History Manga / RurouniKenshin

29th Jan '16 10:32:23 PM creader
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On the main Berserk Button page: This trope is not about anger in response to something that would reasonably enrage someone, like a loved one being hurt or threatened, being personally insulted, or otherwise treated in a way that's disrespecting, because that is a reasonable response.

* TenMinuteRetirement: When Kenshin comes out of the worst of his HeroicBSOD he falls into this. He drifts into a village of wanderers and simply stares at the ground with DullEyesOfUnhappiness. He even chains his sword so that he can no longer draw it.

** [[BewareTheNiceOnes Kenshin himself is no exception.]] Making innocent people suffer is enough to piss Kenshin off, but threatening [[LoveInterest Kaoru]]--Kenshin won't hesitate to give you ''[[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown a beatdown with his bare fists]]'' to get it through to your head that '''you don't lay a finger on Kaoru.''' And this form of punishment came ''after'' he got over his [[SuperPoweredEvilSide apathetic assassin persona.]]
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** [[BewareTheNiceOnes Kenshin himself is no exception.]] Making innocent people suffer is enough to piss Kenshin off, but threatening [[LoveInterest Kaoru]]--Kenshin won't hesitate to give you ''[[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown a beatdown with his bare fists]]'' to get it through to your head that '''you don't lay a finger on Kaoru.''' And this form of punishment came ''after'' he got over his [[SuperPoweredEvilSide apathetic assassin persona.]] off.

* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Kenshin and Sano
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* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Kenshin and SanoSano.

* TenMinuteRetirement: When Kenshin comes out of the worst of his HeroicBSOD he falls into this. He drifts into a village of wanderers and simply stares at the ground with DullEyesOfUnhappiness. He even chains his sword so that he can no longer draw it.

* [[TheyreCalledPersonalIssuesForAReason They're Called Personal Issues For A Reason]]: Kaoru is okay with Kenshin not talking about himself, and it takes the Revenge Arc for him to open up.
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* [[TheyreCalledPersonalIssuesForAReason They're Called Personal Issues For A Reason]]: TheyreCalledPersonalIssuesForAReason: Kaoru is okay with Kenshin not talking about himself, and it takes the Revenge Arc for him to open up.
29th Jan '16 5:54:45 AM aye_amber
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* VillainousCrossdresser: Honjo Kamatari, Otowa Hyoko.
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* VillainousCrossdresser: Honjo Kamatari, Kamatari and Otowa Hyoko.

** At the end of the series, [[spoiler:Sanosuke]] leaves Japan after attacking an Ishin Shishi who [[spoiler:attacked his family.]]
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** At the end of the series, [[spoiler:Sanosuke]] [[spoiler: Sanosuke]] leaves Japan after attacking an Ishin Shishi who [[spoiler:attacked [[spoiler: attacked his family.]]

* WhamEpisode: Enishi [[spoiler:gets to defeat Kenshin and (apparently) brutally murders Kaoru]].
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* WhamEpisode: Enishi [[spoiler:gets [[spoiler: gets to defeat Kenshin and (apparently) brutally murders Kaoru]].Kaoru.]]

** 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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** The series serves as ''sort of'' a historical one: what What if, instead of going to prison and getting executed, Himura Kenshin[[note]]AKA 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 Jin-E]] [[note]]Okada Izo[[/note]], [[NotSoDifferent Saito Hajime]], [[MagnificentBastard Shishio Makoto]][[note]]AKA Makoto]] [[note]]AKA Kirino Toshiaki[[/note]] and the brother of his wife?

* WithThisRing: One episode of the anime featured a man who bought a ring to propose to his loved one but then he saw her with another man, misunderstood and threw it away. When he learned the other man was just na old friend, he tried to kill himself and that's when Sanosuke saw him. Fortunately, Sasuke recognized the ring as the one Kenshin found inside a fish he caught. Unfortunately, Megumi saw Kenshin with the ring and thought he intended to propose to Kaoru and then pushed him into giving it to her (it was the proper Japanese Holiday for this kind of thing). Until being told the story, Kenshin thought Kaoru took it as a birthday gift. When he learned the truth, he was [[OhCrap too scared]] to resemble the legendary man-slayer.
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* WithThisRing: One episode of the anime featured a man who bought a ring to propose to his loved one but then he saw her with another man, misunderstood and threw it away. When he learned the other man was just na an old friend, he tried to kill himself and that's when Sanosuke saw him. Fortunately, Sasuke recognized the ring as the one Kenshin found inside a fish he caught. Unfortunately, Megumi saw Kenshin with the ring and thought he intended to propose to Kaoru and then pushed him into giving it to her (it was the proper Japanese Holiday for this kind of thing). Until being told the story, Kenshin thought Kaoru took it as a birthday gift. When he learned the truth, he was [[OhCrap too scared]] to resemble the legendary man-slayer.man slayer.

* 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]].
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* XMarksTheHero: Kenshin's basically the poster child of this. The cross-shaped 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]]. years.]] Unlike many examples, though, Kenshin's scar is [[spoiler: from two separate incidents]].incidents.]]

** 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. ** Tomoe is a deconstruction, since her reserved and soft-spoken behavior caused her a huge problem: [[spoiler: not being able to show her love for her boyfriend Kiyosato, who then went off to Tokyo to make a name for himself and make her happier once he was famous. As we know, he ended up dead under Kenshin's blade.]] * YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Lampshaded. While a couple main characters' main hair is mildly spiky it never becomes noticeably unrealistic, and Kenshin's unusual hair color is implied to be because he is possibly of Ainu (or perhaps Dutch) descent. This is averted in the live action movie, in which Kenshin has more realistic looking dark reddish-brown hair of the sort that an ethnic Japanese would actually have.
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** 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 [[spoiler: Adult Kaoru in both the WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue and the second OVA]] could also count. count. ** Tomoe is a deconstruction, since her reserved and soft-spoken soft spoken behavior caused her a huge problem: [[spoiler: not Not being able to show her love for her boyfriend Kiyosato, who then went off to Tokyo to make a name for himself and make her happier once he was famous. As we know, he ended up dead under Kenshin's blade.]] * YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Lampshaded. While a couple main characters' main hair is mildly spiky it never becomes noticeably unrealistic, and Kenshin's unusual hair color is implied to be because he is possibly of Ainu (or perhaps Dutch) descent. This is averted in the live action movie, in which Kenshin has more realistic looking dark reddish-brown reddish brown hair of the sort that an ethnic Japanese would actually have. have.
23rd Jan '16 9:12:12 AM morenohijazo
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* ParryingBullets: The third chapter has some gangsters attack Kamiya Kasshin-ryu dojo with a wooden cannon (a black powder muzzle-loader with a barrel carved from oak, firing a clay cannonball). Kenshin ''chops the cannonball in half in mid-flight'' with the sharp edge of his reverse-blade sword and rather irritatedly tells the gangsters to beat it.
20th Dec '15 11:15:57 AM Assassin-sensei
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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: A shocking amount of blood was left in for the Toonami-edited TV-Y7 version of the show. A head at Toonami, Sean Akins, later admitted he regretted not putting the show on Adult Swim. ** Sanosuke's "Damn it! That guy's totally off his rocker." was left intact in episode 6 of the TV-Y7 version. ** Despite editing out simple references to nudity in the previous episode, a shot of Yahiko's bare butt was left intact in episode 20 of the TV-Y7 version. ** A train robber got to yell "Damn it! What are those guys doing?" in episode 22 of the TV-Y7 version. ** 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.
14th Dec '15 4:41:00 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* HellHasNewManagement: After dying, Shishio Makoto declared his intent to overthrow the King of Hell. Depending on how you interpret it, Shishio may or may not have succeeded in this endeavor when he visits the catatonic Kenshin in the latter's living hell during the Jinchuu arc.
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* HellHasNewManagement: [[spoiler: After dying, dying,]] Shishio Makoto declared his intent to overthrow the King of Hell. Depending on how you interpret it, Shishio may or may not have succeeded in this endeavor when he visits the catatonic Kenshin in the latter's living hell during the Jinchuu arc.
14th Dec '15 4:39:13 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* BreakingSpeech: Shishio explains his plans to Kenshin in great detail and can't help but make derogatory remarks about Kenshin's pacifism. Kenshin refuses to cave.

* HannibalLecture: Shishio explains his plans to Kenshin in great detail and can't help but make derogatory remarks about Kenshin's pacifism. Kenshin refuses to cave.

* HeirToTheDojo: Kaoru.
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* HeirToTheDojo: Kaoru.Kaoru calls herself "assistant master" because she was the next in line to be ''the'' master. *HellHasNewManagement: After dying, Shishio Makoto declared his intent to overthrow the King of Hell. Depending on how you interpret it, Shishio may or may not have succeeded in this endeavor when he visits the catatonic Kenshin in the latter's living hell during the Jinchuu arc.
26th Nov '15 4:55:56 PM nombretomado
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** Watsuki is a big ''SamuraiShodown'' fan, frequently writing about it in his manga notes. Kenshin himself even resembles Shizumaru from the same series as well.
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** Watsuki is a big ''SamuraiShodown'' ''VideoGame/SamuraiShodown'' fan, frequently writing about it in his manga notes. Kenshin himself even resembles Shizumaru from the same series as well.
15th Nov '15 12:28:58 AM BadassAgamemnon
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absolutely BS if you read the manga.
* AwesomeButImpractical: Many of the awesome but incredibly hard sword techniques, like Hiten Mitsurugi style, are rendered moot when they go against modern firearms. This is why BoringButPractical techniques like Kamiya Kasshin style are preferred.
15th Nov '15 12:23:26 AM BadassAgamemnon
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** Should be noted the live TV series does this to Kaoru, Yahiko and Megumi. Yahiko progresses much faster in the TV series to the point of already being capable of taking on multiple trained swordsman before the Kyoto arc. Kaoru is given more screentime in the action scenes, even going as far as helping Kenshin raid Kanryu's mansion and fending off over 20 men along with Yahiko. She is also portrayed as being well-versed in Jujitsu techniques in a filler episode. Megumi was only a backup doctor in the original manga (who never did anything daring once the Oniawaban arc finishes). The TV series has her not only involved directly in incidents she never had any direct contact with in the manga (such as the Raijutsu chapters) in a role similar to a combat medic, but she is portrayed physically striking working class men and even enemy mooks (going so far as to KO a few perverts in one blow and knocking down some pawns in a single blow in filler episodes).
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** Should be noted the live TV series does this to Kaoru, Yahiko and Megumi. Yahiko progresses much faster in the TV series to the point of already being capable of taking on multiple trained swordsman before the Kyoto arc. Kaoru is given more screentime in the action scenes, even going as far as helping Kenshin raid Kanryu's mansion and fending off over 20 men along with Yahiko. She is also portrayed as being well-versed in Jujitsu techniques in a filler episode. Megumi was only a backup doctor in the original manga (who never did anything daring once the Oniawaban arc finishes). The TV series has her not only involved directly in incidents she never had any direct contact with in the manga (such as the Raijutsu Raijuta chapters) in a role similar to a combat medic, but she is portrayed physically striking working class men and even enemy mooks (going so far as to KO a few perverts in one blow and knocking down some pawns in a single blow in filler episodes).episodes). ** Raijuta is the biggest example as far as villain goes in the franchise. The original manga has hims as a MilesGloriosus who quickly breaksdown after [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech Kenshin lectures him on the true lethality of swordsmanship without drawing his blade once]] to the point of permanent trauma. The TV series portrays him being a genuine threat as an ambitious warlord eager to create a sovereign state who is capable of wiping out an entire platoon of [[EliteArmy Meiji classified Imperial Army division]] in a sword swing emitting RazorWind and capable of commanding a small army of MasterSwordsman to execute military tactics including recon and ambushes. The climatic duel of his arc in the TV series forced Kenshin to fight seriously and ended both with Raijuta being knocked out unconscious and Kenshin suffering some serious injuries.

* 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 Raijutsu 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: 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 Raijutsu 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).
15th Nov '15 12:02:30 AM BadassAgamemnon
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* FauxActionGirl: Kaoru is supposedly an excellent swordswoman but is usually just a DistressedDamsel or a sideline observer. Sometimes she defeats a few {{mook}}s and once beat EliteMook Kamatari. Justified in that she's OvershadowedByAwesome, but when even KidSamurai Yahiko has a better combat record....
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