpse of Kaoru that is pinned to the wall in a pool of her own blood, with an x-shaped scar carved into her cheek.]] The thing is, of course, [[spoiler:she's not ''actually'' dead and that's just an ''incredibly'' elaborate doll. Kaoru is still effectively treated like this in a meta way, though, since she barely impacts the plot at all after this.]]

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* StuffedIntoTheFridge: [[spoiler: [[{{Subversion}} [[SubvertedTrope Almost]]]] Played straight and everything. The "note" that is left behind by Enishi is the scent of plum blossoms that his sister loved so much, that would lead Kenshin to [[spoiler: the brutally murdered corpse of Kaoru that is pinned to the wall in a pool of her own blood, with an x-shaped scar carved into her cheek.]] The thing is, of course, [[spoiler:she's not ''actually'' dead and that's just an ''incredibly'' elaborate doll. Kaoru is still effectively treated like this in a meta way, though, since she barely impacts the plot at all after this.]]



* {{Symbolism}}:
** Kenshin's scar is a very blatant, and very literal, reference to the English idiom of "his cross to bear", complete with religious symbolism.
** Shishio insists he is "chosen by the age" to lead, and is only defeated by time itself, when he insists on fighting Kenshin too long, and his damaged body, unable to sweat, ''literally catches on fire''.

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* {{Symbolism}}:
** Kenshin's scar is a very blatant, and very literal, reference to the English idiom of "his cross to bear", complete with religious symbolism.
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{{Symbolism}}: Shishio insists he is "chosen by the age" to lead, and is only defeated by time itself, when he insists on fighting Kenshin too long, and his damaged body, unable to sweat, ''literally catches on fire''.



* TalkingIsAFreeAction:
** [[HannibalLecture Squeezing]] [[LastSecondChance out]] [[KirkSummation speeches]] [[ShutUpHannibal mid-fight]] means that you don't necessarily need the Hiten Mitsurugi style to achieve god-like speed.

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* TalkingIsAFreeAction:
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TalkingIsAFreeAction: [[HannibalLecture Squeezing]] [[LastSecondChance out]] [[KirkSummation speeches]] [[ShutUpHannibal mid-fight]] means that you don't necessarily need the Hiten Mitsurugi style to achieve god-like speed.



* TookALevelInBadass:
** Yahiko in the DistantFinale and Sano in ''Reflections'', if his longer hair and nice proto-beard are any indication.

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* TookALevelInBadass:
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TookALevelInBadass: Yahiko in the DistantFinale and Sano in ''Reflections'', if his longer hair and nice proto-beard are any indication.



* {{Toonami}}: The anime was long a staple of the programming block, and helped introduce an entire generation of American children to anime.

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* {{Toonami}}: Creator/{{Toonami}}: The anime was long a staple of the programming block, and helped introduce an entire generation of American children to anime.



* TrainingFromHell:
** Kenshin underwent one of these to learn his ultimate technique, and it's implied that his training before he left to fight in the Meiji Revolution was also hellish. If one could even call it "training", as it only consisted of Hiko Seijuro pounding Kenshin repeatedly with ALL the techniques of the Hiten Mitsurugi Ryu (Kenshin was surprised those attacks weren't fatal, and Hiko brags that it's because he has perfect control).

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* TrainingFromHell:
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TrainingFromHell: Kenshin underwent one of these to learn his ultimate technique, and it's implied that his training before he left to fight in the Meiji Revolution was also hellish. If one could even call it "training", as it only consisted of Hiko Seijuro pounding Kenshin repeatedly with ALL the techniques of the Hiten Mitsurugi Ryu (Kenshin was surprised those attacks weren't fatal, and Hiko brags that it's because he has perfect control).



* WalkingTheEarth:
** Kenshin before the beginning of the series.

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* WalkingTheEarth:
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WalkingTheEarth: Kenshin before the beginning of the series.



* WhatIf:
** The series serves as ''sort of'' a historical one: What if, instead of going to prison and getting executed, Himura Kenshin [[note]]AKA Kawakami Gensai[[/note]] began to wander Japan after the Bakumatsu to try and atone for all the death he caused? And what if he eventually had to face down his past, personified in [[AxCrazy Udo Jin-E]] [[note]]Okada Izo[[/note]], [[NotSoDifferent Saito Hajime]], [[MagnificentBastard Shishio Makoto]] [[note]]AKA Kirino Toshiaki[[/note]] and the brother of his wife?

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* WhatIf:
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WhatIf: The series serves as ''sort of'' a historical one: What if, instead of going to prison and getting executed, Himura Kenshin [[note]]AKA Kawakami Gensai[[/note]] began to wander Japan after the Bakumatsu to try and atone for all the death he caused? And what if he eventually had to face down his past, personified in [[AxCrazy Udo Jin-E]] [[note]]Okada Izo[[/note]], [[NotSoDifferent Saito Hajime]], [[MagnificentBastard Shishio Makoto]] [[note]]AKA Kirino Toshiaki[[/note]] and the brother of his wife?



* XMarksTheHero: Kenshin's basically the poster child of this. The cross shaped scar is associated with him so utterly that other characters with this scar are regularly accused to ripping the idea from him, [[OlderThanTheyThink even if they predate him by years.]] Unlike many examples, though, Kenshin's scar is [[spoiler: from two separate incidents.]]
* YamatoNadeshiko:
** Tsubame will likely be one when she grows up; she's still a flower bud in the main narrative. Tomoe is described as 'elegant and educated' and at the time was arranging flowers. [[spoiler: Adult Kaoru in both the WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue and the second OVA]] could also count.

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* XMarksTheHero: Kenshin's basically the [[TropeCodifier poster child child]] of this. The cross shaped scar is associated with him so utterly that other characters with this scar are regularly accused to ripping the idea from him, [[OlderThanTheyThink even if they predate him by years.]] Unlike many examples, though, Kenshin's scar is [[spoiler: from two separate incidents.]]
* YamatoNadeshiko:
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YamatoNadeshiko: Tsubame will likely be one when she grows up; she's still a flower bud in the main narrative. Tomoe is described as 'elegant and educated' and at the time was arranging flowers. [[spoiler: Adult Kaoru in both the WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue and the second OVA]] could also count.
26th Mar '16 8:33:54 PM shiromori
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* AdaptationDistillation: The live action film trilogy and to a lesser extent the OVAs and animated film incarnations get this. In particular Soujira's backstory always receive this in all adaptations due to the brutal nature of what he did.

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* AdaptationDistillation: The live action film trilogy and to a lesser extent the OVAs and animated film incarnations get this. In particular Soujira's Soujirou's backstory always receive this in all adaptations due to the brutal nature of what he did.



** Saito's clash with Shishio is a major example as far as individual duels go. After his ambushes fails, he attempts a point-blank Gotetsu against Shishio which fails in the manga. The extends the battle almost 3X in length with Saito trying to score blows on Shishio with variations of the Gotetsu technique before landing the futile point-blank range version.

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** Saito's clash with Shishio is a major example as far as individual duels go. After his ambushes ambush fails, he attempts a point-blank Gotetsu Gatotsu against Shishio which fails in the manga. The extends the battle almost 3X in length with Saito trying to score blows on Shishio with variations of the Gotetsu Gatotsu technique before landing the futile point-blank range version.
28th Feb '16 3:34:03 PM Rothul
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It turns out that this stranger is Kenshin Himura, a former assassin for anti-shogunate forces during the early days of the Restoration. Regretting his former life as the infamous "Hitokiri Battousai" -- the "Quick-Draw Manslayer" -- Kenshin now wanders Japan as a vagrant soul, seeking atonement for his sins by using his swordsmanship to right wrongs without spilling any more blood than he used to.

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It turns out that this stranger is Kenshin Himura, a former assassin for anti-shogunate forces during the early days of the Restoration. Regretting his former life as the infamous "Hitokiri Battousai" -- the "Quick-Draw Manslayer" -- Kenshin now wanders Japan as a vagrant soul, seeking atonement for his sins by using his swordsmanship to right wrongs without spilling any more blood than he used to.
blood.
17th Feb '16 5:16:16 PM GrammarNavi
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There was a revival of the franchise in the form of a new {{PSP}} [[LicensedGame game]], and a series of Japanese-produced live-action movies. The first one, entitled simply ''[[Film/RurouniKenshin Rurouni Kenshin]]'', was received with critical acclaim last 2012 and was distributed worldwide. The 2014 sequels, ''[[{{Film/RurouniKenshinKyotoInferno}} Kyoto Inferno]]'' and ''[[{{Film/RurouniKenshinTheLegendEnds}} The Legend Ends]]'' enjoyed large critical and commercial acclaim all over Asia.

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There was a revival of the franchise in the form of a new {{PSP}} [[UsefulNotes/PlayStationPortable PSP]] [[LicensedGame game]], and a series of Japanese-produced live-action movies. The first one, entitled simply ''[[Film/RurouniKenshin Rurouni Kenshin]]'', was received with critical acclaim last 2012 and was distributed worldwide. The 2014 sequels, ''[[{{Film/RurouniKenshinKyotoInferno}} Kyoto Inferno]]'' and ''[[{{Film/RurouniKenshinTheLegendEnds}} The Legend Ends]]'' enjoyed large critical and commercial acclaim all over Asia.
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